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. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Bill stayed with Hillary and Gore won't run against her as part of the pact that she made them agree to.

    She has so much dirt on both of them, that they had no choice but to agree.

    October 10, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. Keith K Houston, TX

    Whether Al Gore runs or not, its clear that he has a grass roots base of support that the Dem's need to take seriously.

    Unfortunately, the comments here illustrate yet another case of people taking any and all opportunity to W-bash. Mr. Mosby would do well to confirm information before posting them on the web for anyone to see. Check snopes.com for the facts surrounding President Reagan's comments about our current President.

    October 10, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. david,baltimore,mamryland

    Gore would be shoe in;he has converted himself from a stiff to a likeable guy.It is not unusual in politics for guy who lots th efirst time to ocme back and win the second time especially when th eloss was highly diputed ;he had a majortiy of th epopular vote;and many independents who voted for Bush th efirst time will not vote republican this time ,not with the crap the republicans are running this time.Plus Gore does not have the dislikeability factor that Clinton will have to confront.It also makes possible a gore obama ticket which clinton could not do .
    I hope he runs and I hope he wins.He is a lot smarter then she will ever be and has laods more experieince in running a government.

    October 10, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. Echo

    Gore / Obama would be awesome for the USA

    October 10, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. Marilyn, Victoria, Texas

    Personally, I don't think it would take a lot of money to get Gore elected. All he would have to do is run. The country would rally and take care of getting the word out. Let's double dog dare him to do it!!!!

    October 10, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. J W texarkana ar.

    chris in middletown must be a conservative that is slang for religious bigot

    October 10, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. dan austin, tx

    I strongly disagree with Santhosh's comment above about Gore's lack of understanding of foreign policy in today's world. You don't serve as vice president for eight years without gaining all of the training that one would need in foreign policy. I just finished reading his most recent book. He seems to have a pretty firm grasp on foreign policy issues. I voted for Nader in 2000, but if Gore threw his hat in, I'd certainly hear what he has to say.

    October 10, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. Chris, Vermillion SD

    Gore has not said "he wont run." What he has said is that he has "no intention" of running which while similar is wholly different. Gore HAS left the door open for a run and has even said the "1 year primary" is ridiculous.

    I love Gore and would move to a cardboard box in Iowa to support his bid in the caucus if I had to. He is full of passion, integrity and reason. GO GORE!

    October 10, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. C, Lafayette, IN

    I too would like to see Gore run for president. Gore/Obama sounds like a winning ticket. Also, regarding a previous comment by Bryan in Kentucky. Although hilarious, this is actually an excerpt from an article published by columnist Michael Kinsley, who wrote a tongue-in-cheek piece regarding the Reagan diaries.

    October 10, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. b -- washington, dc

    Did someone actually claim that a staunchly anti-war candidate can't win the election in 2008? If you're paying attention to the polls, it becomes clear that the ill-informed and ongoing disaster of a foreign policy blunder that is US military involvement in Iraq is dramatically unpopular.

    It is precisely the perception of Hillary as "semi-hawkish" that prevents her from being wildly more popular than she is - progressives want to support her, but are concerned that she is too concerned about pacifying the right wing to advance real Democratic values.

    Al Gore has been reborn politically since 2000, and an anti-war, pro-environment, pro-health care/education reform, senior Democrat like him is exactly what mainstream America wants to support in the wake of the eight-year trainwreck that the country has undergone as a result of a Republican-controlled executive branch.

    As has been said before, Gore/Obama would be unstoppable in 08. Hillary may still have her day, but that day should not come in 08.

    October 10, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Kevin, Seattle, WA

    ANYONE but Hillary!

    October 10, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. laurinda,ny

    I believe what Al Gore says. Your very stupid not to. This weather is not normal either are all these diasters. You know eventually Florida and California will break off. Then the Atlantic and Pacific oceans will rise and we will all have to go somewhere else. I have no idea where to go when this happens.

    October 10, 2007 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Greg, Brattleboro, VT

    Obama for America!!!!

    October 10, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Jeff, Rochester

    If Gore would have won his own state he would have been president. Even his own constituents couldn't stand him as a president.

    This one-trick pony (environment) is an overrated doofus who is loved by Dems wishing for someone to vote for other than their current choices. I can't blame them for wishing, though. If my political party was pimping Clinton, Obama, Dodd, Biden ,etc etc, I'd be wishing for someone else too.

    By the way...Global Warming is the biggest hoax since Y2K. Remember that one hippies??? Wanna' know why so many companies support the Global Warming myth??? It's because they stand to make hundreds of billions of dollars shlepping "environmentally friendly" products to saps. Why pay $1 for four light bulbs when GE can sell you one bulb for $4?

