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MSNBC Movie Reviews 
'Meet the Press' transcript 
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Former Senator BILL BRADLEY 
Democratic Presidential Contender 
Senator JOHN CHAFEE, (R-R.I.) 
Senator ERNEST HOLLINGS, (D-S.C.) 
Senator MITCH McCONNELL, (R-Ky.) 
Senator DANIEL PATRJCK MOYNIHAN, (D-N.Y.) 
GENE SPERLING 
Chairman, National Economic Council 
MODERATORJPANELIST: Tim Russert-NBC News 
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NBC TELEVISION PROGRAM "NBC NEWS' MEET THE 
PRESS." 
This rush transcript provided for the information and convenience the press. Accuracy not guaranteed. case doubt, please check with MEET THE PRESS -NBC NEWS (202)885-4598 (Sundays: (202)885-4200). 
MR. RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday: Vice President Gore says he's going the Democratic nominee next year. But the former United States senator from New Jersey and New York Knicks Hall 
Farner Bill Bradley has another idea. With us, part our Meet the Contenders 2000 series, his first Sunday morning interview presidential candidate, Bill Bradley. 

Then: The debate over tax cuts rages: (Videotape): 

SEN. McCONNELL: say, "Tax cuts, not now, when?" 
Unidentified Congressman: This Republican initiative will explode the debt, fiscally irresponsible. 
(End videotape) 
MR. RUSSERT: How much should cut taxes? What will mean the deficit and long-term debt, education, defense and Medicare? We'll ask Democrats Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Fritz Hollings, Republicans Mitch McConnell and John Chafee, and White House economic adviser Gene Sperling. 
But first, the man who going one-on-one with Gore the Democratic nominee for president next year, former Senator Bill Bradley. Welcome. 
MR. BRADLEY: Thanks, Tim. Good with you. 
MR. RUSSERT: Who Bill Bradley, and why should president? 
MR. BRADLEY: Well, think there's only one reason that you should want president, and that's because you think that your leadership can improve the quality life for millions Americans. think that ability matches the moment. 
Who I'm Bill Bradley. grew small town the banks the Mississippi River Missouri, about 3,492 people, high school graduating class and one stoplight. had wonderful parents. That town shaped many ways. went on-lucky have good education Princeton and Oxford. For years had chance play basketball the NBA, traveled the country with extraordinary group human beings and began see the country through their eyes well through own, saw the country whole. The people New Jersey gave the honor representing them for years the United States Senate. was tremendous experience. The Senate probably the best elective job the world. 
And then after left, taught Stanford and Notre Dame, worked the private sector, wrote book called "Values the Game," spoke around the country, and also led effort get campaign finance reform and something called Project Independence. And the end 1998, decided that this was the moment, that should run for president the United States, and the last eight months I've been doing that and, quite frankly, I've been having the time life. 
MR. RUSSERT: President Bradley, sitting the Oval Office, and what lands tax cut sent Republican Congress for $792 billion. Would President Bradley sign that tax cut veto it? 

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MR. BRADLEY: No, I'd veto it. 
MR. RUSSERT: Why? 
MR. BRADLEY: think that there are more important things that need the country now than this size tax. cut. think, for example, that there are still million people the country who don't have any health insurance, there are still million children America who are below the povertj line. think that also it's not fiscally responsible, think. also, depending whether the House Senate win, could have the perverse effect preventing reducing taxes got into recession, and think that you need tax cut available for countercyclical reasons. 
MR. RUSSERT: Some have proposed $500 billion tax cut. The administration suggesting $300 billion tax cut. Where does Bill Bradley come down? 
MR. BRADLEY: Well, don't have number today, Tim, but I'd probably more line with smaller, rather than larger, because think that, you know, one the important things can now pay down little bit the debt. That's reducing interest rates the long run. Another thing could do, said, deal with those problems the country that you can only deal with good economic times. This should the time when the economy good that get more people the prosperity train this country. And think you have give those things consideration, well returning money the form tax cuts. Everybody's for some form tax cut. 
MR. RUSSERT: One the people who've given lot credit for the economic growth and expansion Alan Greenspan, chairman the Federal Reserve. When was first appointed, you voted against his confirmation. Would you urge President Clinton reappoint Alan Greenspan? 
MR. BRADLEY: Well, voted against him the first time. thought didn't have enough international experience, and voted for him the second time when was proven wrong. think that the most important thing that you can have with Federal Reserve chairman somebody who has the confidence the financial markets. Alan Greenspan has that. There are probably other people who have well. 
MR. RUSSERT: But would you urge the president reappoint him next year another four-year term. 
MR. BRADLEY: I'd have problem with that all. 
MR. RUSSERT: Medicare: Right now, little more than third 
our budget goes Medicare/Social Security. years, two-thirds 
all federal expenditures are going those two programs. April, 

