October 11th, 2007
06:24 AM ET
11 years ago

Draft Gore group steps up efforts

CNN's Tom Foreman takes a look at the latest effort to get Al Gore to run for president.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - With roughly three months until the first wave of voters weigh in on the 2008 presidential candidates, Al Gore supporters are stepping up their efforts to persuade the former vice president to jump into the race.

Draftgore.com published an ad in the New York Times Wednesday with an open letter to the 2000 Democratic presidential nominee strongly urging he throws his hat into the ring.

"You say you have fallen out of love with politics, and you have every reason to feel that way," the letter states. "But we know you have not fallen out of love with your country. And your country needs you now - as do your party and the planet you are fighting so hard to save."

"Many good and caring candidates are contending for the Democratic nomination," the ad continues. "But none of them has the combination of experience, vision, standing in the world and political courage that you would bring to the job. Nor do they have the support among voters that you enjoy and would lead you to victory in 2008".

The group also claims in the letter it has amassed 136,000 signatures for its petition urging Gore to run.

The ad comes two days before Gore finds out if he has won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring attention to the dangers of global warming. The winner is set to be announced on Friday in Norway.

The ad also comes a day after Gore backers in California began a campaign to get the former vice president on the state's Democratic primary ballot. The group needs to amass signatures from 26,500 registered Democrats in the state - 500 from each congressional district - by December 4 to successfully place Gore on the ballot.

Meanwhile, Gore himself continues to say he has no plans to run for president again.

Responding to the ad, Gore's spokeswoman Kalee Kreider said the former vice president "truly appreciates the heartfelt sentiment behind the ad, however, he has no intention of running for president.

"He is involved in a campaign of a different kind—a campaign to educate all Americans about the climate crisis and what we can do to solve it," she added.

- CNN's Alexander Mooney and Steve Brusk

Filed under: Al Gore
soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. david knowles

    Don't know what Dan Bartlett thinks about Gore, but he sure doesn't seem to like Romney or Thompson. Ouch!


    October 10, 2007 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. d knowles

    Gore may not be Dan Bartlett's guy, but then neither are Thompson and Romney:


    October 10, 2007 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. Stephen

    He already said he would not run, is this really news?

    October 10, 2007 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. freetobeme, Rochester, PA

    Gore. Yeah, right. Just whom we need (retch).

    October 10, 2007 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. therealist

    He can beat Hillary but he won't run. Remember Vince Foster??

    October 10, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. Pat, Huntington, NY

    The sad reality is that Gore should be running for president, he would win, but, if he decided now, he'ld not have enough money to execute an effective campaign. Ah, another reason for campaign finance reform.

    October 10, 2007 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Santosh Chatterjee, Philadelphia, PA

    They're giving this guy too much importance. His electoral position is much weaker now than it was in 2000. He may have won some hearts with his social and environmental causes, but he has very little understanding of actual foreign policy in today's world. At least Sen. Clinton is semi-hawkish, but a staunch anti-war candidate like Gore will not get elected. It will only unite the GOP base that's been divided since after 2004.Gore's chances in 08' however ARE better than they were in 2004, since he won't have to go up against Pres. Bush this time. None of the GOP candidates in the race have the stature that Pres. Bush went into 2004 with.

    October 10, 2007 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. joseph, austin, tx

    Will Al gore please go away, he lost because everyone thought he was a dry, dork, with no personality. Now that leonardo likes him doesnt make him a good choice for prez. I thought he discovered the internet shouldnt he have already won a nobel prize for that? I mean if that staement was true of course. This guy is an idiot, he was never popular but now he found something he can exploit that is also making him popular, way to go Al, I still wouldnt vote for you no matter how bad everyone else running sucks.

    October 10, 2007 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I need to disagree...I think that Gore is hated about as much as Hillary....most people with common sense see through his fear mongering and phoney persona – I've always said that Democrats would vote for "anyone" – their support for Gore and Kerry prove that....

    October 10, 2007 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. Diane, NYC, NY

    I'm an Independent voter. I didn't vote for Gore in 2000 because I was sick and tired of the Clinton machine. I realise now that I should have cast my vote differently then, and potentially Gore is the only way to stop the Clinton machine now.

