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Gore, Kemp Exhibit Different Stump Styles

By Jonathan Karl/CNN

Jack Kemp

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Sept. 3) -- So far, it's a different kind of vice presidential campaign: Mr. Tough Guy vs. Mr. Nice Guy. The vice presidential campaign pits an energetic and popular Jack Kemp, Mr. Nice Guy, against an energetic and popular Al Gore, Mr. Tough Guy. Both will campaign virtually non-stop through election day, but their campaign styles are dramatically different.



In Macomb County, Mich., a stronghold of Reagan Democrats, Kemp played the role that has become his trademark: the big-tent Republican.

"Irrespective of your political party, the color of your skin, your religion, your ethnic background, this is one nation, we're one team, we're one family, under God, and we have a stake in each other's well-being, and I just want you to know I believe with all my heart that this nation can do a lot better," Kemp said. (224K AIFF or WAV sound)

Jack Kemp

While Robert Dole tries to solidify his Republican base, Kemp reaches out to traditional Democratic groups. At a rally in Flint, Michigan, Kemp sought common ground with labor unions.

"We're going to pledge to the American people that we want to heal the wounds, that we want to reconcile not only racial and ethnic groups," Kemp said. "We don't believe in warfare between labor and capital. We want labor to prosper. We want capital to flow into the neigborhoods." (192K AIFF or WAV sound)

Several hundred miles away, Gore took a different approach at a labor union gathering in St. Paul, Minn.

Al Gore 

"We've seen the Gingrich/Dole Congress try to pass the Team Act to bring on company-dominated unions, but Bill Clinton stopped them cold!" Gore said to applause. (160K AIFF or WAV sound)

Kemp plays up optimism and downplays stinging, partisan attacks. Gore hits optimistic high notes when praising President Bill Clinton's record, but his biggest applause lines come when he attacks Republicans.

Al Gore

"They want to let health insurance rip-off artists rewrite the Medicare program so it will wither on the vine. That's why they want to replace Bill Clinton," Gore said. "But we won't let them." (160K AIFF or WAV sound)

On the campaign trail, Kemp and Gore rarely mention each other by name, but on Oct. 2 in Hartford, Conn., the Kemp-Gore showdown becomes official as the two are scheduled to debate. It may even be a preview of Campaign 2000.


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