The Secret Passion of Al Gore

The Veep loves foreign policy, and he helps shape Clinton's world view. But will the voters care?

Al Gore had been on Bill Clinton's ticket less than a week in July 1992, and was still feeling his way into the campaign and the relationship as the two were winding up their triumphal six-day bus tour in St. Louis, Mo. The best hope they had of defeating a President who had just won a war was to turn the public's attention to what they called the worst domestic economy since Herbert Hoover. But as tens of thousands of people were gathering in the stifling morning heat outside the city library to hear how the Democrats planned to fix it,...

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