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Al Gore
1948 -

Failed candidate for President of the United States (2000) who lost to George W. Bush, former Vice-President of the U.S. (1993-2001) under Bill Clinton, former Democratic Congressman (1976-1984) and Senator (1984-1993) from Tennesee, former home-builder


 Seeing ourselves as separate is the central problem in our political thinking.

1991 - from a speech to a communitarian conference in Washington, quoted in Spiritual Politics by McLaughlin and Davidson, 1994
 We can build a collective civic space large enough for all our separate identities, that we can be E Pluribus Unum -- Out of One, Many.

Jan. 1994 - inverting the meaning of the original U.S. motto - Out of Many, One - in a speech to the Institute of World Affairs in Milwaukee, quoted by Investor's Business Daily, October 25, 1996
 I'm asking you in your sermons to do the work of the Lord here on earth. I ask for your help in getting that message out urgently tomorrow.

Oct. 14, 2000 - asking black preachers during a national conference call to get out the Democratic vote in the U.S. presidential election, reported by TIME Magazine, Oct. 15, 2000
 I dialed the phone at the White House to ask for the money, but my voice was not heard in the White House, My request for money was heard in the donors office through his telephone earpiece. Therefore no crime actually took place in the White House.

from a brief of his defense against charges that he broke the law by making fundraising calls from his White House office
 My first pledge will be to restore integrity to the White House. And I'll fire anyone who has lied to the American people or the United States Congress.

Feb. 02, 1988 - during a presidential debate
 I believe that Government has the right to be involved in the growth and progress of our children..

1996 - from a speech at the Democratic national convention
 I will say that I think that the ethical standards established in this White House have been the highest in the history of the White House.

Oct. 13, 1996 - during an appearance on Meet the Press
 Any government official who ... lies to the United States Congress will be fired immediately.

Jun. 29, 1997 - from a report in the Seattle Times
 During my service in the United States Congress I took the initiative in creating the Internet.

Mar. 09, 1999 - in an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN