October 11th, 2007
06:24 AM ET
7 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. Tony , Batavia, Illinois

    I normally vote Republican, but for the health of our country, I hope Mr. Gore is seriously thinking about this. He made sense in the last election and makes more sense now. We need someone with passion and service to country first and foremost.

    October 10, 2007 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  2. Joe Lincoln NE

    Jeff in Rochester:

    OH. MY. GOD. If you weren't one of about 20-or-so people left in the WORLD who think like this, your post would be alarming.

    October 10, 2007 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  3. Newton, Chicago, IL

    This country doesn't deserve Al Gore and he shouldn't have to spend 8 years trying to clean up the incredible mess Bush is leaving us with. Leave the man alone.

    October 10, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  4. Dora, Michigan

    What are you thinking"? Do you want to give poor Hillary a HEART ATTACK?...That would kill her campaign...That would break my heart...A Gore/Obama ticket would make most Democrats very happy. Run Gore, Run....A sure winner in '08 !!!!!

    October 10, 2007 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  5. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Kevin, what is your problem? You want to be a American Citizen, you should vote the most qualified candidate, otherwise your future is dark. Your hatred is a suicide act and your narrow mind will destroy America again.

    If Gore was smart in 2000, he is in WH now, he was narrow minded that time, so he faild, actually he lost his own State too. He was lucky to be Bill Clinton's running mate. Gore is not a strong leader like Hillary. He couldn't beat Hillary, that's another reason of not running.

    October 10, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  6. Mike Longview, TX

    I supported and voted for Gore in 2000, but his time has come and gone.
    It is now Hillary's turn to shine!

    October 10, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  7. Pam Holt Los Angeles, CA

    How stupid to put Gore on the ballot if he doesn't want to run!

    C'mon California- I love Al, but am afraid the whole global warming thing is a career move since he refuses to give up eating meat. You can't eat meat and call yourself an environmentalist since animal agriculture does more damage to the environment than every car, truck, boat, plane, train, etc. IN EXISTENCE!

    Could it be because he comes from a family of cattle ranchers?

    Dennis Kucinich being a vegan (and not a preachy one) is doing more on a personal level than Al is.

    I hope by the primaries my progressive state will realize that Kucinich is a dream come true for us.

    Don't vote for someone that doesn't want the job. It doesn't make sense.

    October 10, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  8. Wonjoon Chu

    And thank you Al Gore for allowing us to be having this discussion. Yes Al Gore didn't invent the internet, but he championed the pioneering program that allowed the internet to be formed. So Thank You Al Gore. I'm gona duck now because the a-holes in the nutosphere will chase me all down to hell. Peace out y'all.

    October 10, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  9. josh

    Running for President causes global warming.

    October 10, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  10. michael, boston, ma

    how can gore win the nobel peace prize when an english high court judge has found his film to be so inaccurate that it cannot be shown in uk schools without the teachers pointing out the 9 factual entirely inaccurate assertions

    October 10, 2007 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  11. TERR ARMENTA,BELLFLOWER, CA

    AL GORE WON THE ELECTION ONCE BEFORE- HE CAN DO IT AGAIN.

    October 10, 2007 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  12. beth, bangkok, thailand

    Al Gore's campaign to save the planet will be better off if he were NOT president. As president, he won't be able to avoid getting caught up in all the Iraq, Iran, war & terrorism hoopla and environmental reform will take a backseat...

    October 10, 2007 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  13. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    I voted for Gore in 2000, if he wanted to become President then he should have been out there with the others fighting for the nomination. There is no clamore for his candidency except for a few faithful followers. Maybe even some of those who cost him the election by supporting Nader.

    October 10, 2007 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  14. rajesh george. frosco. tx

    go for it Al........

    October 10, 2007 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  15. Jennifer San Diego, CA

    If Gore runs....I'd vote for him. He is by far the most accomplished of the candidates to date. Al would get the job done and clean up the mess in Washington. He's already been successfully working on educating about global warming and has done so much to alert the world about what we can expect if we don't change our ways.
    Now that's a candidate with a proven track record!
    Action Al!

    October 10, 2007 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  16. roblahung athens GA

    i ll vote for this guy over any of the other frauds.

    October 10, 2007 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  17. Stanley Jones-Umberger, Washougal, WA

    If Al Gore was really concerned about fear-mongering in politics ("Assault on Reason"), he would endorse Dennis Kucinich. If Al Gore was really concerned about the environment and global warming, he'd promote vegetarianism. His HPV program would torture millions! Too many half-truths and corporate-sponsored solutions. Stay home!

