In addition to announcing that he will not run, he took the opportunity to trash the current administration, and repeat false accusations, providing those who hate America with ammunition in the form of quotes and sound bites, from one of our own. For example:
If Gore was President:
"We would not be trying to control and intimidate the news media. We would not be routinely torturing people," - Former VP Gore
As for torture, I do not think that any country is immune to the possibility of acts of brutality against those under their control. Does the US routinely torture people? No. Members of the US military have been caught torturing prisoners. That's different. And my understanding is that the incident occurred over the period of one night. That's hardly routine.
I am against torture in general.
I am not against making life difficult for prisoners. After all, for most of them, it is entirely their fault that they ended up in prison in the first place. So think before you do the crime. The punishment might be much worse than you expect.
Now whose prison would you rather find yourself a guest of, Bush's or Saddam's? If I had to bet a bad day at Bush's prison is probably still better that a good day at Saddam's prison. Provided that you survived the event. Of course in Saddam's prison, there were eight years that you could feel warm inside because Clinton and Gore were in the White House. Then again, you might not have been lucky enough to get as far as Saddam's Jail.
Here are some relevant Gore Quotes from the past:
"We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country." - Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.
"Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power." - Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.
Gore: I Won't Run Again - CBS News
If Bush is such a dictator, why can't he even stifle dissent in his own bookstore? - Opinion Journal
Saddam's daily horrors make America's Abu Ghraib abuses seem almost trivial - World Net Daily
SPEECH BY SENATOR AL GORE concerning Iraq - September 29, 1992
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