But while the speeches shout '60s Democrats, the plan is taken straight from the '90s GOP. "If you look at what he's doing, they're not '60s mechanisms, they're mostly tax breaks for families," says TIME chief political correspondent Eric Pooley. The comprehensive $2.6 billion plan would include increases in the earned income tax credit and the minimum wage, as well as more funding for Head Start and providing localities with large block grants for child care. Bradley may want to emphasize the tax-break aspects over the lefty-sounding rhetoric — he could be damaging his chances with his party's center. "It’s an area where Gore will probably attack him," Pooley says.
Meanwhile, Gore finally played his ace in the hole with the party's left: the green vote. Gore's book "Earth in the Balance," published while he was campaigning for the vice presidency, scored big points with liberals. On Thursday, the VP proposed a vast increase in limits on offshore oil drilling in California and Florida. The proposal came with the proclamation that an environmental package would be central to Gore's campaign. As Bradley grapples to position himself as the candidate of the left, he'd better be ready for a green thumb to the eye.