As you know, this Friday, John Kerry and the Democratic Party are facing another critical fundraising deadline. I know from experience the importance of this deadline because it is when strategists need to make key decisions about battleground states like Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and others.
In 2000, my campaign had to make excruciatingly difficult decisions on allocating our resources to the most winnable states. We knew the final margin would be razor thin, but we had to pick and choose which states we could afford to saturate with TV ads during the final drive to Election Day.
We were forced by the limitations of our campaign funding to make a series of tough choices -- including a decision to go for it in Florida and scale back in Ohio. If we had been able to pay for a full TV ad campaign in all of the key battleground states, we might not have lost Ohio by a thin margin. And of course, even though I think we won Florida, well, you know what happened there.
So, don't let it happen again, contribute now.
In these closing weeks, let's make sure that John Kerry and the Democratic Party have the resources to go all out in Florida and Ohio and Pennsylvania and Michigan and elsewhere. Your contribution right now will make sure they have the ability to compete in every single battleground state.
Right now, party strategists are making those tough, last-minute decisions about where to spend resources. With your help, this time the Supreme Court will not pick the next president, and the current president will not pick the next Supreme Court.
You've put George Bush, Dick Cheney and the Republican attack machine on the run. In these final weeks, they can't win a fair fight -- and you, the members of John Kerry and the Democratic Party's amazing online community, have the ability to make it a fair fight. Please respond as quickly as you can.
Then on November 2, we'll be celebrating our victories in Ohio and Florida and other battleground states across the nation -- and not only in the popular vote, but in the Electoral College too.
On to victory,
/s/ Al Gore