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A WARM-UP FOR 2 DEBATERS

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Excerpts from recent AP interviews with Vice President Al Gore and GOP vice presidential nominee Jack Kemp.

Q: One obvious question for voters sizing up candidates for vice president is whether he or she is qualified to serve as president. How would you answer a voter who asked why you were qualified to be president?GORE: "I have enjoyed working beside Bill Clinton, and I think he and I have been a good team. He said from the start that he wanted it to be a full partnership, and truthfully my expectations have been exceeded. He has asked me to give advice and to participate in virtually every question that comes before him. That has been a wonderful learning experience."

KEMP: "If I start saying why I am qualified to be president it would be putting the cart before the horse. Bob Dole is the quarterback of this team. . . ."

Q: Heading into the first presidential debate, President Clinton was viewed as a heavy favorite. How would you set the expectations for your encounter?

GORE: "The one thing that Jack Kemp and I can agree on is that I am the underdog in this debate."

KEMP: "Al has been there for four years. He has been in on every single decision that Clinton has made. So his knowledge of the issues and policies is a lot broader than mine. I never played a game of football in my life that I did not respect my opponent, and I have got great respect for him."

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Scoring the debate

Voters can decide who "wins" tonight's vice presidential debate by looking at the elements used by political analysts. You can keep score by rating the candidates on 10 factors, giving each debater a number from 1 (worst) to 3 (best). Add the scores for each candidate to determine the winner.

GORE KEMP

Knows facts

Relaxed

Avoids mistakes

Gets message across

Gets share of time

Quick, assured

Sense of humor

Doesn't overreact

Polite

Answers the question

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