President Clinton played cheerleader for administration accomplishments and left it to his No. 2 to confront the Republican drive toward an impeachment inquiry as he revved up for a new round of campaign fund-raising.
At a Washington fund-raiser late Thursday, Clinton recited the administration's progress on education, crime, the budget and other issues and told donors, "If you like the results of the last six years, there needs to be a resounding message coming out of these congressional elections that that is what we think Washington should be about."Make no mistake about it," he continued, "if you want to see these (budget) surpluses continue, if you want to see us deal with these big challenges, we have got to know the American people expect that of us."
Vice President Al Gore, joining Clinton at the fund-raiser, told donors that Republicans were united only in their zeal for investigating the Clinton administration.
"When we say health care, they say investigation," Gore said. "When we say educate our kids, they say investigation. When we say protect the environment, they say investigation. Personal partisan attacks on the president - that's the only thing that unites the Republican Party in 1998."
The president had more fund-raising appearances planned Friday in Ohio and Pennsylvania.