At an event in Las Vegas on Monday, 09/1800, Gore declared potential breast cancer victims faced "a long
waiting line before they could get a biopsy or, uh, or a uh, another kind of, what am I looking for, a sonogram
or...." People in the crowd shouted "mammogram."
(Source: Fox News 09/18/00; MSNBC 09/21/00 - The News with Brian Williams)
"Had that happened to Bush the news media would have used it to further the theme that the Texas Governor has a
troubled relationship with the English language." - Brian Williams 09/21/00
Equal...if not more so?
"When my sister and I were growing up," Mr. Gore told a small audience made up mostly of women, "there was
never any doubt in our minds that men and women were equal, if not more so."
(Source: NY Times, 08/12/00)
Equal - if not more so? More so what? More "equal"? Who is more so? If two things are equal, what is the "more so"
Gore didn't reverse John 3:16, but he DID reverse Matthew 6:21
During the second debate, while discussing the environment, Gore said: "And I'm a grandfather now. I want to
be able to tell my grandson, when I'm in my later years, that I didn't turn away from the evidence that showed
that we were doing some serious harm. In my faith tradition, it is written in the book of Matthew, 'Where your
heart is, there's your treasure also.' And I believe that we ought to recognize the value to our children and
grandchildren of taking steps that preserve the environment in a way that's good for them."
Gore got the quote from Matthew 6:21 backwards. Matthew 6:21 states: "For where your treasure is, there will your
heart be also." This follows verses 19 and 20 which say: "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where
moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where
neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal."
This quote has nothing to do with the environment; it has to do with devotion to salvation The Bible verses
specifically refer to being careful where you store your treasures - it follows the reason would have to be
because heart follows treasures. So not only did he misquote and misuse the quote - it is obvious he didn't know
the context of the verse.
One thousand billion million trillion...
Oct. 25 2000 JACKSON, Tenn. (Reuters) — Criticizing Bush's Social Security privatization plan at a rally in
Tennessee, Gore said, "He is proposing to privatize a big part of Social Security and he's proposing to take $1
trillion, a million billion dollars out of the Social Security trust fund and give it as a tax incentive to
A trillion is one thousand billion, not a million billion.
Execute a pregnant woman? Uhh... I don't know
On July 16, 2000 during a "Meet the Press" interview, Gore was asked if he would be in favor of postponing the
execution of a pregnant woman. His hesitant response was "I'd have to think about it".
Apparently not prepared for this curve ball of a question, Gore must have been so conscientious about upsetting
his pro-choice constituency that he couldn't even give the answer that was obvious to every member of the House
which in uncharacteristically unanimous fashion passed legislation shortly after this interview to prohibit such a
RUSSERT: Right now there's legislation which says that a woman on death row, if she's pregnant, she should not be
executed. Do you support that?
GORE: I don't what you're talking about.
RUSSERT: It's a federal statue on the books that if a woman is pregnant and she's on death row, she should not be
GORE: Well, I don't know what the circumstances would be in that situation. I would--you know, it's an interesting
fact situation. I'd want to think (OFF-MIKE).
The full transcript is available here.
$29 dollars a week can buy a lot of Diet Cokes
In his 2000 convention acceptance speech, Gore said the Bush tax cut would save the average family 62 cents a
week ("enough for a diet coke"). He later clarified it and said 62 cents a day per family... which is still wrong.
Even at 62 cents a day, that's only a little over $226 a year. Under the Bush tax plan, the average family would
save $1500 -- $4.20 a day, which is almost $29 dollars a week.
Collecting cans for prescription drug benefits!
During the October 3, 2000 Presidential debate, Gore mentioned 79-year-old Winifred Skinner, who has become the
campaign's mascot for his Medicare prescription-drug program. "In order to pay for her prescription drug
benefits, she has to go out seven days a week, several hours a day, picking up cans ," Gore said. "She came
all the way from Iowa in a Winnebago with her poodle in order to attend here tonight."
