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. Susan, Fort Pierce, Florida

    Gore would Win! Hands down! Hope he wins the Nobel Peace Prize!
    To Santosh of Philadelphia-Bush had stature?? Bush is an idiot and always will be! Gore would have made 100 times the president that Bush could ever hope to be!

    October 10, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. James

    NeoCons fear this candidate and for good reason, he is the best candidate – with real ideas and real solving abilitiy. Not run up the country's debt and war mongering.

    October 10, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. r schier

    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….

    Posted By Chris, Middletown, CT : October 10, 2007 10:46 am

    "fear mongering and phony persona?"
    I've seen enough of your comments to be
    sure you and your camp are looking in the mirror...you belong in TX, not CT...or is it that you just moved up
    here from there?

    October 10, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. Robert, Shelton CT

    Gore is happy with his enviornmental outreach, he aint gonna run for President. Give it up already people, your best hopes are him leading the EPA or something.

    October 10, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Lee, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Al Gore is so phony he makes other democratic candidate look good (if that's possible).

    Anybody his age that needs someone to give him advice on how to dress (that Wolfe lady in the 2000 election) should not be considered to make Presidential decisions such as using nuclear weapons, signing laws, raising taxes, etc.

    He has lived a life of "spin" on this global warming and looks like he's going to ride it for a while.

    I can't believe anybody would consider him a qualified candidate for President anymore.

    He had to have someone give him guidence on how to dress for the 2000 Presidential

    October 10, 2007 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. Ed, Tallahassee FL

    He'd have my vote!

    October 10, 2007 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Danny Casolaro Martinsburg, WV

    Gore is physically safer if he doesn't run. If he suddenly casts his hat in the ring and should unexpectedly win, the Bush/Clinton military-industrial mafia would do a Kennedy job on him in a heartbeat.

    October 10, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. Bill Hughes Wallace, NC

    GORE/OBAMA? Pray it never happens! I too am a die-hard Democrat, but I can not and will not cast a vote for a man whose middle name is HUSSEIN! Wake up people...do you really know enough about this man?

    October 10, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. John Pikeville Kentucky

    Bill Richardson is more experienced and has better ideas than all Democrats, including Gore. Richardson has been

    Nominated 4 times for the Nobel Peace Prize
    Secretary of Energy in Clinton admin
    UN Ambassador/ negotiator
    House of Representatives
    Two-term Governor of New Mexico

    and he has said that:

    He will announce his cabinet before the general election and it will include Dems, Repubs, and Independents.

    He will lead a nationwide conservation effort, with him as an example.

    Gore got a little more "experience" as VP in the Clinton administration than Hillary did as first lady.

    Richardson is prepared to put his effort where his mouth is and be a conservation example to the rest of the world.

    October 10, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. dawn -- Gaithersburg, MD.

    Vice-President Gore SHOULD HAVE RUN IN 2004. No self-respecting Republican would have let Florida 2000 go by without demanding at least a coronation in the following presidential cycle.
    However, the only Democrats who really want him to run now are "progressives" who realize that Senators Edwards and Obama aren't up to the task. And to those who think that V.P. Gore would beat Senator Clinton in the primaries because of the "purity" of his positions, maybe that's the case. But the only reason he's been able to keep himself so pure is precisely because he hasn't been in or running for president. Once into the campaign, electoral reality would kick in for him as it will for everyone else.
    Too bad, he was a nice person who was (and is) very solid on the issues.

    October 10, 2007 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. David, Dallas Tx

    Santosh Chatterjee said: They're giving [Gore] too much importance. His electoral position is much weaker now than it was in 2000... 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.

    First off, Gore beat Bush in the popular vote in 2000.


    Second, I don't know anyone who would say that Gore is less popular today than he was then. Multiple political observers have commented on how he's much more admired today.

    So, following your argument that no Republican candidate is as strong as Bush was (which I agree), it stands to reason that Gore would be a winning candidate in this election, if he got the Democratic nod.

    Lastly, do you pay any attention to the polls CNN and others run? America today is overwhelmingly anti-war; the only war debate of any consequence is how quickly we should withdraw from Iraq.

    October 10, 2007 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |

    The rightful President-elect of 2000 Albert Gore is an American treasure. Whether he runs in 08 or not he will forever have my respect.
    Just think how different the world would be if the sumpreme court had not given the Presidency to the Pathological Moron, Bush. Though I am now supporting Hillary Clinton, I would enthusiastically lead my support and money to Gore.

    October 10, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Mark Miller Winchester Va

    DraftGore.com? I hope the North Korean's pick him in the first round, since the Nashville Titans have enough idiots!

    October 10, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. James (the real one), Phoenix AZ

    Gore isn't feeling the "heat" from Republicans because he is standing on the sidelines. If he were to jump into the race – all hell would break loose (Hillary's camp would attack).

    It would actually be fun to watch Hillary and Al go after each other. Both have "dirt" on each other which probably isn't public knowledge...and it was pretty well known that Gores (Al and Tipper) were furious with Bill about the whole Monica thing.

    Aside from a carnival show... Gore's addition to the race wouldn't change the final outcome: a Republican White House for another 4 years.

