Campaign 2000: The Man Who Wouldn't Be Vice President

Bill Daley expected a higher calling, but he may still be the kingmaker

William Daley called his top aides into his fifth-floor conference room at the Commerce Department last Thursday and told them how excited he was the night before. For one brief moment, he thought that Al Gore had called to pop the question about the vice-presidential slot. Why else phone after midnight? Alas, Gore was calling on Daley to play a more familiar role: 911 man for the Administration. Saying yes to campaign chair would take Daley off Gore's short list for Veep, but frankly, so would saying no. So on July 15, Daley will give up his elegant office across from...

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