Friday, June 16, 2000

Gore raises tax cut on local stop

$500B plan aims at middle-class families

By Dan Klepal
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Vice President Al Gore gets an ice cream cone from Andrea Copelin on a visit to Aglamesis Brothers with State Sen. Mark Mallory and Mayor Charlie Luken.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        LOCKLAND — Vice President Al Gore unveiled a proposed $500 billion tax cut Thursday that he said will help middle-class families afford health care and child care, put their kids through college and care for elderly parents.

        The 10-year proposal nearly doubles Mr. Gore's previous tax plan, a move he said is made possible because the Commerce Department is going to announce next week that the nation's budget surplus is larger than expected.

        Mr. Gore's announcement, made during a cam paign stop in Cincinnati, came on the same day the vice president said Commerce Secretary William Daley will take over the lead role in his campaign.

        Mr. Daley, the Clinton administration's point man on China, fills the spot vacated by Tony Coelho, who stepped aside as chairman of the Gore 2000 campaign because of medical problems.

        Diagnosed with diverticulitis, which is inflammation of an area in the intestinal wall, Mr. Coelho has been advised by his doctors to rest and avoid stress. He telephoned the vice president Wednesday night to say he was stepping down.

        Mr. Daley said there will be no major changes in the message to voters.

        “This campaign is about leadership and setting the tone for this century,” Mr. Daley said. “There will be no change in our direction and we're not going to miss a beat.”

        The move does, however, take Mr. Daley's name off the list of possible running mates for Mr. Gore.

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