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Gore Picks Lieberman . . . A Good Man Whose Policies Gore Has Attacked


Gore Attacks Bush

Gore Attacks Bush.
“Bush’s Social Security plan would be ‘bad for American families and bad for our economy’ because retirement money would be exposed to a fickle stock market.” (
Ron Fournier, "Gore says Bush Plans 'Bad for Families, Bad for Economy,'" The Associated Press, May 8, 2000)

For Lieberman’s Position

Lieberman On Social Security. “A remarkable wave of innovative thinking is advancing the concept of privatization. ... I think in the end that individual control of part of the retirement-Social Security funds has to happen.” (The Associated Press, August 7, 2000)

Lieberman And The DLC Oppose Gore’s Social Security Plan. Senator Joseph Lieberman is President of the Democratic Leadership Council. The DLC has stated that they think the Gore plan to put more bonds in the Social Security trust fund is inadequate. “Simply extending the life of their trust funds, . . . does not deal with the structural imbalance between promised benefits and future payroll tax revenues. Nor does it restrain the unsustainable growth of Social Security and Medicare costs, which threatens to gobble up even more of the nation's resources and squeeze out needed investments in other areas. Our elected leaders should not miss the opportunity to use budget surpluses to ease the transition to restructured Medicare and Social Security systems.”
(Jeff Lemieux, “Federal Budgeting in an Era of Surpluses,” The New Democrat On-Line, The Democratic Leadership Council, September 1, 1999)

Lieberman’s DLC Has Advocated Letting Individuals Save For Their Retirement. Senator Joseph Lieberman is President of the Democratic Leadership Council that has advocated letting individuals save for their retirement. “At a minimum, today’s workers should have the chance to control some portion of their payroll taxes in investment accounts that would both increase the "return" on payroll taxes and encourage supplemental private saving for retirement.”
(Talking Points on Social Security Reform, The New Democrat On-Line, The Democratic Leadership Council, November 1, 1998)

Lieberman’s DLC Has Supported Using Part Of The Social Security Tax To Fund Private Retirement Savings Accounts. The DLC has supported using part of the Social Security tax to fund private retirement savings accounts. “Genuine Social Security reform means replacing its current pay-as-you-go financing system with one that supplements public pensions with private savings. We should start by no longer financing the budget deficit with payroll tax revenues, and by saving more for ourselves. It could work like this: The roughly one to two percentage points of the payroll tax which the government does not need to finance current retirement benefits – the so-called Social Security surplus – would be returned to Americans for their personal saving.”
(Robert Shapiro, “A New Deal on Social Security”, Building the Bridge, The Progressive Policy Institute, 1997, p.40)


Gore Attacks Bush . . . 

Gore Attacks Bush. Gore was a leader in the Senate against missile defense and still maintains his opposition: “Just this past week, Governor Bush used his brief meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Ivanov to issue a warning that his intention would be to build and deploy a global "Star Wars" system that he believes could defend the U.S. and all our allies against any missile launch from any source. In the 1990's, most serious analysts took a look at the implausibility of this endeavor, the fantastical price that our taxpayers would be expected to pay, and the dangerously destabilizing consequences of traveling down that path -- and rejected this notion. Governor Bush wishes to return to it, and chose the worst possible venue in which to launch - for lack of a better phrase -- his risky foreign policy scheme. I won't even guess at the new math needed to make his risky foreign policy scheme and his risky tax scheme add up.”
(Al Gore Remarks as Prepared for the International Press Institute, April 30, 2000)

For Lieberman’s Position

Lieberman On Missile Defense: “The basic point is that we've decided that we want to protect our people from incoming missiles, and that's the right decision and we ought to pursue it.”
(Bennett Roth, “Test Failure Could Determine Missile Defense System Future,” The Houston Chronicle, July 10, 2000)

This Year Lieberman Supported Moving Forward With Development. “President Clinton, notwithstanding this disappointment of the latest failed test, ought to decide to at least keep the process moving forward,” Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat and a member of the Armed Services Committee.
(Audrey Hudson, “Senate Approves $1.9 Billion For Missile Defense,” The Washington Times, July 14, 2000)

