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Gore visits black churches in central Florida to help McBride
Associated Press ^ | 11-3-02 | MIKE BRANOM

Posted on 11/03/2002 2:36:51 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer

EATONVILLE, Fla. - Former Vice President Al Gore on Sunday urged black voters "to walk through fire" to cast their ballots, testifying to his experience during the Florida recount of 2000.

"If anybody ever tells you that one vote doesn't make a difference, ask them to come talk to me," said Gore, who two years ago lost the presidential election to George W. Bush in part because of the electoral debacle in Florida.

That line, repeated at three Orlando-area black churches, was met every time with applause and cries of approval.

Democrats have long regarded black voters as a crucial part of their base, and Gore's appearance was intended to boost Democrat Bill McBride in his race against Gov. Jeb Bush - the president's younger brother.

McBride also appeared with former President Clinton in South Florida during the weekend as part of the party's tactics during the campaign's last weekend to get out the vote.

A large turnout from the Democratic base is crucial to a McBride victory and preventing Bush from becoming the first Republican governor in Florida to win re-election.

Gore cited allegations in the aftermath of the 2000 election that blacks were improperly removed from the voter rolls.

He framed the issue as part of the Civil Rights struggle, even noting that his father had sacrificed to give blacks the vote. Tennessee Sen. Albert Gore Sr. lost his 1970 re-election bid, five years after helping pass the federal Voting Rights Act.

"I want somehow to communicate to you how important I believe it is that you overcome any obstacle, external or internal, to get to the polls," Gore said to a packed house at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. "That you walk through fire, if it's necessary, in order to exercise that right to vote."

Gore's visit was important, said Rep. Corinne Brown, D-Jacksonville, because it offered proof that turnout matters.

"Who better can say it?" asked Brown, who appeared at two churches with Gore. "Clearly, he received more votes in 2000 - 500,000 more nationwide and more in Florida. So, it's important for him to come and say, 'Listen, let's do it again. Let's try it again.'"

In Gore's short addresses, he mixed in self-deprecating humor over his election loss with jabs at the president's record on the economy, the environment and prescription drug plan for senior citizens.

"I'm concerned. For eight years, we had an economic plan that produced the strongest economy in the history of the United States," Gore said during an afternoon appearance at Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach. "And now, everything that should be up is down, and everything that should be down is up."

While much of Gore's rhetoric was against Bush, he declined to say whether he would run for the White House again in 2004. "I haven't ruled it out, but I'm not going to make a decision until the end of the year," he said.

After Gore's speech at St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church, a parishioner said he found Gore's appearance to be uplifting.

"I sense that people still believe in the vote," said Chris Harris, a 39-year-old computer business owner, "and that's very encouraging."

Gore was traveling to Miami later in the day to attend an early voting event.


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1 posted on 11/03/2002 2:36:51 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Do these churches enjoy a tax exemption?
2 posted on 11/03/2002 2:39:07 PM PST by Republican Babe
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I recall an audio of Gore speaking in ebonics wish I remembered the link.
3 posted on 11/03/2002 2:40:29 PM PST by boomop1
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To: Republican Babe
Shoot that don't matter it is the deomRats.
4 posted on 11/03/2002 2:41:34 PM PST by boomop1
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Black churches-- audiences receptive to Al's whine.
5 posted on 11/03/2002 2:42:04 PM PST by Clara Lou
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To: Republican Babe
could be DEmon-Rats.
6 posted on 11/03/2002 2:42:34 PM PST by boomop1
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"He framed the issue as part of the Civil Rights struggle, even noting that his father had sacrificed to give blacks the vote. Tennessee Sen. Albert Gore Sr. lost his 1970 re-election bid, five years after helping pass the federal Voting Rights Act."

