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And I'm Steve Inskeep.

Al Gore stayed out of the Democratic primaries but will not be silent in the general election. The one-time presidential candidate recalled the months before the war in Iraq when President Bush won widespread support.

Vice President AL GORE: But I remember that an eloquent legislator in Springfield, Illinois named Barack Obama spoke up boldly and clearly with the force of reason and logic to join in opposition to that blunder.

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MONTAGNE: Gore was talking about Barack Obama, the man he's endorsing for president. Obama favors an early withdrawal from Iraq, though his critics ask if he's keeping his views up to date.

INSKEEP: Supporters of Republican John McCain say the Democrat is overlooking improvements in that situation. It may be with that criticism in mind that Obama now says that before the election he will visit both Afghanistan and Iraq.

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