Clinton/Gore Missile Defense Policies Push Lieberman to Side With Republicans. Prior to the Clinton/Gore Administration taking office in 1993, Lieberman sided with Republicans on missile defenses only twice in eleven votes. But since 1993, the Clinton/Gore record has pushed Senator Lieberman to consistently side with Republicans in favor of building national missile defenses in 10 of 14 votes.
(S. 1352, CQ Vote #158: Motion agreed to 53-44: R 4-40, D 49-4, August 2, 1989, Lieberman-Y; S. 2884, CQ Vote #226: Motion agreed to 54-43: R 37-6, D 17-37, August 4, 1990, Lieberman-N; S. 1507, CQ Vote #168: Motion rejected 39-60: R 4-39; D 35-21, July 31, 1991, Lieberman-N; S. 1507, CQ Vote #169: Rejected 43-6: R 2-41, D 41-15, July 31, 1991, Lieberman-Y; S. 1507, CQ Vote #171 Motion agreed to 60-38: R 40-3; D 20-35, August 1, 1991, Lieberman-N; S. 1507, CQ Vote #172: Motion agreed to 64-34: R 39-4, D 25-30, August 1, 1991, Lieberman-Y; S. 1507, CQ Vote #173: Rejected 46-52: R 5-38, D 41-14, August 1, 1991, Lieberman-Y; H.R. 2521, CQ Vote #207: Rejected 50-49: R 38-5, D 12-44, September 25, 1991, Lieberman-N; S. 3114, CQ Vote #182: Rejected 43-49: R 34-5; D 9-44, August 7, 1992, Lieberman-N; S. 3114, CQ Vote #214. Rejected 48-50: R 5-38; D 43-12, September 17, 1992, Lieberman-Y; S. 3114, CQ Vote #215. Agreed to 52-46: R 39-4; D 13-42, September 17, 1992, Lieberman-N; S. 1298, CQ Vote #251. Agreed to 50-48: R 6-36; D 44-12, September 9, 1993, Lieberman-N; H.R. 4650, CQ Vote #277. Rejected 38-60: R 38-6; D 0-54, August 10, 1994, Lieberman-N; S. 1026, CQ Vote #354. Agreed to 51-48: R 47-6; D 4-42, August 3, 1995, Lieberman-Y; S. 1026, CQ Vote #355. Agreed 51-49: R 50-4; D 1-45, August 3, 1995, Lieberman-N ; S. 1026, CQ Vote #358. Agreed 69-26: R 51-1; D 18-25, August 3, 1995, Lieberman-Y; S. 1087, CQ Vote #384. Rejected 45-54: R 5-49; D 40-5, August 10, 1995, Lieberman-N; S. 1087, CQ Vote #391. Agreed to 57-41: R 51-2; D 6-39, August 10, 1995, Lieberman-Y; S. 1026, CQ Vote #398. Agreed 85-13: R 52-1; D 33-12, September 6, 1995, Lieberman-Y; S. 1635, CQ Vote #157. Rejected 53-46: R 52-0; D 1-46, June 4, 1996, Lieberman-N, S. 1745, CQ Vote #160. Rejected 44-53: R 4-49; D 40-4, June 19, 1996, Lieberman-N; S. 936, CQ Vote #171. Rejected 43-56: R 2-53; D 41-3, July 7, 1997, Lieberman-N; S. 1878, CQ Vote #131. Rejected 59-41: R 55-0; D 4-41, May 13, 1998, Lieberman-Y; S. 1878, CQ Vote #262. Rejected 59-41: R 55-0; D 4-41, September 9, 1998, Lieberman-Y; S. 2549, CQ Vote #178. Agreed to 52-48: R 52-3; D 0-45, July 13, 2000, Lieberman-N)


Gore Attacks Bush . . .

Gore Attacks Bush. “He’s proposed private school vouchers to drain money away from public schools. I want to bring revolutionary improvements to our public schools and reduce class size, recruit more teachers with hiring bonuses and raise standards and give the resources to meet those standards.”
(Al Gore, ABC’s “Good Morning America,” March 15, 2000) (emphasis added)

For Lieberman’s Position

Lieberman Said The Public School System Is “Already In Ruins.” “There are some who dismiss suggestions of school choice programs and charter schools out of hand, direly predicting that these approaches will ‘ruin’ the public schools. The undeniable reality here is that this system is already in ruins, and to blindly reject new models and refuse to try new ideas is simply foolish. We can and must do better for these children, and to cling stubbornly to the failures of the past will just not get us there.”
(Sen. Joe Lieberman, Testimony before the Senate Government Affairs Oversight of Government Management and the District of Columbia Public Education in D.C.,” April 17, 1997)

