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Tuesday, December 09, 2003


Gore calls for "11th Commandment"

posted by Aziz P. at Tuesday, December 09, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
From the transcript of Gore's endorsement:

Democracy is a team sport. And I want to do everything I to convince anybody that is interested in my judgment about who among these candidates has the best chance to win and the best chance to lead our country in the right direction. I want to do everything I can to convince you to get behind Howard Dean and let’s make this a successful campaign as a group. It is about all of us. And all of us need to get behind the strongest candidate.

Now, I respect the prerogative of the voters in the caucuses and in the primaries and I’m just one person. But I’m offering my judgment and I’m also going to say one other thing here. Years ago, former President Ronald Reagan said in the Republican Party that there ought to be an eleventh commandment: speak no ill of another Republican. Well, now we’re Democrats, and we may not find that kind of commandment as accessible, but to the extent that we can recognize the stakes in America today, I would urge all of the other candidates and campaigns to keep their eyes on the prize. Here we are in Harlem; we need to keep our eyes on the prize. This nation cannot afford to have four more years of a Bush-Cheney administration. We can’t afford to be divided among ourselves to the point that we lose sight of how important it is for America.

What is going on in this Bush White House today is bad for our country and it’s slowly beginning to sink in to more and more people out there. And we don’t have the luxury of fighting among ourselves to the point where we seriously damage our ability to win on behalf of the American people this time around.

Let's see if the other candidates heed this call during the debate. I somehow doubt it.


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