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Gore Proposes Help for Families

October 6, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Vice President Al Gore is proposing preschool for every child, ``family friendly″ policies at work and other steps to ease the burden on working parents.

Gore, addressing a Manhattan fund-raising luncheon Tuesday, promised to put the concerns of families at the top of his agenda if he becomes president.

``If you do not understand the fatigue of the American working woman, then you don’t deserve to be president of the United States,″ he told a mostly female crowd of about 600 supporters. ``If you elect me president, I will honor your struggle by making it easier to be a good worker and a good parent at the same time.″

Gore, fighting former Sen. Bill Bradley for the Democratic presidential nomination, said he wanted to further women’s rights by ensuring equal pay for equal work, keeping abortion legal and offering help to those juggling the demands of jobs and family.

``If you elect me president, I will make available high-quality preschool for every child in every family across the United States,″ said Gore, who shared the stage with his daughter, Karenna Gore Schiff, a Columbia University law student and mother of a 3-month-old boy. ``It’s the single best investment we can make.″

Gore said he wants to create tax incentives for employers that provide on-site day care or help to parents when child-care arrangements fall through. He also said he would encourage businesses to offer job shares, flexible schedules and telecommuting.

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