NASHVILLE, OCT. 4 -- Sen. Albert Gore Jr. (D-Tenn.), a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, said in an interview published today that he had misstated his record as an investigative reporter.
Last Sunday, Gore was quoted in The Des Moines Register as saying he "got a bunch of people indicted and sent to jail" while working as a reporter for The Tennessean in Nashville in the 1970s.
Gore was referring to an incident in which two people were indicted after an investigation into alleged corruption on the Nashville-Davidson County Metropolitan Council during the time Gore was covering the council.
Councilman Morris Haddox was indicted on bribery charges and was acquitted in 1976. Councilman Jack Clariday was convicted of bribery and sentenced to three years in prison in 1975, but never served time on the conviction and was put on probation.
In an interview in today's editions of The Tennessean, Gore said that while a newly elected congressman in 1977, he read a story about Clariday's probation and wrongly assumed Clariday had gone to prison.
"I made an honest mistake and I apologize for the inaccuracies," Gore said. "I should have paid more attention to the news story 10 years ago."