Sawdust Tears For Al......

John A. Quayle blueoval at SGI.NET
Tue Jul 6 18:49:07 MDT 1999

Clinton tells Dems Gore is not a winner
By Doug Thompson

        President Bill Clinton has told Democratic party leaders privately he
doesn’t believe Vice President Al Gore can win the Presidency in the 2000
elections, White House and Democratic sources tell Capitol Hill Blue.

        Clinton’s warning to the party signals a growing rift between the lame
duck President and his VP, a split intensified by Gore’s attempts to
distance himself from the scandal-ridden President.

        "In recent weeks, the President has grown convinced that the Vice
President can’t handle the rough-and-tumble politics of a national
Presidential run," said one former White House aide. "He doesn’t think Gore
can cut it."

        Gore, in the meantime, has grown frustrated with what he feels is
Clinton’s "meddling" in his campaign, from the ill-conceived phone call to
a New York Times reporter to express "concerns" about the VP’s campaign to
the President’s constant "suggestions" on how to help the campaign.

        "The Vice President feels it is important to be his own man and he
doesn’t need Bill Clinton telling him how to be it," says one Gore aide.

        Gore is also said to resent the constant media attention to First Lady
Hillary Clinton all-but-certain run for a Senate seat in New York, feeling
it is distracting from his own campaign efforts.

        "He feels the focus should be on his campaign for the Presidency, not her
race for the Senate," the Gore aide says. "He’s naturally miffed."

        According to sources close to both Clinton and the Democratic
leadership, Clinton - in a series of private conversations with Democratic
leaders, has expressed a number of reservations about Gore’s candidacy,

        --His failure to keep pace with Republican Presidential front runner
George W. Bush’s record-setting fundraising (Gore raised only half as much
as Bush in the first six months of 1999);

        --Gore’s poor performance in public opinion polls not only against Bush,
but also against second-place GOP Presidential contender Elizabeth Dole;

        --The constant series of gaffes by Gore’s campaign, including the VP’s
laughable claim that he "invented" the Internet to repeated misstatements
and policy mistakes;

        --The strong showing by Former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley as a
primary opponent for Gore;

        --What Clinton considers to be Gore’s "disloyal" statements about
Clinton’s behavior as President.

        "The President wants Democrats to keep control of the White House in the
2000 election and to regain control of Congress," says one White House
aide. "He doesn’t feel Al Gore can lead the party to that victory."

        The White House, spokesmen for the Democratic party or Vice  President
Gore did not return phone calls seeking comment on this report.

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