If I recall correctly, the old man voted against the Voting Rights Act or was that the Civil Rights Act?
7 posted on 11/03/2002 2:43:23 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Interesting that these churches always see the white liberal politicians only around election time. When it comes time for the Democratic Party to consider a black person for a statewide race, they're never given the slightest consideration. Its happened time and time again; in NJ with the Senate replacement for the bawlin' Torricelli, in Minnesota with Alan Page refused consideration to replace Wellstone, in Florida with a black man with lots of experience passed over as minority leader in the legislature; New York, with a denial of decent funding to Carl McCall.
8 posted on 11/03/2002 2:46:28 PM PST by laconic
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
before I read the article I want to venture a guess to its content please tell me if I am right

blah blah blah I was robbed blah blah blah they dont want blacks to vote blah blah blah every vote counts blah blah blah remember where you were dec 12th blah blah blah lockbox
9 posted on 11/03/2002 2:47:24 PM PST by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Only rats can get away with lying, oops, campaigning in Churches. I wonder if he did his black Baptist preacher routine again:
"And the glory of the Lord came down.....!"
10 posted on 11/03/2002 2:48:27 PM PST by ladyinred
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
... "I'm concerned. For eight years, we had an economic plan that produced the strongest economy in the history of the United States," Gore said ...
I find it strangely gratifying that this clerk-like gentleman will go to his grave with the taste of sour bile in his throat, still railing about Florida, November 2000.
11 posted on 11/03/2002 2:48:33 PM PST by Asclepius
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
How is this possible? I thought republicans had burnt all the black churches in the south during the Clinton administration.
12 posted on 11/03/2002 2:50:01 PM PST by Moosilauke
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To: Chi-townChief
In a recent speech to the NAACP, Vice President Gore said his father lost his Senate seat because he supported civil rights legislation. Fellow black Americans, let me set history straight. Al Gore, Sr., together with the rest of the southern Democrats, voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Congressional Quarterly reported that, in the House of Representatives, 61% of Democrats (152 for, 96 against) voted for the Civil Rights Act as opposed to 80% of Republicans (138 for, 38 against). In the Senate, 69% of Democrats (46 for, 21 against) voted for the Act while 82% of Republicans did (27 for, 6 against). All southern Democrats voted against the Act.

In his remarks upon signing the Civil Rights Act, President Lyndon Johnson praised Republicans for their "overwhelming majority." He did not offer similar praise to his own Democratic Party. Moreover, Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen, an Illinois Republican, collaborated with the White House and the Senate leadership of both parties to draft acceptable compromise amendments to end the southern Democrats' filibuster of the Act. It was Dirksen who often took to the Senate floor to declare, "This is an idea whose time has come. It will not be denied." Dirksen's greatest triumph earned him the Leadership Conference of Civil Rights Award, presented by then-NAACP Chairman Roy Wilkins, for his remarkable civil rights leadership

Link

13 posted on 11/03/2002 2:51:23 PM PST by Lockbox
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

14 posted on 11/03/2002 2:52:16 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
A successful campaign has its base sewed up weeks before the election.

When a Democrat candidate calls in the big WHITE gun to go looking for BLACK voters two days before the election you know he is in deep do do.

15 posted on 11/03/2002 2:52:47 PM PST by Common Tator
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Ah yes, Gore the first black Vice President.
16 posted on 11/03/2002 2:58:33 PM PST by duckman
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To: Republican Babe
Do these churches enjoy a tax exemption?

Sssshhh...please don't bring this up.
Al Gore is the Republican's secret weapon.
He will put about half the congregants into a stupor that should last at least 72
hours...at which time they'll wake up and say "who was that boring white dude?".

And hopefully Al will have updated his election seminar from "How to Punch Your Chad"
to "The Challenge of Touch-Screen Voting".

With the skills of the Father Of The Internet at work, the Jeb Bush will be assured
a clear victory.
17 posted on 11/03/2002 2:59:42 PM PST by VOA
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Former Vice President Al Gore, right, with Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., addresses members of the Carter Tabernacle C.M.E. Church in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002. Gore was appearing with Florida Democratic candidates on Sunday and Monday to lend his support. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Sun Nov 3, 3:27 PM ET

Former Vice President Al Gore (news - web sites), right, with Rep. Corrine Brown (news, bio, voting record), D-Fla., pander and incite members of the Carter Tabernacle C.M.E. Church in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002. Gore was appearing with Florida Democratic candidates on Sunday and Monday to split the electorate along racial and ethnic lines. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

18 posted on 11/03/2002 3:03:59 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

"Vote so we can gain momentum and finally elect the first black woman President...Hillary"

19 posted on 11/03/2002 3:04:28 PM PST by spycatcher
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
If I was a parishioner at one of the churches he was going to visit, I'd have Al and his entire entourage AND the vehicles they came in on searched for matches, lighters, kerosene...

