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Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison Previews Tonight's Black Tie and Boots Ball

Aired January 19, 2001 - 11:41 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: Decorum is very important. We are talking about the inaugural balls now, could you imagine? If I went to the ball with my cord hanging out that would be a bad thing.

Let's get right to the fine senator, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, joining us from the site of the Texas Black Ties and Boots Ball. I am just a mess, I know.

Senator, good morning. It's good to see you.

SEN. KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON (R), TEXAS: Thank you, Daryn. It is great to be with you.

KAGAN: We talked to you a little bit earlier in the week, and you told me, and I asked you flat out: Do you the ladies wear boots with their gowns to the Texas Black Tie and Boots, and you said you were wearing boots with the your Oscar de la Renta gown, and I think you have brought them for us?

HUTCHISON: I did. I brought my boots. They have been specially made by Rocky Carol (ph) in Houston, Texas. And I think Oscar de la Renta and Rocky Carol are a good match for tonight.

KAGAN: Now, I think this is a great explainer because when you were telling me this, I was thing: oh, good, I can just wear my cowboy boots, but my cowboy boots are all beat up and gross and black. There is an elegant side of cowboy boots for ladies wear as well, I guess.

HUTCHISON: Well, of course, these are very special. But you can wear your beat-up boots, and there will be a lot of people tonight with beat-up real, working cowboy boots, I assure you.

KAGAN: With their gowns, senator?

HUTCHISON: I would say most of the men are going to wear cowboy boots, and some of the ladies. And I will guarantee you, we'll see some real ones on the ladies too.

KAGAN: OK, just don't tell my mother if I show up that way. She would be horrified. Is that -- those boots even have your name on them, I think. HUTCHISON: They do. They were made specially for me, and they have the state of Texas and my initials. And I am so excited to have them. They match my gown perfectly.

KAGAN: So it is a red dress, I imagine.

HUTCHISON: It is, it is.

KAGAN: Very good. I am sure you are going to look lovely in that. Senator, we have been having live shots from the sight of the ball all morning long. This thing is huge, 8,000 or 9,000 people, a number of rooms, a number of entertainers, and we even got to hear from a Lee Greenwood practicing the finale a little bit earlier.

HUTCHISON: Yes, and you just missed the Lake Highland Dancers. They were practicing their number...

KAGAN: No, we had them too.

HUTCHISON: Did you?

KAGAN: Yes, we did.

HUTCHISON: We are going to have so many wonderful Texas entertainers. Of course, we have Clint Black and Tanya Tucker and Asleep at the Wheel. We are going to have Chuck Norris, Lyle Lovett. We just got a lot of people, and we even have a surprise guest.

KAGAN: Can you let us know? We won't tell, senator, it is just between us.

HUTCHISON: I think it is going to add to the breadth of our Texas culture, let me say that.

KAGAN: OK, we will leave it at that. Now explain t6o me the difference between tonight's event, and the event I am covering tomorrow night, the Texas Ball, the inaugural ball, that I think is also done in conjunction with the state of Wyoming?

HUTCHISON: Yes, the inaugural balls are, of course, official balls, and those will be elegant, and there will be lots of spirit and lots of happiness, of course, at the Texas-Wyoming Ball. But they are more official. Ours is not officially. It is rowdy and outrageous, and that is exactly what the Texans want. It is going to be our victory party for our new president that he didn't really get on election night.

KAGAN: That is true, you never did get your big celebration.

HUTCHISON: We didn't. So this is it. And we are doing it up big, I assure you. We are going to have real, live Long-horn steers, people will be able to get in the cockpit of an F-16. We are going to have sports bars, our sports heroes like Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach, and Mary Lou Retton, and Mia Hamm are going to be on-hand to sign autographs. So we have just got something for everyone. No one will leave here without having a good time, and doing something very special.

KAGAN: We look forward to seeing the pictures. We said once and many times, if you don't have a ticket by now, you are out of luck.

HUTCHISON: That is right. I am afraid that we are sold out, and -- but it is going to be fun, and we have tried to accommodate people and give a little something special for everyone.

KAGAN: Well, senator, you enjoy and see you tomorrow night at that ball as well, the Texas Inaugural Ball?

HUTCHISON: Yes, absolutely. We are going to do this weekend all the way.

KAGAN: You do it right. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, thank you for joining us. Good luck with the ball tonight.

HUTCHISON: OK, thanks, I hope you will be here with us, and see it for yourself firsthand.

KAGAN: I will look for the senator in the red cowboy boots.

HUTCHISON: You won't miss me.

KAGAN: No, I won't. Thanks so much.

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