you suggested that take hard look Medicare, structurally and even 
propose looking the idea means testing. Should affluent Americans 
pay little higher premiums because they can afford to? Would you that president? 
MR. BRADLEY: Well, Tim, think that the answer Medicare you have see context the whole health-care program. the fall, I'll laying out very specific program terms of-how approach national health coverage. And that context I'll also dealing with Medicare. don't think anything should off the table. 
MR. RUSSERT: But you're not afraid look means testing? MR. BRADLEY: No, I'm not afraid look it. I'm certainly not advocating today, but I'm not afraid look it. 
MR. RUSSERT: Are you concerned that liberal Democratic constituency primary politics would say, "Bradley, don't fool around with Medicare?" 
MR. BRADLEY: Well, think the important thing make sure that seniors have adequate health care and that Medicare fully funded. There are variety ways that you can that. That's only one them. What I'd I'd make call based upon what thought was the best thing the time. 
MR. RUSSERT: But Medicare needs structural reform? 
MR. BRADLEY: Well, you don't have structural reform, you 

simply take money out the surplus and use back Medicare. mean, that's another alternative. Again, I'll laying that out the fall. 
MR. RUSSERT: Welfare reform: One the areas that there's very 

clear distinction between you and Gore welfare reform. The president signed welfare reform bill. You voted against it. Now, the Republican Party has been doing some polling. And let show you the question they asked and get your reaction. And put the screen for 
our viewers. 

"If you learned that Bill Bradley voted against welfare reform that included time limits and work requirements because thought was too harsh the poor, would you be: More likely vote for him, percent; less likely vote for him, percent." 
MR. BRADLEY: Well, yeah, voted against welfare reform. 
MR. RUSSERT: Why? 
MR. BRADLEY: voted against because don't think that the 

answer the problems children who are poor America take 
pot money from the federal level and send bunch politicians the state level and say, "Spend percent this poor people you define poverty." don't think that that's the answer. also think that it's not wise, after everything we've known about the importance the bond between the mother and the child the first three years life, have program that severs that bond. think that the full measure whether this program has succeeded not will, course, the end five years when people will cut off unceremoniously. And that means that-for example, had mayor major city call after the welfare reform bill passed and said me, "You gotta something." said, "Why that?" And said, "Because five years I'm going have 200,000 people streets with cash." think the jury still out here. Now, welfare needed reformed, but thought the best way was build the act that passed 1988, which Senator Moynihan was strong author of. And that was still have federal commitment, but state experimentation how deal with the root problem, which too many children being born families with single parent. 
MR. RUSSERT: Gun control: You have said that all handguns should registered. All handgun owners should licensed. Many people are deeply concerned that huge intrusion Big Brother into the lives God-fearing, law-abiding American citizens. 
MR. BRADLEY: Well, Tim, think that we're the time our country where commonsense gun control can widely accepted. can accepted gun owners, sportsmen, hunters. think it'll accepted parents who are certainly worried about children getting access guns. And think that this common sense. would ban Saturday Night Specials. mean, ever since saw Robert Kennedy the floor the Ambassador Hotel 1968, always thought that somebody who was president the United States ought ban Saturday Night Specials. I'd that. would also registration and licensing. 
MR. RUSSERT: Why would you force someone register gun? What you gain that? 
MR. BRADLEY: Well, what you are able track where the gun goes. For example, you have fly-by-night dealer, and the fly-bynight dealer sells someone else, it's like car, you've got register that you're violation the law. Another thing that have discovered recently that think you should also that when you're gun dealer and you sell gun strawman, other words, not person who's going purchase it, but somebody who's going pass somebody else, that's only misdemeanor. think should felony, because that's the way guns get the hands children. 
MR. RUSSERT: Campaign finance, another issue you have spoken 

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out on. What would you take money out politics? 
MR. BRADLEY: think need comprehensive approach. think money distorts the democratic process fundamental way. think most the American people realize that the big money heard and that they're not heard. many ways, think our democracy's like broken thermostat, that people tum the dial and nothing happens, and think money's partly explain why doesn't happen. what would would ban all soft money, which are the $500,000, million contributions up, that are given parties individuals who are 
wealthy, and corporations. would public financing for general elections. spend $900 million year promoting democracy abroad. 
think ought able spend about the same amount money 

ensuring that the special interests don't have grip the legislative jugular this country. would provide free that candidates could 
make their case without having purchase television time. And then, 
additionI think it's Democratic reformists, not just campaign finance
reform. addition, what would open the process America encourage more people participate. And that means same-day registration, such they have Minnesota. One six people Minnesota vote the same day that they register. Voting mail-they have that Oregon. And would also have Voter Leave Act, where would allow people take hour two off the course the day order vote. think those are important initiatives, and they are joined with campaign finance reform kind comprehensive democratic reform that think the country desperately yearns for these days, and which, think passed, when people tum that dial the thermostat democracy, things would change. 
MR. RUSSERT: When your opponent heard your proposals, struck nerve. People cried claims of, "Oh, he's born again." Let put the 
board what the chainnan the Gore campaign had say about Bill 
Bradley. This Tony Coelho. Excuse me. "Senator Bradley's actions 
have not yet matched his words campaign finance reform. Gore 
long ago issued the call end soft money and kept working for real 
reform long after Bill Bradley abandoned the Senate for private life and million special interest speaking and consulting fees." 
MR. BRADLEY: Tim, was actually shocked that the Gore campaign attacked strongly this issue. issued challenge. The challenge was Democratic and Republican candidates that takes two farsighted leaders change this system, and that would hope that they would accept the challenge not accept soft money. 
MR. RUSSERT: soft money the general election. 

MR. BRADLEY: soft money the general election. And instead, was attacked the Gore campaign, and ironically, the next



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