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Vice presidents have always been confronted with the dual roles of loyal teammate and prospective president. But President Clinton's sex scandal has given new meaning to the challenge, forcing Gore into a spotlight where his every word is analyzed.
In his public appearances, Gore is unwavering in his support of administration policies, crediting Clinton with the sound economy, safer streets and greater educational opportunities. He has continued to work conscientiously and often enthusiastically to advance the Clinton administration domestic agenda and, not so incidentally, strengthen his own ties with constituencies that will be important to him when he seeks the presidency in 2000.
When Clinton and Gore appear together, the vice president delivers hearty introductions of his friend. At the same time, Gore has said repeatedly that Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky was "indefensible."
Gore: 'Much Ado About Not Much New' (Sept. 23, 1998)
(Updated October 2, 1998)
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