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Election 2000: Presidential Race Too Close to Call; Senator- Elect Corzine Discusses AgendaAired November 8, 2000 - 7:53 a.m. ET
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FRANK SESNO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: And that race we show you there, Jon Corzine winning in the state of New Jersey. It was a bitterly fought race, one where Jon Corzine financed his own race, breaking all records for what a campaign would cost.
Jon Corzine joins us now.
Senator-elect Corzine, first, congratulations to you. And second, your response to this extraordinary day and night?
JON CORZINE (D), NEW JERSEY SEN. ELECT: Thank you, Frank.
We are truly pleased about the voters' confidence they expressed last night here in New Jersey, but I, like everyone else in America, am on pins and needles waiting to find the results with regard to Florida and what will happen, who will be the next president. It will make a big difference in how and what kinds of things we can get done in the United States Senate.
SESNO: Well, Jon Corzine it is said that you spent $65 million, as I say, shattering so many of these records on your way to Washington. Do you feel that your mandate, because of the amount of money spent, because of the narrow margin that anybody is going to have up on the Hill is going to be very limited as a result of that?
CORZINE: Well, I don't think the financing of my campaign is going to have much to do with the issues I am going to fight for. And I think my ability to work with the Democratic Caucus, to reach across the aisle to try to find bipartisan support for things like a prescription drug benefit, strong patients' bill of rights, supporting our military strength.
I think all of those issues are ones that we are going to go to work on. I don't think campaign funding -- my personal campaign funding is going to have much to do with that.
The voters expect, and I think they expressed a strong point of view, with regard to seeing a progressive agenda being represented in the Senate, not unlike what Frank Lautenberg did as my predecessor and I hope to get on with that.
SESNO: We have seen here a very divided country. We, at this hour, still do not know who the president of United States is going to beat. We still don't now whether the Republicans are going to have a narrow edge in the Senate, where you are going to serve, or whether it is going to be 50-50, or something off of that depending on what happens to Joe Lieberman. What is the message, in your view, from the American public to you, the elected officials, in this election?
CORZINE: Well, I think the -- the public is talking about making sure that there is a moderate, if you will, centrist agenda. But I think you heard in the language of most of the candidates across the country an addressing of a need to deal with the prescription drug benefit for seniors, a need to pass a strong patients' bill of rights, a strong commitment to education. A lot of the language that we heard from both parties was designed to address the same issues. And so I think now the public is going to expect that since both sides of the political spectrum were arguing for addressing these issues that we need to get results, and that's what I am going to work on.
SESNO: OK, Jon -- Jon Corzine, I appreciate your time on a -- after a sleepless night and an early morning.
CORZINE: Thanks, Frank.
SESNO: Thanks very much.
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