Gore tackles Bush tax cuts, offshore drilling at Tampa Meek rally

10/04/10 Kate Bradshaw
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You can probably count on one hand the number of times a major player in national politics has come to the Tampa Bay area in the past year. When they do show up, you can bet it’s for a reason. Last Thursday, Al Gore was in town stumping for Kendrick Meek a month ahead of the November election. The Democrat urged the audience to choose Meek over newly-independent Charlie Crist, but he also took aim at Republicans on the issues.

First he was vice president. Then he was the guy who allegedly lost the presidential election to George W. Bush after that hanging chad debacle. Then he made that documentary on global warming. Speaking in West Tampa Thursday, former vice president Al Gore didn’t shy away from bashing Republican economic policy.

He’s talking about the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent Americans, which Republicans on Capitol Hill want to extend beyond their expiration at the end of this year.

Of course, the former vice president doesn’t shy away from the environment. First, he decries offshore drilling.

In 2006, Gore became synonymous – controversial in some circles – with the global warming debate after the release of his film An Inconvenient Truth. He speaks about the importance of climate change awareness here, and only gets louder when a couple of high school-aged hecklers call global warming a hoax.

Gore was in Tampa in an effort to rally Democratic support for U.S. Representative Kendrick Meek, a Democrat running for US Senate. He faces a tough race at least in part because Governor Charlie Crist left the Republican Party in April to run without party affiliation.

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