History

In my paper the Democratic Candidates are Al Gore and Bill Bradley. They both have a
lot of the same views on issues that have come out in the campaigning. For the
Rebublicans it is George W. Bush and John McCain. Both of these guys have different
views on their issues. The debates between these two men have really been heating up
and it will be interesting to see the outcome of this election. But also on the other side of
this the Democratic battle has also been a though one but I think Bradley will drop out.
He feels and knows he is over matched.
Al Gore served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He worked for seven years as a
newspaper reporter and then was elected to Congress from Tennessee. After eight years
in the House of Representatives and eight years as an U.S. Senator from Tennessee, he
was elected Vice President of the United States.
For almost seven years, Al Gore has been a central member of President Clinton\'s
economic team -- helping to design the program that has led to our strong economy,
casting the tie-breaking Senate vote for the plan in 1993, helping to pass the first balanced
budget in 30 years. He has helped to usher in the longest peacetime economic expansion
in American history -- with over 18 million new jobs, wages rising twice the rate of
inflation, the lowest African-American and Hispanic poverty on record, the highest level
of private home ownership ever, more investment in our cities, and the lowest
unemployment in 29 years.
Since his days in the House and Senate, Vice President Gore\'s environmental
record has been unparalleled. He leads the Administration\'s efforts to protect the
environment in a way that also strengthens the economy -- such as working with the Big
Three auto makers to support the development of a new generation of fuel- and
energy-efficient vehicles, and working to combat global warming in a way that also
creates new jobs, by helping America lead the estimated $400 billion worldwide market
for new technologies that clean up the environment.

Bill Bradley was born on July 28, 1943, in Crystal City, Missouri, the only
child of Warren and Susan Bradley. The Bradleys lived a comfortable,
middle-class life in a small, multiracial, multiethnic town on the banks of the
Mississippi River, thirty-six miles south of St. Louis. The Crystal City of Bill\'s
youth was a blue-collar company town with a single stoplight and a population of
3,492. With the support of his family and the close-knit community around him,
Bill developed the values that have guided him as a leader, athlete, writer, U.S.
Senator, and presidential candidate.
While Bill was growing up, Warren Bradley was a respected small-town
banker. He had been forced to quit high school at age sixteen to help support his
family, taking a job with the St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad. A few years later,
he began what was to become a long and fulfilling career at the local bank, first
"shining pennies," and working his way up to become assistant cashier, cashier,
and eventually president of the bank. He gave Bill his first job as a janitor at the
bank during school breaks. A reserved man, Warren Bradley had a clear sense of
ethics and lived by a strict code of conduct. Warren\'s proudest achievement was
that he never foreclosed on a single homeowner throughout the Great
Depression, something that earnedhim the admiration and gratitude of the local
community.
Bill\'s mother was an energetic and strong-willed former schoolteacher.
Susie Bradley taught Sunday school classes at the Presbyterian Church across
the street from the Bradley home, which the family attended every week. She also
doted on her only son. Susie kept Bill active and involved as a child, enrolling him
in piano, trumpet, French, swimming, basketball, boxing, and French horn. She
was the den mother of his Cub Scout group and attended all of his activities and
sporting events. Susie stressed the importance of manners and modesty to Bill.
He would win a race or game, but she would convince him that he hadn\'t won,
that he just had longer legs than the other boys. Susie also made sure the
neighborhood kids felt welcome in their house. The Bradley home became a
popular gathering place for Bill and his friends, where they played pinball in the
basement, watched "American Bandstand" on TV, and traded baseball cards in
the backyard.
Basketball was Bill\'s passion, but under his mother\'s guidance, he developed into a
well-rounded young man