Gore Ties Bush to Gingrich

On Monday, the Gore campaign unveiled a 74-page booklet titled “Medicare at the Crossroads,” outlining the vice president’s plan to “modernize” the 35-year-old program and harshly criticizing his opponent’s approach.

By tying Bush to Gingrich, a former standard-bearer for right wing conservatism, Gore hopes to discredit the Texas governor’s claims of being “a different kind of Republican.”

Gingrich was a lightning rod for Democrats throughout his tumultuous leadership of the House. When he left office in November 1998, an ABCNEWS poll showed 58 percent of the public disapproved of the way he handled his job as speaker.

To this day, he remains a popular bogeyman for Democrats — particularly in the two most expensive Senate races in the nation. In New York, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democratic candidate for the state’s open Senate seat, has tried to tie her rival, Rep. Rick Lazio, R-N.Y., to the former speaker.

And in neighboring New Jersey, Democratic candidate Jon Corzine is airing ads accusing his GOP opponent, Rep. Bob Franks, of once supporting Gingrich’s plan to make “draconian cuts” to Medicare.

ABCNEWS’ John Berman, Dana Hill and Elizabeth Wilner contributed to this report.

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