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Wednesday, September 29, 1999 Published at 17:23 GMT 18:23 UK

World: Americas

Gore relaunches failing campaign

Mr Gore is trying to distance himself from President Clinton

American Vice-President Al Gore has re-launched his campaign to become the Democratic Party candidate in next year's presidential election.

Political analyst Mark Plotkin: "Gore is suffering from animosity towards Clinton"
The move follows opinion polls showing strong support for the former New Jersey senator, Bill Bradley, who is challenging Mr Gore for the nomination.

"I welcome the new shape of this campaign," Mr Gore said. "This is a hard, tough fight, and I'm going to fight my heart out for every single vote."

Mr Bradley is already neck and neck in the polls for the first primary in New Hampshire, but trails Mr Gore nationwide, especially in the south.

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As part of measures to reinvigorate his presidential campaign Mr Gore has offered to take part in a series of debates with Mr Bradley.

And in a symbolic move, he has moved his headquarters from Washington to Nashville, Tennessee, his home state.

The BBC Washington correspondent Paul Reynolds says the measures are an attempt by Mr Gore to throw off his stuffy Washington image that ties him too much to the tarnished President Clinton.

Low poll rating

A new poll seen by the BBC but not yet published shows that some 53% of voters would not consider backing Mr Gore as president.

One explanation for the lack of support is so-called Clinton fatigue, with potential voters taking out the sins of the president on his deputy.

Gore spokesman Roger Salazar: "We're very confident"
"Nobody has ever accused Al Gore of wandering in terms of his marriage. But for some reason, right now, almost a delayed reaction, Gore is suffering from the animosity towards Clinton," said political analyst Mark Plotkin.

But some analysts say Mr Gore's biggest problem is himself. Even his supporters admit he is not exactly the most exciting speaker or campaigner, lacking the obvious charisma of a Bill Clinton.

Gore supporters have expressed their belief that their candidate will win the nomination.

"When you ask Democrats around this country who their choice is for president, overwhelmingly their choice is Al Gore," said spokesman Roger Salazar at the vice-president's campaign headquarters.

"We feel that in the end the vice-president will have the nomination of this party and he will win in November."

No vice-president has been denied his party's nomination since 1952.

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