October 13th, 2007
02:40 PM ET
11 years ago

McCain on Gore's big win

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) ­ - Speaking before a crowd of
environmentalists at the Global Warming and Energy Solutions conference,
Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, recognized Former Vice President Al Gore for
his Nobel peace prize, but said he would have given the award to others.

"I congratulate Al Gore on his selection for the Nobel peace prize because
of this effort, and I think it¹s going to help enormously the publicity
associated with that awarding."

But later McCain added, "I would have given the peace prize to the Buddhist
monks that are being killed in Burma, but the fact is that he's done fine
work on this issue."

During the question and answer section, an audience member expressed concern
that McCain's statements about Al Gore's Nobel peace prize award were
confusing the proactive message about energy conservation.

"I've never heard before someone say: I wish someone else had won," the
audience member said.

"I've said it almost every year," McCain responded. "I'm entitled to my

"Because I thought that Buddhist monks who were dying were deserving of the
award, in no way, in my view, diminishes the accomplishments that he [Al
Gore] has made," he said.

- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

Filed under: Al Gore • John McCain • New Hampshire
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. laurinda,ny

    McCain would have given it to Monks? I don't even think that man should be running for anything. Something is clearly wrong with his thought process. The monks aren't even at peace, they are protesting and fighting over there.

    October 14, 2007 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Can you imagine if Al won the prize in 1980? "Al Gore wins for his documentary on Global Cooling" – which was the thinking not so long ago....now..since Al is blaming CO2 in his movie...and humans....how is he explaining the temp increase on Mars?? (I know liberals...ignore the facts...and yell out how much money we are spending in Iraq....back to your rants...)

    October 14, 2007 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  3. LaAngeloMysterioso

    A behind the scene threat to bomb Burmas
    natural gas pipeline would do a lot more to convince China than any Nobel prize
    could (China would laugh John).

    October 14, 2007 09:21 am at 9:21 am |

    McCain keeps trying to have it both ways – he is for the Iraq war but criticizes much of the war plan, he is pro environment but muffs Al Gore who has done far mar than he has to put the environment front and center. He frequently defends bush who was very successful in trashing his prior campaign and who supported and encouraged critics of his military service as well as his family – the black child and the brain damaged stories they put out during the south Carolina primary was about as low as politicians can go; although it was standard munitions for the bush – rove chicken hawks. One cannot help but wonder if his mind is starting to fail him or at the very least his memory!

    October 14, 2007 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    What does the junk science of man-made global warming have to do with peace?

    Absolutely nothing.

    Anyone remember global cooling? Where are the knee jerk libs on that one?

    October 14, 2007 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. Cody - Tupelo, MS

    Am I the only one who has noticed that almost all of the global warming skeptics are NOT scientists? Hmm...

    By the way, if you want to know about the "global warming" on Mars, read the latest blog post on my environmental awareness project: EcoAware

    My site will also provide you with a ton of information about why you should actually give a crap about the environment, EVEN IF GLOBAL WARMING IS TOTALLY FALSE.

    October 14, 2007 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. John, Chicago IL

    McCain is once again 'perplexed'.

    October 14, 2007 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. Luke, Watertown, MA

    I respect McCain a lot, and I happen to think Al Gore's win is one of things that was bound to happen at some point but they picked this year because they could, but I wish McCain had let the compliment stand and move on–throwing in the "i would have given it to someone else" takes a little away from his words, especially on a weekend when he's addressing a global warming conference in New Hampshire.

    October 14, 2007 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. Tom Dedham, Mass

    These same experts that Gore alludes to are the same geniuses that said in the 70's-80's that the earth was cooling and we will lose all vegetation and be stung and killed by "killer bees" that are on their way.

    The earths temp has gone up one whole degree since recording this type of data, one degree.

    MIT and Harvard experts have disputed much of what he says, why will he only give $50,000 – $100,000 speeches, while zooming around in ozone killing, fuel GUZZLING planes, but not answer any questions DIRECTLY BY HIMSELF?

    You have been hoodwinked liberals and liberal organizations, but that is easy when you are blinded by hate for Bush. I don't care for him either, but I am not blinded to not see lies and distortions elsewhere.

    October 14, 2007 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Bob, New York, NY

    Luarinda as on most other blogs your posts label you as a complete idiot who is completely out of touch with reality. The monks aren't doing any fighting. They are peacefully protesting and for that some have been killed and some locked up. Unlike Al Gore they have the courage to practice what they preach.

