MINNEAPOLIS -- Vice President Al Gore and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura spent an hour Saturday over breakfast talking about campaign finance reform and special education funding.
The two emerged from their closed-door meeting, both wearing jeans and cowboy boots, to take questions from reporters.
Gore praised Ventura's commitment to special education and said as president, he would move swiftly toward having the government take over 40 percent of special education funding.
Ventura said that would free up ''well over'' $200 million of state funds.
The two also mentioned their support for campaign finance reform, something Gore said he wants to ''elevate'' as a campaign issue.
Gore said he didn't ask for and Ventura didn't give an endorsement. ''I'm here to voice my concerns with a potential president of the United States,'' Ventura said.
Gore left immediately after the meeting to fly to Chicago for the St. Patrick's Day parade.
Friday night, Gore, the presumptive Democratic nominee, told a rally at a VFW Hall in Bloomington that he wants to take the presidential race ''straight to the people.''
He urged Texas Gov. George W. Bush, the GOP frontrunner, to get rid of negative advertising and join him in frequent debates and open meetings with undecided voters, ''instead of having the special interests determine these races.''
''Let's make this a contest of ideas and not insults,'' Gore said.
Ventura, who left the Reform Party last month, has been a loud proponent of campaign finance changes.
At the VFW event, Gore emphasized that he was a Vietnam War veteran before glossing over a potpourri of issues.
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