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Vice President Passes Visit In Solitude And Obscurity

August 13, 1996

TRURO, Mass. (AP) _ Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, drew barely a ripple of attention during their vacation in this tiny Cape Cod town.

``It’s as if he wasn’t even here,″ said Chuck Nyhan, owner of the Seascape Motel and a board member of the Truro Chamber of Commerce. ``There’s hardly been any impact at all.″

The Gores and their four children arrived Aug. 5 at the seaside summer home of New Republic publisher Martin Peretz in this town, which has a year-round population of 1,623.

Tipper Gore and three of her children made one known excursion together, to a book party in a gallery in neighboring Provincetown.

But reporters who staked out the house said the vice president himself did not emerge despite a flood of invitations for free private whale watches, theater tickets and even makeovers.

``Thank you for letting us have a vacation,″ was Mrs. Gore’s only comment to reporters as she was driven away one day, according to the Cape Cod Times.

A few curious tourists wandered by and some environmental activists staged a protest Sunday against the government’s policy of poisoning seagulls to protect endangered species in areas where they feed.

Some nudists also complained that the Gores’ visit forced the shutdown of an unsanctioned nude beach near the Peretz house.

Sally Aman, a spokeswoman for the Gore family in Washington, said she didn’t know when they would end their vacation.

``The fact that we haven’t spoken to them in a week means they’re probably having a very relaxing time,″ she said Tuesday. ``This is their private family time.″

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