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Report: Gore Selects Campaign Aide

March 18, 1999

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) _ Vice President Al Gore has picked Puerto Rican Gov. Pedro Rossello to handle his presidential primary campaign on the island, the San Juan Star reported Wednesday.

Campaign manager Craig Smith was quoted by the newspaper as saying that Gore hopes Rossello’s clout among Hispanics and influence in state government organizations will help galvanize support for Gore.

Puerto Ricans cannot vote for president because of the island’s peculiar commonwealth relationship with the United States. But they can vote in primaries, donate money to campaigns and raise money for candidates.

In the U.S. territory, the choice was seen as a coup for Rossello, who wants Puerto Rico to become the 51st U.S. state.

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