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Gore: Campaign will 'be about the American people'

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, March 10) -- Vice President Al Gore said Tuesday the 2000 presidential campaign will be "about the American people" and he has a "vision for America" to propel the nation into the 21st century.

"The 21st century is not only the beginning of a mew millennium, it's the beginning of an entirely new era in human history and we have to take new approaches," Gore told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "Late Edition Primetime."

Gore, who has yet to officially declare his candidacy but is considered the front-runner among Democratic hopefuls, said he plans to formally announce his presidential intentions later this year.

"I haven't formally announced my candidacy yet, but when I do, I will lay out a vision of what I want to see in this country in the 21st century," he said.

"The campaign won't be about me, it'll be about the American people, and I hope they'll choose that vision of a nation with strong families and livable communities, in harmony with all of our diversity and fully prepared to lead the world."

The vice president said his vision for America will contrast that of President Bill Clinton's.

"The challenges we face in the future are different from the ones we faced in the past. I have been very much involved in shaping our current economic policies, and I feel as if I know a great deal about how to keep our prosperity going," he said.

Gore does not feel he will have to "step out of the president's shadow" to be noticed by voters.

"I don't feel like I'm in his shadow," he said. "I think the job of vice president is very different and very distinct from the job of president. And for the last six years-plus, I've concentrated on doing the best job I can as vice president to help him be the best president he can be."

(Full transcript of Gore interview)


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Wednesday, March 10, 1999

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