Environmental group endorses Bradley over Gore
By JONATHAN KARL/CNN
September 14, 1999
Web posted at: 3:35 p.m. EDT (1935 GMT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- With an endorsement from the environmental group Friends of the Earth, Bill Bradley has scored a victory on Al Gore's home court.
The endorsement from the 20,000-member group is a blow to Gore, who has tried to make the environment a defining issue, even writing a best-selling book on the subject. But Friends of the Earth says Gore has failed to produce.
Sen. Bill Bradley officially announced his candidacy last week
"We're sorry. It's too bad, but the results did not materialize in the past seven years, and that adds additional grounds for saying that Bradley is the better choice for the 21st century," said Dr. Brent Blackwelder of Friends of the Earth.
The Gore campaign had no comment, but referred CNN to Sierra Club political director Dan Weiss. "Vice President Gore's commitment to the environment is deep and life-long," Weiss said. "There's no doubt that he'd be the most pro-environment president of the modern era."
The Sierra Club has made no endorsement yet, and with 500,000 members it has much more political influence than Friends of the Earth.
The Bradley campaign welcomed the endorsement. "It's an acknowledgement that Bradley got big things accomplished in the Senate," said Bradley spokesman Eric Hauser.
In their campaign announcement speeches, both Gore and Bradley dedicated just a single line to the environment -- an indication that, so far at least, neither candidate has made the environment a central issue.