Candidates Avoid Taking Stances

FRAMINGHAM (04/10/2000) - Though the Microsoft trial has been international front-page news, neither of the top two contenders for the U.S. presidency was taking a stance on the subject last week.

Texas Gov. George W. Bush released a statement Monday saying, "Because the Microsoft case remains in litigation, no remedies have been decided and is likely to be appealed, I do not think it's appropriate to discuss the specifics of a matter that is pending before the court. As president, I will fully enforce antitrust laws to foster competition and innovation, to protect customers and to guard against anticompetitive conduct." His campaign offered no more details as the week progressed.

The campaign for Democrat hopeful Vice President Al Gore offered even less comment, leaving unanswered the questions of what remedies he believes are appropriate and whether the U.S. Department of Justice needs to put more or less focus on high-tech anti trust cases.

"He's not going to comment on that," said Gore spokeswoman Melissa Ratcliff.

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