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Al Gore on Abortion
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  • Ban partial-birth abortions, except for maternal health. (Oct 3)
  • No litmus test; but appointees would uphold Roe v. Wade. (Oct 3)
  • Opposes partial birth abortion, but opposes banning it. (Sep 30)
  • Would support RU-486, if proven safe. (Sep 27)
  • Next president’s Supreme Court nominees will decide abortion. (Jun 28)
  • Two questions: Is abortion acceptable? Who should decide? (Mar 3)
  • Right to choice, regardless of economic circumstance. (Mar 1)
  • Personal struggle on abortion reflected in evolving view. (Feb 26)
  • Abortion question is for women, not government or president. (Jan 30)
  • Wrote in 1984 that “abortion is arguably taking a life”. (Jan 30)
  • Voted against Medicare-funded abortions; but now supports it. (Jan 26)
  • Always, always defend a woman’s right to choose. (Jun 1999)
  • Abortions should be safe, legal, and rare. (Nov 1998)
  • Supports Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances law. (Nov 1998)
  • More family planning; less parental consent. (Nov 1998)
Al Gore on Budget & Economy
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  • Prosperity itself is on the ballot; keep “new-economy”. (Oct 28)
  • Paying down debt reduces government intrusion. (Oct 17)
  • After 8 years of prosperity, “you ain’t seen nothing yet.”. (Oct 3)
  • Prosperity results from current policy plus entrepreneurship. (Oct 3)
  • Make hard choices to keep prosperity rolling. (Sep 28)
  • Helping middle-class is goal of economic plan. (Sep 7)
  • Lays out 10 goals in Prosperity for America’s Families plan. (Sep 6)
  • Safeguard prosperity to reduce poverty. (Sep 6)
  • Enable more families to save, own homes, and pay less tax. (Sep 6)
  • Encourage “Retirement Savings Plus” accounts. (Sep 6)
  • Confidence in markets & policy is basis for solid economy. (Apr 25)
  • Economic slowdown would prompt Reinvention push. (Dec 1999)
  • Clinton-Gore budget concepts broke cycle of recession. (Dec 1999)
  • Low interest rates are a key to strong economy. (Oct 1999)

    Budget Surplus

  • Surest way to bust economy is Bush’s tax cuts. (Oct 3)
  • Set aside $300B as a “Surplus Reserve Fund”. (Sep 6)
  • $4.56 trillion spending plan for 10 years’ budget surplus. (Sep 6)
  • Set aside one-sixth of surplus in case rosy estimates fail. (Sep 6)
  • Free America from debt by paying down $3 trillion. (Sep 6)
  • Use surplus to strengthen Social Security, Medicare. (Sep 6)
  • Spend $164B surplus on Medicare, tax cuts, & debt. (Apr 30)
  • Pay off the national debt by 2013. (Apr 25)
  • Set aside 15-16% of budget surplus to fix Medicare. (Oct 1999)
  • Balance or surplus except in crises. (May 1999)

    Oil & Energy

  • Renewable energy instead of nuclear power. (Oct 16)
  • Drilling ANWR too high a price for a few months of oil. (Oct 3)
  • Tax incentives for development of renewable energy. (Oct 3)
  • Release oil from Strategic Petroleum Reserve. (Sep 21)
  • $150B Energy Security and Environment Trust Fund. (Sep 12)
  • Tax breaks for fuel efficiency will fuel prosperity. (Jun 28)
  • New energy technology will lead to more prosperity. (Jun 27)
  • Energy policy: focus on future tech & incentives. (Jun 27)
Al Gore on China
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  • To union: we disagree on China; but agree elsewhere. (May 22)
  • Push Congress aggressively on China/WTO. (Mar 11)
  • Do not reveal strategy and inflame China or Taiwan. (Mar 1)
  • Engage China, but demand respect for human rights. (Jan 5)
  • Supports permanent normal trade relations with China. (Dec 1999)
  • Diplomacy with both Taiwan and China. (Dec 1999)
  • Supports MFN for China. (May 1999)
  • Speed up China’s access to WTO. (Nov 1998)
Al Gore on Civil Rights
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  • Civil rights & Supreme Court are at stake in this election. (Oct 30)
  • Hate crimes stigmatize whole groups; enforce as civil rights. (Oct 11)
  • First civil rights act will ban racial profiling. (Oct 11)
  • Commitment to helping disabled reach their potential. (Jul 25)
  • Invest in independent living & enforce disabled rights. (Jul 25)
  • Latino values are America’s best values. (Jul 1)
  • Tipper & Al pushed for voluntary record lyric labeling. (Mar 3)
  • Confederate flag divides-remove it, but no boycott. (Jan 17)
  • Latinos considered for Supreme Court, but no pledge. (Jan 17)
  • Review disenfranchisement of felons but keep concept. (Jan 17)
  • End discrimination based on mental illnesses. (May 1999)
  • Fund and enforce the Disabilities Act. (May 1999)

