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Should Al Gore run for president again? I think he's going to run and he'd be smart to. He's been smarter about his life since the election than he was during it. I really think he failed to listen to what the people who liked and supported him wanted. In the 2000 election I was on the fence because I didn't like either candidate. In that election, people were asked who they'd rather have a beer with. Most said Bush because he came across as a regular guy who keeps it simple. If you asked them now who they'd rather sit and have a beer and an intelligent conversation with, I think they'd say Gore. Do you like him with the beard or without? I like him with a beard, although I don't know if he can win with one. Who should be the Democratic candidate in 2004? I think if ever there were an election that could be won by an underrepresented category, 2004 will be one. I don't like the fact that whenever we talk about running a woman or an African American candidate, it's always for the vice presidency, not the presidency. Barring unforeseen circumstances, I think Al Gore would be the candidate. You need someone with a clean background, who is socially liberal, but pro-business, which is what Wall Street wants. Now would be the time for a Northeastern candidate to step up.
Should Al Gore run for president again? My stance on this has really changed since the 2000 election. I'm more informed. I did vote for Al Gore, but I was 18 and voting for the first time. I had gone to a Nader rally and wanted to vote for Nader but felt that if he were elected, he would be unable to get anything accomplished. I don't know that he really wants to be in the system, but he is responsible for waking up my generation. In Tom Robbins's Still Life With a Woodpecker, there's a woman who is obsessed with Ralph Nader. Do you like him with the beard or without? Without. Who should be the Democratic candidate in 2004? I really don't know. I'm going to pay more attention this time to what is being said and debated.
Should Al Gore run for president again? Yes. I think it's great that he's coming back. I don't know what his chances are. I also saw Ralph Nader's name come up again. Do you like him with the beard or without? Without. Who should be the Democratic candidate in 2004? I think right now that Al Gore has the best chance of beating Bush, but so much could happen in the next two years. Bush is creepy, and he's obsessed with running. I guess with 67 percent of Americans being overweight, promoting physical fitness is a good thing, but there are other big issueslike South America and the Middle East. And the war on terrorism. On ABC the other night the anchor said that the U.S. had issued a terror alert but they haven't acknowledged it yet. If they haven't acknowledged it, what's it doing on network news?
Should Al Gore run for president again? I didn't vote for him in 2000, I voted for Nader. I think it's a cliché to vote for a candidate simply because you think not to is throwing a vote to the other guy. More people should vote for the candidate they think will do the best job. I do think we need to come up with a candidate with more of a vision. Gore's having to run after Clinton was like making the NBA finals and having to face the Chicago Bulls. Do you like him with the beard or without? With a beard. I think he looks like a hippie college professor and I like it. But to look "presidential" you can't have a beard. Who should be the Democratic candidate in 2004? None of the potential candidates. I think it's time for a strong woman like Whoopie Goldberg. Her head's in the right place and she'd call everyone on their stuff.
Should Al Gore run for president again? Yes, definitely. He's smarter and has more experience than Bush, although statistically, I don't know if he's going to win. Middle Americans remind me of Bulgaria during the Communist time. They don't reason. Bulgarians living in the countryside supported the Communists because they thought they were keeping crime down. They weren't paying attention to the fact that the country was going bankrupt. Then a democratically elected government came in, prices went up, and these same people were crying for the old regime. Do you like him with the beard or without? I've never seen him with a beard. Who should be the Democratic candidate in 2004? From what I know, Al Gore.
Should Al Gore run for president again? I don't know if he has a sword in the fire but I'd say good luck to him. I voted for him in 2000. Now I think I wanted him to succeed so much that I was willing to ignore things like his running mate. If he runs, I think that he's going to have to become more knowledgeable about things like foreign policy. Do you like him with the beard or without? With a beard. He looks more rugged. Who should be the Democratic candidate in 2004? Bob Dylan. He's had all the answers all along. He's a genius.