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What People Are Saying in L.A.

August 13, 2000

``Gore is right on all the issues. We’re lucky to have him running. But there’s no contest. Nobody is wooing me for my vote, and I think that means people are getting the short shrift.″ _ Martha Aasen, a Connecticut delegate lamenting the lack of suspense over the party’s nomination.

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``Instead of, ‘In God we trust,’ it says, ‘The evil of two lessers.’ No matter what, we’re going to get a stern, harsh system.″ _ Jonathan Crowell of New York City, a protester outside the Staples Center putting the finishing touches on a sign made to look like a coin with Al Gore and George W. Bush’s picture on either side.

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``I just think Al Gore needs to distance himself and show that he’s his own person and establish his own agenda, and not try to ride on the coattails of someone else.″ _ Brent Yonts, a Kentucky delegate and state legislator.

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``To have Democrat NRA supporters makes it sound like we are sending a mixed message on an important issue, it’s a little embarrassing.″ _ Linda Ryder reacting to some fellow Pennsylvania delegates’ view that the party’s gun-control platform is too strong.

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``I would have preferred to see John Edwards as Gore’s running mate. I think we all would have from North Carolina, but Lieberman is a good choice. He’s really brought some excitement to the campaign.″ _ North Carolina party chairwoman Barbara Allen.

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