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Condolences offered by presidential candidates bring sharp criticism

October 17, 2000
By: Erin Guyer
State Capital Bureau

Deceased Governor Mel Carnahan was honored at the third Presidential Debate, but each candidate took a different approach to recognizing Missouri's 51st governor. Erin Guyer has the story from Jefferson City.

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Republican or democrat, Missourians felt the loss of Governor Mel Carnahan across party lines. At the third Presidential Debates, candidates Gore and Bush paid tribute to Carnahan. While Vice President Gore highlighted some of Carnahan's accomplishments, Texas Governor Bush kept his remarks simple. State Auditor Claire McCaskill says she was disappointed by Bush's comments.

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McCaskill praised Gore's comments but State Representative John Dolan called Gore's remarks "pandering" and said Gore was a shameless opportunist. From the State Capital, I'm Erin Guyer, KMOX News.


Both Presidential Candidates paid tribute to deceased Governor Mel Carnahan during the 3rd Presidential Debates. But some statehouse politicians are questioning the different approaches taken by Gore and Bush. Erin Guyer has the story from Jefferson City.

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As the third Presidential Debates got underway, Vice President Gore reflected on some of Carnahan's accomplishments while Texas Governor Bush kept his remarks simple. State Representative John Dolan, who was at the Presidential Debate, says he questions Gore's response.

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Dolan called Gore's comments "pandering" and said Bush's comments were more appropriate. Gore offered his condolences to the Carnahan family in person at the Governor's mansion this morning.

From the State Capitol, I'm Erin Guyer, KMOX News.