    Affirmative Action

  • Affirmative Action: mend it, don’t end it. (Oct 25)
  • Affirmative action does not mean quotas. (Oct 17)
  • Gore emphasizes long-term commitment to NAACP. (Jul 12)
  • Close gender gap; equal pay for women. (May 11)
  • Investigate racial profiling at the federal level. (Mar 1)
  • Constitution evolved for women & blacks; & will evolve more. (Mar 1)
  • Keep affirmative action; reject numerical quotas. (Feb 21)
  • Ban racial profiling by Executive Order. (Jan 17)
  • Affirmative action still needed - continue the fight. (Dec 1999)
  • Need more opportunities for women-owned businesses. (Jun 1999)

    Gay Rights

  • Find some way for civic union; but not gay marriage. (Oct 11)
  • Supports Vermont’s Civil Union law. (Sep 27)
  • Stop discrimination against same-sex domestic partnerships. (Mar 1)
  • Eliminate ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’; let gays serve in army. (Dec 1999)
  • Supports same-sex partnerships; but not “marriage” title. (Oct 1999)
Al Gore on Crime
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  • National hate crimes law is needed, absolutely. (Oct 11)
  • 50,000 more police, to cut the crime rate for next 10 years. (Aug 18)
  • Invest in police and prosecutors to reduce crime. (Jul 19)
  • Constitutional amendment for victim’s rights. (May 3)
  • Intensify the battle against crime, drugs, and disorder. (May 2)
  • Get clean to get out; stay clean to stay out. (May 2)
  • “Lock box” to keep money in crime enforcement. (Apr 14)
  • Hate crimes are fundamentally different than other crimes. (Mar 1)
  • Recognizes disparities in sentencing blacks. (Jan 17)
  • Fight terrorism with leadership, tight control of technology. (Dec 1999)
  • Supports “Broken Windows” law enforcement. (May 1999)

    Death Penalty

  • Death penalty for deterrence, but carefully. (Oct 17)
  • Use DNA techniques to make death penalty more fair. (Sep 4)
  • Supports death penalty; no moratorium for new DNA techniques. (Feb 21)
  • Death penalty for murdering federal officers. (May 1999)

    Mandatory Sentencing

  • Victims need protection and justice. (Jul 18)
  • Crime plan: More police; tougher penalties; victims’ rights. (May 2)
  • Three Strikes should apply only to truly violent crimes. (Feb 21)
Al Gore on Defense
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  • The best technology makes U.S. military the best. (Oct 17)
  • Help with landmine removal; ban them in 2006 but not now. (Sep 7)
  • Keep America strong for challenges of newly free world. (Aug 18)
  • Build-down military to smaller but more effective. (May 27)
  • Prepare for challenges of the information-age battefield. (May 27)
  • Use military as last resort, only when effective & shared. (May 27)
  • From day one: Transform to 21st century military strategy. (May 27)
  • Forward Engagement: address problems before crises arise. (Apr 30)
  • Supported Gulf War; costs of war less than alternative. (Mar 3)
  • Sensible increases in defense spending. (Feb 3)
  • Nation-building is part of world leadership. (Oct 11)

    Military Personnel

  • US military is best in history of the world. (Oct 3)
  • Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is unfair & hasn’t worked. (Sep 6)
  • No soldier should have to rely on food stamps. (Aug 23)
  • Personnel: better pay; housing; family services; healthcare. (May 27)
  • $1.2 billion in new education money for veterans. (May 11)
  • Appointees must ENFORCE allowing gays; not AGREE with policy. (Jan 11)

    Missile Defense

  • Full-scale “Star Wars” is unrealistic & too expensive. (Jul 10)
  • Nuclear unilateralism will hinder arms control. (May 28)
  • Build less powerful SDI; to keep ABM treaty & START III. (May 27)
  • Focus SDI on rogue states. (May 27)
  • Test Ban Treaty is the tide of history; ratify it. (Oct 1999)
Al Gore on Drugs
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  • Clinton-Gore drug policy: spending up; drug use down. (Oct 7)
  • Science doesn’t say medical marijuana is proper. (May 12)
  • Mandatory weekly drug testing for state prisoners & parolees. (May 3)
  • Drug treatment programs for every addict who wants one. (May 3)
  • Lead a national crusade against drugs. (May 2)
  • Loosen restrictions on medical marijuana. (Mar 5)
  • Tougher drug policies; fight drugs in Colombia. (Mar 5)
  • Did pot when young, like young people do. (Jan 24)
  • Decrease disparities in punishing crack vs. powder cocaine. (Nov 1999)
  • Drug efforts are beginning to pay off; we must do more. (Feb 1999)
  • Community disconnectedness is a source of drug problems. (Feb 1999)
  • Drug Control Strategy: More $, more enforcement, more TV ads. (Feb 1999)
  • After-school programs prevent most drug use. (Mar 1998)
Al Gore on Education
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  • Bush voucher plan would result in a huge new federal program. (Oct 26)
  • Claimed $10,000 tuition tax cut worth $800 over current plan. (Oct 17)
  • Recruit teachers, improve classrooms, help failing schools. (Oct 17)
  • Make $10,000 of college tuition tax deductible annually. (Oct 6)
  • $176B over 10 years for pre-school, special ed, & more. (Oct 3)
  • Agrees with teacher unions on vouchers, salary, & class size. (Sep 30)
  • $170B on education over next 10 years. (Sep 13)
  • Voluntary school prayer is ok, if teachers aren’t involved. (Sep 12)
  • Large federal role in education, including tax deductions. (Sep 11)
  • Agrees with unions against vouchers; disagrees on testing. (Jun 3)
  • Encourage after-school with tax credits & funds for schools. (May 25)
  • Seeks transformation of educational system in 4 years. (Apr 28)
  • Stress early learning, small classes, & classroom technology. (Apr 28)
  • 5-point plan: High school exit exams; focus on character. (Apr 28)
  • Highlights of 10-year $115B education program. (Apr 2)
  • “Revolutionary plan”: 50% more for public schools. (Jan 13)
  • $5B/year for universal preschool for 3- & 4-year-olds. (Dec 1999)
  • Hire 2M teachers over next 10 years. (Dec 1999)
  • Connect every school to the Internet. (May 1999)


