Gore Tells Black Legislators That He's Earned Their Vote in 2000

By Bob Melvin | July 7, 2008 | 8:25 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - Vice President Al Gore told black state legislators in Baltimore Wednesday that he wants their help in capturing the White House in 2000. Gore cited the Clinton administration record of reduced unemployment, greater homeownership and increased earnings for blacks over the past seven years.

"We will continue investing in communities here at home that have been left behind,'' Gore told the annual meeting of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators according to wire service reports.

Entering the meeting room to enthusiastic applause and waving blue placards emblazoned with "Gore 2000", the vice president told about 700 listeners that the Clinton-Gore administration has brought more blacks to high-level government positions than any other administration. He promised that would continue under a Gore-led government. "We haven't been successful despite diversity, but because of diversity,'' Gore said.

After his address, Gore received the endorsement of six members of Maryland's congressional delegation - Senators Paul Sarbanes and Barbara Mikulski and Representatives Benjamin Cardin, Elijah Cummings, Steny Hoyer and Albert Wynn - plus Governor Parris Glendening. "Al Gore is an effective leader,'' Mikulski said. "And he will make an effective president.''

As Gore and Bill Bradley continue their quest for black votes with a fresh set of appearances this week, a new poll finds blacks more likely than other Democrats to back Gore. A recent press poll showed Gore with strong support among blacks. He was favored by 57 percent of black respondents who identified themselves as Democrats while former New Jersey senator Bill Bradley was the choice of 24 percent of black Democrats.

Gore and Bradley currently are front-runners for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination with the Iowa caucuses coming up in January and the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire in February.