Vice Pres. Al Gore

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Albert Gore, Jr., Democrat, of Carthage, Tennessee.
Current 45th Vice President of the United States.  Sworn in on January 20, 1993.
Filed statement of candidacy with the FEC on January 1, 1999; formally announced candidacy on June 16, 1999 in Carthage, TN.
Career Bill Clinton named Gore as his running mate on July 9, 1992.
Author of best-selling book Earth in the Balance (1992). 
Re-elected to the U.S. Senate in 1990, winning all 95 of Tennessee's counties.
Unsuccessfully sought the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination; won more than 3 million votes and contests in 7 states.
Elected to the U.S. Senate from Tennessee in 1984.
Elected to the U.S. House, representing the 4th district of Tennessee, in 1976; served four terms, 1977-85.
Investigative reporter for the Tennessean.
Military U.S. Army, 1969-71.  Enlisted and served as a military journalist in the 20th Engineers Brigade in Vietnam.
Education Harvard University, B.A. with honors in Government, 1969.  After Army service took graduate classes for one year at Vanderbilt Divinity School (summer 1971-spring 1972).  Attended Vanderbilt Law School.
Family Married Mary Elizabeth "Tipper" Aitcheson on May 19, 1970.  Four children Karenna, Kristin, Sarah and Albert III.  One grandchild.
Religion Baptist.
Age 52 years old.  Born March 31, 1948 in Washington, DC, son of Albert Gore, Sr. and Pauline Gore.  Raised in Carthage, Tennessee and Washington, DC.  Gore's father served in the U.S. House from 1939-44 and 1945-53 and in the U.S. Senate from 1953-71.

See The Book Page

Nicholas Leman.  "Gore without a Script."  New Yorker.  July 31, 2000.

James Fallows.  "An Acquired Taste."  The Atlantic Monthly.  July 2000. >

Eight-part series by David Maraniss and Ellen Nakashima.  "The Life of Al Gore."  Washington Post, Oct. 3-Dec. 31, 1999. >

Joe Klein and Jane Mayer.  "The Anxiety of Influence."  New Yorker.  November 22, 1999, pp. 70-80.

Alexandra Starr.  "The Stiff Man Has A Spine."  The Washington Monthly.  September 1999, pp. 20-25.

Burt Solomon and W. John Moore. "Hometown Boy."  National Journal.  June 26, 1999, pp. 1872-1878. 

Articles in "Team Gore" issue of Newsweek, May 24, 1999.

Dana Milbank.  "Political Machine."  New Republic.  January 25, 1999.>

John Nichols. "How Al Gore Has it Wired." The Nation, July 20, 1998. >

The March 2, 1998 issue of the New Republic ("Inside Gore's Head") has several articles on Gore.  >

Marjorie Williams. "The Chosen One." Vanity Fair. February 1998, pp 116-23 and 166-71. 

David Maraniss. "As a Reporter, Gore Found A Reason to Be in Politics." Washington Post. January 4, 1998, p. A1. 

Joe Klein. "Learning to Run." New Yorker. December 8, 1997. 

Katherine Boo. "The Drama of the Gifted Vice President." Washington Post Magazine. November 28, 1993.

by Al Gore 
Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit--Houghton Mifflin, 1992. 

by Tipper Gore 
Picture This: A Visual Diary--Broadway Books, 1996. 

Raising PG Kids in an X-Rated Society (1987). 

Endorsements by Organizations
Newspaper Endorsements
Elected Officials (from the primary period)
As of 02/20/00 Al Gore had endorsements of: 
29 current U.S. Senators;
at least 129 current U.S. Representatives and Delegates; and
13 current Governors (includes DC and Puerto Rico).
Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle (3/22/99)
House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt (3/15/99)

Republican National Committee--Victory 2000's "The Gore Line"
Republican National Committee's "The Gore Files"
Environmentalists Against Gore (July 21, 2000)

Acceptance Speech at the Democratic National Convention at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA--Aug. 17, 2000. >
A major question going into the convention was whether Gore could emerge from President Clinton's shadow.  He declared, "I stand here tonight as my own man."  Gore's speech had a strongly populist tone, as he said of Bush and the Republicans, "They're for the powerful, and we're for the people.  Big tobacco, big oil, the big polluters, the pharmaceutical companies, the HMO's.  Sometimes you have to be willing to stand up and say no - so families can have a better life." 

Announcement of Sen. Joe Lieberman as Running Mate, Nashville, TN--Aug. 8, 2000. >

Gore, introducing the "next vice president of the United States" at a sweltering outdoor rally in Nashville, said that Lieberman met his three criteria for a running mate.  Alluding to Lieberman's Jewish faith, Gore recalled the nomination of John F. Kennedy, a Roman Catholic, in 1960.  "That year, we voted with our hearts to tear down a mighty wall of division.  We made history.  And when we nominate Joe Lieberman for Vice President, we will do it again," he stated 

Press Conference Announcing Headquarters Move and Other Changes at Gore 2000 Headquarters in Washington, DC--Sept. 29, 1999. >

The strategy of ignoring Democratic challenger Bill Bradley did not seem to be working and his campaign was spending money at a rapid clip, so Gore decided it was time to shake up the campaign.  He said he would start holding open meetings, he challenged Bradley to a series of debates "on specific issues--a lot of them" and, most dramatically, he announced he would move the campaign "lock, stock and barrel" to Nashville so as to "get closer to the American people, closer to the grassroots and out of the Beltway and into the heartland."

Announcement Speech on Main Street in front of the Smith County Courthouse in Carthage, TN--June 16, 1999. >

In his hometown of Carthage, Tennessee Gore formally declared his candidacy outlining his vision for "a new horizon: a 21st century America with stronger families, stronger communities, and a more vital democracy."  "I want to keep our prosperity going," Gore declared.

"Practical Idealism" at Democratic Leadership Council 1998 Annual Conference, Washington, DC--December 2, 1998. >

    Vice President Gore took a jab at Texas Gov. George W. Bush's "compassionate conservativism."  There is, Gore said, a difference "between talking about compassion, and actually putting your highest ideals into practice."  "America needs a new practical idealism for the 21st century," Gore declared.  He devoted a significant part of his speech to the issue of urban sprawl.  "This style of growth is not the American way," Gore said. 
 Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000  Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.