  • Investment in public education; with testing & local control. (Oct 3)
  • Stress accountability; close the “achievement gap”. (Apr 28)
  • Supports Goals 2000 & standards-based movement. (Feb 23)
  • $10K “Teacher Corps” bonus; hire & test teachers. (May 1999)
  • Test teachers; remove failing tenured teachers. (May 1999)
  • End social promotion; turn around failing schools. (May 1999)


  • $36B for tuition after saving Medicare & Social Security. (Sep 8)
  • More resources for education: tax breaks for college. (Sep 6)
  • Make saving and borrowing for college easier. (Sep 6)
  • Make college tuition tax-deductible. (Aug 18)
  • Reduce class sizes; make college savings plans. (Jun 1999)
  • National Tuition Savings program to send kids to college. (May 1999)
  • More student loans & grants; make 2 years of college free. (May 1999)
Al Gore on Environment
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  • Ban oil and gas drilling off Florida coast. (Nov 1)
  • Texas is the smoggiest state with the smoggiest city in US. (Oct 31)
  • Continue & do more cleanup of Great Lakes. (Oct 31)
  • UN report confirms global warming; Gore revives the issue. (Oct 27)
  • A clean environment and a healthy economy do not conflict. (Oct 11)
  • Incentives for technology; but no voluntary regulations. (Oct 11)
  • Invest in clean water, air, & land in “Environmental Decade”. (Aug 19)
  • Trust Fund for the Environment to foster protection & growth. (Jul 24)
  • No drilling in ANWR & off coasts; protect pristine areas. (May 30)
  • Ozone protection is working; keep up diligence. (Apr 23)
  • Big Lie: good environment is bad economics. (Apr 23)
  • Strengthen CAA; polluters pay for air cleanup. (Apr 23)
  • Market-based goals for power plants’ air pollution. (Apr 22)
  • Environmental justice and economic revival go hand-in-hand. (Feb 21)
  • Tax credits & business incentives for energy efficiency. (Oct 1999)
  • Work with business to solve environmental problems. (May 1999)
  • If we do nothing else, save the rain forest. (Jul 1993)
  • The US should lead the global environmental movement. (Jul 1993)
  • Calculate environmental impact when measuring profit. (Jul 1993)
  • Civilization and the earth are increasingly in conflict. (Jul 1993)

    Brownfields & Parks

  • Pass bipartisan legislation to revitalize contaminated sites. (Jul 12)
  • Transform brownfields into parks with federal investment. (Jul 12)
  • Livability Agenda proposes $1 billion for parks. (May 1999)
  • Supports “livability” agenda. (Apr 1999)
  • Control clean air in National Parks. (Apr 1999)

    Farm Policy

  • Farmers are the first environmentalists. (Oct 17)
  • Safety net for farmers & focused rural development. (Oct 17)
  • Kill Freedom to Farm Act: keep price supports. (Sep 20)
  • Preserve free-flows, pristine peaks, & salmon fisheries. (Jun 9)
  • No timber sales in national forest roadless areas. Period. (May 31)
  • Base farm policy, like hormones in livestock, on science. (Jan 8)
  • Limit logging in National Forests but protect way of life. (Jan 5)
  • Supports ethanol subsidies & “farm safety net”. (Nov 1999)
  • Triple use of biomass, ethanol, plant-based textiles, etc. (Nov 1999)

    Global Warming

  • Carbon dioxide causes global warming and we should act. (Oct 11)
  • Global Warming is a clear & present threat; but preventable. (Apr 23)
  • Kyoto goals are an indispensable first step. (Apr 23)
  • Avoid “out of tune” unachievable CO2-reduction proposals. (Apr 1999)
  • Global Marshall Plan: Five strategic goals. (Jul 1993)

