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Al Gore stuck to his most basic principle today, namely to stop at nothing in his efforts to secure his entry to the White House, even if that means spinning in the road to see which way the wind is blowing.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The father of shipwreck survivor Elian Gonzalez on Thursday prepared to fight for custody of his son in the United States, while Vice President Al Gore broke ranks with his administration on the case.

With Castro making elaborate preparations, Gore broke with the White House by urging Congress to pass a bill to make Elian and his immediate family permanent U.S. residents, a move political analysts said was aimed at securing him votes in Florida in November's presidential election.

In Miami, the U.S. government delayed until next Tuesday any move to remove Elian from the custody of his Miami relatives. Talks between lawyers and immigration officials resume on Monday.

Gore's intervention seemed at least partly motivated by the fear that he would be blamed, along with the rest of the Clinton administration, if the child was returned to Cuba.
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