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

Gore hopes Dem race will resolve itself

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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.

TIME.com: Is Al Gore the answer?

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


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soundoff (238 Responses)
  1. bill

    Why is it that all the obama surrogates and media cronies are wanting to end the nomination process now? And when we have a independant individual, they are willing for the nomination process play out. It seems Obama is afraid of democracy in action.

    March 28, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Charles Hardeman

    i think that richardson, pelosi, dodd, dean amongst others on one side have proved:

    One half of the democrats can't stomach very much.

    Clinton, rendell and carville on the other have proved:

    One half of democrats have the stomach for a fight.

    I know which i'd prefer to be in charge.

    March 28, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. JB

    Let's beat Algore again. It was so much fun last time. That hot wind bag is the only known and proven cause of manmade "global warming"

    Go Dull!

    March 28, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. Delta Dave

    Hmm..invented the Internet, used dodgy science to boost his movie career...Yes. I think he would be a great running mate for a sniper- dodging Hillary Clinton. C'mon, get real, this is a guy who hasn't made a peep while all these primaries have been going on. How can you justify him being nominated as a candidate when no one has voted for him. If he was proposed and confirmed as a candidate by the super delegates, that would surely be a perfect example of "real democaracy" in an un-Democratic party. Talk about disenfanchising voters!!

    March 28, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. Midwest Chuck

    If Gore is the answer, what is the question?

    We will choose between Hillary and Barack, then we will get to choose again in November.

    Al has chosen to go in another direction – more power to him.

    March 28, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Will

    I would rather see Gore than Obama, at least Gore is not and anti-american racist.

    March 28, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. Independant

    Sure, he looks good now. ---- Sadly, this country got itself EXACTLY what it deserved when the Supreme Court "elected" Jr. –

    March 28, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. Concerned Voter

    Al Gore is not the answer at this stage...unless he runs with Hillary as veep. Obama is not electable at this point.

    Maybe he can unite the party. My guess is that he wants the process to play itself out. It's not over.

    March 28, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Gil - California

    Why on earth would Gore want to be president under a Clinton again.
    He has also said that if he entered politics again it would be for President so forget about this crazy talk.

    In this year when, as one commentary host stated, the Democrats could have run a tree stump and won against the Republicans, this party has once again shown its love for making things way harder than it needs to be.

    I still think the Democrats have a chance but the window is closing. I also do not believe that Hillary expected the race to last this long so made no plans for an end game strategy, which is why she will ultimately lose.

    March 28, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Robert S., New Orleans, Louisiana

    Anyone the Democrats nominate will win over the senile liberal republican nutjob.

    March 28, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. Super D

    Anbody who thinks Al Gore is the answer, does not understand the question. Go back to sleep Al.

    March 28, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. Independent Observer

    Mr. Gore all that needs to happen is throw your weight behind the obvious leader. Obama has the lead both in delegates and popular vote and this will be the situation even at the end of the primaries in June.
    Any attempt to force Hillary on the ticket will lead to total humiliation for the democrats come November. The dinosaur age if over and America is yearning for change, no more Clinton no more Bush. All their surrogates should prepare to quit the stage.

    March 28, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. james

    dont blame it on 08ama, blame it on the states

    March 28, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. Lawrence

    Take a look at the poll numbers. Despite all the Rev. Wright controversy and Hillary's attacks, Obama has taken only minimal damage. Hillary's negative ratings have soared.

    Hillary helped Obama by proving he can survive heavy incoming fire.

    Once the rest of the states vote, and Obama's delegate lead is maintained, the super-delegates will push him over the top.

    Obama-Richardson is the ticket. Once Obama is the nominee, Gore will endorse, and then the party will solidify behind him. Sure there will be some disgruntled Clinton supporters.

    The Democratic party would be better off getting rid of the Clinton stench anyway.

    March 28, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Veronica

    I hope Gore does step in and be the nominee, after all he does have more experience than both Obama and Clinton and he proved in 2000 that he actually won a national election.

    March 28, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. Kris

    Gore as President and Hillary as VP. The United States would be great again.

    March 28, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. Rob

    Al Gore is a tool.

    March 28, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. RT

    How can Al Gore appear at the TOP of a of a presidential ticket if he never ran? I was praying a year ago he would enter the race but he never did. I want my candidate who's been campaigning to be at the top of the ticket, not Al Gore. Did anyone else read this in the article as a possible solution to the in-fighting? That makes no sense.....

    March 28, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. GoForItGore

    Gore will be the next American President wether you like it or not.

    March 28, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. ALBO

    MAURI ASKS:

    ""Finally, I would certainly appreciate someone telling us why Hillary should "get out" of the race, instead of Obama ""

    RESPONSE:

    Beacause he, playing by the rules accepted by Hillary, has won by both pledged delegates and popular vote, both of which HILLARY can mathemetically not achieve

    ALBO

    March 28, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. Orlando

    Gore is good choice but it will have to depend on how the outcome of this primary race. Gore does look Presidential.

    March 28, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. Larry - Hazleton, pa

    I would be proud to support Mr Gore for President – if only he would be willing to step up to plate and hit a home run for his country.

    March 28, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. Brien Comerford

    I would love to see Al Gore as the nominee. He is internationally and nationally respected for his environmental and climate change endeavors. Al Gore would accentuate green jobs, wildlife conservation and nature preservation. We could use alternative fuels and forms of energy to help the economy. Most importantly-in a word Al Gore is the "antithesis" of George W. Bush.

    March 28, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. Texas Latina

    This guy is proHillary that is why he wants it to drag on and he said not to be surprise if someone else would be at the top of the ticket meaning Hillary would be at the top of the ticket.
    Hillary/Gore 08

    March 28, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. Go Gore

    I'd vote for Gore in an instant.

    March 28, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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