    A Gore/Obama ticket would definitely get my vote in '08.

    October 10, 2007 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. Brad, Madison Wisconsin

    Yup....and i bet all of those 136,000 names on the petition are republicans....PLEASE RUN AL

    October 10, 2007 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. Jeff, Rochester

    Outside of Hollywood elitists, no one will support this phony. Once he started campaigning and debating, people would remember what a pompous boring unemotional dork he is.

    As for the poster lamenting Gore's lack of fundraising as another reason for campaign finance, remember Gore's ability to secure contributions from the Chinese government through illegal donations made by Budhist monks. I'm sure 'ol Al could find some of Norman Hsu's friends to help him out.

    October 10, 2007 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. doug pooler ,dexter maine

    I'd like to see Al run.I've always said he's the best candidate out there.Yes,I'll vote for him.

    October 10, 2007 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Kate, Aurora CO

    Al Gore should not run for president not because I don't believe he is capable or the right man for the job but if he were to run and win he would have to spend all his time cleaning up the mess this president has made of this country and our foreign affairs. Gore would not be able to spend his time educating and rallying people about the environment. He has been doing this since the 70's and he is passionate about his cause. Say what you will but his film had the support of scientists while our joke of a president doesn't even believe in global warming (standing by his oil croonies).

    October 10, 2007 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. IJ Baltimore, MD

    "This guy is an idiot, he was never popular " - Riiiiight...that's why he beat Bush in actual votes and only lost due to the electoral college.

    October 10, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. Colony 14 author, Mount Prospect, Illinois

    Let Gore stay in Norway if he gets the Nobel Prize. It's cold enough there that they can use some of his hot air.

    October 10, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. Nabil Abou-Harb, Athens GA

    As much as I like Al... I think Joe Biden's experience, especially in foreign policy, runs circles around him.

    Al might be a lot more electable due to name recognition, but Biden's experience really surpasses any of the other Presidential hopefuls.

    October 10, 2007 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. Daniel, NY

    New Quinnipiac polls have Clinton leading Giuliani in Florida, Ohio AND Pennsylvania! Link

    October 10, 2007 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. Paul, Oklahoma

    Worse possible thing for this country is if:

    or Ed Kennedy (hitler lover)

    Were to get back in the WH.

    October 10, 2007 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    He can't run, Gore and Billyboy had to sign a pact with Shrillary that said that Bill would have to stay with her (no kissing though) and Gore can NEVER run against her.

    In exchange for their "devotion" she will not make public the truth about their scandal ridden presidency.

    October 10, 2007 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. Erik, Austin TX

    I would vote for Gore in a heartbeat, but I don't know if he would have the same broad support he had in 2000.

    I would hope that after 8 years of the Bush debacle we would have grown out of our need to value style over substance in our presidential candidates, but comments around here and elsewhere lead me to believe that Gore's reputation for being "wooden" would still sink him. It's sad that we'd rather elect a charismatic person who will drive us into the ground rather than someone with a more dry personality that could actually take us in the right direction.

    October 10, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |

    the comments on this cite are just so out there none of you can be taken seriously.

    October 10, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  23. Maria Soledad Cervantes Ramirez, Mexico City, Mexico

    Someone said once (or did I dream it), that the world at large should vote in the U.S. presidential elections, the consequences are so formidable. If I could, I would drag you Mr. Gore, to the presidential race, I would vote for you. In agreeing to running for President of the US consider that you would be doing a favor for humanity's and Earth's health, probably averting more wars just for the sake of US's sick economy, contributing to make your country start again afresh basing your economy on truly ethical, sound tenets, not those of war and aggression, but of solidarity. As said by Albert Camus, existential poet and writer, after witnessing the horrors of the Algerian war, only fraternity can save mankind. He was an agnostic, but he appreciated the essential importance of true love /charity/& solidarity.
    Best regards

    October 10, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. BR, Dallas, TX

    Answer the call Gore! He's the only Democrat who has shown any *leadership* on any important issue. We need his vision and his experience to move the country in the right direction. Run, Al, run!!!

    October 10, 2007 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  25. Cable King Pittsburgh PA

    Al Gore will not enter the race.

    Why: He is too fat and happy with his current endeavors.

    October 10, 2007 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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