Cracks in the Gore-Lieberman alliance?
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Judy Woodruff reports the Gore-Lieberman alliance is starting to crack under pressure of the looming presidential campaign. At the Democratic Leadership Council meeting in New York this week, Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman used his speech to burnish his New Democrat credentials, touting pro-business themes.
"That's a sharp contrast to Gore's 'People v. Powerful Business,' delivered last week on Capitol Hill," Woodruff says of the former vice president's charge that the GOP today "is in the hands of an elite, which embodies wealth and power and represents them at the expense of citizens."
And will Joe Lieberman run if Al Gore continues on the populist path?
"Let's say for now, that I'm hopeful that Al will not run that kind of campaign," Lieberman told Woodruff.
According to Bob Novak, Tom Daschle and the Senate have a brutual week ahead of them and the feeling is that there maybe just too much on their plate to get it all done. There's a commitment to bring up the defense bill on Wednesday and expect the prescription drug bill to come up before the Senators leave town. Novak reminds us not to forget the conference report on Trade Promotion Authority. Bottomline: Senators have their work cut out for them if they want to skip town on Friday.
Novak says the fight over prescription drugs might be the most interesting thing on Capitol Hill this week. Democrats want to pass something on this so badly that they may be willing to go along with this scaled-back version of their plan that is sponsored by Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel.
The key figure, Novak says, may be Georgia Democrat Zell Miller, who co-sponsors the Democratic plan with Sen. Ted Kennedy. If Miller jumps ship and supports the Hagel bill, Novak hears other Democrats will follow suit. That way they can go home and say they did something for prescription drug benefits, Novak says.
Will organized labor save Rep. John Dingell? Novak hears the 24-term Congressman might be saved by his close relationship with labor groups. His Democratic opponent, Rep. Lynn Rivers, has racked up some key endorsements, but labor's clout might trump all of those in next Tuesday's primary election.
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