Gore on Tiananmen
Gore Toasts the "Butcher
Candidates Bill Clinton and Albert
Gore Jr. attacked President George Bush for rushing envoys to resume relations
with communist China after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. Candidates
Clinton and Gore also chastised Bush for coddling China, despite its continuing
crackdown on democratic reform. However, the Clinton/Gore administration
flip-flopped and has done exactly what they criticized the Bush administration
of doing – coddling Chinese communists. Furthermore, contrary to their
campaign promise, the Clinton/Gore administration has delinked China’s
Most Favored Nation status from human rights. Moreover, in 1997, Gore
became the highest-ranking American official to visit communist China
since 1989 and toasted the communist Chinese leader Li Peng who was responsible
for the Tiananmen Square massacre.
In 1991, candidate Clinton criticized
the Bush administration for continuing to coddle China despite the Chinese
communist crackdown on democratic reforms.
"Yet President Bush too often has
hesitated when democratic forces all across the world needed our support
in challenging the status quo. I believe the President erred when he
secretly rushed envoys to resume cordial relations with China barely
a month after the massacre in Tiananmen Square."
"The administration continues to
coddle China, despite its continuing crackdown on democratic reform,
its brutal subjugation of Tibet, its irresponsible export of nuclear
and missile technology, its support for the homicidal Khmer Rouge in
Cambodia, and its abusive trade practices." (emphasis added)
(Bill Clinton, Georgetown University, "A New Covenant for American
In 1992, candidate Gore attacked President
Bush and Vice President Quayle for sending representatives to China after
the Tiananmen Square massacre. Gore claimed that the toasting of Chinese
leaders was "coddling" dictators.
"A. Absolutely not. I'm saying any
of his planes that violated the cease-fire terms should have been shot
down and we should have given support to the elements of resistance
inside Iraq to overthrow Saddam.
"Q. Why do you think they didn't?
"A. It was basically for the same
reason Bush and Quayle sent an emissary over to Beijing to toast the
leaders there before the blood was even dry on the stones of Tiananmen
Square. It is because they have a preference for dealing with whatever
dictator is in power and coddling up to them, regardless of whether
that dictator completely opposes everything the United States of America
stands for." (emphasis added) (The Atlanta
Journal and Constitution, 7/29/92)
Candidate Clinton claimed he did
not believe in extending the Most Favored Nation status to communist China
unless it made progress in human rights.
"‘I do not believe we should
extend most-favored-nation status to China unless they make significant
progress in human rights, arms proliferation and fair trade.’"
(emphasis added) (The Associated Press, 3/9/92)
and Gore claimed that previous administrations had rewarded communist
China by extending Most Favored Nation status to China without documented
progress in human rights after Tiananmen Square.
"We believe that the Bush Administration
erred by extending Most Favored Nation trade status to the People’s
Republic of China before it achieved documented progress on human
rights. We should not reward China with improved trade status when it
has continued to trade goods made by prison labor and has failed to
make sufficient progress on human rights since the Tiananmen Square
massacre." (emphasis added) (Bill Clinton and Albert
Gore Jr., Putting People First, 1992)
Candidate Clinton promised that a
Clinton/Gore administration would link "China’s trading privileges
to its human rights record."
"We will link China’s trading
privileges to its human rights record and its conduct of trade of
weapon sales." (emphasis added) (Bill Clinton, Los Angeles
World Affairs Council, "Speech on Foreign Policy," 8/13/92)
Candidate Gore attacked previous administrations
for allowing international relations to interfere with sanctions in the
aftermath of the Tiananman Square massacre.
"This legislation represents the
authentic disposition of the American people. It is a message from the
heartland to both the present government and the rising generation of
"The message is, ‘If you think
we will forget what has happened and if you think we will allow things
to go back to normal for the sake of convenience or great power politics,
forget it. We are a young country, but we have lived already to
see the failure of many tyrannies, and we will be here to welcome freedom
when it arrives in China."’ (emphasis added) (Albert Gore
Jr., Congressional Record, 1/25/90)
However, in 1993, Clinton back-peddled
from his earlier candidate Clinton statements and contradicted Gore’s
earlier claim that great power politics should be forgotten.
"Well, I think -- first of all,
I think anybody should be reluctant to isolate a country as big as
China with the potential China has for good -- not only good for
the 1.2 billion people of China who are enjoying this unprecedented
economic growth, but good in the region and good throughout the world.
