Gore in Action

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Dec. 2, 1998.  In his remarks to the Democratic Leadership Council's annual conference, Vice President Gore took a jab at Texas Gov. George W. Bush's "compassionate conservativism."  There is, Gore said, a difference "between talking about compassion, and actually putting your highest ideals into practice."  "America needs a new practical idealism for the 21st century," Gore declared.  During and after Gore's speech, a number of his key advisors, including Elaine Kamarck and Peter Knight, showed up in the back of the room to talk to members of this key Democratic constituency as well as to reporters.  Gore has well-established ties to the DLC; Sen. Evan Bayh, introducing Gore, spoke of the then-Senator "sitting across the conference table helping to write the press release announcing the creation of the DLC." 
Nov. 24, 1998.  After the economic development event at HUD, the Vice President received a Team HUD jacket presented by several youngsters from HUD's day care center. 
Nov. 24, 1998.  Vice President Gore joined HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo and a number of mayors to announce the awarding of $213 million in federal funds, in the form of loan guarantees and grants, to help 23 cities boost economic development.  "Our goal is to partner with communities," Gore said.  Cuomo described Gore as "our own go-to guy" and "an unrelenting ally," while Gore praised Cuomo's success in reinventing HUD.   
Nov. 20, 1998. At the Welfare-to-Work Coalition to Sustain Success meeting, Vice President Gore listened as Tanya Phillips of Cleveland described how she had been trapped in welfare dependency but is now enrolled in a pre-apprenticeship training program at NASA. 
Nov. 20, 1998.  Vice President Gore shared a laugh with Rosa Morales of Philadelphia at a town hall meeting with his Welfare-to-Work Coalition to Sustain Success.  The meeting, at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, was Gore's sixth such event since May 1997, when he launched the effort to help people move from welfare to work.  Gore announced awarding of $273 million for 75 federal grants to fund local projects meeting needs like child care, transportation, mentoring and support services.  
Sept. 19, 1998. Vice President Gore spoke at the Human Rights Campaign's second annual national dinner and received a leadership award from the lesbian and gay political organization. Tipper Gore also made a short speech. The Vice President summed up his position as, "Equal opportunity for all; special privileges for none." He called on the Senate to confirm James Hormel as ambassador to Luxembourg. "Let's give him the up or down vote he deserves," Gore said. Noting that in 40 states it is legal to fire someone just because they are gay, Gore urged passage of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act. On AIDS, he said, "We will not rest until we have a vaccine and until we have a cure for AIDS." Gore decried "shameful acts of violence" and called for passage of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Gore continued to express strong support for President Clinton, praising him as "the one person who is at the center of all the progress we have made." 
July 10, 1998. In his remarks to College Democrats during their 10th anniversary reception at the Capitol City Brewing Co, Vice President Gore noted that he had appeared at nine out of the CDA's ten national conventions, missing only one when his oldest daughter was getting married. Gore reviewed the progress the administration has made since it came into office facing "a headwind of cynicism" and looked ahead to the "battle of ideas" being waged 1998 campaign. 
July 10, 1998. Vice President Gore speaks to College Democrats of America at a 10th anniversary reception at the Capitol City Brewing Co in Washington, DC. In 1988, then Senator Gore helped revive CDA during his presidential campaign. The organization had been operating on a reduced level for about twenty years since it came out in opposition to the war in Vietnam War.  
April 23, 1998. In Washington, Vice President Gore speaks at one of several events organized by the Democratic National Committee to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the party's birth. "What we're celebrating is a set of values, commitments, principles and ideas that bind us together," he said.     
April 21, 1998. Vice President Gore moderates a panel discussion at the Reinvention Revolution III conference in Washington, DC. With him are Edward Esparza, Southwest Regional Director for the Food and Drug Administration, Wendell Gardner a retired executive at COBE Co., a Denver company that manufactures medical devices, Linda Rombeck, a NASA engineer on the Mars Pathfinder project at JPL, and Dr. Meredith Olson, a science teacher at Seattle County Day Middle School.     
April 21, 1998. Vice President Gore speaks at the Reinvention Revolution III conference in Washington, DC. He announced that the President had signed a memorandum streamlining the granting of waivers in federal agencies.  In March 1993 President Clinton gave Gore the task of reinventing the federal government to make it less expensive and more efficient. Gore established the National Performance Review task force. By March 1998, according to NPR, REGO had reduced the size of the federal government by about 350,000 employees, eliminated 200 outdated programs, cut 16,000 pages of red tape, saved taxpayers over $137 billion, and put in place more than 4,000 customer service standards. The National Performance Review task force even reinvented itself, in January 1998, becoming the National Partnership for Reinventing Government. 
April 2, 1998. Vice President Gore speaks at Kick Butts Day at Hine Jr. High School in Washington, DC.   
April 2, 1997. Students at High Junior High School in Washington, DC presented Vice President Gore, appearing for Kick Butts Day, with a birthday card and a notebook containing examples of cigarette advertising. Gore celebrated his 50th birthday on March 31.    
Sept. 27, 1997. Vice President Gore speaks at the Democratic National Committee's mid-year meeting in Washington. He called for continued investment in education, new technology and research, maintaining a responsible fiscal policy, and further efforts to open foreign markets. Gore prompted some laughs at the start of his speech when he checked with DNC national chairman Steve Grossman to see if the meeting was a fundraiser.    
Jan. 21, 1997. President Clinton and Vice President Gore appeared at the DNC Winter Meeting in Washington. With the 1996 campaign successfully concluded, the meeting signalled the changing of the guard in the party; Don Fowler and Chris Dodd handed over the gavel to Steve Grossman and Roy Romer.