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Come on, Al

Al Gore is fighting for the status quo. He won't get elected that way, says Clinton's former labour secretary

By Robert Reich   July 2000

As i write, Al Gore is trailing George W Bush in the polls by 5 to 10 points. This is not fatal. The election is still four months away. Yet Gore’s failure to attract more support is remarkable, given his strong showing in the Democratic primaries and the strength of the US economy. What’s going on?

Gore’s problem, in a nutshell, is that he is acting as if he is desperate to be president, but sounding as if there is nothing new he wants to do once he is elected. The two messages are out of sync. Voters could understand…

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