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May 18 Campaign Update
Al Gore at Graceland College on May 16, 1999 - click the image to read the text of the speech

"I want to work with parents and teachers to change the whole way we approach learning in this country. Education should start earlier, last longer, and extend through college and throughout our lifetimes. Education should be more individualized, using new technology to match learning to the pace of each child. Education should connect parents to their children's schools and teachers. Education should teach basic skills, and also the good character and values we need for our families to be strong. Education should no longer be just a period in our lives, but a way of life in the 21st Century."

Al Gore, Graceland College Commencement Address,
Lamoni, IA May 16, 1999

1. Al Gore Highlights Agenda for Revolutionizing American Education
2. Gore Support Strong in Massachusetts
3. Al Gore's Iowa Town Tour
4. Newsweek Cover highlights Gore
5. June 1: Women's Endorsement Event
6. Upcoming Gore 2000 Travel

1. Al Gore Highlights Agenda for Revolutionizing American Education

Al Gore wants to strengthen our families with a program that calls for revolutionary change in education. He will build on and extend the aggressive efforts to improve our schools through higher standards, extra help to students who need it the most, and equal access to higher education. But he will also go farther in bringing change to our schools.

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2. Gore Support Strong in Massachusetts

Thomas Menino, Mayor of Boston, announced that he will support Al Gore in his bid to become President in 2000. Menino joins 22 other Massachusetts mayors in endorsing Al Gore.

"The vice president knows our needs and our people," Menino said. "I'll be out there during the next year or so to make sure Vice President Al Gore becomes President Al Gore. Al Gore, to me, is the type of voice we need in Washington."

Gore also began the first of a series of town hall discussions with the Class of 2000 at Charlestown High School in Boston on Monday (5/17). In communities across America, Vice President Al Gore will conduct town meetings to discuss the challenges ahead with the Class of 2000, people of all ages graduating from all different kinds of schools and learning experiences. With the Class of 2000, and sometimes with their parents, Gore will explore the issues most important to the American people and how we can meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

On Saturday (5/15), Al Gore won the non-binding straw poll at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention by a 3-1 margin. Of the 1,649 delegates voting at the convention in Springfield, Gore received 1,130 ballots. While Gore 2000 does not participate in straw polls, this is nevertheless a reflection of the strong broad-based support for Al Gore

"We're very gratified 76 percent of those who voted cast their votes for Gore," said David O'Brien, a member of both the state and national Democratic Party Committee. "It's nice to know he has grass-roots support." (Reuters, 5/16)

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3. Al Gore's Iowa Town Tour

Al Gore's visit to Iowa started in Saturday (5/15) with the formal opening of the Gore 2000 Iowa headquarters in Des Moines. Gore spoke to supporters about the importance of Iowa and the vital role each county would play in the 2000 election.

On Sunday, (5/16) Gore gave the commencement speech at Graceland College in Lamoni, IA. The speech was an outline of the Gore Agenda for Revolutionizing American Education. The plan received high praise from government officials and educational leaders. To read some of the feedback, click here.

The Iowa Town Tour included numerous stops at local town squares across southeastern Iowa and even a hog roast. The events were open to the public and Al Gore talked about his vision and talk with local residents about their concerns and ideas.

"Vice President Gore hit more than a half dozen towns, shaking hands and looking Iowans in the eye at spring festivals, hog roasts and a slew of other made-in-Iowa events designed to put him in close contact with as many people as possible... At a hog roast at the home of Iowa Sen. Rick Fraise and his wife, Joan, the vice president told people that in addition to making changes in the nation's education system, that the country needed to extend its growing economy to people left at the roadside."(Quad-City Times, 5-17)

Check out photos from this weekend’s Iowa Town Tour.

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4. Newsweek Cover highlights Gore

The current issue of Newsweek takes an in-depth look at Al and Tipper Gore and his campaign ideas. The May 24 edition has both articles and interviews about the Gore's and their current focus on education and mental health.

"I'm a better person when I'm with her," he solemnly told NEWSWEEK, "and if the American people choose me to be president, I'll be a better president with her. I can't imagine undertaking any important challenge without her by my side." (Newsweek 5-24)

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5. June 1: Women's Endorsement Event

On June 1, women from across America will join together to show their support for Al Gore. On issues of importance to American women - such as fighting for the Family and Medical Leave Act, protecting freedom of choice, or working to expand access to quality after-school care for all our children, Al Gore has been and continues to be a leader - a champion for women's issues.

If you would like to add your name to the list of women endorsing Al Gore for president on June 1, or get involved with this event, click here.

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6. Upcoming Gore 2000 Travel

* May 17 Gore 2000 Gala, Boston, MA

* May 24 Gore 2000 Dinner, Atlanta, Georgia

* May 26 Gore 2000 Lunch, Dallas, Texas

* May 26 Gore 2000 Dinner, Houston, Texas

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