    Mass Transit & Suburban Sprawl

  • Replace sprawl with “smart growth”; $7.8B on Everglades. (Sep 30)
  • Major commitment to build high-speed Amtrak rail systems. (Sep 17)
  • Both gas & public transit should be affordable & available. (Jun 29)
  • Clean up and improve existing bus & rail systems. (Jun 29)
  • Gore proposes $2B to counter suburban sprawl. (Nov 1999)
  • Public/private initiative to triple auto fuel efficiency. (Oct 1999)
  • Mass transit to fight suburban sprawl. (May 1999)
Al Gore on Families & Children
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  • Faith and family are America’s biggest strengths. (Oct 23)
  • Abstinence Ed in the context of comprehensive Sex Ed. (Sep 22)
  • Hold entertainment industry accountable. (Sep 11)
  • Enable 7 of 10 families to own a home. (Sep 6)
  • Focus on “working families” via tax cuts & education. (Aug 22)
  • Tax cuts for families will help care for both young and old. (Jun 15)
  • Parental Responsibility Accounts: dads pay kids, not welfare. (Jun 3)
  • Employ “dead-broke dads”, crack down on “deadbeat dads.”. (Jun 2)
  • After-school care for 10 million kids. (May 25)
  • 50% After-School Tax Credit for kids 6 to 16. (May 25)
  • Elian’s interests paramount over diplomatic interests. (Apr 1)
  • Tax credits for child care for working & at-home families. (Jan 8)
  • After-school programs prevent most drug use. (Jun 1999)
  • Tobacco is greatest threat to kids’ health. (Jun 1999)
  • Protect kids from Internet smut as part of “e-rate”. (Jun 1999)
  • Pre-school available to every child in every community. (Jun 1999)
  • Supports V-Chip and parental controls over TV & Internet. (May 1999)
  • More restrictions on underage smoking. (May 1999)
  • Enroll uninsured children in federal health programs. (May 1999)
  • Supports Family and Medical Leave Act. (Nov 1998)
Al Gore on Foreign Policy
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  • Vietnam: Trade will improve human rights & help with MIAs. (Oct 18)
  • Chernomyrdin Commission produced results despite corruption. (Oct 13)
  • Supported force in Mideast, Balkans, Haiti, not Somalia. (Oct 11)
  • US bonds with Israel endure; we should broker. (Oct 11)
  • Rwandan genocide: no military, but more humanitarian aid. (Oct 11)
  • Haiti: Intervention gave them a chance at democracy. (Oct 11)
  • Cuba: Hard-liner on Castro; keep sanctions. (Oct 4)
  • North Korea: Continue exploring rapprochement. (Oct 4)
  • Russia: US’s abiding interest, but troubled by Putin. (Oct 4)
  • Russia’s transition is accomplishment, if over-optimistic. (Jun 4)
  • Africa: give the poorest countries a hand up. (Apr 30)
  • Chechnya: Keep aid that helps US; cut off aid that helps war. (Jan 26)
  • Mantle of leadership means responding to violence abroad. (Oct 1999)
  • Supports New Security Agenda and Third-World debt relief. (Sep 30)


  • Gore supports vigorous intervention abroad; Bush less so. (Oct 30)
  • The world is looking to US for leadership. (Oct 11)
  • The power of example is America’s greatest power. (Oct 11)
  • Nation-building: preferable to WWIII, and a stunning success. (Oct 4)
  • UN treaties are effective means for US to help Third World. (Aug 20)
  • New Security Agenda: keep old; build new; avoid isolation. (Apr 30)
  • Strong defense for world leader; tie defense to other issues. (Jan 1)
  • Intervention requires national interest, by our values. (Oct 1999)
  • Pay UN dues, as leader of the world. (Oct 1999)


  • Palestine: Arafat should restrain protest violence. (Oct 15)
  • Iraq: Support opposition to overthrow Saddam. (Oct 11)
  • Don’t let OPEC take advantage of Americans. (Sep 20)
  • Israel: support full UN participation. (May 23)
  • Iraq: support Saddam’s opposition, until he’s gone. (May 23)
  • Committed to the survival & security of Israel. (Mar 3)
  • Supported continuing 1998 air strikes in Iraq. (Dec 1998)
  • Supported Bush’s 1991 bombing of Iraq. (Dec 1998)
Al Gore on Free Trade & Immigration
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  • Link trade to environment and labor. (Sep 30)
  • Fair trade: standards for child labor & environment. (Aug 18)
  • Agrees with unions on 90% of issues, but not on free trade. (Mar 11)
  • Open Europe & Japan to genetically-modified farm products. (Jan 9)
  • Use Fast Track to encourage new markets. (May 1999)
  • Free and fair trade means economic growth and jobs. (May 1999)
  • Protectionism only protects us from prosperity. (Nov 1998)