So, our reluctance to isolate them is the right reluctance." (emphasis
added) (Bill Clinton, Seattle, Wash., "News Conference -
APEC Summit," 11/19/93)
Gore foreshadowed the Clinton/Gore
administration’s flip-flop when he failed to vote in 1992 to prevent a
waiver from human rights requirements allowing China Most Favored Nation
not vote or make position known on override of President Bush's Sept.
28, 1992 veto, of the bill to prohibit the president from waiving the
Jackson-Vanik amendment to the 1974 Trade Act and extending most-favored-nation
status to products from Chinese state-owned enterprises in 1993 unless
he certifies that China has released and accounted for prisoners from
the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations and has made significant progress
in adhering to standards for human rights and weapons non-proliferation.
(CQ Vote #255: Rejected 59-40: R 8-35; D 51-5, Oct. 1, 1992) (emphasis
Furthermore in 1994, the Clinton\Gore
administration moved toward delinking communist China’s human rights practices
with trading privileges by renewing China’s Most Favored Nation trading
"I have decided that the United
States should renew Most Favored Nation trading status toward China.
This decision, I believe, offers us the best opportunity to lay the
basis for long-term sustainable progress in human rights and for the
advancement of our other interests with China."
"I am moving, therefore, to
delink human rights from the annual extension of Most Favored Nation
trading status for China." (emphasis added) (Bill Clinton,
The White House, "Most Favored Nation Trading Status for China,"
In 1997, Gore became the highest-ranking
official to visit communist China since the Tiananmen Square massacre
where he personally became the one to toast Li Peng, leader of the massacre.
"Gore was the highest-ranking
U.S. official to visit China since the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy
protesters in Tiananmen Square in June 1989. So, for Americans, the
sight of their leaders sharing champagne toasts with hard-line Communists--or
reviewing the Chinese troops--was a rarity." (emphasis added)
(Los Angeles Times, 3/30/97)
Candidates Clinton and Gore promised
something very different from what the Clinton/Gore administration delivered.
What promise does another candidate Gore hold for America’s relations
with communist China?
Gore on Tobacco
Gore Tells an Emotional
Story About His Sister’s 1984 Death from Lung Cancer…
"When I was a child, my family
was attacked by an invisible force that was then considered harmless.
My sister Nancy was older than me. There were only the two of us. And
I loved her more than life itself. She started smoking when she was
13 years old. The connection between smoking and lung cancer had not
yet been established. But years later, the cigarettes had taken their
toll. It hurt very badly to watch her savaged by that terrible disease.
Her husband Frank and all of us who loved her so much tried to get her
to stop smoking."
"Tomorrow morning, another 13-year-old
girl will start smoking. I love her too. 3,000 young people in America
will start smoking tomorrow. 1,000 of them will die a death not unlike
my sister's. And that is why until I draw my last breath, I will poor
pour my heart and soul into the cause of protecting our children from
the dangers of smoking." (Al Gore, The Democrat National Convention,
…Four Years After His
Sister’s Death From Cancer
‘"Throughout most of my life,
I raised tobacco,’ the Tennessee senator hollered. ‘I want you to know
that with my own hands, all of my life, I put it in the plant beds and
transferred it. I've hoed it, I've dug in it, I've sprayed it, I've
chopped it, I've shredded it, spiked it, put it in the barn and stripped
it and sold it.’" ([New York] Newsday, 2/26/88)
Gore on Gun Control
Finger in the Wind
Gore sanctimoniously claimed he cast
his recent tie-breaking vote to stiffen federal gun-control laws in the
name of all the families suffering from gun violence. Gore’s record in
the House and Senate shows that he is just as likely to cast a vote to
loosen gun-control laws, depending on which way the wind blows.
