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to create jobs,
CLEVELAND (AP)-- Al Gore'offered up a volumi-
nous and detailed spending plan for the nation yesterday,
promising to create 10 million high-tech jobs, send
poverty to historical lows and boost family income by a
third if his policies are put in place.
"Let us build together a new prosperity and let us be
the generation that makes it possible for all Americans
to open the door fo the American dream" Gore said as
he laid out his economic goals yesterday at Cleveland
UState University. Gore also said he would eliminate the
national debt and strengthen the finances of Social
Security and Medicare.
Senior aides said by focusing on paying down the nation-
al debt, Gore's plan, titled "Prosperity for America's Fami-
lies," cast the Democratic presidential candidate as the fiscal
conservative in his fight with Republican George W. Bush.
Taking aim at his opponent, Gore said "My plan wasn't
built on cross-your-fiigers economics that says we can give
more to the people who already havs the most and then just
ope the benefits trickle down to the middle class."
Gore was headed to Pennsylvania after completing his
economic speech, stopping for a fund-raiser in Detroit
on the way. Already in Pennsylvania, Bush also focused
on their competing economic visions.
"My plan has been endorsed by Nobel prize winners. His
plan has been endorsed by Bill Clinton," Bush told a crowd
of a few hundred gathered at the Wilkes-Barre airport. lIe
repeated his charge that Gore would allow the government
to dictate who gets a slice of extra federal money.
"'He spends the entire surplus on bigger government,"
Bush said. "lie won't admit it."
Bush's running mate, Dick Cheney, met briefly with a
Wilmington, Del., family --- John Lierenz and his wife
Sherry, who stays home with their baby daughter - and
told them the Bush tax plan would shave Sl,200 per year
from their federal taxes, while Gore would cut only S100.
auto industry at
WASHINGTON (AP) - Ralph tire company can knowingly and
Nader, who wrote the 1965 book willingly sell tires and motor vehi-
"Unsafe at Any Speed" that criti- cles that they know to be defective,
cized automakers for putting profits that they know to have caused
ahead of safety, showed up yester- deaths and injuries and the only
day at a congressional hearing on penalty is a civil fine," he said.
defective Firestone tires but didn't "And in the case of the tire industry
address the lawmakers. and Firestone, the maximum fine is
Instead, the S925,000 -
Green Party's The Green Party's chump change.
presidential "When they
nominee spoke nominee said not are expo ed to
to reporters in criminal penalty
the hallway out- much has changed possibilities, they
side, saying not , tend to be much
much has in the last 35 years. more rigorous in
changed in the making sure that
last 35 years. their products are safely designed
Nader said he is convinced that and constructed.'
Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. and Ford The National Highway Traffic
Motor Co., which uses the recalled Safety Administration has received
tires as standard equipment on its more than 1,400 complaints, includ-
vehicles, covered up defects that led ing reports of 88 deaths and at least
to deaths and injuries. He called for 250 injuries that may be linked to
a change in the law so company the Firestone tires.
executives can be criminally Ford and Bridgestone/Firestone
charged for withholding such infor- have insisted that they did not know
nation. until this year that the tires were
"Under current law, an auto or defective.
Democratic presidential candidate Vice President Al Gore pitches against the Detroit Tigers during
batting practice at Comerica Park in Detroit yesterday.
VP endure.s Tigers practice
DETROIT (AP) - Al Gore thought about
hiding behind his Secret Service agents, but was
soon enough strutting his stuff in a charmed
outing yesterday with the Detroit Tigers.
"A lot better than a lot of broken-down for-
mer pitchers that I've seen," Anaheim Angels
pitcher Tim Belcher said as Gore threw batting
practice for the Tigers an hour before the two
"Pretty consistent," nodded Detroit first
baseman Shane Halter.
Even hitter Robert Fick, after getting
whacked in the hip by Gore's lone wild pitch,
was impressed. "He's definitely not making (a
fool) out of himself"
Gore hadn't, at first, seemed sure it would
After hitting coach Bill Madlock reminded
the Democratic presidential candidate that only
hitters are allowed on the mat behind the bat-
ting cage - and that he'd either have to step to
the plate or step off - Gore joked, "]'i gonna
have the Secret Service tackle him."
Instead, he shed his suit coat and stepped to
the mound. Behind home plate, lead agent Bill
Pickle didn't flinch as one of Fick's hits nearly
beaned the candidate. Gore bellowed laughing-
ly, "Where's the Secret Service'?"
Autograph seekers mobbed the rookie star on
his way out. "Here I was, worried about throw-
ing my arm out," Gore said, indulging every one.
"I'm gonna throw my wrist out!"
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