  • English is our language, but “English-Only” divides us. (Nov 1)
  • Citizenship for 1.2M cleared backlog, but sacrificed quality. (Aug 1)
  • More immigrants to alleviate labor shortage. (Mar 1)
  • Immigrants from communist Cuba are different. (Jan 17)
  • Immigration leads to diversity and cultural tolerance. (Apr 1999)


  • More Latin American trade, with labor & enviro protections. (Oct 31)
  • Debate with Perot was instrumental in passing NAFTA. (Mar 3)
  • WTO talks will continue, with labor & environment input. (Dec 1999)
  • WTO requires Japan & Europe to deal with our trade issues. (Dec 1999)
  • Open markets with safeguards for labor and environment. (Dec 1999)
Al Gore on Government Reform
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  • Regulatory style: smaller & smarter govt, but stronger regs. (Oct 31)
  • Promises weekly open meeting as President. (Oct 30)
  • I don’t ever want to see another era of big government. (Oct 25)
  • Spending increase? “Absolutely not”; balance every budget. (Oct 17)
  • Were you better off 8 years ago than you are now? (Oct 17)
  • Supreme Court should interpret Constitution. (Oct 3)
  • Decreased fed workforce by 300,000; won’t increase by 20,000. (Oct 3)
  • Use historic surplus to balance budget and help middle class. (Oct 3)
  • Puerto Rico: Back statehood if majority votes for it. (Sep 20)
  • Open meetings to stay in touch with every-day people. (Aug 18)
  • Supported “PAC participation in the political process”. (Mar 3)
  • Supreme Court nominees should interpret the Constitution. (Mar 1)
  • No controlling legal authority“ for White House calls. (Mar 1997)
  • We distrust our government; but want it in emergencies. (Sep 1995)
  • Performance-based pay for civil servants. (Jan 1999)

    Campaign Finance Reform

  • McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform will be first bill. (Oct 3)
  • Ban soft money and provide free broadcast time. (Sep 30)
  • Campaign finance reform will be very first bill to Congress. (Aug 18)
  • $7B public campaign finance fund. (Apr 16)
  • Full disclosure for lobbyists, donations, & issue ads. (Mar 27)
  • Calls for soft-money ban; but won’t unilaterally disarm. (Mar 11)
  • Free TV and radio for candidates during campaigns. (Mar 1)
  • Has supported bills like McCain-Feingold for 20 years. (Oct 1999)

    Reinventing Government

  • Pledges to add not one new federal position. (Oct 25)
  • Begin second phase of reinvention: shrink federal govt. (Oct 25)
  • In last 5 years, fed govt shrank; TX govt grew. (Oct 17)
  • Continue Reinvention: put everything federal on Internet. (Apr 25)
  • “Reinvention” caused some reform, but nothing fundamental. (Mar 3)
  • Continue “reinvention”, which has saved $137 billion. (May 1999)
  • Decentralization builds faith in government. (Jan 1999)
  • Customer Satisfaction Survey for feds. (Jan 1999)
  • Common sense government: focus on results & customers. (Sep 1995)
  • ReGo: downsize; streamline; restructure; & privatize. (Sep 1995)
Al Gore on Gun Control
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  • Focus on gun safety, not hunters & sportsmen. (Oct 17)
  • Restrict guns from wrong hands, not sportsmen & homeowners. (Oct 11)
  • Gun licensing by states, but no registration. (Oct 11)
  • No special lawsuit protection for gun makers. (Sep 30)
  • Mandatory background checks & child safety locks. (Aug 18)
  • Agrees with Bush on banning weapons; but wants registration. (Apr 21)
  • Nationally mandated, state-run system of photo licensing. (Apr 20)
  • Take on the NRA with presidential leadership. (Mar 1)
  • Passed toughest gun control in 30 years; same for next 30. (Feb 21)
  • Maximize gun control within what’s politically possible. (Jan 5)
  • Counter gun lobby with ‘family lobby’ to shield kids. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted against some gun limitations while in Congress. (Jun 1999)
  • Supports background checks at gun shows, in tie-breaker. (May 1999)
  • Supports Brady Law and ban on assault weapons. (May 1999)
Al Gore on Health Care
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  • Claim that drugmakers spend more on ads than R&D isn’t true. (Oct 17)
  • Physicians, not HMO should make medical decisions. (Oct 17)
  • Drug companies spend more on ads than on research. (Oct 17)
  • Opposes Medical Savings Accounts; they segment out the sick. (Oct 11)
  • Claims Bush puts Texas oil interests before healthy children. (Oct 11)
  • Claims of Bush’s choices & benefits are underestimated. (Oct 11)
  • Stronger penalties for HMOs who drop seniors. (Sep 25)
  • Foster competition in drug research; companies misspend R&D. (Aug 28)
  • Curb excess pharmaceutical profits made at consumer expense. (Jul 1)
  • $30B over 10 years to help families with elder care. (Jun 6)
  • Against assisted suicide; but leave it to the states. (May 13)
  • Get generic drugs to market quickly & cheaply. (Mar 31)
  • Let FDA regulate cigarettes; fight teenage smoking. (Mar 22)
  • Focus on prevention to limit costs. (May 1999)
  • No discriminating based on genetic information. (Nov 1998)
  • Remove stigma & treat mental illness like physical illness. (May 31)

