My Fellow Americanos...

Last week Al Gore and George W. Bush each began campaigning formally for his party's nomination. It's already beginning to feel like October 2000.

BACKDROP

BUSH Tractors and hay bales in Amana, Iowa

GORE A courthouse in Carthage, Tenn.

WARM UP

[BUSH] BBQ buffet

[GORE] Country music by John Michael Montgomery

ATTIRE

[BUSH] Black boots and Texas-style belt buckle

[GORE] Blue business suit

THINLY VEILED GIBE

[BUSH] "They did not invent prosperity any more than they invented the Internet."

[GORE] "I want to keep our prosperity going...I want to do it the right way--not by letting people fend for themselves,...

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