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SPOTTED OWLBORE ALERT: Channel anger, says Gore, and elect Democrats
The Commercial Appeal ^ | 9/8/02 | Karin Miller

Posted on 09/09/2002 5:50:07 AM PDT by GailA

Channel anger, says Gore, and elect Democrats

By Karin Miller, The Associated Press September 8, 2002

ADAMS, Tenn. - Former vice president Al Gore urged some 2,000 fervent supporters Saturday night to channel the anger they felt upon hearing he lost the presidency into electing Democratic candidates in November.

"Get the White House," yelled one supporter during Gore's 30-minute speech in support of U.S. Senate candidate Bob Clement and the party's other nominees at a fund-raising picnic for five county Democratic parties. A woman near the stage then added "2004!"

"We're going to focus on 2002. We can't wait four years. We've got to have a change this year," Gore responded. "Remember just for a minute what you felt like inside when you heard the Supreme Court decision" that cost Gore the election. "Boo!" they responded, and one man chimed in: "It never left!"

Gore told them to "take all of that feeling every day between now and Election Day. Take it into the voting booth. Let's take our country's policies back from the group that has taken it from us."

Gore, who would have won the presidency if he had carried his home state's 11 electoral votes, has spent much of the past two years trying to "mend fences" with Tennesseans.

In 2000, many Tennessee voters found Gore's views on issues such as abortion and gun control too liberal.

Gore had not appeared at any public gatherings with statewide candidates since the Aug. 1 primary until he joined Clement, a 5th District congressman, Saturday night at a farm in Robertson County, about 15 miles south of Clarksville.

"He's kept a low profile, but I think that's because he hasn't decided what he's going to do, and right now he's just trying to help Democrats get elected. That's why he's here tonight," said Maggie Faill of Franklin.

And Democratic politicians say they haven't avoided Gore.

"Al Gore is an important person in the Democratic Party. Al Gore is a friend. We've worked together in the past, and we will in the future. That doesn't mean we agree on all the issues. But he was a good vice president, and he's important to Democrats," said Clement, who left before Gore spoke. Clement is running against Republican Lamar Alexander, a former Tennessee governor, for the Senate seat that Fred Thompson is leaving.

"I can't imagine a former vice president being a liability. . . . Look around. If people were worried about being seen with Al Gore, they wouldn't be here," said Rep. Kim McMillan, (D-Clarksville).

The sprawling farm was crowded with people eating barbecued chicken, drinking beer and talking to politicians.

When Gore arrived, he was mobbed by supporters wanting autographs, hugs, handshakes and photos.

"This just shows you how much support you've got," Dallas Morgan of Nashville told Gore. "Thank you, thank you," a grinning Gore replied.

Gore says he will announce before the end of the year whether he will challenge Bush in 2004.

"I'm not sure if he'll run again. I think he's feeling the waters," said Libby Herstek of Ashland City. "I hope that over the past couple of years Tennessee voters have learned something. I think they would vote for him next time around."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: albertgorejunior; elections; nevergore; spottedowl; tennessee
2,000 is all they could draw to a $15 a ticket event. That might be the tickets sold count, but is that the actual number that were there? They showed video on WKRN and the shots were tight, which usually means the crowd is sparse. 2,000 for a State wide event is a low number I would think. Holding the event in Clarksville a small city was rather silly too.
1 posted on 09/09/2002 5:50:07 AM PDT by GailA
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2 posted on 09/09/2002 6:07:14 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: GailA
Guess Algore forgot that he lost Tennessee...
3 posted on 09/09/2002 6:10:47 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: GailA
Gore is still the arrogant socialist numb skull he has always been; nothing he does or says will ever change that. What scares the heck out of me is that in those TN hills lives and breathes people who would put party over common sense and principal. Al Gore is no more presidential material than was Bill Clinton, they did nothing in 8 long years, just lied that they had and cooked the books on the economy. Has he said anything other than use the rhetoric he used in 2000? No and he has no new ideas or better ones. The agenda is the same...welfare; keep the nation dependant on welfare; that is the Democratic creed.

The Volunteer state is too smart to fall for this doctor selling Snake Oil, can they really want to see their sovereignty sold to the United Nations? That is just what Algore would do with America!

5 posted on 09/09/2002 6:32:05 AM PDT by yoe
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To: mewzilla
spotted owl is having $$ problems, he had to delay paying his staff and cancel several out of state fund raisers...seems he is NOT drawing the high $$ that slick is. spotted owl has been AOWL here in Tennessee politics since losing the election to W.

Canidates like clement run a risk of having him campaign for them. clement is trying hard to run from the center or slightly to the right of it....hmm does that mean that they consider Tennessee a " conservative" state???