    Insurance coverage

  • Step by step, fill in the gaps in health care. (Oct 17)
  • Wants some form of non-government universal health care. (Oct 11)
  • Cover 12 million uninsured at a 10-year cost of $157 billion. (Sep 30)
  • Move toward universal health coverage, step by step. (Aug 18)
  • All children should have health care by 2004. (Apr 28)
  • Expand Children’s Health Insurance Program for working poor. (Mar 14)
  • $146B over 10 years to insure 90% of adults & 100% of kids. (Oct 1999)

    Medicare & Medicaid

  • Medicare Rx plan: you choose, Medicare pays. (Oct 3)
  • Put Medicare in lockbox so seniors can afford prescriptions. (Oct 3)
  • Protect Medicare’s funds with “lockbox”. (Sep 23)
  • Modernize Medicare with choice, efficiency, competition. (Sep 23)
  • Too many seniors have to choose between drugs and rent. (Sep 23)
  • Senior prescription drug benefit with $4,000 cap. (Sep 23)
  • Allow 55-65 year olds to buy into Medicare. (Sep 23)
  • Free preventive cancer screenings for Medicare beneficiaries. (Sep 23)
  • $253B for Medicare prescriptions & subsidized premiums. (Sep 6)
  • 1997 Medicare cuts went too far-put back $339B. (Aug 31)
  • Health Care Trust Fund to expand coverage. (Jun 14)
  • $300B over 15 years to keep Medicare solvent. (Mar 1)

    Patient Rights

  • Patient Rights: power to doctors; right of appeal. (Oct 17)
  • Supports Dingell-Norwell Patient Bill of Rights. (Oct 17)
  • Encourage competition, ensure choice, stop abuses. (Sep 23)
  • Private medical information should not be bought and sold. (Sep 19)
  • Enforce HMO coverage of women’s cancer treatment. (Sep 18)
  • Patients have right to more access, protection, recourse. (Jul 11)
  • 25% tax credit for health insurance; HMO appeals. (Mar 14)
  • Patient rights: emergency coverage & performance disclosure. (Jan 8)
  • Patients and doctors should decide who gets what care. (Oct 1999)
Al Gore on Juvenile Crime
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  • Focus on discipline, character and safety in schools. (Apr 28)
  • Solution is gun control, V-chips, and character education. (Apr 20)
  • Ban guns in churches; “lock box” for crime funding. (Apr 14)
  • Tough gun laws & so much more, to stop child tragedies. (Mar 1)
  • Zero tolerance for guns at school; raise age to 21. (Jan 8)
  • We need more self-restraint in the media. (Dec 1999)
  • Make schools violence-free and drug-free. (Jun 1999)
  • Faith-based crime prevention via clergy outreach. (May 1999)
  • Tough “Second-chance schools” for kids. (May 1999)
Al Gore on Kosovo
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  • Maintain presence in Balkans; Bush would destabilize NATO. (Oct 22)
  • Military’s role is nation building in Balkans and elsewhere. (Oct 21)
  • Genocide is a strategic interest & warrants intervention. (Oct 11)
  • Bosnia: Be proud that we stopped ethnic cleansing. (Oct 4)
  • Russians won’t ask Milosevic to step down. (Oct 3)
  • Will decide about Milosevic based on 24 years of experience. (Oct 3)
  • US must support Serbia in kicking out Milosevic. (Oct 3)
  • Supported early action in Bosnia; no “Vietnam syndrome”. (Mar 3)
  • Serbs committing crimes against humanity. (May 1999)
  • Ethnic cleansing means mass murder and we will stop it. (Apr 1999)
  • Moral interests apply to all; NATO can act on it here. (Apr 1999)
  • Ignoring Milosevic destabilizes Europe & world justice. (Apr 1999)
  • Moral interests dictate that we fight Milosevic’s evil. (Apr 1999)
  • Bomb until Serb forces withdraw & refugees return. (Apr 1999)
Al Gore on Principles & Values
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  • I have kept the faith, with family & in office. (Oct 17)
  • His experience in Vietnam & Congress qualifies him to lead. (Oct 17)
  • Campaign finance reform will help end cynicism in politics. (Oct 17)
  • Promises to get the big things right; sorry for exaggerating. (Oct 11)
  • Judge me on my experience and platform. (Oct 3)
  • Gore’s favorite things: Wheaties, Beatles, & kissing Tipper. (Sep 12)
  • Make history with fewer than 1 in 10 living in poverty. (Sep 6)
  • Agrees to further debates if Bush agrees to 3 main debates. (Sep 4)
  • Focus on “specifics” questions Bush & favors wonkishness. (Aug 22)
  • Populist tone to commitment to fight for the people. (Aug 20)
  • Running on his agenda of last quarter century. (Aug 13)
  • Challenges Bush to debate issues instead of personal attacks. (Aug 9)
  • Criticism with defense of Clinton served the public interest. (Jan 5)
  • Policies, not labels, define me. (Jan 5)
  • Working to improve things overcomes disillusionment. (Oct 1999)
  • Practical Idealism: centrist on most issues. (Jul 1999)
  • America’s mission: prove that freedom & diversity work. (Apr 1999)

