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|Thursday, October 26, 2000, updated at 09:02(GMT+8)|
Gore, Bush Campaigning in Tennessee, FloridaU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore and his Republican rival George W. Bush on Wednesday campaigned respectively in Tennessee and Florida, two swing states vital in the White House race.
Tied in national polls only 13 days before the election, Vice President Gore returned to his home state of Tennessee to attract undecided voters while Texas Governor Bush got a boost from his younger brother in Florida.
In a speech at Tennessee State University, Gore criticized Bush's education plan as "half measures that fall short of what we really need."
"Under his proposal, he would spend more money on tax cuts to the wealthiest 90,000 multimillionaires than all of the new spending he proposes in all of the 90,000 public schools combined," Gore said.
Gore accused Bush of having a "hollow record" on education, saying his education plan would hurt public schools.
Polls showed that Gore and Bush were even in Tennessee, which Gore represented in Congress for 16 years, while Bush had a 46-41 percent edge in Florida. The vice president was leading or tied with Bush in new national polls.
Governor Bush, who focused on social security in Wednesday's campaign, told a rally in Florida that he would keep the retirement program's promise to seniors. He was helped in the campaign by his younger brother Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida.
"It's time we have someone who inspires us in the White House. We have not had that in seven years," said Jeb Bush.
Texas Governor Bush was also joined by Senator John McCain, Bush's Republican primary rival, in his campaign in Florida.
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