Bush Blasts VP on Campaign Fundraising in Email Response

July 7, 2008 - 8:25 PM

(CNSNews.com) - Governor George W Bush responded on Wednesday to an email from Vice President Al Gore by telling him to clear the air on what Bush called "some serious charges" in connection with the investigation on campaign fundraising abuses.

In a statement released from Bush campaign headquarters in Austin, the Texas Governor said, "Both you and I have made a number of campaign finance reform proposals. But before we debate these changes, it is important for Americans to know whether the current campaign finance laws have been obeyed and enforced. So I challenge you to clear the air on some serious charges."

"I hope you will encourage the White House and the Department of Justice to release all records and photographs relating to the investigation of fundraising abuses by you and your administration," Bush said.

Bush doesn't think Gore's past record inspires confidence in the electoral process.

"In your email, you spoke of restoring trust in our electoral process and that is the heart of the matter. New campaign finance laws are needed. What is even more important is the duty of public officials to obey the existing laws, and I'm afraid your own record does not inspire confidence," Bush said.

Gore told a meeting of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO on Wednesday that he would attack Bush on a broad range of issues, including taxes, abortion and gun control. But Bush told Gore in his email reply that Gore should raise another subject when he talks to labor unions.

"In your note, you did not mention the matter of compulsory union dues being used to support political candidates, a violation of worker rights. And I see that you did not mention this today, when you spoke to the AFL-CIO. This would have been an ideal setting to display your sudden interest in campaign finance reform and to demonstrate your own seriousness on the issue. Your silence was not encouraging because any campaign finance reform must be broad and fair," Bush said.

Bush closed his message to Gore by saying, "Thank You for your email. This Internet of yours is a wonderful invention."