October 12th, 2007
10:35 AM ET
7 years ago

Source: Gore thinks Clinton unstoppable

Then-Vice President Gore swears in newly elected Clinton to the U.S. Senate, January 3, 2001.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A source involved in Gore's past political runs told CNN that he definitely has the ambition to use the peace prize as a springboard to run for president.

But he will not run, because he won't take on the political machine assembled by Sen. Hillary Clinton, said the source. If the senator from New York had faltered at all, Gore would take a serious look at entering the race, the source said. But Gore has calculated that Clinton is unstoppable, according to the source.

Gore repeatedly denied he has any plans to run again, but this week a group of grass-roots Democrats calling themselves "Draft Gore" took out a full-page ad in The New York Times in a bid to change his mind. (Watch more on the movement to draft Gore)

Related: Nobel Prize likely to increase pressure on Gore to run

Video: Gore talks with CNN's Wolf Blitzer last month

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Filed under: Al Gore
soundoff (157 Responses)
  1. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    Former Vice-President Gore deserved the Nobel.

    I am comforted by the comment that he would consider running if Senator Clinton faltered.

    I was proud to cast my vote in 2000 for former Vice-President Gore, and believe to this day that he would have been 100 times better as President than President Bush has been.

    My confidence in Senator Obama and former Senator Edwards is minimal.

    If Senator Clinton falters, former Vice-President Gore has my vote.

    October 13, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Gore is right.

    On the other hand, lots of other experienced politicians have determined Hillary not stoppable before, and they include George Bush, Gingrich, Rove, Castro...

    October 13, 2007 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  3. Patsy Dallas, TX

    I will tell you who is unstoppable...

    Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton,

    The next President of these United States!!

    October 14, 2007 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  4. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Hillary is not Howard Dean of 2004 because:
    (a) Hillary has much better campaign machine and surround herself with experieced election and political people including bill clinton (best strategist ever);
    b) Hillary has raised most funds (firing power)to get her messages across;
    c) This is the clintons' 3rd bid for president, winning the previous two;
    d) the other dem and rep candidates are light weights and few have foreign political experience;
    e) The clintons were successful in countering republican attacks during the clinton admin and came out as one of the best popular president ever. Bill Clinton left office with a job-approval rating of 66%. Three-quarters of Democrats, and 53% of voters in general, would like him to play an active role in a future Clinton administration. Nearly nine in ten Democratic voters (88%) express a positive view of Hillary's candidacy; 38% express a very positive view.
    (f) Hillary does not need to paint the whole america blue, and all she needs to do is to win one more state than john kerry.
    (g) Hillary is leading in all state primaries (except Illinois) over Obama and Edwards by a big margin.
    (h) Hillary has experience to make responsible and realistic changes, and has heart and passion for public service.
    i) Half of the American voters are women (most of which have indicated to vote for Hillary).
    j) Hillary has obtained at least half, if not more, black supports than obama. Nearly 3 times more black women have indicated to vote for hillary.

    October 14, 2007 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  5. Steven, Weston, West Virginia

    GO HILARY, GO!!!!! Although I already know you are our next President.

    October 14, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  6. Dr. Max S. Chartrand

    No doubt, Mitt Romney offers the best chance to all the candidates to keep his promises on taxes and the economy. Now, if we could get him paired up with Senator Elizabeth Dole as his VP running mate, we will have a team that can actually beat the coming Clinton/Obama juggernaut. No other GOP candidate can do that.–Dr. Chartrand

    October 16, 2007 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. Tom W - Dedham, Mass

    No doubt, Mitt Romney offers the best chance to all the candidates to keep his promises on taxes and the economy. Now, if we could get him paired up with Senator Elizabeth Dole as his VP running mate, we will have a team that can actually beat the coming Clinton/Obama juggernaut. No other GOP candidate can do that.–Dr. Chartrand

    Posted By Dr. Max S. Chartrand : October 16, 2007 3:35 pm

    Excellent idea, I am a huge fan of Liz Dole and that would be a great combination.

    Two very smart and experienced candidates.

    October 16, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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