Gore, Bush, and Oprah
To woo voters, the candidates hit the talk show circuit
by Ricco Villanueva Siasoco
This article was posted in September, 2000.
It's not only CNN and Sunday morning political shows for presidential candidates Al Gore and George W. Bush. The candidates (and their running mates) have been making the rounds on Oprah, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and even MTV's Choose or Lose.
Letterman has suggested an on-air debate between Gore and Bush on his show—based on a jai alai scoring system. "If you turn it down, see, it makes you look like you're scared," he's prodded Bush on-air, "like you're a little girl. Nobody wants a little girl in the White House."
Missed the fun? Here's a few highlights.
Gore on MTV's Choose or Lose
Sept. 26, 2000
| Dressed in casual attire, Gore spoke to a town hall meeting of some 150 young people for MTV. Much of the conversation centered around Gore's platform, but he also spoke candidly about racial profiling and negative perceptions of hip hop music. |
On the Napster controversy, Gore commented: "it's a great technology, but it can only be used over the long term if they find a way to protect the rights of the artist."
Al Gore on Oprah
Sept. 11, 2000
| Al Gore walks onto the set and gives Oprah a hug. |
Oprah: "No kiss? I was hoping for something!"
Oprah: "What did you feel when you gave Tipper that kiss?"
Gore: "When I got to the stage, it was just the most natural thing in the world to me to express my feelings. One of the reporters asked me afterwards, 'Were you trying to send a message?' and I said 'I was trying to send a message... to Tipper!'"
Lieberman on Conan O'Brien
Sept. 21, 2000
|Vice Presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman takes the mike and sings his version of the Frank Sinatra classic, "My Way."|
Al Gore on Letterman
Sept. 14, 2000
|Gore announces the Top 10 List, including No. 9: "Remember, America—I gave you the Internet, and I can take it away. Think about it." The Number 1 Rejected Gore-Lieberman Campaign Slogan: "I'll Be Twice As Cool As That President Guy On The West Wing."|
Lieberman on Don Imus
Sept. 18, 2000
| Don Imus lifts his "lifetime ban" on Senator Lieberman from appearing on his show. |
Imus: "This just makes me look like a complete, total fool."
George Bush on Live with Regis
Sept. 21, 2000
| Bush wore a dark shirt and matching tie, á la Regis, and schmoozed it up with Regis and co-host Susan Hawk of Survivor fame. |