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Bush Attacks Gore Citing Pattern of Embellishments By ALISON MITCHELL ORLANDO Fla Sept 23 At the end of a campaign swing that was intended to focus on issues Gov George W Bush stepped up his personal criticisms of Vice President Al Gore today accusing him of misleading Americans through a pattern of embellishments and sudden reversals Mr Bush assailed Mr Gore in a speech he delivered by satellite to the state committee of the Pennsylvania Republican Party He cited a series of incidents involving the Gore campaign last week that he said provided telling insights into the vice presidents character My opponent has unfortunately spent the week misleading Americans Mr Bush said His misrepresentations are serious business not the legitimate debate of political disagreements They are a disturbing pattern of embellishments and sudden reversals Mr Bush also took aim again at President Clintons decision to release oil from the nations emergency reserves portraying the move as political opportunism The reserve Mr Bush said was created for Americas national security not for the vice presidents political security Mr Gore had called for the reserve to be tapped just a day before Mr Clinton acted Mr Bush seized on Mr Gores assertion at a news conference that he had been involved in discussions about the strategic oil reserve in its early stages Just yesterday there he went again Mr Bush said evoking Ronald Reagans well-known rebuttal of Jimmy Carter in a 1980 campaign debate He claimed he was involved in the very invention of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Mr Bush said The problem is the reserve was first established in 1975 two years before Al Gore even went to the United States Congress More broadly Mr Bush offered a weeks worth of examples to ridicule Mr Gore He brought up matters as varied as Mr Gores attendance at a Hollywood fund-raiser at which the vice president muted his previous criticism of the entertainment industry and his quip
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