By Ray O’Hanlon
Irish Americans who want to see Al Gore in the White House next January are taking to the road this weekend — destination New Hampshire.
Buses carrying Gore supporters will be converging on the town of Manchester for a "Rally for Gore," which will take place on Saturday, Jan. 15.
The rally is being organized by the Washington, D.C.-based lobby group Irish American Democrats.
Buses will converge on Manchester from the D.C. and New York areas as well as Boston and Springfield, Mass. The event will be introduced by Rep. Richard Neal.
Coinciding with the rally, Irish American Democrats have released a 10-reason list as to why Gore should succeed Bill Clinton as president.
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The No. 1 reason on the list reads: "Al Gore stood shoulder to shoulder with President Clinton to promote the Irish peace process.
No. 2 reads: "Al Gore pledges that peace and justice in Ireland will be a top priority in the foreign policy agenda of his administration."
Gore has an extensive record of interest in the search for a settlement in Northern Ireland going back to his appearance at an Irish-American presidential forum in New York in 1988.
Gore’s rival for the Democratic Party nomination, former senator Bill Bradley, has expressed his support for the peace process but is also on the record as going further than Gore in calling for a dramatic change in the political landscape of the North.
Bradley told the Irish National Caucus back in 1982: "I believe a peaceful solution to this political situation will only come about when Britain sets a timetable for withdrawal. Then the prospect of unity with Ireland will be real."
Bradley’s unity statement was reported in the London Daily Telegraph last week. It’s vintage was not.