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Wednesday January 26th

Vote Gore

In the tight race for the U.S. presidency, the leading candidates have been accused of being indistinguishable. But considering the key differences that do exist between the top dogs, Al Gore is the best candidate to lead the nation over the next four years. His extensive experience and stance on issues such as education, the environment and civil rights ensures strong leadership.

Over the past two decades, Gore has built an impressive resume while working as a congressman, a senator and, most recently, as vice president of our nation. Gore knows the workings of the White House and will undoubtedly rise to handle the wide range of issues that confront the president.

When it comes to educational policy, Gore will work to improve public schools. Rather than rely on a huge federal voucher program that could possibly take money away from the public school system, Gore promises to encourage programs that will recruit the best teachers, improve classrooms by making them smaller and more technologically advanced and help failing schools rise to higher standards.

And when it comes to the environment, Gore has a long history of showing interest. He insists that a healthy economy and a cleaner environment are not conflicting ideas and promises to work with big businesses to solve environmental problems. Gore has said he will work to implement programs granting tax credits and other incentives to increase energy efficient cars and homes.

Though Gore did not come out strongly on environmental issues in this campaign, instead choosing to focus on taxes, Medicare and Social Security, he must continue to be a strong advocate for environmental rights once in office.

And since Congress will most likely hold a slim Republican majority, Gore must forge a consensus with leaders across the aisle to get any meaningful work accomplished.

Gore's stance on issues such as gay rights and abortion guarantee that he will make sound decisions for our nation. He has said he will defend a woman's right to choose whether or not to have an abortion. And Gore supports civil unions and adoption rights for homosexuals. Yet while he does support Vermont's Civil Union law, as president, he should work toward making civil unions for gays and lesbians legal on a federal level.

So, to continue reaping the fruits of prosperity more people have enjoyed under the Clinton-Gore administration, cast your vote for Al Gore tomorrow.

His vast experience and sound stances on key public issues guarantee that he will build on the prosperity we've experienced over the past eight years and responsibly lead the strongest nation in the world.


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