Gore on deck

As he eyes the presidency in 2000, Al Gore casts an eye toward black America


GORE: I think the Democratic Party has to earn the vote of African Americans. I’m doing my best to earn the vote of every African American and every American in other ethnic groups. If we’re going to succeed as a nation in the 21st century, we have to tear down barriers of prejudice and division and recognize there must be equal opportunities for all. But the burden of history is such that discrimination still does exist. That’s why I proposed the largest increase in the enforcement of our civil rights laws in the history of our country. We need to be aggressive in enforcing those laws, in providing opportunities, making more capital available and leveling the playing field for everyone. The ultimate goal is to bring all African Americans into the full prosperity of the United States.

Q: To that end what are you doing to help combat the Proposition 209 clones that have spread from California to states such as Washington?

GORE: I’ve spoken out against Prop 209 and the clones as well. We can’t tolerate demagoguery and the kinds of politics of division that have done such damage to Americans in this country over the years. I want to bring Americans together so we can seize the opportunities of the future together.

BORN: March 31, 1948, Washington, D.C.
EDUCATION: St. Albans School, 1965; Harvard University, 1969;
Vanderbilt School of Religion, 1972; Vanderbilt Law School, 1974-76
MILITARY SERVICE: U.S. Army, 1969-71
MARRIED: Mary Elizabeth “Tipper” Aitcheson, 1970
CHILDREN: Karenna, 25; Kristin, 22; Sarah, 20; Albert 3d, 16
GOVERNMENT POSITIONS: U.S. Representative, 1977-1985; U.S. Senator, 1985-1993
OTHER MAJOR POSITIONS: Investigative reporter and editorial writer for The Tennessean, 1971-76

Gore began his career in public service in 1976 when he was elected as a representative from Tennessee to the U.S. Congress (1977-1985). He was elected to the U.S. Senate in
1984 and was re-elected in 1990 (1985-1993). A candidate for the Democratic nomination for President in 1988, he won more than 3 million votes and Democratic contests in seven states.

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