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Endorsement Watch:
Vice President Al Gore (D)

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__ Endorsement Watch __
Through Election Day, Early Returns will collect and excerpt newspaper editorials that back candidates in some of this year's top political races. Other endorsements for:
Gov. George W. Bush
House, Senate, Governor

__ Gore Endorsements __
Albany Times Union
Atlanta Constitution
The Baltimore Sun
The Beacon Journal
The Courier-Journal
Denver Post
Detroit Free Press
Las Vegas Sun
Miami Herald
New York Daily News
The New York Times
Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Inquirer
Portsmouth Herald
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Sacramento Bee
San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Examiner
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Star Tribune
The Washington Post

Last Updated:
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2000; 3:50 p.m. EDT

Collected below are excerpts of newspaper endorsements backing Democrat Al Gore for the White House. A link to the full text is provided when the editorial is still available online free of charge. Recently added:
The Baltimore Sun
Denver Post
Miami Herald
New York Daily News
The New York Times
Philadelphia Inquirer

Albany Times Union: "At the end of a campaign that's gone on too long, cost too much and been demeaning, at times, to the candidates and the voters alike, we find that Mr. Gore offers sound reasons to hope for a better governed nation. He is ready and able to assume the presidency. Mr. Bush may one day be similarly prepared. But in the year 2000, he is not." (Albany, N.Y., 10/22/00)

Atlanta Constitution: "Gore is prepared to change government policy to reflect the needs and opinions of 21st century America. The Bush team, by contrast, is either denying the reality of those changes or advocating an outright retreat, a bridge back to the 20th century, so to speak...Gore is much more engaged in the world around him, more willing to do the work needed to comprehend a complex situation, more willing to think things through to the point that a solution is found. Bush is either unwilling to submit to that grind, or incapable of pulling it off." (Atlanta, Ga., 10/20/00)

The Baltimore Sun: "Those who disparagingly claim there's not a dime's worth of difference between Al Gore and George W. Bush haven't been paying attention. Make no mistake about it: There's a cavernous gap between the two major party candidates—and Al Gore stands on the correct side of that deep philosophical divide. ...The vice president has a wealth of government experience Mr. Bush lacks. Mr. Gore was an effective member of the House and Senate for 16 years, carving out a record of bipartisan effectiveness as a Southern moderate. Yes, he's a policy wonk who can put an audience to sleep with his recitation of facts and figures. But he knows his stuff." (Baltimore, Md., 10/29/00)

The Beacon Journal: "In this race for the presidency, it is essential to assess the record. Who has shown leadership in the corridors of government? Who better understands the needs of the country? Who has the experience and skills to lead from the Oval Office? In our view, the answer is plain: Al Gore. If his shortcomings are obvious, his strengths far exceed them. ...The record reveals that Al Gore is the better prepared, the more experienced, the more thoughtful and decisive candidate. He is the better choice for president." (Akron, Ohio, 10/22/00)

The Courier-Journal: "Mr. Gore offers sounder proposals for safeguarding Americans' economic security and for advancing American interests and principles abroad. To his credit, Gov. Bush, as governor and candidate, has been more moderate and non-ideological than much of the Republican Party... However, Gov. Bush demonstrates an intellect and grasp of issues that are mediocre, to be generous...Al Gore offers superior stature, ability and vision for national leadership. He should be elected." (Louisville, Ky., 10/22/00)

Denver Post: " For the first time in several elections, Americans get to choose between two good mainstream candidates who have focused on serious issues and not irrelevant trivia. Either Texas Gov. George W. Bush or Vice President Al Gore would make a fine chief executive for the nation. ...Questions have been raised about whether Bush or Gore better appeals to average voters and which has the better character for the presidency. On these matters, the two may be equally matched in both strengths and defects. The election, then, should be decided on the issues. And on the issues, Gore has made the better case." (Denver, Colo., 10/29/00)

Detroit Free Press: "(Al Gore) would build on the best policies of the Clinton administration, clean out its worst mistakes, and bring wisdom, consistency and strength to foreign policy...For the continuity of what has gone right for America in recent years, for the dedication and experience he would bring to the office and for his truly compassionate view of issues that affect so many Americans, we believe Al Gore should be America's next president." (Detroit, Mich., 10/22/00)

Las Vegas Sun: "Voters can't complain that this presidential election is a choice between tweedledum and tweedledee. Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush offer profound differences on how they'd govern this nation...(both) are honorable men, yet on issue after issue, Gore's policies are in the best interests of both our nation and Nevada." (Las Vegas, Nev., 10/22/00)

Miami Herald: "We are not in thrall to Mr. Gore, nor are we blind to Mr. Bush's attributes. We prefer the Texas governor's willingness to experiment with new solutions to major issues, like education reform, that don't rely on government. We like his willingness to question Social Security and Medicare; we like that he is the brother of Florida's governor, Jeb Bush, whom we support and admire. And we fear that Mr. Gore will not be able to surmount the partisan divides in Washington, D.C., that are so dispiriting. Nonetheless, Mr. Gore is ready now to be a good president where Mr. Bush is not. Mr. Gore has sound judgment, a brilliant intellect, core values and passion for service." (Miami, Fla., 10/29/00)

New York Daily News: "No one in government today better understands that the turbocharged New Economy would be ill served by regressive slash-and-burn tax schemes favored by the GOP. Instead, Gore offers targeted middle-class tax relief and pledges to use the surplus to pay down the national debt, save on interest costs and thus whittle down the debt even further. When all is said and done, there is only one true-blue fiscal conservative in this race, and his name is Al Gore." (New York, N.Y., 10/29/00)

