- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 21, 2002

MORRISON, Tenn. (AP) Former presidential candidate Al Gore accused the Bush administration yesterday of lying to Americans about the nation's economy.
At a campaign event for a congressional candidate, Mr. Gore told Democrats that electing Lincoln Davis could be the difference in continuing the Bush administration's economic policies.
The Bush administration has "lied about the future liabilities they have put on our shoulders as taxpayers," Mr. Gore said.
The former vice president prompted a cheer when he said, "I don't care what anybody says. I think Bill Clinton and I did a damn good job."
Democrats have sought to use the corporate corruption scandals as a major issue in the campaigns leading up to elections in November, portraying Republicans and the administration as being too closely tied with big business.
The recent spate of corporate fraud cases reflects the administration's policies and its appointees, who are supposed to police big business, Mr. Gore said.
He compared the administration's handling of the economy to business decisions that led to the collapse of Enron, saying President Bush's economic policies are creating a huge deficit.
"It's going to lead to bigger deficits than when the first Bush was there," Mr. Gore said.
He said the administration should "completely scrap its economic plan and its team on Monday start over from scratch and start rebuilding this economy."
White House spokeswoman Anne Womack said yesterday that the economy was fundamentally strong and that Mr. Bush has additional proposals before Congress to strengthen corporate accountability and promote trade.
"President Bush's tax cut came at just the right time to restore economic growth," Miss Womack said. "Congress needs to act on his proposals as soon as possible to keep America's economy growing."
Mr. Gore, who says he is undecided about running for president again in 2004, endorsed Mr. Davis in the Democratic primary, to be held Aug. 1, for Tennesse's 4th Congressional District.
Former aerospace company owner Fran Marcum is also seeking the Democratic nomination. Former Safety Commissioner Mike Greene and Tullahoma Alderman Janice Bowling are seeking the Republican nomination.
Incumbent Rep. Van Hilleary, a Republican, is running for governor.
The rural district stretches from Alabama to Kentucky and includes counties that elected Mr. Gore to the U.S. House in 1976.


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