Vice President Al Gore kicked off his campaign for President Monday with an evening stop in Des Moines. During a speech to supporters, Gore pledged action to advance civil rights, women’s rights, health care reform and environmental protection. On education, he promised to make pre-school available to every child in America and to establish a 20-student class size all the way from kindergarten to 12th grade. Gore said he’d spend a lot of time in Iowa. Opponents plan to lay the sins of Bill Clinton at Gore’s feet. During an interview with Radio Iowa, Gore deflected the charge. Gore says what the president did in his personal life was terribly wrong but the American people want to move on and talk about the future. Governor Vilsack yesterday asked the Clinton Administration to require public disclosure of the prices meatpackers pay on private contracts for hogs and beef. Gore says it is an issue that has to be addressed vigorously.House Democrat Leader Richard Gephardt, Gore’s one-time rival for the presidency, endorsed the Vice President yesterday and campaigned with Gorein Des Moines. Gephardt won Iowa’s Caucuses in 1988 while Gore finished dead last.
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