    Al Gore is just a mouth piece. If they were going to give a peace prize for anything related to global warming it should have gone to the scientists since Al Gore is only capable of repeating what they told him.

    October 14, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Dave, Boston, MA

    it would be impossible to have given it to the monks considering their protest didn't start until way after the application process. They would have had to turn back time and Mccain knows this....

    October 14, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Angela, WPB

    Hey Chris,

    Please back up your statements:

    "Can you imagine if Al won the prize in 1980? "Al Gore wins for his documentary on Global Cooling" – which was the thinking not so long ago" ???

    Who said this and when, I challenge you to cite your reference.

    And why do all you Gore bashers happily support your Demi-god Bush who offers zero proof that a President ..

    a) has to be truthful Remember WMD???

    b)Can put a sentence together AND say it without screwing it up. Watch any video of him.

    c) Can process basic information -remember his "Fuzzy Math" defense when confronted with basic arithmetic??

    The global science community has consistently and overwhelmingly supported Mr. Gore in his endeavors. The same community that has developed modern medicine, technology, space travel...etc, etc,etc.
    And now he has been validated by one of the most respected organizations in the world. FACT FACT FACT!!
    Go read a high school science book and brush up on you basic math and information processing skills.

    October 14, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. Shawn Smith Kansas City, MO

    jealous much? jesus, why does the republican party have to be so condescending all the time? be happy for a change.

    October 14, 2007 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. Alex, Syracuse, NY

    Objection: The alarmists were predicting the onset of an ice age in the '70s. Now it's too much warming! Why should we believe them this time?

    Answer: It is true that there were some predictions of an "imminent ice age" in the 1970s, but a cursory comparison of those warnings and today's reveals a huge difference.

    Today, you have a widespread scientific consensus, supported by national academies and all the major scientific institutions, solidly behind the warning that the temperature is rising, anthropogenic CO2 is the primary cause, and it will worsen unless we reduce emissions.

    In the 1970s, there was a book in the popular press, a few articles in popular magazines, and a small amount of scientific speculation based on the recently discovered glacial cycles and the recent slight cooling trend from air pollution blocking the sunlight. There were no daily headlines. There was no avalanche of scientific articles. There were no United Nations treaties or commissions. No G8 summits on the dangers and possible solutions. No institutional pronouncements. You could find broader "consensus" on a coming alien invasion.

    Quite simply, there is no comparison.

    If you want some additional detail, Real Climate has discussed this, and William Connelly has made a hobby of gathering everything that was written about global cooling at the time.

    Chris-you need to get educated. Start now.

    October 14, 2007 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. LFR, Pa.

    Mc Cane,

    You have lost your mind!

    Jealous, jealous, jealous is what you are!

    October 14, 2007 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. Hilary, Rochester NY

    Actually, there has been some research indicating that global cooling and global warming are occuring simultaneously. Back when particulate pollutants (dirt in the air) were a bigger worry (though they're still a problem), there was concern about "global dimming," which was having a cooling effect due to the reflective properties of the pollutant particles when they combined with water vapor. Research now suggests that "global dimming" has indeed been ocurring and may have served to mask some of the effects of global warming (caused by an entirely different type of air pollutant with an entirely different effect on the climate).

    I know I'm not a scientist like all the people who disagree with Al Gore are, but it seems to me that the inquiry here should be "what's happening to the planet?" rather than "does this information help discredit Al Gore?"

    FYI, Sen. McCain, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Hyi was awarded the Peace Prize in 1991 for her efforts on behalf of democracy and human rights in that country. She is currently a political prisoner of the Myanmar junta, who have subjected her to even more restricted confinement since the protests began. Though the effort of the monks to use their moral authority to bring about change in Burma is admirable, the most recent flare-up is still in its early stages, the situation there changes daily, and there is a substantial shortage of reliable information coming out of Burma right now. Even if it weren't for the fact that the nomination period ended a long time before the most recent demonstrations, awarding the Peace Prize to the deceased members of a faction currently involved in a recently-erupted political upheaval we don't know that much about doesn't sound like something the Nobel Committee would go for.

    October 14, 2007 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  17. xtina - chicago IL

    I would have given it to the military of the United States who have given Iraqi people their first democratic election and who have removed a dictatorship there. That's a peace mission, not Al Gore's exaggerated claims.

