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)

    GORE/OBAMA '08


    October 10, 2007 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  2. mark tanko, hammonton NJ

    I have been ashamed to be a us citizen under the current administration. Al Gore as president would be a turn around for me. The problems he must fix should'nt be on his shoulders alone. The american people need to join together. I hope Al Gore runs for president, actually, I pray.

    October 10, 2007 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  3. RGJ/Dallas112263

    Al Gore addressed an almost capacity crowd of 2800 Tuesday night at the Flint Center in Cupertino, CA and was hosted at a private reception afterwards by the sponsor and founder of the ongoing Celebrity Forum Speakers Series, former Foothill College VP Dr. Richard Henning. Celebrating its 40th year, the series has attracted such speakers as Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. In attendance at the event were a number of influential Silicon Valley Democrats and business people, including County Assessor Larry Stone (who has endorsed HRC and is a well known fundraiser, lastly for John Kerry in the 2004 Primary and General Elections reporting $200K), former State Senator John Vasconcellos, County Supervisor Liz Kniss and Robert Kieve of Empire Broadcasting. Califorina4Gore was very visible, with table and signs and we marshaled 9 volunteers to comb the crowd for registered Democrats who want a real choice… And we found lots of them!

    Bayarea4gore now has over 400 signatures of registered California Democrats from Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Alameda Counties from two nights of effort, admittedly in the Presence, which helps... we have two more events, both on Thursday. The rest of the State now has the petitions and they are completing their first day of signature gathering.

    BUT we need volunteers and we need registered Democrats to step forward, contact us and sign up...! Each voice counts in this, we need 500 valid signatures in each Congressional District, even the reddest and most remote so send us an email and we will find a way to make your vote count. We aren’t kids anymore, this ain’t our first rodeo and we’re not partial to tiltin’ at windmills… We believe not only that Al Gore is the best choice to be the 44th President; we believe we will have an announced candidate! And we believe that what we are doing right now is the most important thing we could be doing, right now.

    Contact America4Gore, connect with local supporters, they are out there and we know who they are! You will surprised to find that they are your neighbors, community leaders and activists who have come together to finally Take This Country Back, to elect a man of wisdom and stature, a man capable not only of healing the wounds and depredations of the recent years of War, neglect and avarice but also of leading our nation on a sure path to a future where America is always part of the solution, a future where America can be believed and believed in again.

    Thank you all for your support over the years we have been lobbying for this, now let’s get out there and make this happen! The restoration of our Republic is paramount and without it there is no hope of restoring our environment. We believe that Al Gore believes this as well and that he will soon join us, so let’s get to building it…


    October 10, 2007 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  4. Sandy Wickham, Placerville, Colorado

    Gore can deliver what is missing from the current presidency and presidential campaign: integrity, knowledge, intelligence, and critical thinking delivered eloguently with graciousness in addressing national and global concerns. The respect that he would bring with him would be a welcome reflection on the process and the office.

    October 10, 2007 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  5. Coach Haughton

    This is an Idea I am not opposed to!
    Gore is awesome!

    October 10, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  6. a.thomas, new york, ny

    The 136,000 "suporters" are likely from the obama's camp or republicans. Reasons:

    a) there are more gore votes go to hillary than to obama, if gores does not run.

    b) the republican considers obama more beatable than hillary by a republican nominee in the next election.

    Talk is cheap. These 136,000 supporters willl not give gore millions to run.

    October 10, 2007 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  7. Ellen Valli

    Vice President Gore,

    The sacrifice would be great, yet the need for your leadership is desperately needed.

    Please search your heart for the courage to undertake this duty.

    October 10, 2007 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. Tim, Austin, TX

    Al's not runnig for president, he's running for saint.

    October 10, 2007 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  9. laurinda,ny

    SUSAN IN SYRACUSE..one more thing. If the us gets covered in water, you stay right where you are in Syracuse. You'll be safe there. When your neighbors start leaving you just shut your door and stay in your house.

    October 10, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  10. laurinda,ny

    rschier..I'm glad you told that Middletown guy off. I can't stand him. He is a nutjob.

    October 10, 2007 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  11. Dennis, Los Angeles, CA

    imagine a GORE / OBAMA ticket!!! That's what dreams are all about! It is unbeatable! Gore would luv to do this and stick it to the Clintons, who speak contemptously about him in private!

    October 10, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  12. KD, Dallas, TX

    Dear Bob, Seattle, WA : October 10, 2007 1:15 pm

    Check out the urban legend website to see if your analysis regarding democracies and murder rate per capita for the Bush/Gore election is accurate- which in fact it is not. So many times people create myths to send around through email and people so easily fall into believing them. You can check though for their accuracy. People really need to be more informed. Your analysis is incorrect.


    As for the rest of the anti Gore comments, it's so disheartening to hear people bash each other so much. Republicans please look at what your election results brought us. I did not vote for Bush and am so proud to say that. I voted for Gore and Kerry. Bush is a major mistake brought on by a very manipulative campaign manager, Karl Rove, and equally corrupt neocon backing of Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, etc. I am so appalled by comments like this:

    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.

