Campaign 2000 Behind The Scenes: Stuck In The Starting Gate?

Al Gore learns that mistakes are more glaring--and dangerous--because he's the No. 1 contender. And are those Bill Bradley's footsteps he's hearing?

Al Gore knew he was coming off a bad week, so he wasted little time trying to charm the 165 United Auto Workers union leaders he met last Monday in a smoke-choked Des Moines, Iowa, hotel conference room. "I know what you can do. You know why I'm here," he said. "We need to talk." But as he spoke, an audience that started out polite but skeptical turned hostile. Gore twice deflected questions about whether the global-warming treaty he championed would send jobs overseas and instead served up encomiums about saving the planet. Then Mike Edwards, the assembly-line worker who asked...

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