However, Skinner doesn't need to collect cans for her medication. Her son, Earl King, who formerly owned his own
business and now lives on an 80-acre ranch and describes his lifestyle as "comfortable," has offered repeatedly to
help her make ends meet. She continually declines his offers. In addition, the Winnebago Gore referred to, as well
as the gas, was paid for by the Gore campaign. Five campaign workers accompanied Skinner, a longtime Democrat and
former union organizer.
(Source: New York Post, October 5, 2000 "Gore's nose is growing again"; Washington Post, October 5, 2000, page
I was there with James Lee Witt...oh, wait....
In the Presidential debate on October 3, 2000, Governor George W. Bush gave credit to the Federal Emergency
Management Service (FEMA) for their work in Texas during fires and floods in Parker County. Vice President Al Gore
said "I accompanied James Lee Witt down to Texas when those fires broke out." Carl Cameron, of Fox News
first reported that Gore had not, in fact, been to Texas with Witt to look at the damage in Parker County. Gore
WAS in Texas, but FEMA officials said Witt never went to Texas to deal with the 1998 fires.
To say that he was traveling with Witt implies strongly that Gore was traveling to a location in an
official capacity. Gore was on his way to a fundraiser, and happened to run into FEMA people at the airport. The
purpose of his trip was to attend a fundraiser, NOT to see the damage, as Gore implies. While Gore has accompanied
Witt on other occasions, Gore didn't on this occasion, AND the purpose of this particular trip wasn't even
connected with the disasters. Some claim Gore just "forgot" that Witt wasn't with him on this occasion... did Gore
also forget the purpose of this particular trip?
"If James Lee was there before or after, then you know, I got that wrong then," Gore said on ABC's Good Morning
America on October 4, 2000.
(Source: New York Post, October 5, 2000 "Gore's nose is growing again")
I was part of those discussions! Really!
At a Sept. 22 press conference, Gore stated "I've been a part of the discussions on the strategic reserve
since the days when it was first established." However, President Ford established the Strategic Petroleum
Reserves when he signed the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) on December 22, 1975 — two years before Al
Gore became a congressman
(Source: Washington Post, Sept. 24 2000)
(note: it was actually 13 months, not 2 years as the Post states)
Now, technically, 1975 was when it was declared U.S. policy to establish a reserve, but the reserve was not
established (sites purchased or built, etc) until 1977, when Gore was in Congress. However, isn't this yet another
case of "fuzzy wording"? Gore phrases the initial statement to give the impression that he was somehow responsible
or "part of something" from the outset, but leaves wiggle room so that he can later justify the statement. And
isn't saying he was part of "discussions on the strategic reserve" meant to leave the impression that he was part of the planning process, prior to the sites being purchased, etc? Decide for yourself.
A dog's health care costs less than my mother-in-law's!
Vice President Al Gore, reaching for a personal example to illustrate the breathtaking costs of some
prescription drugs, told seniors in Florida that his mother-in-law pays nearly three times as much for the same
arthritis medicine used for his ailing dog, Shiloh. "That's pretty bad when you have got to pretend to be a dog or
a cat to get a price break" he stated. Gore's mother-in-law does pay more for her medication, but the generic
brand of the drug, which 85% of Americans now use as a cheaper alternative, costs half as much, or one and a half
times what it costs for the pooch - not three times. In addition, given the complexities of the marketplace, and
the steps people take to get a better deal, it can work the other way around: Pets "pretending" to be humans. The
Gore campaign also admitted that it lifted those costs not from his family's bills, but from a House Democratic
study, and that Gore misused even those numbers: They represent the manufacturer's price to wholesalers, not the
retail price of the brand-name product.
Drug costs often cost more for humans, though, because they are more heavily regulated. Jeff Trewhett, the
spokesman for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association of America, said the higher costs for the
human version of patented drugs is justified because the research, development, and approval costs can surpass
$500 million per drug. But once the drug is approved for humans, the cost to test and approve it for animals is
minimal, he said. Interestingly enough, Gore is proposing more regulations on top of what we have now.