    Campaign Themes

  • Top Ten rejected campaign slogans. (Sep 14)
  • Stand for the people and against special interests. (Jul 10)
  • Whose side are you on? The people’s or the powerful? (Jul 7)
  • Earth in the Balance is a call to action and hope. (Apr 23)
  • In Congress, called himself a “raging moderate”. (Mar 3)
  • Domestic priorities: schools, health, enviro, & Reinvention. (Dec 1999)
  • “Stay and fight!” invokes passion, loyalty, and purpose. (Oct 1999)
  • Four core principles of Reinventing Government. (Jun 1999)


  • The purpose of life is to glorify God. (Oct 23)
  • Abstinence Ed in the context of comprehensive Sex Ed. (Sep 22)
  • Voluntary school prayer is ok, if teachers aren’t involved. (Sep 12)
  • Lieberman’s morality & Jewishness makes him a bold pick. (Aug 8)
  • Born-again Baptist; serves God & obeys God’s will. (Mar 3)
  • Respect Constitution and others when affirming faith. (Jan 5)
  • Faith-based organizations replace govt programs. (May 1999)
Al Gore on School Choice
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  • Bush’s vouchers are “educational roulette”. (Oct 26)
  • Bush proposes more for vouchers than for public schools. (Oct 17)
  • Overempasized restrictions of Bush’s education plan. (Oct 17)
  • Vouchers cause public schools to have 9:30 lunch & no desks. (Oct 3)
  • Spend resources rebuilding public schools. (Oct 3)
  • Yes, poor parents in failing schools might like vouchers. (Aug 31)
  • Invest in schools; don’t drain them via vouchers. (Aug 18)
  • Lieberman experiments with vouchers; Bush destroys with them. (Aug 10)
  • Parents in failing schools can’t wait: Shut down & re-open. (May 23)
  • For-profit schools OK within public system. (May 23)
  • Says Bush’s “choice” sends kids to bad public schools. (Apr 28)
  • Choice & competition only within public & charter schools. (Apr 28)
  • Give parents choice in choosing public schools. (Mar 21)
  • Increase public school aid by 50% instead of vouchers. (Jan 17)
  • No experimental vouchers. (Sep 1999)
  • More choice, more local control, within public schools. (May 1999)
  • Shut failing schools; then re-open & turn them around. (May 1999)
  • Against vouchers; build up public schools instead. (Mar 1998)
Al Gore on Social Security
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  • Won’t break Social Security promises to seniors. (Nov 1)
  • Will Bush cut benefits or raise the retirement age? (Oct 21)
  • Claim that Social Security will go bankrupt is misleading. (Oct 19)
  • Bush’s “Social Security Minus” diverts $1 from every $6. (Oct 3)
  • Paying off national debt keeps trust fund solvent until 2054. (Sep 30)
  • Dedicate the budget surplus first to saving Social Security. (Aug 18)
  • Open questions: future surplus & future discipline. (Jul 5)
  • Social Security Plus: voluntary tax-free private investment. (Jun 13)
  • Protect Social Security from privacy & ID theft. (Jun 9)
  • Use stock market for private investment, not Social Security. (May 24)
  • Debt reduction and interest saved will save social security. (May 16)
  • Keep the ‘security’ in Social Security. (May 15)
  • Ensure health care & retirement security for aging veterans. (May 10)
  • Privatization is “stock market roulette”. (Apr 5)
  • Eliminate the motherhood penalty. (Apr 3)
  • Strengthen benefits for widows. (Apr 3)
  • Streamline disability and advocacy processes. (Jun 1999)
  • Opposed cutting Medicare; commit more funds instead. (Jun 1999)
  • Protect retirement plans while times are good. (May 1999)
Al Gore on Tax Reform
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  • $500B to people earning under $100K; via 30 targeted cuts. (Oct 17)
  • Federal matching funds for poor and middle class savings. (Oct 17)
  • Except for wealthiest, exempt people from estate tax. (Oct 17)
  • Claim that every family is eligible for tax cut is unlikely. (Oct 11)
  • Cut taxes for 99% of middle class, not the wealthiest 1%. (Oct 3)
  • Target surplus at national debt, rainy days, & education. (Sep 30)
  • End marriage penalty; reform estate tax; targeted cuts. (Sep 6)
  • Lower taxes for working families with targeted tax reform. (Sep 6)
  • Tax cuts to benefit middle-class, not just the rich. (Aug 21)
  • Don’t eliminate gas tax; ask oil interests to charge less. (Jul 3)
  • Eliminate the marriage penalty for working families. (Jun 15)
  • $500B in tax cuts targeted to working families. (Jun 15)
  • Help caregivers with tax reform, nursing home alternatives. (Jun 7)
  • $250B over 10 years in targeted tax cuts. (Feb 27)
  • Save Social Security, Medicare, and address debt before cuts. (Feb 21)
  • Rules out tax increase in good economic times. (Dec 1999)
  • Eliminate estate taxes for the little guy, not the wealthy. (Jun 21)

