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1. DEMOCRATIC UNITY: SOUTH DAKOTA STYLE
2. IN IOWA, WHAT A RECEPTION!
3. NEW HAMPSHIRE'S NEW CHAIR!
4. GOVERNOR LEADS IN PUERTO RICO
5. ON THE ROAD: MANCHESTER AND CONCORD, NH
6. STAND WITH ME: AT THE DNC
7. IN THE POLLS
8. SO WHO INVENTED THE INTERNET?
9. ON THE FARM

1. DEMOCRATIC UNITY: SOUTH DAKOTA STYLE

Democratic Party unity is critical to our success in 2000. In South Dakota yesterday (3/22), the power of that unity was clear as Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle and Senator Tim Johnson endorsed Vice President Gore during a trip to Sioux Falls. The endorsement of Senate Democratic Leader Daschle, combined with the endorsement of House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt (D-MO) last week in New Hampshire is a clear reflection of the unity that exists within the Democratic party and the strength of the Vice President’s candidacy.

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2. IN IOWA, WHAT A RECEPTION!

Democratic supporters in Ames, Iowa gave the Vice President an enthusiastic reception during a rally at Iowa State University yesterday (3/22). We were cheering too, as the Vice President earned the endorsement of Iowa’s only Democratic Congressman, Rep. Leonard Boswell. While in Iowa, the Vice President said he wanted to restore prosperity to agriculture and improve our schools. "Stand with me and we will bring revolutionary change to education," the Vice President said.

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3. NEW HAMPSHIRE'S NEW CHAIR!

That’s how most New Hampshire folks refer to Bill Shaheen, a long-time Democratic activist and husband of Governor Jeanne Shaheen. Now, they can also call him Mr. Chairman. Vice President Gore has named Shaheen as Gore 2000 New Hampshire State Chair.

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4. GOVERNOR LEADS IN PUERTO RICO

Vice President Gore also announced that Governor Pedro Rossello would head up his efforts in Puerto Rico.

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5. ON THE ROAD: MANCHESTER AND CONCORD, NH

The Vice President returns to New Hampshire on Friday and Saturday (3/26-27), the 17th time he’s visited since 1994. He’ll be meeting with supporters, doing grass roots, face-to-face campaigning and talking with the people of New Hampshire where they live – quite literally in their living rooms!

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6. STAND WITH ME: AT THE DNC

Vice President Gore addressed leaders of the Democratic National Committee. He outlined many of his priorities for America -- including continuing to build on our successful economy, saving social security and Medicare, investing in long-term care, reducing government waste, opening new markets to create high-paying jobs, reducing class sizes and increasing the number of teachers, and making our communities more livable and safe.

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7. IN THE POLLS

The Vice President is very strong in fundamental areas important to voters. For example, by strong margins, Vice President Gore is viewed favorably by voters; he gets high marks for character and he is a strong, unifying figure within the Democratic Party. A Washington Post/ABC poll shows that Vice President Gore has a 71% favorability rating among Democrats. In a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, Gore had 64% of the vote to Bradley’s 20%.

The general election numbers we’re seeing today are consistent with where Vice Presidents have been in the past, nearly two years out from Election Day. In fact, by that measure, Vice President Gore is in a stronger position, for example, than President Bush was in when he ran for President – and won – in 1988. Consider this: In February 1987, George Bush was at 38%, Gary Hart at 51 percent.

In 1996 – similar because you had a very crowded GOP field and near unity on the Democratic side -- Clinton trailed Dole early-on, (44% to 52 % in March 95) but eventually overtook him after Dole was forced to cope with a difficult GOP primary.

Rick Berke at The New York Times writes: "The outpouring for Mr. Bush and Mrs. Dole may be misleading because of their peculiar circumstances. On the one hand, they have very high name recognition. On the other, people may have extraordinary idealized notions of their views because no one really knows how Mr. Bush or Mrs. Dole stand on most national or international issues." (3/6/99)

Here’s what counts: It is the power of ideas, the quality of leadership, and the vision of the candidates that will decide the Presidential election in 2000, not the polls. And it is by that measure that Vice President Gore will lead and win.

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8. SO WHO INVENTED THE INTERNET?

With respect to the Internet, Vice President Gore has been a leader, bringing America into the information age, an accomplishment that is now getting recognition. Here’s what some experts had to say about the Vice President’s leadership:

"Gore did not technically create the Internet, but without him there is a good chance it would not be where it is today," said Dave Farber, a professor of telecommunications at the University of Pennsylvania. "When he was in the Senate, he helped conceive and lead the effort that resulted in the NSFNet and the HPCC initiatives. Both of these were major critical steps in the creation of the non technical aspects of the Internet; Gore’s personal and political support was a key part of making it fly in the Congressional process."

Vinton G. Cerf, a senior vice president at MCI Worldcom and the person most often called "the father of the Internet" for his part in designing the network's common computer language, told the Washington Post, "I think it is very fair to say that the Internet would not be where it is in the United States without the strong support given to it and related research areas by the vice president in his current role and in his earlier role as senator."

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9. ON THE FARM

Vice President Gore spent his summers working the family’s farm in Carthage. He learned a lot about hard work there. Ask Berl Priebe, an Algona, IA cattleman and former State Representative. This is what he had to say about Al Gore, "We met him showing cattle, and we got to be good friends with his parents. I knew him as a little guy and I’ll tell you, at those shows his dad had him cleaning the stalls. He knows which end of a pitchfork to use."

Now the Republicans are trying to make hay out of all this, but they can’t change the facts. We’re going to continue to talk about Al Gore’s life story, about his experiences on the family farm, about his service in Vietnam, his work as a journalist, and about his service in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. It’s a great story marked by great accomplishments for the people of Tennessee and America.

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