    Posted By Doug / Seminole, FL : October 10, 2007 4:06 pm

    I see Bush as the biggest liar, most corrupt, manipulative person ever in office. I may be a pop tart, but at least I could see what damage Bush and company could and did do to our country. I personally am very discouraged with many running for office. I don't particularly care for Hillary. And the Republican bunch is very hard to consider, except possibly Romney. We need change, I would love to see Obama as president. He is the only one in my opinion that can bring us back together. And yet there are those so completely ignorant that judge a person by his name and race. The ignorant replies by those who constantly mention Hussein shows how judgmental you people can be. It's not like he is Saddam. It's this kind of ignorance that brought us to Bush. Please try to listen and not make judgments so that our country/Democracy can survive in the end.

    Ignorance is astounding. The comment about anti war people will not get voted in is the most ridiculous comment yet. People are really tired of what the war has done to our country and it's finances. They want our boys to come home. The war and fear mongers have diminished considerably.

    October 10, 2007 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  13. Daphne

    I am wondering how suddenly someone wants Al Gore to step in. What can he do? He could nto even win his own home state? He is disgraceful. He must ahve made some money from global warming campaign. He is not electable. Go..Go Gore.. Go away....

    October 10, 2007 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  14. Mac, Severn, Md

    Al Gore should start spending his time explaining the factual ERRORS in his movie (an Inconvenient Untruth), per the direction of the British courts, per today's news. He's a flim flam man.

    October 10, 2007 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  15. evan, nyc, ny

    You can add my name to that petition. Evan Kass- NYC- Ask Obama to be VP and you are guaranteed a victory for the Dems.

    October 10, 2007 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  16. Dwight, Manchester, Missouri

    I thought Gore was the better debater in 2000, and I voted for him then. But I think the whole "side wind" (whooosh) instead of "sidewind" (ssssssss) sound bite kind of turned him into a political phony. I think were it not for that public foul-up he might've had a chance in 2004, but I had to re-up Bush in 2004.

    I like the idea of a President Gore. After all, he had his own plans of action already had he won in 2000. It would've sort have kept the status quo and at the same time cleaned house; a fresh slate with Clinton gone.

    Particularly I think a lot of the Republican-Democrat conflict comes down to the economy, which comes down to the price of gasoline and the trend of offshoring US jobs. I don't know that having a Democrat in office would've been terribly different in regards to those things.

    October 10, 2007 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  17. Prabhu, San Diego, CA

    Gore, the country needs you. Enough of the present candidates hypocracy except for Edwards and Obama. You could chose either one as your running mate. Republicans stole the election from you earlier and now they are fighting for the party's survival for generations to come. Run Gore, Run....

    October 10, 2007 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  18. bobby gregory

    Al Gore and Edwards have got to be the biggest hypocrites in American politics, bar none. Both own 20,000+ square foot homes, and spend more money each month on their utility bills than the average American homeowner spends in a year..! Yet, they both have the audacity to look us in the eye and tell us to be "green..!" What a bunch of phonies..!

    October 10, 2007 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  19. John P NYC

    Gore won more votes in 2000 than Bush. 8 years of Bush has been a nightmare. I was card carrying Republican before Bush Jnr. We don't need another pro War President. Hillary is another Pro War Hawk, we are already fighting 2 wars and we are the most hated nation on earth. Giuliani is a one trick pony trying to parlay 9-11 into an election run. Thompson is likeable but he has had an uneventful career.

    Gore is the man for 2008. Mr. Gore please run.....America needs you!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 10, 2007 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  20. John W, Dania, Florida

    Come on Big Al. Just do it. You would immediately take the lead and you might even save us from 24 consecutive years of Bush/Clinton shenanigans (not withstanding the fact that you were Big Bill's VP – but I am willing to look past that to save us from Giuliani, Romney or Hillary).

    October 10, 2007 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  21. Tony G, Woodbridge, VA

    Gore WON in 2000, he could win again. Just that this time we'd have to get rid of the Electoral College to make it fair. The popular vote SHOULD be the one that counts and makes the most sense. Gore won the popular vote fair and square in 2000. Let's get him in and have a President who would actually get stuff done.

    October 10, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  22. Steve Banny Toccoa Ga

    Please please run Al !!! My Sore/Loserman bumper sticker is really faded.

    October 10, 2007 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    This country needs someone with the mindset of Gore.

    Gore's not going to run, but we could use some forward thinking about the coming generations...

    October 10, 2007 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  24. Andrea Los Angeles CA

    The fact of the matter is that we actually need him at least in my point of view. I honestly cannot say that I have a favorite for this election. On the democratic or republican ballot none of the candidates out there ready or good for the job. Al Gore has all of the experience, charisma, etc. to lead this country.

    If he is on the ballot, I know that he will definitely win.

    October 10, 2007 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  25. FT Doylestown,Pa

    Gore is making a Fortune screwing the World and charging Every one to Breath the Free Air. Give me a Break. This Guy is such a Circus Freak.....
    He looks like he Eats a Whole Cow each and every day. Gore can't leave the CRAZIES in California....the only group that believes all of his global Babble....which is being Discredited by scientists all over the World.

    October 10, 2007 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
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