    Critique of Bush tax plan

  • Bush’s tax plan is class warfare on behalf of billionaires. (Nov 1)
  • Impossibly large tax cut will yield big debt and recession. (Oct 31)
  • We both target our tax cuts: Bush targets the rich. (Oct 31)
  • Comparison of wealthy tax cut to middle class exaggerated. (Oct 19)
  • Single wealthy person’s tax cut equal to roomful of people. (Oct 17)
  • Claim that Bush benefits “top 1%” only true with estate tax. (Oct 11)
  • Yes, it’s your money-but it’s your programs too. (Aug 31)
  • Too large a tax cut would wreck economy & military readiness. (Aug 23)
  • Bush’s tax cut gives average family only 62 cents. (Aug 18)
  • Bush’s tax plan is “economic snake oil”. (Mar 17)
  • $792B tax cut is a “risky tax scheme”. (Aug 1999)
Al Gore on Technology
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  • $33B for new R&D tax credit; more privacy protection on-line. (Oct 28)
  • Parents’ “protection page” to check kids’ web surfing. (Oct 17)
  • “Digital Cabinet” of high-tech advisors. (Sep 30)
  • Maintain prosperity via millions of new high-tech jobs. (Sep 6)
  • Double investment in medical research. (Aug 18)
  • New technology should not mean less privacy. (Jun 8)
  • Promote $500B market for energy technology. (Apr 23)
  • Unhealthy concentrations of power snuff out competition. (Apr 9)
  • Broadcasters required to assist with “Democracy Endowment”. (Mar 27)
  • Postpone Mars for domestic spending. (Dec 1999)
  • Expand crime-fighting computer technology nationally. (Jun 1999)
  • Triana satellite would inspire environmental consciousness. (Jun 1999)
  • Genome project yes; genetic discrimination no. (May 1999)

    Electronic Government

  • Create e-government, interactive access for all citizens. (Jun 5)
  • “G-Bay”: on-line government surplus auction site. (Jun 5)
  • Online federal services: a “second American Revolution”. (Jun 5)
  • Assisted heavily with invention of Internet in 1989. (Mar 3)
  • Proud of helping Internet; not proud of claiming invention. (Oct 1999)


  • Electronic Bill of Rights protects personal information. (Oct 6)
  • Internet self-regulation OK: privacy policy on all web sites. (Oct 6)
  • V-chip & Internet filters are parental tools to protect kids. (Apr 20)
  • Bridge the Digital Divide. (Apr 3)
  • Regulate Internet privacy & child access, but not content. (Mar 1)
  • Universal Internet access should be a national priority. (Feb 21)
  • Tax-free Internet a catastrophe for local governments. (Dec 1999)
  • Connect every school to the Internet. (Jun 1999)
  • Use high tech to deliver government and social services. (May 1999)
  • Electronic Bill of Rights for personal privacy. (May 1999)
Al Gore on Welfare & Labor
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  • Housing: Keep interest rates low; foster more savings. (Oct 28)
  • Invest to increase median family income by one-third by 2010. (Sep 6)
  • $2.3B in tax credits for worker training. (Jun 23)
  • $200B to encourage more savings by low-income workers. (Jun 19)
  • Second generation of welfare reform: focus on fatherhood. (Jun 2)
  • Build 180,000 low-income homes; subsidize 120,000 more. (Apr 19)
  • Investing in inner cities is good deed & good business. (Apr 16)
  • 7M people off welfare: reform has worked. (Jan 26)
  • Reduce child poverty via tax credits & minimum wage. (Jan 8)
  • Invest in urban redevelopment and “Empowerment Zones”. (May 1999)

    Faith-based organizations

  • Strengthen voluntary charity as well as federal welfare. (Sep 30)
  • Supports volunteerism thru faith-based organizations. (May 1999)
  • Corporations should match donations to faith-based orgs. (May 1999)
  • “Charitable Choice:” Fed funds for church-based welfare. (May 1999)
  • Faith-based organizations replace govt programs. (May 1999)


  • Reduce poverty to 10% via welfare reform & minimum wage. (Sep 6)
  • Support equal pay for equal work. (Sep 6)
  • Promises labor prosperity, repeal of striker replacement law. (Jul 21)
  • To union: we disagree on China; but agree elsewhere. (May 22)
  • Supports Coal Miner and Widows Health Protection Act. (May 10)
  • Add $1 to minimum wage; add earned-income credits. (Aug 1999)
  • Injuries can be reduced by workers self-identifying hazards. (May 1999)


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