Gore Slams Bush Administration on Environment
January 15, 2004, 2:21 PM EST
NEW YORK -- Former Vice President Al Gore on Thursday blasted President Bush as a "moral coward," saying he abandoned the public interest to accommodate his financial contributors.
Gore, in a speech before a full house at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan, said it sometimes appeared that "the Bush-Cheney administration is wholly owned by the coal, oil, utility and mining industries."
It was the latest in a series of harsh critiques from Gore on the Bush administration. The ex-Democratic presidential candidate, who lost the 2000 election to Bush, had previously accused the administration of cracking down on civil liberties since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and mishandling post-war Iraq.
Gore, speaking on a bitterly cold day, addressed the issues of global warming and the administration's environmental policies.
"While President Bush likes to project an image of strength and courage, the real truth is that in the presence of his large financial contributors, he is a moral coward," said Gore.
His appearance was co-sponsored by moveon.org, a Washington-based online liberal activist group, and Environment 2004.