Remarks of the President on Senator Lieberman (8/7/00)
                                THE WHITE HOUSE

                         Office of the Press Secretary
                       (Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts)
                  For Immediate Release    August 7, 2000

                            REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
                               TO THE TRAVEL POOL

                            U.S. Coast Guard Station
                           West Chop Lighthouse
                             Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

12:00 Noon EDT

     Q    What do you make of Gore's selection of Senator Lieberman?

     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, first of all, this is a very important choice,
and the Vice President is going to make his announcement tomorrow, so I
don't want to comment on that.  But I'll be glad to tell you what I think
of Senator Lieberman.  He's been a friend of mine for 30 years.  I
supported him when I was a law student at Yale and he was running for the
state Senate -- he wasn't even 30 years old then.  And I think he's one of
the most outstanding people in public life.

     I've worked with him for 15 years or more through the Democratic
Leadership Council.  He's a bold thinker, he's always full of new ideas.
And he's supported the changes that we've made over the last eight years
that have turned America around and moved America forward.  I think he's
just an extraordinary guy.  I like him.  I know his family.  I like his
family members whom I know.  I just think he's an amazing person.

     And we've talked a lot over the years about the Middle East peace
process and every conceivable domestic issue.  He's an extraordinary,
extraordinary human being, as well as a longtime friend of mine.  So I
think he's terrific.

     I think that the important thing now is -- I know you'll will have a
lot of questions you want to ask me and everybody else, but I'd rather not
say anything else today.  Let's let the Vice President make his
announcement tomorrow, and then I'll be glad to answer any other questions
you have.

     But I think right now, you just need to know that I think he's
wonderful and he's been a wonderful friend to me and he's been great for
America these last eight years, with what he's done in the Senate.  And
he's been great for our party, with what he's done through the Democratic
Leadership Council.  So I'm very happy about Joe Lieberman.  But I think we
ought to let the announcement be made by the Vice President.  You guys ask
the questions later.  I'll be ready to answer all the questions.

     Q    Thank you.

                                      12:05 P.M. EDT

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