Gore calls Bush a `moral coward'

January 16, 2004|By NEWSDAY

NEW YORK - President Bush is a "moral coward" who is too "weak" to say no to political backers in the coal, oil, utility and mining industries, former Vice President Al Gore charged yesterday in an environmental speech.

Gore's address to a packed house at the Beacon Theater was his most personal denunciation yet of the man who defeated him in the 2000 presidential election, and it came at a time when some pollsters and Democratic activists suggest Bush might be vulnerable to such attacks.

Asked for a response, the White House referred calls to Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, who put out a statement calling Gore's remarks "political hate speech."

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