Dec. 18, 1999: Al Gore Vies for Dem. Nomination

Vice president Gore participates in a town hall meeting with Sen. Bill Bradley.
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Transcript for Dec. 18, 1999: Al Gore Vies for Dem. Nomination
In general when I'd like to introduce tonight's two participants first. Senator Bill Bradley. And the vice president of the United States -- I have I have a question for both of you that this sparked in fact fighter but you're just -- your lovely wonderful woman. And I assume they're just going to your lovely wife over there. What kind of -- looking back now. On what we have learned over the past seven years. We're kind of a First -- is Tipper -- going to be ignorant. That's a lovely and I thought and I don't mean good -- -- I mean substantively. What kind of firstly. Well we're not getting ahead of ourselves off and I'll say this that tipper will do fantastic any tendency undertakes. And I think both bill and are blessed with partners and lied to are supportive of us and not accomplished in their own right. Tipper has really worked hard on the issue of mental health care. She organized and chair of the first ever white house conference on mental health care. She has a graduate degree in psychology and and has a continuing. Passion about trying to bring. Parity in the treatment of -- illnesses as compared to other kinds of of illnesses and I share that. The other issue that she spends a lot of time on is the the plight of the homeless. She goes out on a -- and searches out the homeless under. Bridges and on. And street in alleyways and and get some in for health care and tries to get -- -- residential living in them are so active on a social level. She's going to be active on those issues regardless of what happens in this campaign. And I feel very blessed obviously and I appreciate the question. Seven years ago senator Bradley then candidate. Bill Clinton was telling the American public that they were gonna get -- for the price along. What about in your case. I think that any time you have the president and First Lady -- two for the price of one I don't think that was unusual. I think in this case. People -- and seem to be a unique human being. She would be the first immigrant First Lady in history have been born in Germany. She is a scholar. And professor for thirty years she's not been. Active in politics it's a very active my campaigns -- we used to get. Letters from people -- request side common she'd come and it's very pleased that we have a choice and her and sent him. And that's the kind of person she is she's real she's dynamic. And she will chart her own way as first let -- it will not be like any other First Lady. There will be her way and I think will come out of her own depth of convictions and as a scholar she is just finished. Publishing her last book which is called the language of silence. -- a book about how west German literature did or did not come to terms with the Holocaust. And I watched -- live with that subject for a lifetime struggle with that as an academic form ten years and I'm very proud of her and what she's done. All right so much for softball questions remain now let's go to the audience. First question -- gentlemen my name is Paul Everhart. The question is why would anyone run for high office when they know the media's going to be rummaging around. In their personal lives looking for some time -- human form. What does the public have a right to know about a candidates life. What's out of bounds senator Bradley -- to -- entered the first creditors -- remember school. Why would anyone running for president. In the world -- of this kind of invasion of privacy. I think there's only one reason to run for president that's because you think your leadership will improve the quality of life for millions of Americans. I think the reason you run for president is because -- -- certain things that you wanna get done. In my case but I -- to get done is increase the number of Americans with health insurance in this country. I want to reduce the number of children in poverty I want to -- campaign finance reform. I want to make sure we keep our economy moving forward in the way it did not only creates wealth but brings working families to higher economic ground and I -- -- promote racial unity. That's why I'm doing this. And I care deeply enough about those issues that you -- willing to put up. With whatever comes down the road and there is no way to know that's no way to know where the line will be drawn I think each politician has to draw that. The press is gonna ask its questions -- -- make its explorations but ultimately the politician has to. Was on a case by case basis. Intrusions and the prime minister from museums this program or whatever you undertake Ted they're going to be challenges. That they're. You know you're gonna have to -- -- the -- I mean. If you. If you want to expand -- business that you. And and borrow money and -- people you're taking a tremendous risk why would you do that why would you put the your finances in such jeopardy and the answer in that case would be. You think that the benefits outweigh the risk and that they're the reason for doing it out ways the what you -- you know putting up with in my case I want to run for president and I am running broke because I wanna fight for you. And I want to fight for a better way of life in this country I think we're at a time now. Where. The choices we make are extremely. Important we can keep our prosperity going. And I think one of the issues is who has the experience to keep our economy going strongly and avoid. -- big mistake it might put at risk. I want to bring about revolutionary improvements in our public schools. I want to have universal health insurance and step by step way that starts with health insurance for every child in America. I want clean up the environment policy our nation take the lead in addressing the global environmental problems. I want -- I also want campaign finance reform I've advocated it for twenty years I want to get guns out of the hands of people who. Who shouldn't have my -- I wanna ban assault weapons sent. The junk guns and Saturday night specials and require -- photo ID license for the purchase of Oregon and take other steps to. Reduce the crime rate and deal with the problems of school violence. And I want to lead. To bring our people together and to make our country. A light until the nations in time honored phrase hate to show the rest of the world what what. Humankind is possible that it is capable all of the common they look to us for leadership. And I think it's up to us to provide that leadership first and foremost. By by doing the right thing here at home ending discrimination. And really solving the the problems that that we have -- I'm let them both go over there were -- to see how skillful they are at beginning with your question and -- up on what they wanna talk about it.

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