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Gore: Bush's Tax Cut Equals 'Class Warfare'

Wednesday, 01 November 2000 12:00 AM

Speaking one week before voters decide whether he or the Texas governor will replace President Clinton, Gore hammered away at his Republican rival's plan for a $1.3 trillion tax cut over 10 years. He said it benefits the rich more than the middle class.

''America's families deserve better than an economic policy that makes them little more than spectators at a good economy – and from the bleacher seats,'' Gore told a crowd at Portland Community College.

''What he is actually proposing is a massive redistribution of wealth from the middle class to the wealthiest few,'' Gore said. ''It is in fact a form of class warfare on behalf of billionaires.''

Gore's remarks escalated his attack on the Bush tax plan. They also reflected a campaign decision to cast Bush as a captive of ''special interests'' who want to pry open more loopholes in the tax code.

''Gov. Bush often says you should support him because he'd get along with people in Washington,'' Gore said. ''But the real question is: Who does he want to get along with? The special interests ... the HMOs, the insurance industry, the oil companies and the drug companies.

''Sometimes, a president has to stand up and say 'no' - so our families can have a better life,'' Gore said.

Gore's combative tone even took a swipe at voters who say they are leaning toward Bush because they find him more likable.

''The presidency is really not just a popularity contest,'' Gore said. ''If you want someone who smiles and looks the other way while special interests loot the surplus, then I'm not your guy.''

Later in the day, Gore arrived in Los Angeles to address an outdoor rally of thousands of people in a state that Bush said he plans on winning. Said Gore: ''We're going to win California. Book it.''

The vice president arrived in Portland early Tuesday after flying overnight following daylong appearances in Wisconsin and Michigan.

After the Los Angeles rally, Gore was to take another red-eye flight on Air Force Two for campaigning in Florida today.

''Our campaign consists of a lot of long days and a lot of short nights,'' campaign spokesman Chris Lehane said. ''While some candidates may look for their feather pillows, Al Gore is looking for every single undecided voter he can find.''

Meanwhile, Gore's running mate, Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, zipped through Maine and New Hampshire, making a play for states with a total of eight electoral votes.

Lieberman pitched Gore's plan to provide a prescription-drug benefit for seniors under Medicare, but his presence also signaled that Democrats believe the election Tuesday could turn on a state with few electoral votes.

''This is an amazingly close race, an exciting race, and you all can really have an impact on it,'' Lieberman told about 300 people at the Penobscot Opera House in Bangor, Maine.

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