    October 14, 2007 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  18. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    I am sorry for McCain. He is a dotard, we should forgive his misstatement.

    October 14, 2007 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  19. Paula, Portland, Oregon

    Right after it was announced that Al Gore and the team won the Nobel I knew the 'pubs were going to trash this accomplishment. The right wing (steal and spend) "compassionate" conservatives need a good thumping in '08. Go home and think about what you can do to fix the country you've wrecked.

    October 14, 2007 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  20. xtina - chicago IL

    I'd have respect for Al Gore (the way I do for say, Ed Begley, Jr.) if he lived what he teaches. If he didn't fly a private jet while telling us we have an energy "emergency". He has homes that burn more energy than most people in America do in their homes. Do U think his energy bills are more than most Americans make in a year? Yet, he wants to TAX us in order to put money into Washington's coffers so they can waste more on "studying" and coming up with all kinds of laws and bills to keep us little people in check from USING MORE ENERGY and FLYING PRIVATE JETS. I also have a major issue with him charging six figures to universities and groups to TELL them that we have an energy "emergency". Wouldn't you think he'd make his speech available for FREE to schools by video presentation? If it truly was an EMERGENCY wouldn't he be campaigning the country to get private individuals to form alliances to address the issues without automatically sticking it to the little guy who makes $30,000 by taking yet ANOTHER tax for global warming out of peoples' paychecks ? I also have amajor problem with him saying, "look, you people need to ride bicycles to work or else pay a surcharge." If I want to pay ten freeking dollars per gallon for gas I will ! It's a free country and the Democrats are using Al Gore to just impose their control on us and to get us more dependent on big government.

    And another thing, he won't debate those who oppose him, and he can't answer questions such as how previous Ice Ages ended. In other words, Al Gore is full of it.

    October 15, 2007 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  21. Sam, IA

    I see the AlGoreaphobics have risen to protest. Like the trained lemmings that they are thier squeaking and whining fall only upon the ears of thier fellow lemmings, March on hate radio fans. March on to complete insignificance.

    October 15, 2007 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
  22. Jason Marcel, Chicago, Illinois

    It's true, Al Gore lives in a great big house and flies in private jets. He also owns a hybrid vehicle and has added solar panels to his home. I'm not sure what to make of the argument by that silly fringe who believe that because Gore flies in private jets that we should therefore do nothing but watch global warming eat up our planet.

    The fact is that comments like the ones by McCain and James Inhofe further reveal that the threat to America isn't so much from foreigners, but by other Americans. It is now a country where the worst speak for the best, and are ready to defend their ignorance, cheerfully.

    If Al Gore were a Republican, they would be patting themselves on the back, but since he isn't, they dismiss him. Al Gore can fly in private jets because the good he does at bringing awareness about global warming offsets it. He's perhaps one of the most noble statesmen in America today, respected, intelligent, and more importantly, he cares more about the larger picture than simply about the "team" he plays on.

    October 15, 2007 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  23. Steve, Lyons, CO

    What a churlish loser McCain has become. Bush must have nude pictures of McCain's wife or something. I've not seen anyone lose their guts like this twit.

    Either that, or John boy is going la-la ala Reagan's "Highway 101" floater during the '84 debates.

    October 15, 2007 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  24. Steve, Lyons, Co

    "I would have given it to the military of the United States..."

    You could have stopped right there.

    "... who have given Iraqi people their first democratic election and who have removed a dictatorship there."

    There's still a dictatorship there. Maybe 21% of Iraqis voted in the first "democratic" election, if you count as democratic (I don't) a constitution that states within itself that Islam is the ultimate authority.

    That's actually a theocracy.

    I feel sorry for the Iraqis: hundreds of thousands of dead civilians and a country more divided than ever.

    I feel sorry for us as well: Constitutional rights arbitrarily turned off indefinitely, possibly never to return. A corporate fascism dictating every twist and turn in the economy, slowly lowering our expectations and standard of living.

    October 15, 2007 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  25. Rick, Andover New Hampshire

    Hey, good for McCain to show up in front of 600 New Hampshire people to explaiin his climate priorities – and good for Huckabee, too. What CNN failed to report is that Huckabee announced for the first time he's for a natonwide cap and trade program to limit CO2. CNN missed a pro environment Republican announcement. I was at the conference – where were Clinton and Obama? They think they've got a lock on the climate solution? No way!

    October 15, 2007 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
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