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Gore on Tiananmen


Gore Toasts the "Butcher of Beijing"

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 Security," 12/12/91)

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)

Candidates Clinton 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 China.

"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 status.

Gore did 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 added)

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 status.

"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," 5/26/94)

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, 8/28/96)

…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 magazines.

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 period.

"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.



   

Connecticut River 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 our constitution."

June 26, 1984

Congressman Al 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 be protected..."

 


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