Lieberman Was A Sponsor Of School Vouchers In The Senate. Lieberman was an original co-sponsor of an amendment to the Neighborhood Schools Improvement Act which would have authorized and appropriated $30 million for six demonstration projects to provide low-income parents with money to pay for enrolling their child at the public or private school of their choice. Lieberman took to the floor of the Senate to announce his support for the amendment and explain his reasons for supporting the measure. The amendment was rejected by a vote of 36-57. All Democrats voted against the measure except three: Joseph Lieberman, Bill Bradley and John Breaux. Al Gore, then a Senator from Tennessee, voted against the amendment.
(S. 2, CQ Vote # 5, Rejected 36-57: R 33-6, D 3-51, January 23, 1992)

Lieberman On School Vouchers. Lieberman said, “as I look at our system of education around this country, it seems to me that it is hard to disagree with the notion that it is failing a large number of our children, and particularly those who are low income and minority.”
(Speech by Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, January 23, 1992, Congressional Record, p. S260)

Lieberman Called Vouchers A “Practical” Idea. Lieberman described the legislation as “an idea that is practical and it is an idea that will offer not only hope to a whole new group of low-income kids in our country, but I think some lessons to the public schools and those of us who care about them.”
(Speech by Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, January 23, 1992, Congressional Record, p. S260)

Joe Lieberman Has Voted For School Vouchers.

  • S. 2. Elementary and Secondary Education/School Choice. Hatch, R-Utah, amendment, with Lieberman as an original cosponsor, to authorize $30 million for six demonstration projects to provide low-income parents with money to pay for enrolling their child at the public or private school of their choice, including religious schools. (CQ Vote #5: Rejected 36-57: R 33-6; D 3-51, January 23, 1992, Lieberman, Bradley and Breaux voted Yes) (Lieberman was an original cosponsor of the amendment with Sen. Smith, Sen. Coats, and Sen. Bradley)

  • S. 1150. Goals 2000: Educate America/Low-Income School Choice Demonstration Programs. Coats, R-IN., amendment, with Lieberman as an original cosponsor, to authorize $30 million for six low-income school choice demonstration programs. The amendment would have allowed some poor children to attend private schools at public expense. (CQ Vote #25: Rejected 41-52: R 36-5; D 5-47, February 8, 1994, Lieberman, Bradley, Nunn, Kerrey and Byrd voted Yes) (Lieberman was an original cosponsor of the amendment with Sen. Hatch and Sen. Mack)

  • S. 1513. Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization/School Choice. Dole, R-KS., amendment, with Lieberman as an original cosponsor, to provide $30 million each year for fiscal 1995-97 for a demonstration project at 20 violence-prone schools to allow students at such institutions to obtain vouchers to attend a public or private school of their choice. (CQ Vote#238: Rejected 45-53: R 38-5; D 7-48, July 27, 1994, Lieberman, Bradley, Bumpers, Nunn, Breaux, Johnston and Boren voted Yes) (Lieberman was an original cosponsor of the amendment with Sen. Coats, Sen. Danforth, Sen. Simpson and Sen. Thurmond)

  • HR 2546. Fiscal 1996 D.C. Appropriations/Cloture. The conference report contains a proposal that would grant the D.C. City Council the option of using $5 million in federal money to provide low-income children with $3,000 each to attend a local public or private school. (CQ Vote #23: Rejected 53-43: R 49-2; D 4-41, March 5, 1996, Lieberman, Bradley, Breaux and Byrd vote Yes)


Gore Sides With Trial Lawyers . . .

Fred Baron, President Of The Association Of Trial Lawyers Of America, Said That Gore Has A “Perfect Voting Record” For Trial Lawyers. “‘Gore has always--and I mean always--been a friend of trial lawyers,’ stressed Baron, whose backing of Gore may sway other ATLA members. ‘If anyone has had a perfect voting record, it would be him. Not one blemish.”’
(David Byrd, “Why Trial Lawyers Have a Beef With Bush,” National Journal, May 8, 1999)

Against Lieberman On Tort Reform

Lieberman Has Said The Civil Justice System Has Become A “Lottery.” “As some of you may know, I have supported just about every tort reform proposal that’s come along the track in my 11 years here because I think this great system that we inherited from our English predecessors, which was aimed at holding liable those who are negligent and create damage, and making whole those who are injured, has gone way off track and become a lottery in which literally a few people do very well but most of the people injured don’t really get adequately compensated.”
(Sen. Joe Lieberman, press conference, “Compromise on Patients Bill of Rights,” July 15, 1999) (emphasis added)

