(CNSNews.com) - As he heads to Washington State, site of a February 29th non-binding primary contest, Bill Bradley is now characterizing Vice President Al Gore as a political chameleon who can't be trusted.
In an effort to seize his first primary season victory prior to the crucial March 7th Super Tuesday primaries, the Bradley campaign has decided will test the political waters in Washington state where polls show him trailing Gore by more than 20 points.
"We want to plant a flag and make one state a clear contest over the core differences between us," said Eric Hauser, Bradley's spokesman. "If we can make up a chunk of ground in Washington (state), like we did in New Hampshire, we'll take that momentum and storm into March 7th."
Before heading West, Bradley spoke on Wednesday at Adelphi University, in Garden City, NY. He again attacked Gore for 20-year-old votes on abortion, guns and tax incentives for private, segregated schools, which sprang up, particularly in the south, after court-ordered desegregation of public schools.
"Priorities come from conviction - not from polls - and his actions have been far different from his words," Bradley told students. "What does Al Gore really believe?"
Bradley insisted Gore long opposed gun control laws, tougher tobacco regulations and federal funding for abortion while a member of Congress, positions which changed when he entered the national political arena. "What do we know about Al Gore? We know he's been a loyal Number 2, but what was he like on his own? He was a conservative."
Then, noting his own position on abortion, guns and campaign finance reform, Bradley responded, "It's what I believe. It's what I've always fought for, and it's what I'll do as president."
Hauser said the campaign is considering airing television spots criticizing the vice president's old votes and offering quotes he made on several issues, going back as far as 1977, Gore's first year in the House of Representatives.
Responding to the threat, Gore spokesman Chris Lehane said, "It reeks of the politics of desperation."
Bradley also asked the Adelphi audience not to mistake his lack of charisma for a lack of conviction. "I am not flashy. I have never been...my passion is deep in my heart and soul. I show it, not by shouting or making a fist, but by the consistency of my beliefs and by my never-ending fight to tun those beliefs into reality."
Meanwhile, Gore did some digging of his own, unveiling the "Bradley Information Bureau," on his web-site. The bureau offers inconsistencies in Bradley's voting record and quotes offered over the years, including one in which Bradley promised, "I won't spend my time attacking my opponent on votes from long ago."