    October 10, 2007 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  18. Pamela, Rossville, IN

    I will vote for Al Gore if he runs for president. We need to save this planet that God gave us.

    October 10, 2007 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  19. Michael Begala, Carmel, IN

    Mr. Gore,

    My name may sound familiar, but I am simply a 43 year old american with a family. With my education and experience I would support you in any way possible to rightside the ship of the United States, which at this time, lacks a visionary for the Real Issues we are facing as a nation. Say the word, I will be there. Kindest regards.

    October 11, 2007 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  20. Ross, Morgantown, WV

    Gore is in the limelight because of his "commitment" to protect the environment. Considering that he lives in a huge house and drives multiple cars, I find it hard to believe that he really does care about the environment. It is merely a ploy on his part to hog the limelight: something that he was incapable of doing as a political figure. It is amazing how people fall for these types of gimmicks!

    October 11, 2007 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  21. Carla Fort Madison, Iowa

    President Gore –

    Your country awaits you.
    We, the people have your back.

    Vote for Solution
    Vote for Al Gore

    October 11, 2007 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  22. Russ Murrey, Oakland CA

    George W. Bush (GWB) is a genious! The war in Iraq is not only for oil profits it's a distraction to keep U.S. from destroying ourselves. Election Y2K Prior to 911 "Affirmative Action" was the political wedge to divide the majority in favor of the GOP. It kept GWB close enough to Al Gore so that Florida (Brother Jeb's state) could determine the outcome. To avoid a second civil war in America Al Gore graciously stepped aside. Yes, to many of my fellow bloggers, Al Gore is not ready for Prez, today's leaders cannot be gracious, they must lie, cheat, steal and murder whomever is in the way profgress. Al Gore cannot mask blatant corruption, he does not have the skills to create an enemy that is impossible to catch so that we live in fear. His foreign policy could not over shadow important domestic issues. He could not standby and witness the moral collapse of U.S. citizens cheering for more. No, let's finish what we've started. Our next great prez will be Gooliani, he keeps the 911 story alive and he's such a perfect candidate that his own children will vote for Obama!
    Keep up the good work GOP!

    October 11, 2007 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  23. Curious

    laurinda,ny :

    Can you please share with us what you're smoking? You must be on something to be that high.

    October 11, 2007 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  24. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    You GO Al Gore, Take your place in History. You have over come a very hard thing to deal with in life. You have now changed it so you will be shown thougout history as a WINNER. The World RESPECTS YOU!
    As far as President in 2008, Bottom line; It was not fair for Obama to get his CALLING right now. NOT Right NOW. We AGREE with that point. It was actually supposed to be Hillary right now. We have all been there, were she is right now. So we can all sympathies with her. BUT we all have to put our COUNTRY first! There is just too much going on. If we ALL put our insecurities, hate, jealousy’s aside. We can see that the greatest nation on earth is about to show it and lead the world with a candidate that we All can see he was BORN to lead this Nation at this time! You know how we see our baby daughters in diapers singing with the hair brush and we say Oh lord she is going to be some singer or our 2 year old sons playing grab the ducky toy at the bottom of the bath tub with their mouths while holding their breath and we say Oh lord he is going to be some swimmer. THAT’S what we see in OBAMA. ANYONE who heard him speak at the Convention 2004 though t what I did at the time. WHO THE BELL IS THAT? HE SHOULD BE PRESIDENT. HOW DARE HE GET UP THERE AND TALK ALL THAT TRUTH AND HOPE!! HIS COLOR DIDN'T MATTER AS I WAS NOT INITIALLY WATCHING THE TV SCREEN. He just seems born to do this. LETS LET HIM…

    October 11, 2007 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  25. Derek, Colorado

    It's rather sad that the non-left leaning posters come across as distinctly uninformed. I don't know what Al Gore's motivations are, and I'm not sure what sort of president he'd make, but a couple of points:

    Insofar as anyone in governmental policy helped "create" the internet, Gore's funding for DARPA and the ARPANet (the precursor to the internet) was a major contribution.

    Vint Cerf, one of the key engineers involved in the establishment of the internet as we know it today, said as much.

    There is an overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is real and ongoing. To aforementioned posters: read the IPCC report, listen to the arguments of scientists who work in the field and have devoted years of their lives to the study of this subject, and then try and make informed comments.
    Even the current EPA's website cites an excerpt:
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has stated "Most of the observed increase in global average temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations"

    October 11, 2007 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
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