Lieberman Voted To Limit Damages In Liability Cases. In 1996, Senator Lieberman voted to limit the damages that may be imposed in product liability cases.
(CQ Vote # 161: Passed 61-37: R 46-7; D 15-30, May 10, 1995. President Clinton vetoed the bill on May 2, 1996 but the House failed to override) 

Speaking On The Bill, Lieberman Described The Situation In This Manner: “I honestly believe that what is on the line here today in this vote is not just the fate of this product liability bill, but it is a broader question of whether this Congress is able to function on a bipartisan basis and get something done to respond to a real problem as we have described in our society.”
(Sen. Joe Lieberman, Congressional Record, March 20, 1996)

Lieberman Believed That The Bill Did Not Go Far Enough: “I make no secret of the fact that I would have preferred a broader bill. Product liability cases are only a part of the problems in our civil justice system. I have real concerns that when we fix some of the problems there, some lawyers will just target nonmanufacturing clients, like financial service providers, municipalities, nonprofit organizations. I would have preferred a bill that covered much more, but clearly that was not to be.”
(Sen. Joe Lieberman, Congressional Record, March 20, 1996)

Clinton/Gore Vetoed The Tort Reform Bill. The Clinton/Gore Administration vehemently opposed the product liability bill and vetoed it despite overwhelming approval by both the House and Senate.
(Passed H.R. 956, CQ Vote # 229: Passed 265-161: R 220-6; D 45-154; I 0-1, March 10, 1995 and CQ Vote # 161: Passed 61-37: R 46-7; D 15-30, May 10, 1995. President Clinton vetoed the bill on May 2, 1996 but the House failed to override)

Lieberman Also Supported The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. Lieberman also supported the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act in 1995. This bill also received broad bipartisan support in the Congress, only to be vetoed by the Clinton/Gore Administration.
(H.R. 1058, CQ Vote # 216: Passed 325-99: R 226-0; D 99-98; I 0-1, March 8, 1995 and CQ Vote # 295: Passed 69-30: R 49-4; D 20-26, June 28, 1995) This time, however, the Congress overrode the veto, a first for the Clinton/Gore Administration. (CQ Vote # 870: Passed 319-100: R 230-0; D 89-99; I 0-1, December 20, 1995 and CQ Vote # 612: Passed 68-30: R 48-4; D 20-26, December 22, 1995)


Gore Attacks Bush . . .

Gore Attacks Bush. “And I want to protect a woman’s right to choose. Governor Bush, along with Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, want to overturn Roe v. Wade and take away a woman’s right to choose.”
(Al Gore, ABC’s “Good Morning America,” March 15, 2000) (emphasis added)

For Lieberman’s Position 

Lieberman Personally Opposes Abortion. Lieberman tries to please both sides of the abortion debate, but his personal opposition to abortion gives way to an extreme pro-choice voting record. However, Lieberman says he believes that “life begins at conception” and that society has a “right” to “protect potential human life.”
(Senator Joseph Lieberman, Letter to Constituent, August 16, 1989) 

Lieberman Has Supported For Parental Notification. Lieberman has voiced support for parental notification and a requirement that the viability of the fetus must be tested before an abortion is performed. Lieberman wrote to a constituent in 1989 detailing his position: “I do not believe the right to abortion is unlimited. That too, I suspect, reflects the values of a majority in our society. I therefore support, for example, the requirement of determining the viability of a fetus before an abortion is performed. I also support a requirement that parents of a minor be notified before an abortion is performed.”
(Senator Joseph Lieberman, Letter to Constituent, August 16, 1989)


Gore Attacks Bush . . .

Gore Attacks Bush
. "Gov. Bush has signed a law to allow more concealed weapons on our streets . . . He fought for new special protections for gun manufacturers to shield them from lawsuits."
(Ron Hutcheson, “Bush calls for national testing; He differs from party on education issue,” The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, October 6, 1999) 

For Lieberman’s Position

Lieberman Opposed Suing Gun Manufacturers. Unlike Gore, Lieberman voted in 1992 to support a measure that prohibited the District of Columbia from holding gun manufacturers and distributors legally responsible when someone criminally misused a gun.
(CQ Vote #152, S. 3026: Ruling of chair Rejected 32-50: R 2-33; D 30-17, July 27, 1992) 


Gore’s Attacks Bush . . .

