They said it
From yesterday's news conference by Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and Tennessee Sen. Al Gore in Little Rock:
Mr. Gore: A year ago when I announced that I was not going to be a candidate for president, I made that decision because . . . my son and my family and I were going through a healing process following his near-fatal injury [suffered when the boy was struck by a car outside Memorial Stadium as he and his father left an Orioles game]. It has been a wonderful year for us. . . . His injuries have fully healed; the trauma our family experienced during that painful episode has fully healed.
Question: The White House has already started to tag you as being liberals, both of you. How do you respond to that?
Mr. Clinton: Well, that's the old dog they trot out every election, and I don't think it will hunt this time. . . . I went through the primary process, and everybody said I was too conservative.
The White House is saying we're liberal because that's the only ** word they know. . . . If they can convince people their opponents are bad, then they don't have to be held responsible for the worst economic record in 50 years. . . . I mean, it's an excuse for not thinking. The American people want to think in this election.
* Question: Governor, Jesse Jackson said that he would support the Democratic Party, but he refused to say that he would support this ticket. Does that concern you at all?
Mr. Clinton: Well, he'll just have to make up his mind on that like every other American will.
* Mr. Clinton: We have a good personal relationship, and the chemistry is very good. We went
running today, and he didn't run me into the ground. I thought that was good evidence of personal chemistry.
Mr. Gore: As for me running him into the ground, all these campaign aides who told me last night that the governor's not in the kind of shape that he was a year ago, they are wrong, I'll tell you that.