March 28th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
7 years ago

Gore hopes Dem race will resolve itself


Some Democrats see the neutral Gore as a potential powerbroker. (Getty Images)

(CNN) - He's increasingly mentioned as a potential Democratic powerbroker, but former Vice President Al Gore said Thursday he still expects his party's heated White House race will resolve itself.

"What have we got, five months left?" Gore told the Associated Press after delivering a speech at Middle Tennessee State University.

"I think it's going to resolve itself, but we'll see," he added.

The former vice president did not say whether he expected the race will be resolved before the party's convention in late August.

His comments come as Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said in several interviews that he hopes the party's approximately 350 undecided superedelegates make their decision by July 1 — less than a month after the final primary contests in Montana and South Dakota.

As the Democratic race drags on, Gore's name has been invoked as a neutral Democratic party elder who could forge a compromise between the two candidates, or even appear on the top of the presidential ticket himself.

Earlier this week, Democratic Rep. Tim Mahoney of Florida suggested Gore, the party’s 2000 presidential nominee, could assume the role of a compromise candidate if neither Hillary Clinton nor Barack Obama could broker a deal.

"If it goes into the convention, don’t be surprised if someone different is at the top of the ticket,” he told a Florida newspaper, adding Gore could be that choice. Is Al Gore the answer?

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Al Gore
soundoff (238 Responses)
  1. Lawrence O

    Al Gore,please for sake of Democrat chances in November help end the current shame.Come out & speak the TRUTH.I know you know who the nominee should be @ this point.Please don't sit on the fence.

    Go Obama

    March 28, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. SG

    Al Gore needs to step down from his self-made pedestal and act like the leader Dems are making out of him. No way should be allowed to be the nominee. It is not the democratic party, if you elect someone who has not run an election.

    March 28, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. Michael C Wolski

    WOW !! Talk about being un-organized. The dems primaries aren't over, and they are already talking about Al Gore? I don't remember seeing his name on my primary ballot.If he all of a sudden gets on the ticket, with no primaries or previous intent, what will that say about the democratic "process".He would be a good choice, but he should have entered BEFORE this election started.I don't think it would play good with the people who already are supporting candidates.Another FIXED election??

    March 28, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Tom, Oregon

    We finally get a glimpse at how the politics went in the past and should go now. Multiple candidates till convention. Strong candidate, if present, wins first delegate voting round. No strong candidate, delegates released from pledge and best candidate at the time leads the party to victory. Apparently few remember that delegate pledges to candidates are dissolved in the case of deadlock. So all you who say Hillary can't win, refresh your understanding of how the convention works.

    March 28, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Charles Hardeman

    typical. cnn wont post my comment because its actually poignant, and not something like:

    " sheez, go obama! or shucks, id vote for gore!"

    how telling.

    March 28, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. Peter

    Totally right. We should keep the democratic process going. Why would anyone call Clinton to drop out when Obama hasn't earned enough delegates to be the nominee, and he will never be able to.

    March 28, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. bigben

    Cmon , The guy picked Libermann has his v.p.

    March 28, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. Rob

    everyone wonders why Al Gore hasn't endorsed Hillary yet... hmmm lets think this one through folks.. that's cause he doesn't want to! He doesn't think she's the best one! If she was, he would have done so by now. He hasn't endorsed Barack in fear of alienating himself with the Clinton's, who at the end of the day are his good friends.

    Al Gore is in a tough position, but if you read the body language, you can tell A LOT about what he's thinking. And what he's thinking is "not her...."

    March 28, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. MindControl

    the nomination process is way too long. huge waste of time and money.
    the voters deserve better. all this party infighting. can't we just stick to
    policy issues and governing the country?

    gore had his day.............

    March 28, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. agree

    Keep reading and studying the "Elder & Senior democrats?" something does not sound right.......

    I agree with Jake!!!!!

    Hillary your kitchen sink approach has put so much negativity into our democratic house. I wish you could have saved that tactic for the republicans. Now, Hillary stop messing up our happy home and go out and fight the real enemy, "bush, mccain, and the Republicans!"