New York Newsday: "It is important to go beyond campaign rhetoric and try to discern how each would govern. Bush's lack of experience has to be balanced against Gore's sober approach to foreign policy, including his support-proper in our judgment-of the war against Iraq. George W. Bush would probably not be a disaster as president. He could even be OK. But don't we expect more than that of our national leaders? Al Gore, even with his less engaging personality, has the potential to be a very good president." (Melville, N.Y., 10/29/00)

The New York Times: "...we today firmly endorse Al Gore as the man best equipped for the presidency by virtue of his knowledge of government, his experience at the top levels of federal and diplomatic decision-making, and his devotion to the general welfare. We offer this endorsement knowing that Mr. Bush is not without his strong points and that Mr. Gore has his weaknesses. But the vice president has struggled impressively and successfully to escape the shadow of the Clinton administration's ethical lapses, and we believe that he would never follow Bill Clinton's example of reckless conduct that cheapens the presidency." (New York, N.Y., 10/29/00)

Philadelphia Daily News: "We urge you ... to put Al Gore in the White House. ...He has been a principled voice not only for the environment but for justice and democratic values worldwide. He represents the successful policies of the Clinton administration—but without the stain of impeachment. You will live in a safer, cleaner, more prosperous country under Al Gore. We cannot say the same for George Bush. Gore's opponent is a not-very-knowledgeable, laughably inarticulate son of privilege who could have been the model for the musical, 'How to Succeed in Business (and Politics) Without Really Trying.'" (Philadelphia, Pa., 10/27/00)

Philadelphia Inquirer: "Any choice for president hinges in part on a gut assessment of what cannot be known: How an individual will cope with the stresses of the world's toughest job, how he will react to perilous crises or momentous trends yet to unfold. ...If you think the world America leads in the early 21st century will be a simple, predictable place, Gov. Bush's blithe style may seem fine to you. But if you recognize that running the world's greatest democracy and economy will take great foresight, flexibility and knowledge, then Al Gore is your choice." (Philadelphia, Pa., 10/29/00)

Portsmouth Herald: "Al Gore has a 25-year record of accomplishment and, even though he does not have the most exciting political persona out there, he does have an exciting and ambitious and well-articulated vision for America that is appropriate for the beginning of the 21st century. ...There has been, needless to say, an anger that clings to the Clinton presidency. But Gore is not President Clinton, so whatever loss of dignity Clinton imposed on the office of the presidency is his alone. The office itself cannot be tarnished; only the person holding it." (Portsmouth, N.H., 10/22/00)

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "Mr. Gore has prepared for this daunting job for three decades ... Mr. Bush, his likable opponent, doesn't have what it takes. His resume is thin and his command of issues is thinner. This is a man who governs the biggest state in the lower 48 from 9-5, with two hours out for lunch. Working stiffs should have it so good." (St. Louis, Mo., 10/22/00)

Sacramento Bee: "By a clear margin, the distinctions favor Gore, a tested leader. The next president must steer the country through an era of unprecedented change and complexity at home and abroad—a job that demands the experience, intelligence and judgment that Gore has demonstrated in his career." (Sacramento, Calif. 10/22/00)

San Francisco Chronicle: "It will take seasoned judgment, leadership and familiarity with the world to keep the United States on top on the complex and ever-changing global challenges. Bush downplays his inexperience by arguing that he will take his cues from a cadre of expert advisers. Gore, by contrast, offers on-the-job experience. His foreign affairs Rolodex and his extensive travels provide him with a clear advantage in anticipating problems, making judgments and in advocating America's case." (San Francisco, Calif., 10/22/00)

San Francisco Examiner: "It's crazy to think that either Gore or Bush would be a runaway success while his opponent would prove a dismal failure. But Gore will protect Roe v. Wade, while there's good reason to think Bush will not. Gore will not open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration; Bush says he will. Gore is more likely to lead the country toward economic justice. He is against Bush's monstrously large tax cuts, which even Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan says we don't need. ...George W. Bush has a bright future as a national political figure, but Al Gore is the best candidate to lead the United States over the next four years. The issues favor him by a wide margin. Give him your vote." (San Francisco, Calif., 10/08/00)

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "The son of a U.S. senator, Gore has served a president's intensive apprenticeship for a quarter of a century...As a result of this training, we believe that Gore would take his seat behind the desk in the Oval Office and discharge its awesome responsibilities without missing a beat; this man does not have a steep learning curve." (Seattle, Wash., 10/22/00)

Star Tribune: "Today's good times may lull Americans into thinking the occupier of the presidency doesn't really matter. But even a cursory look at the issues facing America shows that the stakes in this election are high and America's choices are clear...Al Gore has proved he has what it takes to lead, and he has it now. He deserves election on Nov. 7." (Minneapolis, Minn., 10/22/00)

The Washington Post: We are by no means blind to the risks of a Gore presidency. His political clumsiness and know-it-all manner raise questions about his ability to inspire the country and work with Congress...Nonetheless, we come to our choice without hesitation. Mr. Gore has shown himself through the years to be a man of good character. He brings a maturity, a soundness of judgment and a balance of priorities that would be reassuring in a leader." (Washington, D.C., 10/22/00)

Jason Thompson can be reached at jason.thompson@washingtonpost.com. Early Returns runs Monday-Thursday.

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