Gore Attacks Bush.
“Al Gore today detailed his plans to strengthen Medicare and noted that George W. Bush does not commit one dime of the surplus to help strengthen the system, which serves the health care needs of nearly 40 million Americans.”
(, “Gore Will Use Prosperity To Strengthen Medicare: Bush Does Not Invest One Dime, But Supports Controversial Proposals That Could Raise Medicare Premiums And Eligibility Age, July 6, 2000)

In 1999, Clinton/Gore Rejected The Hard Work Of The Bipartisan Commission. Beginning in 1998, the Commission worked for more than a year and arrived at a bipartisan proposal that was broadly hailed as a solid reform effort to make the Medicare program solvent into the 21st century.
(National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, “Transcript of Commission Meeting, /members, March 16, 1998; National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, “Commission Proceedings,” , May 6, 2000) 11 votes were needed to approve the Commission’s Recommendations. 10 of the 17 Commissioners voted yes, including Democratic Senators John Breaux and Bob Kerrey. However, to the dismay of many Democrats and Republicans, all four of the Clinton/Gore appointees voted against reform and the motion failed by one vote. (National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, “Transcript of Commission Meeting,” , March 16, 1999) Before the vote even took place, President Clinton announced that the Commission had failed and that his own advisors would draft a plan to “save” the Medicare program. 

For Lieberman’s Position

In Response To The Clinton/Gore Administration’s Failure To Accept The Proposal That Was Put Forth By The Bipartisan Commission On The Future Of Medicare Which Was Led By Senator John Breaux (D-LA), Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) Remarked:

"The experience Breaux had on Medicare reform was certainly troubling. He was certainly true to the New Democratic ideals . . . I am troubled by the way the wind is blowing . . .” (
Bill Walsh, “Demos’ Centrist Move Set Back; Liberals May Have Killed Breaux Plan, Times-Picayune, March 21, 1999)

Lieberman Heads Up The DLC Which Supported The Bipartisan Medicare Reform Clinton/Gore Killed. Senator Lieberman serves as Chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) (March 1995-present). The National Bipartisan Commission On The Future of Medicare proposal that was put forward by Sen. John Breaux (D-LA) was a Medicare fix supported by the DLC/Progressive Policy Institute. This is the same Bipartisan Medicare reform that the Clinton/Gore Administration blocked. While Lieberman was not a member of the Commission, a Lieberman spokesman said that the Senator supported the package.
(Jake Thompson, “Kerrey Considered Pillar of Centrist New Democrats,” Omaha World-Herald, March 22, 1999)


Gore’s Position . . .

Gore Attacked Bradley For Voting In Support Of An Effort To Raise The Retirement Age For Medicare. In a January 8, 2000 debate with Bill Bradley, Al Gore attacked Bradley’s vote for a sense of the Senate resolution on Medicare: “Bradley voted in support of an amendment that would express the sense of the Senate that the age for Medicare benefits should be increased to correspond to Social Security benefits. The sense of the Senate states that the eligibility age for Social Security retirement should be gradually adjusts to 70 years by the year 2030 in 2-month increments.”
(, “Gore2000 Reality Check: Medicare,” January 8, 2000)

During The December 19, 1999 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate, While Remarking on Bradley’s Senate Vote, Al Gore Stated That He Strongly Opposes Raising The Retirement Age. 

VICE PRES. GORE: Tim, I strongly oppose raising the retirement age.


VICE PRES. GORE: Let me tell you


VICE PRES. GORE: Well, in the foreseeable future, ever? I’ll say ever, sure. And let me tell you why. You know, your logic is that since life spans are increasing, the retirement age should also increase. But what that misses is that steelworker in Buffalo that you sometimes refer to, who has a hard, physical labor job, and the wear and tear on that person’s skeleton and muscles is just the same as when average life spans were shorter. And, you know, Senator Bradley voted in the Senate to consider a measure that would raise the retirement age for both Social Security and Medicare to 70. I’m glad that he’s backed off that now because I think the American people are correct in opposing it.
(Transcript, Meet the Press, Vice President Al Gore and Former Sen. Bill Bradley, December 19, 1999)(emphasis added)

Conflicts With Lieberman On Raising The Retirement Age For Medicare

Lieberman Voted In Support Of The Same Amendment. In 1996, Lieberman voted in support of an amendment that expressed that the age for Medicare benefits should be increased to correspond to Social Security benefits. The sense of the Senate states that the eligibility age for Social Security retirement should be gradually adjusted to 70 years by the year 2030 in 2-month increments.
(CQ Vote# 149, Motion Agrees: R 32-20; D 31-16, May 23, 1996)


Gore Attacks Bush . . .

