GORE STAYS IN SPOTLIGHT FOR POSSIBLE RUN IN '04

March 16, 2001 11:00 pm

Al Gore is moving among students at universities in Tennessee these days as a guest professor, but hes looking very much like a candidate. The former vice president is stressing in his lectures the important ways that families can help their communities, and how communities can in turn help strengthen families.

Gores theme is a non-controversial one, unlike some of the topics that divided him from George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential campaign.

According to The Associated Press, Gore smiled at his students at Nashville's Fisk University as he lectured, pointing out the need for schools to get families more involved in children's education.

At Middle Tennessee State this week, students posed for pictures with Gore after class and requested autographs. One got the former vice president to sign a baseball. Not too many professors are asked to do that.

Gores lectures on families and the community will have some significance to the students hearing him speak. But let the public judge his motives. Gore may already be positioning himself for a run for the presidency in 2004.

The man who won the popular vote in November but was defeated when the Electoral College votes were tallied must believe that destiny could be on his side and lead him to the White House in four years. After all, he was only a few votes away in Florida from walking away with the big prize.

Meanwhile, Gore will continue putting on his neatly pressed blue shirt and tie and keep smiling at students and signing autographs on baseballs until he knows what the future holds.

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