Magazine article The American Enterprise

(T)ruthless Al Gore

Magazine article The American Enterprise

(T)ruthless Al Gore

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At least Bill and Hillary Clinton had good reason to lie--the truth could have landed them behind bars. How can you come clean about Chinese money drops or the 10,000 percent return in the Miracle of the Cattle Futures?

With Al Gore, it's different. The lying is less purposeful, more manic. As in Gore's pathetic claim that he and Tipper were the inspiration for Love Story, or his ridiculous assertion to have fathered the Internet.

Gore has similarly alleged he invented the earned-income tax credit: "I was the author of that proposal." In reality, it became law a year before he entered Congress.

Then there's Gore's contention that he co-sponsored the original McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill. In fact, Feingold was not elected to the Senate until Gore had already left to become Vice President. Gore also claims he inspired Vice President Hubert Humphrey's 1968 speech at the Democratic Convention, passing his ideas on through speech writer Charles Bartlett. Actually, Bartlett says he didn't write the speech or have any link with Humphrey in 1968.

This January Gore told school kids in New Hampshire he "found a little place in upstate New York called Love Canal," then "had the first hearing on the issue." The truth: Gore's hearing was held two months after President Jimmy Carter declared the area a national disaster.

In another New Hampshire meeting, Gore claimed to have a straight prochoice record on abortion. "I have," he declared, "always supported a woman's right to choose." Not quite. In 1979, Gore voted against federal funding for abortions in cases of incest and rape. The Nashville Banner quoted Gore on September 14, 1984: "I am opposed to abortion, and I've consistently voted against any federal funding." 1987: "Abortion is arguably the taking of a human life." During his eight years in the House, Gore racked up an 84 percent pro-life voting record, changing his position only when it became politically useful, and then hiding that fact. …

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