“I stand here tonight as my own man” — with those words Al Gore accepted the Democratic party’s nomination and the election campaign began in earnest. First order of business for Gore — Revelation: “I want you to know me for who I truly am.”
The Al Gore on display last night was an engagingly square guy with a big heart and a big brain. He was also recognizably — a Democrat — in the old fashioned sense, staking out his territory as the champion of working families, guaranteeing the continuation of New Deal/New Frontier/War on Poverty programs, and promising to fight against big corporations and special interests. He was also recognizably a new Democrat — promising tax cuts for the middle class.
The speech played well in the hall — but will it play well in the rest of the country? Election 2000 is truly underway.
(Hosted by Michael Goldfarb)
Nicholas Lemann, Staff Writer for The New Yorker
Jack Beatty, Senior Editor at The Atlantic Monthly
David Maraniss, Washington Post reporter and co-author of The Prince of Tennessee.