Gore paysvisit to Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Vice President Al Gore mixed pre-election pep talks with Republican bashing on Monday at fund-raising luncheons for gubernatorial candidate Hubert Humphrey III and two congressmen.
He attacked Republicans for pursuing an investigation of President Clinton while bogging down action in Congress on the budget, education and environment.
Gore said Americans are tired of the investigation into Clinton and do not want impeachment. To the Republican-controlled Congress, he said, “Get on with it. Pass a budget.”
Gore stumped for Humphrey at a $1,000-a-plate lunch that raised about $250,000 and at a $500-a-plate affair that raised about $75,000 earlier for U.S. Reps. David Minge and Bruce Vento.
“You believe in the power of ideas,” he told those at the Humphrey lunch. “You have been in many ways the heart and soul of the Democratic Party nationally.”
But Gore warned the DFLers that their ideas must be tied to hard-fought campaigns.
“You have got to match the intensity on the other side with even more of your own,” Gore said.
Humphrey said Gore’s support gives his campaign a boost.
“First and foremost it just energizes everyone in the campaign,” he said.
The visit, however, was a reminder of President Clinton’s troubles. Humphrey was the state chairman for the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign two years ago, but Clinton has yet to campaign for him. Humphrey was less than convincing when he said he would welcome such a visit.
“If he comes here, fine,” Humphrey said.
Humphrey has been critical of the president’s actions, but believes impeachment should not be pushed.
Gore praised Humphrey on several matters, from a $6.6 billion settlement of a lawsuit against Big Tobacco to his commitment to public education, safer streets and the environment. He credited Humphrey with a progressive, pragmatic approach.
Gore was also in town to address the International Telecommunications Union on wireless communications.