(Des Moines, IA) Presidential candidate Bill Bradley Monday dismissed criticism of his health care reform plan, criticism that came last week from Vice President Al Gore, his rival for the Democrat party’s presidential nomination.
Last week Gore said Bradley’s plan to provide health care coverage to nearly all Americans was not “credible” and was “fiscally irresponsible” because it would eat up the entire federal budget surplus.
Bradley, a former New Jersey Senator, said the study Gore cited is not credible.
“It turns out to be a study that was done by a Clinton/Gore staffer who as late as October listed in a press release himself as an advisor to the Vice President,” Bradley said during a news conference in Des Moines.
Bradley said responding to Gore’s accusations was not a high campaign priority.
“I’m going to save my outrage for things I don’t want to have happen in the country. Children in poverty…Many people without health insurance,” Bradley said. “I’m going to try to keep my ingenuity for trying to convince people this is the way we have to go in this country.”
Bradley spoke Monday morning with members of the Iowa Nurses Association. He went door knocking in Ames on Sunday.