Gore Attacks Bush.
“It is not all that complicated,” Mr. Gore said at a news conference. “Governor Bush is with the big pharmaceutical companies.”
(Alison Mitchell, “The 2000 Campaign: The Vice President; Gore Links Drug Industry and G.O.P. to High Costs,” The New York Times, July 4, 2000)

Gore Attacks Bush. “[o]ur opponents in this election may have a lot of powerful special interests on their side. They do. They may have the big insurance companies and HMOs, the drug companies and the oil companies….”
(Al Gore, Speech to the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Convention, July 21, 2000) (emphasis added) 

For Lieberman’s Position

Lieberman Has Accepted Over $330,000 From Insurance And Pharmaceutical PACs. A detailed review of recent campaign finance reports shows that Lieberman has taken over $330,000 from the insurance and the pharmaceutical industries alone. Lieberman has long been cozy with the insurance industry due to several insurance conglomerates being headquartered in Connecticut.
(Gregg Easterbrook, “Not Your Average Joe,” The New Republic, November 2, 1998) Lieberman has raised $217,319 from insurance industry PACs. In his last two elections, Lieberman has taken $112,850 from pharmaceutical PACs. (

Lieberman Has Raised $217,319 From Insurance Industry PACs. Lieberman has long been cozy with the insurance industry due to several insurance conglomerates being headquartered in Connecticut.
(Gregg Easterbrook, “Not Your Average Joe,” The New Republic, November 2, 1998) Lieberman has raised $217,319 from insurance industry PACs.

In His Last Two Elections, Lieberman Has Taken $112,850 From Pharmaceutical PACs: Al Gore has blamed the pharmaceutical industry for soaring prescription drug costs. Gore said the cause of high prices was “drug company price-gouging.”
(Mike Glover, “Gore Gets Tough on Big Drug Cos.,” The Associated Press, July 3, 2000)


Gore Attacks Bush . . .

Gore Defends Status Quo.
“[T]he true test is standing up to those who say they want to eliminate affirmative action.”
(Al Gore, Remarks at the NAACP Convention, Baltimore, MD, July 12, 2000) (emphasis added)

For Lieberman’s Position

Lieberman On Affirmative Action. Joe Lieberman thinks that policies based on “group preferences” are “patently unfair.”
(John F. Harris and Dan Balz, “Affirmative Action Divides Democrats,” The Washington Post, March 10, 1995)

Lieberman On Group Preferences. “You can’t defend policies that are based on group preferences as opposed to individual opportunities, which is what America has always been about.”
(Peter A. Brown, “Group Preferences Opposed By Democrat Leadership Council Head Adds Voice,” The San Francisco Examiner, March 10, 1995)

Lieberman On Affirmative Action. Lieberman said he agreed with Californians who wanted to change the state Constitution to prohibit racial preferences. “Looking at the civil rights initiative in California, I can’t see how I could be opposed to it,” he said. “It basically is a statement of American values. It takes the language and the values underlying the civil rights acts Congress has passed and says not only should we not discriminate against somebody, we shouldn’t discriminate in favor of somebody based on the group they represent.”
(Peter A. Brown, “Group Preferences Opposed By Democrat Leadership Council Head Adds Voice,” The San Francisco Examiner, March 10, 1995) (emphasis added)

Lieberman On Group Preferences And Quotas. “[T]his business of deciding by group, in a sense, is the flip side of the argument that has flared up here in the last year about genetics, if you will, and the argument that some make that some groups are genetically less able than others. That’s an un-American argument. And it’s an un-American argument because it’s based on averages, not on individuals. And that’s the same when we come to group preferences and quotas. America’s about individuals, not averages or groups.”
(Todd Gitlin, “Affirmative Action Isn’t The Real Problem,” The San Francisco Examiner, April 4, 1995) (emphasis added)


Gore’s Position . . .

TIM RUSSERT: Do you believe now it is a fund-raiser? 

VICE PRES. GORE: This is beating a dead horse here. 

