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Wednesday, November 20, 2002


Gore Re-Emergence

posted by Aziz P. at Wednesday, November 20, 2002 permalink View blog reactions
The name uppermost in Howard Dean's mind is probably "Al Gore" rather than George Bush. Dean's entire focus is on the primaries, and so it is certainly of interest that Gore's re-emergence is now underway. In addition to the Barbara Walters prime-time interview of Gore on ABSNEWS' 20/20 Friday (and web-only transcript excerpts that were unbroadcast), there is also a comprehensive profile of Gore by Liza Mundy in the Washington Post magazine. Both are must-see for Dean fans to gauge the true extent of just how much a behemoth Gore's full emergence will be.

If a Gore nomination is inevitable, then a veep nomination would be a wonderful consolation prize. While there is real dissatisfaction with Gore on the part of the party faithful, there is no denying that he has a leadership role in the party and heavy grassroots support. It's worth keeping an eye on him.

Gore is scheduled to admit that he is running again in 2004 in December. Stay tuned...


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