Our food also costs 3 times as much as the dog's... will Gore say that we have to pretend to be dogs to get
(Source: "Gore misstates facts in drug-cost pitch" Boston Globe, 9/18/2000 )
Dairy Farm Expert in a Day
Milwaukee, WI - "I'm very familiar with the importance of dairy farming in Wisconsin. I've spent the night
on a dairy farm here in Wisconsin. If I'm entrusted with the presidency, you'll have someone who is very familiar
with what the Wisconsin dairy industry is all about."
(Sources: Sunday, June 18, Atlanta Journal Constitution and
Washington Post, June 14, 2000)
Hey! I am an expert in hospital administration in NJ, and the hotel industry in several states - having spent more
than one night there!
Let's play "Insult the Host"
Gore sometimes shows publicly that he lacks Clinton's finesse. Take a reception in Los Angeles last month. It
was Gore's moment to shine before donors who ponied up $2.8 million. But he wound up egg-faced when he compared
electing a Republican as president to rejecting an Oscar-winning team in favor of the producers of the Hollywood
clunker ''Howard the Duck.'' One of the evening's hosts, Jeffrey Katzenberg, was a driving force behind ''Howard
the Duck.'' The crowd tittered.
(Source: USA Today, May 8,
Hey! It's Super Tuesday... oh wait...
Several Tennesseans tried to cast votes in the presidential primary, thinking that their state was part of
Super Tuesday. They weren't alone. Vice President Al Gore seemed to think so, too. Knox County registrar Pat
Crippens said, "I just got off the phone with a gentleman. I had to explain we're not Super Tuesday, we're just
next Tuesday." His office got about 30 calls from confused voters. In 1988, Tennessee and 12 other Southern states
decided to hold their presidential primaries on the second Tuesday of March, dubbing it "Super Tuesday" in hopes
of gaining national political clout. Several Northern states also held their primaries that day. More than a dozen
states have since moved their primaries to the first Tuesday of the month, creating a new "Super Tuesday."
Tennessee - the vice president's home state - is among six that have stuck with March 14. As reporters and
photographers watched from the lobby of his Nashville headquarters on Tuesday, Gore called a "Miss Ferris" and
told her, "Today is the presidential primary in Tennessee ." His expression changed as he listened to her. "Well,
you know, that is right. You are absolutely right," he said before hanging up and quickly dialing the next number
on his voter call list.
(Source: Houston Chronicle 3/8/2000 by Houston Chronicle News Services)
The Republicans controlled the Senate in '93? Do the Democrats know this?
From Meet the Press 12/19/99
MR. RUSSERT: Senator, what did you think of the 1996 Clinton-Gore campaign's approach to fund-raising?
MR. BRADLEY: I thought that a lot of people in politics were embarrassed by it, quite frankly. I think Republicans
and Democrats were disgraceful in that fund-raising program in 1996. Now, I think Al had the right point. It's the
lessons that you learn. In 1990, I raised a lot of money for my Senate race. I raised too much money. I discovered
that you can have too much money in a political campaign. I think that's what George Bush is going to discover.
Now, in Al's case, the attorney general investigated it fully and determined that an independent counsel was not
needed. And so - and the Republicans might make that an issue, but that's the reality. But I think the question is
what you learn from this. And what I learned is that you've had seven years to actually do something on
campaign-finance reform, and nothing has happened. I remember visiting the White House in 1993, Democratic
Congress, both Senate and House, and urging the president to act on campaign-finance reform. Now, I don't know if
you were in the loop or not, but the fact of the matter is that no action took place. And when we say what we...
VICE PRES. GORE: Because all the Republicans voted against it.
MR. BRADLEY: ...what we need to do...
VICE PRES. GORE: And they controlled the Senate.
MR. BRADLEY: ...what we - where was the effort made, Al, in 1993?
VICE PRES. GORE: We got every single Democratic senator to vote for it.
Gore and the Internet
"During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet" Gore
said when asked to cite accomplishments that separate him from another Democratic presidential hopeful, former
Sen. Bill Bradley of New Jersey, during an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN on March 9, 1999.
Gore supported technological advances related to the advancement of the Internet, but to say that HE
took the initiative in creating the Internet is a bit much.