So far lamar is leading the polls, and he is avoiding Gov spendquist like he has the Black Plaque.

6 posted on 09/09/2002 6:33:13 AM PDT by GailA
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Clarksville had 103,455 people in the 2000 census. The people they quoted, except for one Democrat politician, were all from elsewhere (Nashville, Franklin, Ashland City). Gore carried Robertson Co. and Davidson Co. (Nashville) in 2000 and narrowly lost Cheatham Co. and Montgomery Co. (Clarksville)--in those four counties there were 150,000 people who voted for him in 2000. Even if you subtract the ones who have moved since the election or were already dead in November 2000, not very many of them were eager to see Al Gore in person.
7 posted on 09/09/2002 6:36:35 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Oooh, neat.
8 posted on 09/09/2002 6:38:37 AM PDT by FryingPan101
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To: GailA
So what's Mr. Environmentalist driving to all his appearances? Bet it ain't a compact...
10 posted on 09/09/2002 6:40:18 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: GailA
Oooooh noooo. Not "cut their pay and send 'em home" Lamar. Oh well.
11 posted on 09/09/2002 6:41:26 AM PDT by FryingPan101
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To: GailA
The last time a Dem "channeled" something was when Hillary talked to the spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt during her reign in the WH.

This story is about on the par of that in importance.

This is a familar tactic among Dems to get out the black vote, the oppressed woman vote, the gay rights groups, whatever. Using anger and alleged grievances seems to be what motivates their core when nothing else will.

The Dems are hyperventilating again. There must be something good in this for Republicans.

This is their bottom line and if they are using it this early than their internal polling must be really really bad.

12 posted on 09/09/2002 6:46:09 AM PDT by AquariusStar22
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To: yoe
What scares the heck out of me is that in those TN hills lives and breathes people who would put party over common sense and principal.

Uh, you are aware that Algore didn't carry Tennessee in 2000, right? Tennessee (unfortunately) is the state Algore calls home, but we gave our 11 electoral votes to GWB. We know he's a nutcase. Perhaps you should direct your critisim to Floriduh........

13 posted on 09/09/2002 6:50:22 AM PDT by Thermalseeker
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"This just shows you how much support you've got," Dallas Morgan of Nashville told Gore.

2,000 people who were brought out for the barbeque and beer in an entire state?

He's still angry? Good, I hope an ulcer started the same time as the election. I also noticed that he's not teaching that class where he wasn't acredited.

I think the real anger started when he realized that for eight years he was second to a rapist pervert and he had to sit back and watch it.

14 posted on 09/09/2002 6:56:42 AM PDT by Shooter 2.5
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To: GailA
Rats # 1 issue.

WE WUZ ROBBED

15 posted on 09/09/2002 7:11:36 AM PDT by finnman69
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To: TonyRo76
Go to DU. Those people are still livid over the election! Boy, talk about misplaced anger.

That what happens when your party has NO vison.

From time to time they begin to list 'their positive vison for the future', and it usually ends up being an attack on Bush.

16 posted on 09/09/2002 7:50:46 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle
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To: GailA
Al Bore..."there he goes again."
17 posted on 09/09/2002 7:50:55 AM PDT by cubreporter
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To: TonyRo76
You mean there are actual, red-blooded Americans out there who are still angry about that and not about 9/11?

Nope. These are Democrats.

18 posted on 09/09/2002 9:05:39 AM PDT by Steve1789
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To: Verginius Rufus
You forgot Shelby Co...or should I say Memphis voted enmass for spotted owlbore. The County residents voted for W.
20 posted on 09/09/2002 12:01:58 PM PDT by GailA
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I was thinking only of counties within an easy drive of Robertson County where the event was held--wouldn't expect even a Gore fanatic to drive all the way from Memphis (200 miles or more) when Weird Al is likely to make appearances there.

The nearby counties in Kentucky all went for Bush by a healthy margin.

21 posted on 09/09/2002 12:20:10 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: GailA
A better slogan would be, "Channel intelligence and vote Republican!"
22 posted on 09/09/2002 12:22:45 PM PDT by Lx
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LOL--this "We Love Al" gathering had a worse showing than the "Millions for Reparations" non-rally.

But I hope The Tree Stump's handlers keep telling him how the country needs him, he needs to run, blah, blah, blah. It'll be hilarious watching "Preacher Al" screaming and sweating again:

"Ah'm for the people, not the powerful!!! Ah will Faht For Yew!!!"

He'll waste millions of Democrat dollars and years of his life--yah gotta love it!!!

23 posted on 09/09/2002 12:33:41 PM PDT by RooRoobird14
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24 posted on 09/09/2002 1:04:54 PM PDT by dot_usa
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