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Mr. Gore,

I've been a registered Republican for 20 years, but I'm fed up with the entire political circus—both (all) parties. Tell me why your Presidency will change my disgust with the American political process. By the way, there are people in America who do listen to intelligent and thoughtful speech, even if the press brands you as dull. I don't want sensation or celebrity, I want leadership!

Linda Jensen
Pittsburgh, PA

I understand how you feel—it is similar to the way I felt back when I returned from Vietnam. I was also disillusioned with politics and thought I would never be a part of the political system. But over the years, I came to see that politics can have a positive impact on people’s lives. My role model for public service is my father. He stood up to the voices of conformity and cultural destruction and was defeated for re-election when he supported civil rights and gun control as a Senator in 1970.

I have tried to take the lessons I have learned from my father and apply them to my life as a public servant. I have been an advocate for the rights of women, teachers and schools, the poor and the elderly; as well as an advocate for environmental protection and the widespread use of the Internet before either was in vogue. I was proud to cast the deciding vote for gun control and stand up to the radical right.

My administration will advance the right kind of change, build on our accomplishments and fortify the principles that we have fought hard to uphold as a working democracy. As president, I want to bring about change in our nation’s health care system—ensuring that prescription drugs are available and that all children have access to affordable health care, and bring revolutionary change to our schools—strengthening our children’s chances for success in an increasingly complex world. With your help Linda, your call for true leadership will not go unheeded. As president, we will be able to continue lift up the less fortunate, and continue bringing about change that works for working families.

Mr. Vice President, I know this is a rather vague question, but why do you want to be the President? What do you plan TO DO that will make the average American’s life better? I know you are concerned about the average American so please tell us what you plan to do. Thank you!

Andy Miller
Alpine, CA

Good question, Andy; and I appreciate your words of support.

At one time, I had no intention of entering public life. I grew up watching my father serve as a U.S Senator, but then in 1970, I saw my father defeated for re-election because of his courageous stands for civil rights and for gun control. I came home after serving in Vietnam doubting that politics could make a difference. Tipper and I started to raise a family, while I studied religion and worked as a newspaper reporter in Tennessee. While working as a reporter, I helped to expose corruption in local government. This reporting experience lead me to understand that I could make a difference for people and that public service was the best place to do that. I decided to fight back, for all those people who could not fight on their own, won a seat in Congress and took on the special interests, like the big polluters dumping toxic waste.

I know that each day, hard working American men and women face grinding amounts of pressure and make tremendous sacrifices in their quality of life—and they keep on working—to achieve the goals they have set for themselves and their families. And there are also many people who have fought tirelessly though bitter battles and surmounted incredible obstacles to make the world a better place for everyone. So every day, I keep America’s hard working men and women—America’s true heroes—in mind, as I work to help improve their lives.

So to answer your question Andy, I want to be president to make certain that the labors and sacrifices of our hard working families and that of many generations before are well rewarded. I want to be president so that I can keep on fighting for working families, building on the progress of the last seven years to help expand our prosperity and bring about change that works for working families.

As president I will make the most of my experience as a pro-active Congressman, Senator, and Vice President, to build on what works and change what needs changing. With your help, I know I can realize this goal, by employing my specific ideas for change—such as new proposals in education to raise test scores; new ideas in health care to ensure health care access for all children and ensure that prescription drugs are affordable for our elderly; new measures to protect our children from gangs, guns, and drugs and a strong commitment to protect Social Security and Medicare. As President I will keep building on the progress we have made and keep moving forward for every working family.

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