|The Democratic and Republican
committees come up with a variety of creative ideas to point out weaknesses
in the presidential candidate of the opposing party.
|Republican National Committee
||Democratic National Committee
On July 5, 2000 RNC's Victory
2000 launched its "Gore Line." The daily sheet has four parts: a
lead story ("Rx Connections Make Rx Rhetoric A Prescription for Hipocrisy"),
a "There He Gores Again" box, a "Reality Check" box, and information on
Gore's activities that day. Later in July the "Gore Line" went online
The DNC responded quickly to
Bush's selection of Dick Cheney as his running mate. The Bush-Cheney.net
website went up on July 25, 2000, the day Bush announced his pick. The
site described Cheney as "a Jesse Helms Republican who has voted repeatedly
against working families." Citing several dozen examples from Cheney's
congressional voting record in the period from 1979 to 1987, the site said
Cheney is "to the right of Newt Gingrich." >
In mid-May 2000 the RNC started
putting out a series of daily releases pointing out in many different ways
that although Sen. Bradley withdrew from the race back in March he has
been noticeably reticent about formally endorsing Vice President Gore.
CD released April 28, 2000
featured 18 cuts including "Internet Inventor" and "No Controlling Legal
T-shirt points out that
Al Gore has held few press conferences: "I tried to ask GORE a question,
but all I got was this lousy t-shirt."
Billboard put up near Gore
campaign headquarters in Nashville, TN.
CD from the time of Sen.
McCain's endorsement of Gov. Bush in May 2000 featured such cuts as "Bush's
tax cut-2/20, East Lansing, MI" and "Pat Robertson Republican-2/28, Virginia
T-shirt inspired by Geoge W.
Bush's controversial February 2000 appearance at Bob Jones University and
his actions thereafter.
During Bush's first foray
onto the campaign trail in June 1999 he spoke at the Lilac Luncheon in
Manchester, NH. One the sidewalk out front, Democrats waved DNC-produced
signs suggesting that little was known about Bush's views.
Copyright 2000 Eric
M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.