    Unfortunately for US auto workers, the enviro-shock policies being pushed ,i.e. increased CAFE standards, will cost US auto manufacturers hundreds of billions and cause tens of thousands of americans to lose their jobs. That's okay, though, because outsourcing lightbulb manufacturing will only help line the pockets at GE.

    I'm still waiting for that massive hurricane season. Oh wait, maybe the panic forecasters meant NEXT year.

    Gore is a pretentious clown who spends $5,000 a month in energy to heat his property. He can afford to and he's happy to pay to offset his carbon footprint by planting trees in South America.

    Good thing Al wasn't around about 800 years ago. That's when Greenland was actually GREEN and farmable. He would have demanded something be done to prevent the nasty freezing over of Greenland. Of course now it's a big human caused problem.


    October 10, 2007 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. Susan, Syracuse

    "I believe what Al Gore says. Your very stupid not to. This weather is not normal either are all these diasters. You know eventually Florida and California will break off. Then the Atlantic and Pacific oceans will rise and we will all have to go somewhere else. I have no idea where to go when this happens."

    Posted By laurinda,ny : October 10,
    2007 2:56 pm

    Hey Laurinda...not for nothing but you already live in New York. Duh.

    October 10, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Had enough of Gore. Demo, Ohio

    I voted for Gore. Then he blew it and let the Oval Office Outlaw beat him. Never agin. Vote Hillary.

    October 10, 2007 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  17. M.D. Ind

    It sounds like we need to take the draft Gore group and draft their sorry keesters to iraq and make them earn an honest living. actually having to work for their keep in this country like the rest of us and quit trying to destroy our govt. its in bad enough shape the way it is. and we sure in the heck dont want Gore or Kerry or Hillary for that matter having a chance to finish us off. Gore does not have the brains it takes to blow up a balloon let alone run this country we had enough trouble gettin rid af his face the last time dont wake him up again let old wothless sleeping dogs lie.... and get rid of any group that has his name in it, and ban them from staying in this country.

    October 10, 2007 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. b -- washington, dc

    I just posted a comment on the broad scientific consensus supporting the demonstrably human causes of global warming, and discussing the absence of any disagreement outside of right-wing media sources. Interestingly, it was just deleted.

    In any case, if this post survives the anti-science censorship at work on this site, I would propose a different analogy:

    Global Warming Naysayers = Earth Revolves Around Sun Naysayers

    The scientific consensus is equally strong for both propositions. Only non-scientists with pro-corporate/anti-environment political agendas dispute the science.

    October 10, 2007 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. hannah faye brooklyn, ny

    oh please Vice President GORE.... the time is now, the right person is YOU. run AL run

    October 10, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |

    Bill Wallace "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!"
    Spoken like a true knuckle-dragging, ignorant, backwater racist.
    'It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.- Carl Sagan

    Kiss your cousin good night and turn over and go to sleep!

    October 10, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. Doug / Seminole, FL

    I would have to guess anyone supporting this moron is probably a global warming alarmist. This guy has no scrupples and his ridiculous movie has been proven to have many lies in it. But that's ok if your a liberal. If your lying for your cause then it's not really lying. Wake up pop tarts.

    October 10, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. Joy, Vancouver, Washington

    Al Gore. A good man. Not a presidential candidate. Please, please, please do not continue diluting the Democratic primary races with this "not going to happen" distraction.

    October 10, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. Doug / Seminole, FL

    Susan from Syracuse,
    Are you for real. There is nothing abnormal about the weather. Try doing some research about the weather patterns before you make such ignorant comments. If we listened to people like you and Al Gore Ca, Fl and NY would already be under water. Liberals love to scare the ignorant that don't read anything but the mainstream.

    October 10, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. Lee James, Temecula Ca

    The fact is that without Al Gore, Hillary will probably win the democratic nomination. However, because she is such a polarizing candiate she will lose to a strong Republican cadidate like Rudy or Fred Thompson. So without Gore in the race we are destined to four more years of the same policies that have inflated our deficit, ruined our image abroad and killed our young soldiers in the biggest military blunder in American history. That is why so many Americans are praying for Al Gore to return to politics. Our country cannot endure another 4 years of "compassionate conservatism".

    October 10, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. M. Hayze Columbus Ohio

    Lets be real here. So Al's not the most personal guy, he may not be Mr. excitement or you may think he's a dork. But look who the majority voted into office... TWICE... If anybody on this board thinks GW is a better president that Gore would have made or Bill Clinton was... you really ARE a die hard Republican and I feel sorry for your children and their children and so on and on...

    October 10, 2007 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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