Political pros: campaign 2000 about to get ’ugly’

WASHINGTON, DC: Now that Al Gore and George W. Bush have clinched the Democratic and GOP presidential nominations, PR minions and political strategists for each candidate have retreated to their bunkers for the election stretch run. Nearly all, however, are predicting a nasty campaign that will see more of its share of PR low-blows.

WASHINGTON, DC: Now that Al Gore and George W. Bush have clinched the Democratic and GOP presidential nominations, PR minions and political strategists for each candidate have retreated to their bunkers for the election stretch run. Nearly all, however, are predicting a nasty campaign that will see more of its share of PR low-blows.

WASHINGTON, DC: Now that Al Gore and George W. Bush have clinched

the Democratic and GOP presidential nominations, PR minions and

political strategists for each candidate have retreated to their bunkers

for the election stretch run. Nearly all, however, are predicting a

nasty campaign that will see more of its share of PR low-blows.



’It’ll be ugly,’ one GOP strategist predicted last week. ’What’s going

to happen here will be a replay of 1988.’



That year, operatives working for GOP nominee George Bush waged

relentless attacks on Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis that ultimately

left Dukakis a mere punchline. Already, the Republicans have been

zeroing in on Gore’s ethics, especially after Democratic fund-raiser

Maria Hsia’s conviction for a fund-raising scandal involving the VP.



But the GOP strategist thinks Bush should refrain from overplaying the

ethics card. ’It would give Gore license to bloody up Bush on the front

end. Gore’s strength is hardball politics. Why challenge him on his own

turf?’



Bush, another strategist said, needs to find issues that drive a wedge

between himself and the VP. Education, for example, is one area where

Bush might be able to link Gore to the status quo in an unfavorable

light.



Politicos from both parties strongly suggested that Bush limit the

number of press conferences in which he participates. Doing that, they

believe, will keep the candidate from over-responding to salvos by Gore

and his surrogates.



The GOP strategist predicted that Gore will come out firing on issues

such as abortion, gun control, pollution and Bush’s notorious Bob Jones

University visit. ’The standard Democratic attacks, but they’ve worked

the past few cycles,’ he explained.



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