Sen. Gore decides to drop out of presidential sweepstakes

August 22, 1991|By Orlando Sentinel

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Albert Gore of Tennessee has became the third Democrat in five weeks to drop out of the presidential sweepstakes, saying that his family is "more important than politics and personal ambition."

"If this decision had been based on politics alone, I would instead be announcing my candidacy for the White House right now," Gore said in a statement yesterday.

Gore, 43, is considered a Democratic foreign-policy conservative whose service in Vietnam and recent vote for the use of force in the Persian Gulf would have given him a credible platform from which to debate President Bush on international affairs.

Democrats have only one announced candidate so far, former Sen. Paul Tsongas of Massachusetts, who announced yesterday that his campaign has qualified for matching funds from the federal government.

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