(Sources: Transcript http://www.wired.com/news/news/politics/story/18390.html )
(Note: Lots of people seem to enjoy e-mailing me, professing that my information about Gore saying he
"invented" the Internet is wrong, that he did support things which helped get the Internet moving, etc. First, I
know he never said he "invented" the Internet. Please notice the quote above. Second, saying that he took the
initiative in CREATING the Internet is still a funny statement since the Internet was already created and being
used (ex: file copying via the UUCP protocol and e-mail) by the time he was elected to Congress. One can't take
the "initiative" to "create" something which has already been created.)
A spotted Zebra.
"A zebra does not change its spots." - Al Gore, attacking President George Bush in 1992.
(Sources: The Toronto Sun, 11/19/95; May 13th page of the "365 stupidest things ever said, 1999 Calendar." ALL
quotes from this calendar are from a book called "The 700 Stupidest Things Ever Said") The book and calendar are
by a brother and sister team called Ross and Kathryn Petras. The original book "The 776 Stupidest things ever
said" was printed in March 1993, and the calendar was printed August 1998.)
"We can build a collective civic space large enough for all our separate identities, that we can be e
pluribus unum -- out of one, many." E Pluribus Unum is the motto on the Great Seal of the United States of
America, and is Latin for "out of many, one," not "out of one, many."
(Source: January 1994. From a Milwaukee speech to the Institute of World Affairs as quoted in Investor's
Business Daily, October 25, 1996.)
Who ARE these people??
Listen to Al Gore (Algore) asking
who the busts of our Founding Fathers are at Monticello before the Inauguration. DUH.
Watch the video of
Mary and Joseph were homeless??
"Speaking from my own religious tradition in this Christmas season, 2,000 years ago a homeless woman gave
birth to a homeless child in a manger because the inn was full."
Hello! Mary and Joseph were not homeless!
(Sources: Press Conference at HUD, 12/22/97; George Will column, Sunday May 17 1998)
A new type of tree!
Al Gore, giving a speech for Yellowstone National Park's 125th Anniversary, Albright Visitors Center,
Sunday, August 17, 1997: "When we come here, we see the long pole pine and the
Sorry Al, it's LODGEpole. There is no such thing as a LONGpole pine.
Maybe Michael Jordan hasn't made an indelible impression on everyone outside Chicago. Speaking at a D.C.
function, Vice President Al Gore, wowed by the Bulls, said: "I tell you that Michael Jackson is unbelievable,
isn't he. He's just unbelievable."
( Source: The Chicago Tribune June 17, 1998 )
In his first appearance in a nationally televised candidates forum, Gore was asked to name a past US president
from whom he drew personal inspiration. He replied that he especially admired another "dark horse" candidate, and
a product of his home state, the great "president James Knox". The only problem is that the history books
show that nobody named Knox ever occupied the White House. He most likely meant James Knox Polk.
(Source: Chicago Tribune of 7/24/87; The British Sunday Times; Michael Medved of KVI radio (570 AM based in
In 1996, Al Gore visited a school in a largely Hispanic portion of Albuquerque, New Mexico. In an effort to fit
in, he decided it would be appropriate to say something in Spanish as he took the stage. He was probably supposed
to say "Muchisimas Gracias", which means "Very, very much thanks" or possibly "Muchas Gracias", which means "thank
you very much." Instead, he walked on stage saying "Machismo Gracias" - roughly translated to "manliness
thanks." There's a video clip of the press in Albuquerque giggling about it and saying, "Oh well, he's trying."
(Source: KOB-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1996 -- does anyone have the exact date or can anyone confirm
Daily Town Hall Meetings
"I certainly learned a great deal from 3,000 town hall meetings across my home state of Tennessee over a
16-year period" in Congress, the vice president told NPR’s Bob Edwards.
Do the math. That’s 187 town hall meetings per year, or a meeting in Tennessee every other day for 16 years,
including weekends, holidays, vacations, and time spent running for president in 1988 and for vice president in
Now, Gore never specifically claimed that he was actually at all of the Town Hall meetings, but it certainly
sounds like he is trying to imply that he was there when he states that he learned a great deal from 3,000
Special exception for Clinton.
