Gore: Convention Kiss Was Impromptu
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) _ You must remember this, Vice President Al Gore insists: That kiss was just a kiss _ a spur-of-the-moment emotional thing and not an effort to create a new image.
``You really planted one on Mrs. Gore. What were you thinking?″ interviewer Matt Lauer asked Gore Monday on NBC’s ``Today.″
``It was completely spontaneous,″ the vice president said of the long kiss and heavy embrace with wife Tipper on the podium of the Democratic National Convention last week.
``I think you can tell from watching it, it was completely spontaneous. I was just overcome by the emotion that I was feeling with all of the people cheering,″ Gore said on ABC’s ``Good Morning America. ``It was kind of an outpouring there that just moved me to express my love for Tipper.″
On CBS’ ``The Early Show,″ the presidential nominee denied the unabashed public show of affection was an attempt to cast off an image that some find ``wooden.″
``I didn’t plan that out in advance,″ Gore said.
He said the public talk about the kiss has surprised him. ``Somebody said, `Are you trying to send a message.′ I said, `Actually, I was trying to send a message to Tipper.‴
Tipper, talking to reporters on a campaign boat trip down the Mississippi River, said Monday she didn’t expect the kiss.
``I was surprised. It was a nice surprise,″ she said.
When asked if Gore delivered the message he was trying to send, she said with a chuckle, ``He did.″