No, no, it's an open investigation. 


TIM RUSSERT: When the director of the FBI and three Justice officials say it should be looked into, that's why I'm asking. 

VICE PRES. GORE: OK. That's fine. 

TIM RUSSERT: You deserve a chance to talk about it. Do you believe to this day it was a fund-raiser? 

VICE PRES. GORE: I believe it was not. I believe it was not. 

TIM RUSSERT: To this day? 

VICE PRES. GORE: Yes. There was no request for funds. No money changed hands. 

TIM RUSSERT: But they did raise money and people went to jail for it. 

VICE PRES. GORE: After the fact, people went back and solicited those who were present. I did--there was no money that changed hands there.
(Al Gore, NBC’s “Meet The Press,” July 16, 2000) (emphasis added)

Conflicts With Lieberman On The Buddhist Temple Fundraiser

Lieberman Criticized The Buddhist Temple Fundraiser. “Based on the excuses the Committee heard in testimony to justify much of the outrageous behavior described above, we can probably expect even more surreal images than money being raised from a Buddhist temple, even more hustlers trying to put their change into the subway turnstile at the White House gate, and even more alienation and apathy from the people we are elected to serve.”
(Sen. Lieberman, Additional Views, Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, Campaign Finance Investigation Report, March 5, 1997)


Gore’s Position . . .

“Well again, that’s pretty selective. The question was about white house coffees and I did misinterpret that because I responded accurately and truthfully to the question of White House coffees. It turned out to be three or four instead of one. There were other meetings in a different building, and I immediately said, okay, look, if you’re asking about this, here’s the full number.”

TIM RUSSERT: “And I said that. Now it appears there were about 37 coffees that you attended at the White House or the Executive Office Building next to the White House. When you were asked that question, I want to give you a chance to clarify this, on the screen, this is what Mr. Conrad, the prosecutor said, ‘did you have discussions with anyone concerning the role that coffees would play in raising that type of money? People reading that conjure up ‘it depends what ‘is’ is.’ . . . People are being brought into the White House 103 times and you attended 103 of those - high rollers, money - people who gave $8 million within a matter of weeks, it never occurred to you that you were raising money at the White House?”

AL GORE: “They were not fund raisers. That’s the simple point. And, again, this has all been investigated many times, and I put out the entire transcript of that voluntarily, completely and fully so that people can make up their own minds about it.”

TIM RUSSERT: “Lanny Davis, Special Counsel to President Clinton, no more loyal defender and spin doctor for Al Gore and Bill Clinton wrote a book entitled ‘Truth to Tell.’ This is what he said, ‘months after the coffee story was over and everyone knew that our denial that the coffees were about fund-raising had been absurd, it would have been better to have described these events from the start as fund-raisers and not to have attempted to deny the obvious.’”

AL GORE: “Well, they were not fund-raisers, so he can - ”

TIM RUSSERT: “He’s wrong?”

AL GORE: “Yeah, as far as I’m concerned he is.” (
Al Gore, NBC’s “Meet The Press,” July 16, 2000) (emphasis added)

Conflicts With Lieberman On The White House Coffees

Lieberman Was Critical Of White House “Coffees.” “This was particularly true of the White House coffees. The evidence the Committee collected regarding the many occasions on which attendance at a White House coffee and a large donation to the DNC temporally coincided is telling. …[A]lthough money may not have been raised at these coffees, it was certainly raised from them.”
(Sen. Lieberman, Additional Views, Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, Campaign Finance Investigation Report, March 5, 1997) (emphasis added)


Gore Fights Capital Gains Cut . . .

“Al Gore of Tennessee remained silent as some witnesses suggested approving the president’s call for a cut in the capital gins tax, which Democrats have long opposed as a “tax cut for the rich.”
(John Hendren, “Software Makers Tell Congress They want Technology Policy,” States News Service, November 13, 1991)

Lieberman Supports It

Lieberman On Cutting The Capital Gains Tax. “There's a solid group of us who feel it is very important for our party politically to stake out a strong economic growth policy and [cutting] capital gains has to be a part of that . . . . I’m troubled by the movement [within the party's leadership] to make opposition to cutting the capital gains tax rate a party loyalty test,” the Connecticut Democrat said. “It’s not enough anymore for our party to say that capital gains will benefit rich people over poor people. A lot of middle class people will also benefit.”
(Donald Lambro, “Capital gains tax cut looms as major political showdown,” The Washington Times, September 21, 1989)

On Reduction in the Capital Gains Tax Rate. In 1989, the Senate was debating a tax measure from the House, when Senator Packwood offered an amendment, which would have reduced the tax rate on capital gains. The Senate moved to invoke cloture on this matter and Senator Lieberman voted for the motion. Al Gore voted against it. The motion failed by a vote of 51-47 on November 19, 1989.
(CQ Vote # 295, Motion rejected 51-47, R 45-0, D 6-47, November 14, 1989)


Gore Attacks Bush . . .