"I seek this office to restore the rule of law and respect for common sense to the White House." ...
"Americans in every region and in both political parties have been shaken by the betrayal of public trust ... and
the dishonesty of the public officials."...
"Any government official who ... lies to the United States Congress will be fired immediately."
(Source: Seattle Times, June 29, 1987)
Gore must be talking about the standards he'd apply to a Republican White House! After all, he referred to Clinton
as "one of our greatest presidents" at the White House Post-Impeachment Pep Rally on December 19, 1998.
Gore Loves Courtney Love.
Finding himself talking to the controversial rock star Courtney Love at a Hollywood party, Mr. Gore attempted
to charm her by telling her he was a fan. Rather than just accepting the easy compliment, Love cross-examined him.
"He goes 'I'm a really big fan'," said Love. "And I was like 'Yeah, right. Name a song, Al'." The answer came
limply back: "I can't name a song, I'm just a really big fan."
Mr. Gore and his wife, Tipper, were the driving forces behind the campaign to make record companies put stickers
on records that contained lyrics with sexually explicit content.
(Sources: The [London] Times, 10/1/98; Courtney Love recounted this event on the May 20, 1999 Late Show with
David Letterman )
Back in 1994, Al Gore called Oliver North "the colonel of untruth" and said Mr. North was counting on
political contributions from "the extra-chromosome right wing."
(Sources: White House Special Briefing, 10/28/94; Washington Times, September 4, 1997 )
AL APOLOGIZES: Vice President Al Gore sent out a letter apologizing for his embarrassing "extra
chromosome" jibe at Oliver North supporters, saying he had "learned an important lession [sic]." (Source:
National Review, December 31, 1994.)
He can't use a computer?
Pete Talek, a U.S. Steel employee speaking with Al Gore: "I am a few credits shy of earning a master's degree
and could use federal funds to help defray tuition costs because he also is putting a daughter through community
college. "I worked with a 14-inch pipe wrench for years and a coal shovel." Adding that he since has added a
computer keyboard to the list of tools he can now use. "Gore smiled and admitted that he, too, has trouble
turning on a computer - let alone using one."
(Source: "Gore Touts Job-Training Programs at Pittsburgh Factory" Associated Press September 4, 1998)
Which is it Al? Articles paint you as a techie nerdie type with early, and possibly fairly substantive knowledge of
computers and networks, but you can't use a computer? You
Arpanet in the 70's but now have trouble turning on a computer?
Where am I again?
Al Gore visited Minneapolis Minnesota on October 12, 1998 and raised several hundred thousand dollars
for DFL gubernatorial nominee Hubert Humphrey III and two Democratic congressmen. Too bad he forgot which state he
was in. Gore misspoke when he tried to summarize their commitment to education. "They will be the education
team that Missouri needs to move into the 21st century," he said.
(Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 13, 1998)
Does this mean he'd fire Clinton?
"My first pledge will be to restore integrity to the White House. And I'll fire anyone who has lied to the
American people or the United States Congress."
(Source: Al Gore, in a February 2, 1988 presidential debate)
The earth is upside down!
In the spring 1998 - Gore called The Washington Post's executive editor to tip him off on an ''error'' in the
paper. ''I decided I just had to call because you've printed a picture of the Earth upside down on the front
page of the paper,'' Gore said.
(Source: Florida Times Union 4/3/98 ) There is no ''up'' in space; only on maps that orient the Earth's
surface north and south.
For more examples of Al Gore's vast knowledge of space, take a look at the
Times Union article
Gore loves tobacco.
"Throughout most of my life, I raised tobacco. 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.
(Source: [New York] Newsday, 2/26/88
Oh wait.. I didn't mean that...
"Sometimes, you never fully face up to things that you ought to face up to." -- Al Gore, discussing why
he accepted checks from his family tobacco farm and contributions from tobacco companies for years after the
tragic death of his sister that he spoke about so emotionally at the 1996 Democratic convention.
(Source: "'Numbness' Let Gore Accept Tobacco Help," San Francisco Chronicle, August 30, 1996)