Democratic National Convention
 Staples Center in Los Angeles    August 14-17, 2000 
News Coverage of Aug. 17
Aug. 16.    Main    Out from L.A. 
    Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000 -- "Al Gore's vision for the future"
  12:45 p.m.
Presentation of Colors
All City Junior ROTC Color Guard

Bishop Vashti McKenzie of Baltimore, Maryland 
African Methodist Episcopal Church 

The National Anthem 
Ida McBeth of Kansas City, Kansas

Trey Ourso 
President, Association of State Democratic Executive Directors 
Executive Director, Louisiana Democratic Party

Susan Turnbull
Chair, Democratic National Committee Women’s Caucus

Gloria Nieto 
Democratic National Committee Gay & Lesbian Caucus
Board of Directors, National Stonewall Democratic Federation

Mary Anne Martin Andreas 
Tribal Chairwoman of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians

Susan Bass Levin 
Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, New Jersey

Brian Schweitzer
Candidate for the United States Senate, Montana

The Honorable Susan Davis 
Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, California

The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee
U.S. House of Representatives, Texas

The Honorable Jim Maloney
U.S. House of Representatives, Connecticut

The Honorable Chaka Fattah
U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania

The Honorable Barney Frank
U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts

The Honorable Cal Dooley
U.S. House of Representatives, California

The Honorable Lois Capps
U.S. House of Representatives, California

Sue Masten 
President, National Council of American Indians 

The Honorable John Conyers
U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan

The Honorable Mario Gallegos, Jr. 
Texas State Senate 

Jennifer Granholm 
Candidate for Attorney General of Michigan

The Honorable Thelma Harper
Tennessee State Senate

Nancy Hoit
Family Policy Consultant 

The Honorable Jack Markel 
Delaware State Treasurer 

The Honorable Kendrick Meek
Florida State Senate 

The Honorable Robert Underwood
U.S. House of Representatives, Guam 

The Honorable Bill Luther 
U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota

The Honorable Mark Lawrence
Candidate for the United States Senate, Maine and Current President, Maine State Senate

The Honorable Nydia Velazquez
U.S. House of Representatives, New York 

Patricia Madrid 
Attorney General of New Mexico

The Texas Truth Squad 

Kayt Norris of Quincy, Illinois
Founder of Helping Hands, an intergenerational community service organization. Norris will be a sophomore at Quincy High School in the fall. 

The Honorable Louise Slaughter 
U.S. House of Representatives, New York

The Honorable Yvonne Atkinson-Gates
Chair, Clark County Commission, Nevada 

The Honorable Frank Mascara 
U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania 

Antonio Gonzalez
President, Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project

The Honorable Hilda Solis
Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and Current California State Senator

The Honorable Jan Schakowsky
U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois


Pat Casey 
Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania

The Honorable Robert Casey, Jr. 
Auditor General of Pennsylvania 

Tribute Concludes

Martin Luther King III 
President, Southern Christian Leadership Conference

The Honorable Tom Vilsack
Governor of Iowa

The Honorable Sheila Kuehl
California State Assembly 

The Honorable Tony Hall 
U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio 

The Honorable Willie Brown
Mayor of San Francisco, California

Introduction of Key Staff 
Adoption of Resolution

The Honorable John Spratt
U.S. House of Representatives, South Carolina

The Honorable Andrew Cuomo 
U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development 

The Honorable David Bonior
U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan and House Democratic Whip

Sandra Feldman 
President, American Federation of Teachers

The Honorable Dan Glickman
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture 

The Honorable Pat Leahy
United States Senate, Vermont

The Honorable Harry Reid
United States Senate, Nevada and Senate Democratic Whip 

The Honorable Byron Dorgan 
United States Senate, North Dakota

The Honorable Maxine Waters
U.S. House of Representatives, California


The Honorable Joseph Biden
United States Senate, Delaware 

Officer Cynthia French of Los Angeles, California 
On December 31, 1998, Officer French and two fellow officers responded to a call regarding a man with a rifle behaving erratically. The man, James McCracken, had a history of violent behavior and possessed a deadly arsenal of weapons. French was shot five times, sustaining serious injuries to her hip and liver. Despite her wounds, she was able to fire back at McCracken when he began shooting at her fellow officers. French survived and is now back at work.

Firefighter Matt Moseley of Atlanta, Georgia 
Moseley received national recognition for his dramatic rescue of a construction worker stranded on a crane during a raging fire. Through billowing smoke and intense heat, Moseley swung from a helicopter on a 15 meter steel cord to save the construction worker.

Tribute Concludes

Presentation of Colors
Veterans of Foreign Wars Color Guard

Pledge of Allegiance
Christie Brinkley and children representing the Boys and Girls Clubs of America 

National Anthem
Boyz II Men

  5:00 p.m. 
The Honorable Cruz Bustamante
Lieutenant Governor of California

The Honorable Kweisi Mfume
President, NAACP

The Honorable Tom Harkin
United States Senate, Iowa 

MUSIC: "Lean on Me" performed by New Directions


The Honorable John Breaux
United States Senate, Louisiana

The Honorable Ellen Tauscher
U.S. House of Representatives, California

The Honorable Chris Dodd 
United States Senate, Connecticut


Music: "Orange Blossom Special"
Mark O’Connor 

Tribute to Al Gore, Sr. 

The Right Reverend Jane Holmes Dixon of Washington, D.C. 
Suffragan Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C. Dixon is a longtime family friend and introduced Gore’s sister Nancy to her husband, Frank Hunger.

David Halberstam of New York, New York 
A Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, Halberstam worked with Gore at The Tennessean.

Frank Hunger of Winona, Mississippi 
Gore’s brother-in-law.  Hunger met Nancy Gore in 1959 while visiting Jane Dixon at Vanderbilt University.  Gore has described him "as my closest friend, the closest thing I have to a brother."

Steve Armistead of Wilson County, Tennessee
Gore and Armistead have been friends since meeting at the Smith County, Tennessee fair in July 1957.  He is now the Road Superintendent of Wilson County.

John Tyson of Washington, D.C.
A college roommate of Gore’s, Tyson is now with Peyser Associates, a government relations firm, where he specializes in Empowerment Zones and economic development.

Robert Delabar of Seattle, Washington 
Gore and Delabar met while they were stationed at Fort Rucker, Alabama during their service in the Army. 

The Honorable Barbara Mikulski
United States Senate, Maryland

Jim Frush of Seattle, Washington 
Mountaineer who guided Gore during his ascent of Mt. Rainer.

Michela Alioto of San Francisco, California 
A former member of Gore’s Vice Presidential staff, Alioto was the 1998 candidate for California Secretary of State. Alioto is the granddaughter of former San Francisco Mayor Joe Alioto.

Kristin Gore

Tipper Gore

  7:00 p.m. 

Music: "There’s a Hero" performed by Theo Lebow and the DNC Orchestra

Finale: "Battle Hymn of the Republic" performed by Phil Driscoll

Reverend Billy Kyles of Memphis, Tennessee 
Pastor, Monumental Baptist Church