    March 28, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. TF

    Stop saying Obama is disenfranchising voters in Mich and FL. Your own stupid states did that to you and now Hillary is using it to smear and lie as she does so well about Obama. The Michigan legislator couldn't come up with a plan before they all had to go on vacation. So ask your lazy politicians why you couldn't vote JP.

    Gore is great, but many people have given money to the current campaigns and put in time and efforts for their canidates and it would be a travisty to just pick someone else. If that's the case then let Richaedson and Edwards back into the race now.

    March 28, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. Trey L.

    Oh my God! I wish he would just tell Hillary to go back to NY......and Help get the dems to get on the Obama bandwagon! Change won't come form old politics from the 90's this we do know.
    Hillary cares about Hillary. If she cared about the Party she'd do the right thing and quit, but no not the Clinton's.
    I hate to say it but maybe all the things Republicans said about them back in the day were true!

    March 28, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. Sean

    You want to talk about disenfranchising voters. Let the DNC decide someone who wasn't even in the running be the nominee.

    March 28, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. Annoyed/Michigan

    What really annoys me is that I see people making comments that Obama is responsible for the re-votes not happening. It goes to show you why Hillary does what she does – because people believe it. Maybe CNN could add on some sort of fact-check for both candidates on their site?

    March 28, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. Mark From Hollywood

    Gore's biggest decision was to put Joe Lieberman on his ticket in 2000 and look where that got him and our country. He would have been elected if he had selected probably any other politician but Lieberman. Gore had his chance. The Clintons did nothing to help him. Clintons only help Clintons. Americans are realizing this now. It is time to turn the page. New leadership for our party from Obama.

    March 28, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  16. Elaine from Ohio

    Please Mr. Gore, support Hillary! We need a push from you. I/we don't want a candidate in the White House who is not patriotic. (Not to say a first lady who is so bigotted!) Don't let her be robbed of votes like you were in Florida. Mr. Dean needs to step down now!

    March 28, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. After further review,Texas

    Big Al has a plan and I cant wait to here that Rush over medicated himself again.

    March 28, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. GA Moderate

    Gore was very Presidential when he said the race could go on five months. This should shut Polosi down. This race is not ruining the Democratic party – it is democracy at it's best. "Let's saddle up and have a debate." If there can be no compromise Gore would be a great choice for the top of the ticket.

    March 28, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  19. Karen

    Get a clue, guys. It's just another bait from the media. Media making big money 101: The more the merrier. The messier the better.
    The media must see the voters as a bunch of idiots.

    March 28, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. SA

    At least Al Gore appears to be respectful of the process unlike the Putin-like Chris Dodd who supports elections if they suit him and quashes elections if they don't suit him.

    March 28, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. Bill, Columbus, OH

    How can Gore enter the race and be the nominee when he has no pledged delegates and no popular vote? If it happens you may as well get used to "President McCain" It's almost that way already with all the infighting and all-around stupidity exhibited by both Democratic candidates over the past month.

    March 28, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. Independant

    Hey Democrats, it's over. You found a new way to loose an election. After the Clinton's republican type smear campaign, there is no democrat that can win in November. After all, the Clinton's think McCain would make a better commander-in-chief than Obama and anyone else in the party.

    We need a serious third party.

    March 28, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. sam

    Why have such a long primary calendar and then moan and groan about it dragging too long and hence a damage to the standing of the party?? If Florida and Michigan's vote was taken into account or if they have not been deprived of its democratic right – the contest might have been over. With the race so tight as it is it beggers belief that some want this race over. Be real!!!

    March 28, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. bigben

    You must release the true party elder is Bill Clinton himself. This will go on has long Has Bill wants it to. Only he can truely end it.

    March 28, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. Ronnie Lopez in South Texas

    No, Al Gore is not the answer. The candidate blowing smoke is definitely not the answer either so could somebody please escort her out the door when June primaries are over?

    March 28, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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