Gore campaign to air first television ads
By JOHN KING/CNN
October 12, 1999
Web posted at: 6:03 p.m. EDT (2203 GMT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Vice President Al Gore is within days of launching his first television ads of the 2000 presidential campaign in the key early states of Iowa and New Hampshire, campaign and other Democratic sources tell CNN.
Two of the three sources said the ad campaign was scheduled to begin this weekend.
Launching ads this early was hotly debated within the Gore campaign hierarchy -- with concerns about spending scarce resources balanced against the campaign's urgent goal of changing the dynamics of a Democratic primary contest. The early campaign has seen Gore go from the overwhelming front-runner to a tough competition with former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley.
In the end, the sources said the campaign -- and the vice president -- agreed to launch the ads as part of a refined strategy that puts more emphasis on trying to stifle the Bradley challenge in Iowa and New Hampshire. Gore's travel schedule is being reworked to put even more emphasis on those states as well.
The sources declined to discuss the content of the ads.