252 | House Democratic leader Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) gathered with President Bush at the White House Rose Garden to offer bipartisan support for a war resolution acceptable to the White House, leaving Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle with the thorns. "Conspicuous by his absence," as a Washington Post report would put it, Sen. Daschle found himself seriously undercut politically by the bipartisan accord. It also appeared to pull the rug from beneath Senate Foreign Relations Committee leaders Joseph Biden (D-Del.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), who were crafting a resolution to limit the president's military options in confronting Iraq's Saddam Hussein. As it was becoming apparent the president had the support he needed, Sen. Biden canceled a scheduled committee hearing on his alternative resolution. Al Gore didn't cancel his plans. For the second time in as many weeks, the 2000 Democratic candidate for president blasted President Bush in a public speech. At the White House, Mr. Gore's running mate, Sen. Lieberman, was at the president's side announcing that "the moment of truth has arrived" on the war debate and predicted that a "very large, bipartisan majority" would give Mr. Bush authority to attack Iraq. That same day, Mr. Gore scolded the president for his priorities: "Even more urgent" than the decision whether to go to war, he said, is congressional action to "deal with the economy."