And Senator Byrd's sheets.

The only thing a church burning ever benefitted was the Democrat Party.

Follow the votes, follow the money....

20 posted on 11/03/2002 3:09:32 PM PST by piasa
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To: Moosilauke
How is this possible? I thought republicans had burnt all the black churches in the south during the Clinton administration.

LOL! You'd think that blacks would get tired of being lied to and used by the Democrats.
They're still convinced that the Republicans somehow stole their votes in 2002. It's sad how Democrats exploit ignorance to get votes.

21 posted on 11/03/2002 3:09:57 PM PST by Jorge
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
That line, repeated at three Orlando-area black churches, was met every time with applause and cries of approval.

So, this has bugged me for a long time...today is Sunday, right? Did I hear any sermon/homily about politics? NO. Were there any politicians there? MAYBE, but they were sitting anonymously in the pews and participating in the celebration of the Mass, and not "preaching" or "campaigning".

Where is the "church and state" rule?!

I'm not a Catholic, I just work there, but I have to say, there's such a thing as respect for the Church, and I expect even President Bush would have a hard time being invited to my church to speak at a worship service/Mass...and he is a devout Christian, unlike (caveat: IMHO) Al Gore...what does "getting out the vote have to do with "whoever would be great must be the least"?!?!

/rant...no offense intended to anyone!

22 posted on 11/03/2002 3:10:29 PM PST by 88keys
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To: hole_n_one
My,Tipper really did get a nice Florida tan,didn't she?
23 posted on 11/03/2002 3:12:15 PM PST by sneakypete
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To: spycatcher
Blue-eyed devil wanna-be
24 posted on 11/03/2002 3:13:35 PM PST by swheats
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
What Gore is really saying to the Florida blacks - "now you all create a big ruckus outside, and while everyone is looking at you, the white Dems will stuff the ballot boxes inside".
25 posted on 11/03/2002 3:29:42 PM PST by afz400
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Democreeps either are desperate - or don't get it.

For every black voter Algore's presence in the campaign mobilizes in Florida, it will alienate two Cuban voters who remember the Elian raid by the Klintons regime he was part of and two rednecks in North Florida into voting for Jeb Bush.

Algore in his own words, 1992-2000 - including Earth In The Balance!

26 posted on 11/03/2002 3:40:24 PM PST by glc1173@aol.com
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"If anybody ever tells you that one vote doesn't make a difference, ask them to come talk to me," said Gore...

This guy's IQ matches the temperature of a stump (about 55 degrees).

27 posted on 11/03/2002 3:55:23 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: 88keys
Our church -- (a very large, non-denominational, Bible-teaching church) -- almost got into trouble for having "Voter Guides" available to the congragation -- I think the only reason they didn't lose their tax-exempt status was because they made no recommendations from the pulpit, but just had the materials available
28 posted on 11/03/2002 3:56:16 PM PST by twyn1
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To: 88keys; Oldeconomybuyer
I agree. If this were a Republican politician, the screaming about losing the tax-exempt status would be deafening! You would hope that the Dems would have SOME shame, but once again, apparently not. Any excuse, legal or not, to forward their illicit power base. These Dems are SICK!
29 posted on 11/03/2002 4:10:00 PM PST by alwaysconservative
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To: Cobra64

Too bad these kids don't know what he and his brother have called blacks behind their backs, and how he's just using them for his own personal political needs

30 posted on 11/03/2002 4:52:38 PM PST by spycatcher
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I...will...fight...for...you....buzz.... *click*

I....have....the...music...in...me...buzz... *click*

31 posted on 11/03/2002 7:30:30 PM PST by Ronin
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To: Ronin
WIN ONE FOR THE GIPPER

Vote on Tuesday.

Do the right thing.


