I would — my first act as president — if I’m entrusted with the job — will be to resubmit the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty to the Senate.” — Al Gore, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, March 14, 2000
He said Bradley has no comprehensive education plan. “It is not a priority in his campaign or in his platform. It is the No. 1 priority for me,” said Gore, who pitched his 10-year, $115 billion investment in school modernization, college-tuition aid, and teacher training. — Associated Press, February 4, 2000
“‘I believe it is time to end racial profiling in America,’ he said. ‘And that will be the first order of business of the Gore-Lieberman administration.’” — Lawrence Knutson, “Gore Courts Black Support,” Associated Press, September 16, 2000
“I make you this pledge today: If you elect me as your president, the McCain-Feingold bill will be the first domestic legislation I send to the Congress — on my first day in office.” — Al Gore, “Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Al Gore on Political and Campaign Reform,” Gore 2000 Website, March 27, 2000
“I‘ll fight for tax cuts that go to the right people.” — Al Gore, Speech to the Democratic National Convention, August 17, 2000
“I will fight for a prescription-drug benefit for all seniors under Medicare.” — Ibid.
“I will fight to rebuild and modernize our crumbling schools, and reduce class size. We need to put safety, discipline, and character first in every classroom.” — Ibid.
“I will fight for a real, enforceable Patients’ Bill of Rights.” — Ibid.
“We will fight for affordable health care for all.” — Ibid.
“I will fight for the single greatest commitment to education since the G.I. Bill.” — Ibid.
“I will fight for a targeted, affordable tax cut to help working families save and pay for college.” — Ibid.
“I’ll fight for a new, tax-free way to help you save and build a bigger nest egg for your retirement.” — Ibid.
“So I say to you tonight: If you entrust me with the presidency, I will fight for you.” — Ibid.
“We will…fight for an equal day’s pay for an equal day’s work.” — Ibid.
“I’ll fight to add another 50,000 new police.” — Ibid.
“I will fight for a crime victims’ bill of rights.” — Ibid.
“I’ll fight to toughen penalties on those who misuse the Internet.” — Ibid.
“I’ll fight to make every school in this nation drug-free and gun-free.” — Ibid.
NOTES FOUND ON AL GORE’S FRIDGE, NOVEMBER 8-9, 2000:
I know you feel terrible about losing to that idiot. But life goes on and you haven’t been home for a while and you have some things to take care of around the house. Maybe the best way to forget is to get some things done around here?
Your boo-boo kitty.
I promise, the first thing I will do this weekend is take out the garbage. But, don’t you worry, snookems, I could never forget that my most important priority is to defrost the fridge. Yet, I cannot stress to you enough that fixing the shower head is where I will focus all of my energies, this weekend and every weekend after. I implore you: Don’t doubt for a moment my commitment to painting the house — I will not rest until I am done. You may think — in these trying times — that you won’t be able to rely on me to cook twelve whole turkeys for the party I’ve sworn to organize and host. But you would be wrong; this weekend, nothing will interfere with that effort or distract me from my resolution to stand and fight the cable man for better reception on Channel 4.
You see, I keep my word. And that is why you can count on me to honor my rock-solid obligation to convert our entire library to the Dewey decimal system while you’re at your bridge game. Of course, no one knows better than I that education means everything — and that’s why I will fight to teach Al Jr. how to speak conversational Hindi this weekend. Some say that some jobs are just too big for one man, but I say to you here and now: You have my solemn oath that I will have drawn up plans for — and create a working model of — a perpetual motion machine before I lay my head down on a pillow, or sit for even a single meal.
“You can’t be all things to all people.” — George W. Bush.