As a result of the Clintons’ vigorous fund-raising this weekend, some Democrats have complained that the first couple is hogging available donor dollars — and the political spotlight. In an attempt to keep a lower media profile this week, Clinton has canceled all the interviews he had scheduled this week — even an online Web cast.
In an interview published in today’s New York Times, Gore dismisses the notion that the presence of the Clintons is preventing him from establishing a distinct identity for his own campaign.
“I’m running on my own agenda, on my own voice and through my own experiences,” Gore tells the Times. “This election is about the future,” he added. “It is about the choice that has to be made between Gov. Bush and myself.”
The Fatigue Factor?
An ABCNEWS/Washington Post poll released Friday shows Gore gaining some ground on Bush, but indicates that so-called “Clinton fatigue” may be a significant factor in the campaign.
In the poll, Bush leads Gore 52 percent to 43 percent, down from a 14-point margin on Monday, but with 47 percent of those surveyed agreeing with the statement that Gore “is too close to Clinton to provide the fresh start the country needs.”
White House sources have indicated to ABCNEWS that, having attempted on Thursday to distance Gore from his own misdeeds, there is little chance that Clinton will make reference to the scandal on Monday night when he addresses the convention.
One aide said the “overwhelming opinion” at the White House is that it would be unwise for Clinton to say anything about the matter in his prime-time address.
The following day, Clinton and Gore are scheduled to meet at a campaign event in Michigan for a symbolic passing of the Democratic torch. Gore will then go to Los Angeles and accept his party’s nomination on Thursday.
ABCNEWS’ Dana Hill, Josh Gerstein, Eileen A. Murphy and The Associated Press contributed to this report.