Moynihan To Endorse Bradley
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan plans to endorse Democratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley on Thursday, giving a boost to Bradley’s underdog campaign against Vice President Al Gore, party officials said Tuesday.
The long-rumored endorsement is expected to be delivered in Moynihan’s home state of New York, said three Democratic officials familiar with the plans. They spoke on condition of anonymity.
Gore holds a wide lead over Bradley in national polls of Democratic voters and has laid the groundwork to secure endorsements of more than 100 members of Congress. Bradley, a former New Jersey senator, has been publicly backed by just two senators and a congressman.
Sens. Paul Wellstone of Minnesota and Bob Kerrey of Nebraska endorsed Bradley earlier this year. Wellstone, Kerrey and Moynihan are prominent liberal Democrats.
In advance of the Moynihan endorsement, Gore’s campaign on Tuesday announced the endorsements of nine members of the New York congressional delegation.
``Al Gore’s commitment to working families and the things they care about will make a difference in New York,″ said Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., in the Gore statement.
Though Bradley trails in national polls, he has pulled into a dead heat with Gore in New Hampshire and New York _ two early primary states. Independents and moderate Democrats are siding early with Bradley, though some of his positions are more liberal than Gore, polls show.
He has nearly kept pace with Gore’s fund-raising efforts.
Moynihan’s endorsement is scheduled to take place as Democrats from across the country gather in Washington to hear from Gore and Bradley at the Democratic National Committee meeting.