CAN AL GORE BARE HIS SOUL?

WITH THE SCANDALS RECEDING, GORE TAKES AIM AT 2000. THE MAN SEEMS CAPABLE OF THE JOB. BUT FIRST HE HAS TO CONNECT WITH PEOPLE

At the moment the trouble lifted for Al Gore last week, the Vice President was stepping onto a basketball court inside a Connecticut middle school. Gore was marking time, waiting for Janet Reno to finish her press conference so he could step up to his own battery of TV cameras and proclaim that he was out from under the shadow of a special prosecutor. While he waited, Gore shed his suit coat and strolled to the foul line, chatting with a few dozen seventh- and eighth-graders who were trying out for the school's team. He bounced the ball a time or...

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