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Tennessee Gov. Tells NewsMax.com Why Gore Lost

Thursday, 09 November 2000 12:00 AM

But Al Gore had told Tennesseans one thing as a congressman and senator, then changed his stands on the issues when he became a presidential candidate, so the people of Tennessee rejected Vice President Al Gore.

NewsMax.com spoke to Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist to find out why Tennesseans voted against one of their own for the highest office in the land – a major embarrassment to Gore.

"It’s because of two reasons," said Sundquist.

"One is, he did get painted with the brush of the problems of the Clinton-Gore administration, but secondly when he ran statewide as a senator he ran with a different philosophy. He changed – it’s not the people of Tennessee who changed."

Gore kept President Bill Clinton out of the campaign because he knew that Clinton could not help him. The tarnished presidency made Gore damaged goods in his home state.

"Clinton hurt Gore in Tennessee. I also think Gore hurt Gore," said Sundquist. "Because his positions from his past when he was in Congress and when he was a senator changed dramatically when he became a national candidate.

"It’s a change in philosophy. In the past he supported tobacco – even bragged about raising it. He was opposed to gun control. A whole series of issues that were reflected in how he voted when he was in the [House] and when he was in the Senate," he said.

For many years the southern portion of the country was a strong Democrat stronghold. Sundquist pointed out the drastic change evidenced by the results of this election.

"Given the presidential returns in the South, it indicates a lot of things. We made gains in a whole lot of areas. In Florida we were up against a lot down there. The issues are on our side, and I think the philosophy is the philosophy of the Republican Party in the South. I think Republicanism is not only alive and well but prospering, because of our philosophy," said Sundquist.

Fellow Republican Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore said the Democratic Party until recently has dominated the South. Republicans were able to claim victory throughout the South, and Gilmore agreed with Sundquist that the people have embraced the Republican Party.

"Southerners share with other Americans certain values," said Gilmore. "The empowerment of people, solid conservative values, and philosophy of the liberation and strengthening of individual people and families, and a love of freedom. It’s growing everyday and particularly in the South, and that’s why we have won the entire South."

David M. Bresnahan is a free-lance journalist who also hosts "Investigative Journal," a nationally syndicated radio program. He can be found on the Web at InvestigativeJournal.com.

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