"‘I personally would like to dedicate
my tie-breaking vote to all of the families suffering from gun violence,’
Gore told a news conference after the vote." (CongressDaily, 5/20/99)
Gore has voted in the past to make it easier
to obtain firearms. In 1990, Gore voted against stiffening a proposed
semi-automatic weapons ban and to prohibit the sale of large-capacity
Gore voted for the motion to table (kill)
the amendment to add 12 assault-style weapons, plus any nearly identical
weapons, to the list of those banned by the bill, and to prohibit the
sale of large-capacity magazines. (CQ Vote #102: Motion agreed to 82-17:
R 42-2; D 40-15, May 22, 1990)
In 1985, Gore voted to relax federal gun
control laws. Gore also voted against a 14-day handgun purchase waiting
"The Senate July 9 handily passed
legislation relaxing federal gun control laws to allow interstate sales
of rifles, shotguns and handguns." (1985 CQ Almanac)
Gore voted for the motion to table (kill)
the amendment to require a 14-day waiting period between the purchase
of a handgun and its delivery to the buyer. (CQ Vote #141: Motion agreed
to 71-23: R 46-5; D 25-18, July 9, 1985)
Gore voted for passage of the bill to revise
the Gun Control Act of 1968 to exempt many gun collectors from licensing
requirements, remove the ban on interstate sales of rifles, shotguns
and handguns, require advance notice for routine compliance inspections,
and impose a mandatory five-year sentence on anyone convicted of using
a firearm in a violent federal crime. (CQ Vote #142: Passed 79-15: R
49-2; D 30-13, July 9, 1985)
In 1978, Gore voted against an amendment
to restore a $4.2 million cut from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and
Firearms’ (BATF) budget and to strike language prohibiting BATF from
implementing its proposed gun regulations, including a requirement that
all guns manufactured in the U.S. bear a serial number; require gun makers
and dealers to submit quarterly reports on the sale and disposition of
firearms; and require gun dealers to report the theft or loss of any firearms
within 24 hours. (source: 1978 CQ Almanac)
Gore voted against the amendment to restore
$4.2 million requested for the operation of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco
and Firearms and to delete language barring use of funds in the bill
to carry out proposed firearms regulations. (CQ Vote #365: Rejected
80-314: R 10-128; D 70-186, June 7, 1978)
When the cameras are not pointed at him,
Gore has shown that he can vote to loosen gun control laws.
is raised 8 inches for Gore "rowboat" photo-op; "Environmentalist"
Veep wastes 4 billion gallons, worth $7.1 million
WASHINGTON (July 23) - What's it take to float Vice President Al Gore's
boat? 4 billions of water, that's what - at a cost of more
than $7.1 million. All for a good cause, however (at least
according to the "environmentalist" Vice President), since it
provided Gore a photo-opportunity to highlight a $100,000 grant to the
Connecticut River Joint Commission.
According to The Washington Times and The Associated Press, the Secret
Service and the Connecticut River Joint Commission directed Pacific Gas
& Electric to unleash approximately 4 billion gallons of water yesterday
into the Connecticut River so Gore's rowboat wouldn't get stuck during
a 4-mile photo opportunity. The release of the 4 billion gallons
from a dam upstream raised the level of the river by 8 to 10 inches, and
has drawn the ire of environmental officials in the region.
"They won't release the water for the fish when we ask them to, but
somehow they find themselves able to release it for a politician,"
said Vermont Department of Natural Resources Director John Kassel in The
Times. Kassel, who accompanied Gore on the trip, said that
"the only reason they did this was to make sure the Vice President's
canoe didn't get stuck."
"It was a bit artificial, to be honest with you," Kassel told
The Times. "But the river was pretty dry and no one wanted
the canoes to be dragging on the bottom. Vice President Gore's
people were concerned that we not raise the level too high, either, because
they didn't want it to be dangerous."
"So much for the environmentalist Vice President," remarked
Republican National Committee Chairman Jim Nicholson. Citing
Gore's book, "Earth in the Balance," Nicholson recalled that
Gore "once lectured us that 'increasing per capita use' of fresh
water, combined with 'global climate change,' could lead to 'poverty,
hunger, and disease,' 'revolutionary political disorder,' and 'wars fought
over natural resources like fresh water.'" ("Earth in the Balance,"
pp. 111, 113, 279)
According to revised federal standards contained in the 1992 National
Energy Policy Act and supported by the Clinton-Gore administration, toilets
manufactured after 1994 must have a maximum capacity of 1.6 gallons. Under
those standards, Nicholson jokingly noted, Gore's 4 billion gallon photo-opportunity
wasted the equivalent of 2.5 billion toilet flushes, or 2,110 flushes
for each of New Hampshire's 1,185,000 residents.
According to water usage rates published by the Pennichuck Water Works,
Inc., which serves the region, the value of the 4 billion gallons wasted
was approximately $7.1 million, Nicholson said.
Courtesy: Republican National Committee
Gore on Abortion
September 10, 1980;
Gore letter to National Right to Life News
"I am a firm
supporter of the Hyde Amendmnet. I will continue to support efforts that
are designed to prevent the use of federal funds in a manner which violates
the relationship between the government and the individual protected by
June 26, 1984
Gore votes for House Amendment 942 (offered by Republican Mark Siljander
of Michigan), which reads: "An amendment to define 'person' as including
unborn children from the moment of conception."
July 18, 1984
"It is my
deep personal conviction that abortion is wrong. I hope that some day
we will see the current outragously large number of abortions drop sharply.
Let me assure you that I share your belief that innocent human life must
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