    October 10, 2007 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Frank, Dayton, Ohio

    Al Gore would be a great president–not very flashy, but effective. Gore/Obama would be a dream ticket for me. But, I'm afraid Gore has waited too late to start the '08 race.

    I don't think the drafters will be able to successfull cold start his campaign. They need to forget it and get behind Obama.

    October 10, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. Dan Schaffrin

    Hey, all you ignorant Republicans, mind your own business and keep your comments to yourself! You screwed up the last 8 years of our lives by electing Bush! It's so obvious when you Republicans make comments about a Democrat. If Gore could run today against Bush he would win by a landslide! Now you can see what a disgrace Bush is to our country!

    October 10, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. Bob, Seattle, WA

    How Long Do We Have? About the time our original thirteen states adoptedtheir new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish historyprofessor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall ofthe Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:'A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as apermanent form of government.' 'A democracy will continue to exist up untilthe time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts fromthe public treasury."From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates whopromise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result thatevery democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which isalways followed by a dictatorship.' 'The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning ofhistory, has been about 200 years' 'During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through thefollowing sequence: 1. from bondage to spiritual faith; 2. from spiritual faith to great courage; 3. from courage to liberty; 4. from liberty to abundance; 5. from abundance to complacency; 6. from complacency to apathy; 7. from apathy to dependence; 8. From dependence back into bondage' Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline University School of Law, St.Paul,Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000Presidential election: Number of States won by: Gore: 19 Bush: 29 Square miles of land won by: Gore: 580,000 Bush: 2,427,000 Population of counties won by:Gore: 127 million Bush: 143 million Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Gore: 13.2 Bush: 2.1 Professor Olson adds: 'In aggregate, the map of the territory Bush won wasmostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of this great country.Gore's territory mostly encompassed those citizens living ingovernment-owned tenements and living off various forms of governmentwelfare...' Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the'complacency and apathy' phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy,with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reachedthe 'governmental dependency' phase. If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminalinvaders called illegal's and they vote, then we can say goodbye to the USAin fewer than five years. If you are in favor of this then delete this message; if you are not thenPass this along to help everyone realize just how much is at stake, knowingthat apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom.

    October 10, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. my911call, Wilmington, NC

    Gore would make a good choice for VP. But not president. There is a disconnect with the population.

    October 10, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. Adam, Pittsburgh

    Joseph: The characterization of Gore as a "dry dork with no personality" was more media creation than anything else. Even Maureen Dowd, the staunchly liberal columnist for NYT, played a major role in portraying Gore this way. In reality, his sense of humor abounds in almost every public appearance.

    Perhaps others don't see it, but even if they don't, I think people are more willing to vote for a dry dork with no personality in 2008, after eight years of Dubya. (Oh wait, more people voted for a dry dork in 2000, too!)

    Al should run, and if he does, he'd raise tens of millions – in days, not weeks.

    October 10, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. Terry, El Paso, TX

    "... I've always said that Democrats would vote for "anyone" – their support for Gore and Kerry prove that…." Chris, Middletown, CT

    Can your point be that the party that gave us GW Bush should be trusted to pick our next leader? Fool us once, shame on you...

    October 10, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. James (the real one), Phoenix AZ

    Al Gore has more integrity, intelligence and experience in his left toe than all the Republican candidates put together.

    Posted By James, Phoenix AZ : October 10, 2007 1:30 pm


    Welcome back, Fake James. Here I thought CNN might have actually done something to stem your fraudulent posts. Nice to see you're still engaging in self-hating behavior (imitating someone you dislike).

    Good news – if Hillary wins the election, you'll get free health insurance and can get the counseling you certainly need.

    Go Hillary!!

    October 10, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Bryan Mosby, Nortonville KY

    For those of you that dont remember, Gore had nearly half a million more votes than G.W. in 2000, making him the popular choice for prez. Also, here's what Reagan thought of Bush Jr.

    "A moment I've been dreading. George brought his ne're-do-well
    son around this morning and asked me to find the kid a job. Not
    the political one who lives in Florida . The one who hangs
    around here all the time looking shiftless. This so-called kid
    is already almost 40 and has never had a real job. Maybe I'll
    call Kinsley over at The New Republic and see if they'll hire
    him as a contributing editor or something. That looks like easy

    - Ronald Reagan in his recently published diaries, May 17, 1986

    October 10, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Leila, Long Beach, CA

    We need Obama for President.

    I would love an Obama/Gore ticket.

    October 10, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. Anne, Ojai, CA

    We need Gore, now more than ever. This country is at a huge crossroads; we can choose to sink further into corporate-owned government and planet destruction, or bravely move into the future with hope and real solutions.
    Gore has the experience to hit the ground running. He has the brains and knowledge to offer remedies to the climate change crisis and create jobs HERE in the United States. He can restore our badly tarnished image overseas and will end the wars of the GOP. Gore will bring diplomacy back to the White House.
    He has never said he wouldn't run, he only said he had "no plans" to run yet; he has not made a Shermanesque Statement.
    President Gore 2008.

    October 10, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. b

    I cant of think of anybody who wants this looser to run again. I will take it back. May be republicans do

    October 10, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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