BUT WILL IT HURT AL?

ON A CLUTCH OF ISSUES, CLINTON MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN MAKING HISTORY AND SMOOTHING THE WAY FOR GORE

It's bad enough that raising campaign money for Bill Clinton has tarnished Al Gore's image as a saint. Now the question is, Will shouldering the President's agenda make him a political martyr?

For four years, the Vice President has been shown at his finest when putting himself in the line of fire for his President--whether it was breaking a tie vote in Congress to rescue Clinton's economic program in 1993, or demolishing Ross Perot in a TV duel to save the North American Free Trade Agreement. But now Clinton is looking toward a spot in the history books, and Gore toward...

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