32 posted on 11/03/2002 7:32:22 PM PST by ChadGore
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To: twyn1; 88keys
Which organization provided the voters guides? Who whined about the material? Regardless of what the ACLU declares, it is perfectly legal for churches to provide voter guides. Pastors can sermonize about the importance of voting. They can even discuss the issues in an election year (i.e. abortion, Iraq, living wages, etc). Churches can't endorse/oppose a candidate. Thus, if churches just stick to talking about the issues, they will be okay. It is absolutely hypocritical for liberals to oppose the voter guides of the Religious Right, when Left-Wing groups (unions, NAACP) distribute "non-partisian" voter information to liberal houses of worship. People who oppose conservative voter guides just want to disinfranchise the voting rights of Christians.
33 posted on 11/03/2002 9:11:09 PM PST by Kuksool
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; summer; floriduh voter; JulieRNR21; Goldwater Girl; PhiKapMom; Wait4Truth; ...
FYI - Jeb's real record w/ minorities in Fla.:


A young Jeb supporter in Orlando.

Jeb's Higher Education Plan Is Clearly Helping Minorities [One Florida works], Tampa Tribune, Mar. '02
UF Admissions of Minorities Rise [More good news for Jeb's One Florida plan], The Lakeland Ledger, April '02.


Broward Times, One of Florida's Most Influential African-American Newspapers, Endorses Bush:

Results don't come in party labels or innocuous words like Affirmative Action. It comes by producing a positive result that improvers our lifestyle and delivers the bacon - and I've come to learn that no ones mastered keeping the bacon away from Black folks more than the Dixiecrats under the guise of the Democrat party.

Under previous administrations and under so-called affirmative action I've never witnessed such a prolific outreach effort by our university system to attract African-Americans students to their campuses - not during the administration of Bob Graham or Lawton Chiles was such an aggressive effort made. My sons and their friends were bombarded with overtures, offers, paid visits, phone calls - you name it to attend the University of Florida and Florida State, the two flagship school in the state's university system. If a young African-American high school graduate with good grades wants to attend at state university today - they're reaching out with open arms.

I dare to be different, I always have - but as voters, especially loyal to the Democrat party we can no longer afford to vote blindly Democrat nor to ignore the rules of exchange - we vote because we want something a candidate has to offer. Bill McBride has offered us nothing - doesn't have an inkling of the issue that affect our community and hopes you will vote - not for him but against Jeb Bush. Isn't that a sorry way to seek your vote?

And no, I don't agree with everything Jeb Bush proposes or some of the Republican rhetoric - the same would apply to almost any politician - but we need to begin voting based on facts and not emotions.

And never in our history has a governor been as accessible as Jeb Bush. Got a question? Bush responds in almost lightning like speed via the Internet. Heck, I could never get a hold of the old he-coon, Lawton Chiles.

Lastly, tell me one, just one major economic initiative under a Florida Democrat governor that was implemented successfully on behalf of Black Floridian. If you like the pandering, the verbal posturing, and empty actions of what you use to get - McBride's probably your man - for me I'm going with Jeb Bush - I like results.

The Broward Time recommends you re-elect Jeb Bush for governor.


How Leftists Play the Race Card Against Conservatives, Dems. made little children so afraid of 'evil Republicans' turning them into slaves, they cried in fear when Pres. Bush was elected.
Knock and Drag: Ryan Lizza reveals how Dems. got out the black vote
John Lott's Florida Election Study: Black Republicans, NOT Democrats had votes tossed in 2000 - in Dem. precincts.
The MEMO to disqualify military ballots.

Please let me know if you want on or off my "'til election day" Fla. ping list.

34 posted on 11/04/2002 6:25:57 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

AND TO ALL FLORIDA VOTERS THIS IS A MUST:

YOU MUST VOTE OUT FLORIDA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE HARRY LEE ANSTEAD!!!!



He's one of the idiots that created the Algore mess in 2000. Get rid of this bum.
35 posted on 11/04/2002 6:48:24 AM PST by Nuke'm Glowing
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To: Lockbox
Thanks, I wrote them a letter. I was looking for more Florida newspapers that carried that story but couldn't find any.
36 posted on 11/04/2002 7:40:21 AM PST by I still care
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To: hole_n_one

Is this a picture of Gore’s upcoming Saturday Night Live performance? ;)

37 posted on 11/04/2002 7:45:05 AM PST by TankerKC
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To: spycatcher
A picture of the next Robert Mugabe.
38 posted on 11/04/2002 8:26:19 AM PST by afz400
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