- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 15, 2000

LOS ANGELES The two eldest daughters of Vice President Al Gore, Karenna and Kristin, are making the rounds of convention parties and events here this week, using their graces and photogenic faces to excite young Democrats about the election this fall.
Lending a family presence to the Democratic convention in advance of their father's arrival, the two sisters are spending their time packing food for the hungry, speaking in favor of handgun control and dancing to the Goo Goo Dolls in Hollywood.
Karenna Gore Schiff attracted attention yesterday by introducing the new algore.com Web site. And in a true show of their growing popularity, the young women last night made their debut on the "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno.
Wherever they go, their relaxed, easygoing demeanor and natural good looks come off well with their audiences and give a much-needed air of hip accessibility to the Gore campaign.
Like their Republican counterpart George P. Bush, the handsome and articulate 24-year-old nephew of nominee George W. Bush, the Gore sisters are proving to be a valuable link to an often apathetic generation of younger voters.
"The pundits and prognosticators have written us off as being too self-involved to be bothered with public life," Mrs. Schiff, 27, told a crowd of young volunteers gathered Sunday at the Los Angeles Food Bank in the South Central area. "I've even felt the temptation to just switch off and cultivate an ironic detachment."
But "this election is really, really important," she said. "We have to make sure that our public servants are on the same side, working for the same goals."
Mrs. Schiff, a new mother and trusted adviser to her father, arrived at the Service Vote 2000 event Sunday event appropriately dressed down in jeans and a long T-shirt. But even in flip-flops and a ponytail, the petite young blonde with the peaches-and-cream complexion looked elegant and prompted a round of hushed compliments from the cameramen.
Kristen Gore, a 23-year-old comedy writer for Fox TV's "Futurama" cartoon, was newer to the public stage but seemed confident and poised as she spoke to the audience.
Sorting through boxes of crackers, lasagna and jars of chicken bullion, the Gore sisters chatted with other volunteers and the media about community service and their upcoming speeches on the convention floor this week.
Mrs. Schiff will speak tomorrow, following vice-presidential nominee Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, and Miss Gore will come forth briefly Thursday evening to introduce her mother, Tipper.
"I'm a little nervous" about speaking at the convention, Miss Gore said. Still on the to-do list was writing down what she would say, she confessed.
Asked if this campaign work is practice for any future political goals of her own, Mrs. Schiff replied: "I have no plans for that at all. For me, I find politics exciting and really vital to people's lives.
"What drives us in coming out publicly on behalf of my dad is not only do we believe in him but we really feel strongly about the issues at stake in the election," she said, listing health care, the environment, abortion and education as among the most important.
Miss Gore added: "I don't think that we should all come from the same family, so Kristin and I are campaigning for some fresh blood."

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