Gore Closer to VP Decision

ByABC News
August 6, 2000, 11:46 PM

Aug. 7 -- Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore, close to choosing his running mate, could make his decision known as early as today.

Gore campaign officials told ABCNEWS Sunday evening that the vice president would sleep on his choices. But Gore himself said earlier in the day that he has not yet selected a candidate.

I have not decided yet but I will, and shortly, Gore tolda Democratic Party fundraising audience in Southampton, N.Y.

Gore flew to Nashville Sunday afternoon to meet with Warren Christopher, the head of his vice-presidential search committee, leading to speculation he had made a decision. But Gore campaign spokesman Chris Lehane told reporters that would not be the case.

He has not made the decision yet, said Lehane. He will not make it today. He will likely make it tomorrow.

Christopher said the decision was close.

Were coming to the end of the road, Christopher told reporters.

Gore has said he would make the formal announcement on Tuesday in Nashville, something campaign manager William Daley confirmed Sunday on ABCNEWS This Week.

Senators in the Running

Among the leading contenders on Gores short list of a half-dozen candidates plus at least one unnamed wild card are senators John Edwards of North Carolina and John Kerry of Massachusetts.

In recent days, Democrats close to Gore have talked more about the positive attributes of Edwards than of the other contenders. Some of Gores key advisers, including strategist Bob Shrum, also have ties to Edwards, having worked on his successful 1998 Senate campaign.

Edwards had no comment, while Kerry told reporters on Saturday he had not talked to members of the Gore campaign in recent days.

Other contenders include senators Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut and Evan Bayh of Indiana, New Hampshire Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, and House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt of Missouri, plus one unknown candidate.