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XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX SUNDAY SEPT 15, 2002 20:58:39 ET XXXXX
REMATCH: GORE TELLS TOP AIDES HE'LL SEEK NOMINATION
While publicly he maintains an air of mystery when asked about his political future, former Vice President Al Gore has quietly made a decision whether to once again make a run for the White House, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
Gore from Tennessee has confided in his very top aides that he's determined to give it another try!
"We've got ourselves a rematch!" one well-placed source, with direct ties to Gore, said from Washington.
"Tipper's onboard. She is behind the decision 100%. Clearly the party is ready, and will rally behind him. It owes him," said the source, who recently spent an evening with the former candidate. "It even rhymes, 'GORE IN '04!'"
Nothing will be made officials for months, according to sources, but the man who beat Bush in the popular vote is raising his profile.
Gore electrified the crowd at the Washington Convention Center on Saturday night.
"The surpluses are gone - where'd they go? One year, boy that was fast work," Gore told the Congressional Black Caucus dinner.
Looking and acting the part of a presidential contender -- the contender his inner-circle already knows he is -- Gore unleashed, framing the debate, mocking President Bush's description of the economic boom during the '90s as a "binge."
"Yeah, for eight years we were on a binge - working, creating jobs, paying off the deficit, putting people to work, building more classrooms, recruiting more teachers," Gore said, while several attendees shouted 'Amen!'
With Gore on Bush Hunt Round Two, Republicans moved into early campaign mode.
"We understand that Al Gore is having a tough time remaining relevant within his party but these are different times that demand a leader with a plan," not just criticism, Republican spokesman Kevin Sheridan said late Sunday.
"I guess Al Gore thinks he knows better than Alan Greenspan and nearly every economist in America who agree that the president's timely tax relief prevented an even worse Clinton-Gore downturn," jabbed Sheridan.
They're off and -- running.
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