Gore Attacks Bush.
“It takes someone who is independent from Big Oil to take on Big Oil and I’m independent from them. He’s part of them, always has been . . . They support him lock, stock and barrel. He supports them lock, stock and barrel. The contrast is really very clear. I will fight for the consumer, he fights for Big Oil.”
(Terry M. Neal and Thomas B. Edsall, “Candidates Duke It Out Over Fuel,” The Washington Post, June 29, 2000)

For Lieberman’s Position

Since 1993, Sen. Lieberman Has Accepted At Least $14,000 In PAC Contributions From “Big Oil” Companies.


Gore’s Supports Higher Gas Taxes . . .

“I’ll tell you, that’s the best vote I’ve ever cast in my career.”
(Al Gore, “Remarks at the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Convention, July 21, 2000, referencing his vote for the 1993 tax bill which increased gas taxes among other taxes.)

Lieberman Doesn’t

Lieberman Criticized The Gas Tax. “That’s a problem for me. I voted for amendments on the earlier round that would’ve eliminated the gas tax. I’m worried that some of the taxes that’re going into effect, particularly going in immediately, will inhibit this recovery and will also impact people regardless of their income, including middle-class people, who we promised to take the pressure off of. So, it’s going to be hard enough for me to accept the 4.3-cent a gallon gas tax. I don’t want to see it go any higher”
(Sen. Joseph Lieberman, Interview with Judy Woodruff, CNN, July 27, 1993)

On The Gas Tax. Lieberman was one of only five Democrats in the Senate to oppose the Clinton/Gore Administration’s effort to impose a new gas tax of 4.3 cents/gallon on the American people. In 1993, Lieberman joined Senators Shelby (D-AL), DeConcini (D-AZ), Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Kohl (D-WI) in voting against an effort to table the Nickles amendment to eliminate the tax from the Administration’s budget reconciliation.
(CQ Vote # 167: Motion agreed to 50-48: R 0-43; D 50-5, June 24, 1993)


Gore’s Position . . .

Gore Attacked Bradley.
“Well, let me ask again, you know, we know you voted against ethanol and tried to kill it and crop insurance and price supports.”
(Al Gore, Democratic Presidential Debate, January 8, 2000)

Conflicts With Lieberman On Ethanol

Lieberman Voted With Bradley Against Ethanol. While Gore cast the tie-breaking vote to defeat the Johnston Amendment, prohibiting the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing its renewable oxygenates rule for reformulated gasoline, requiring a minimum of 15 percent and eventually 30 percent of the oxygenates used in reformulated gasoline to come from renewable resources such as ethanol, Lieberman and Bill Bradley voted no on the motion to (table) kill the amendment.
(CQ Vote #255, H.R. 4624, Motion Agreed to 51-50: R 19-25; D 31-25; August 3, 1994)

Lieberman Voted The Same Way As Bradley On An Ethanol Vote Gore Attacked Him On. Lieberman joined Bradley in voting no on the Wellstone (D-MN) Amendment to express the sense of the Senate that any energy (BTU) tax would not include a tax increase on non-conventional fuels, including solar, geothermal, wind, ethanol, methanol or bio-mass derived fuels.
(CQ Vote #44, S Con Res 18, Rejected 48-52: R 11-32; D 37-20, March 23, 1993) 

Lieberman Joined Bradley In Killing A Grassley Pro-Ethanol Amendment. Lieberman joined Bill Bradley in voting yes on the Johnston (D-LA) motion to table (kill) the Grassley, (R-IA) amendment to require the Secretary of Energy to ensure that 10 percent of motor fuels consumed in the United States by the year 2000 and 30 percent by the year 2010 are replacement and alternative fuels.
(CQ Vote #27, S 2166, Motion agreed to 63-34: R 35-8; D 29-26, February 19, 1992)


Courtesy: Republican National Committee


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