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Gore fires up Dems
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In his speech, Gore mentioned Gen. Eric Shinseki's 2002 retirement, saying the Kauai native was shunned because he told Bush advisers a war in Iraq would require "hundreds of thousands of troops."
"That conflicted with the rose-colored lens that the Bush administration had," Gore said. "So they make an early announcement of Gen. Shinseki's retirement and kind of cut off his legs."
The former vice president wore lei and a traditional Filipino dress shirt to the event, which included a concert of local Filipino talent and was attended by many Filipino Americans. He also singled out Filipino veterans as "a group that has been treated unfairly" under the Bush administration.
"John Kerry has fought for the rights of all Filipino veterans," he continued.
Gore received a standing ovation and several long ovations during his speech, in which he also talked about the possibility that the next president could pick up to four U.S. Supreme Court justices.
"I don't want the Supreme Court to pick the next president," Gore said, referring to the 2000 election when he lost to Bush, "and I don't want this president to pick the next Supreme Court."
Alexandra Kerry, who preceded Gore, focused on education and other domestic policies.
"My father cares a great deal about your community," said Kerry, who told the crowd she was glad to be wearing a Hawaiian print dress after weeks of campaigning in colder climates.
Kerry's daughter will be sign-holding in front of Jarrett Intermediate School in Palolo this morning, and talking to children at a Boys & Girls Club.
Before Kerry and Gore arrived, hundreds of sign wavers lined North King Street.
"I don't usually do this," said Nancy Sager, of Kaneohe, as she held her sign up to commuters. "I think it's important that Kerry's elected."
"It's the most important election of my lifetime, and the first president I voted for was John F. Kennedy," said Mililani resident Joan Yoshina. "I'm totally against the war and I just think that Bush has failed in every area."
Dietra Myers Tremblay said she is one of many military spouses who oppose the Iraq war and the Bush administration.
"I really feel like our country's divided," she said. "Kerry absolutely has to be elected."
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