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.

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– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


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  1. Marty

    I don't care who wins the democratic nomination as long as it is NOT Obama.

    March 28, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Jake

    I think some of you need to realize that Obama and Clinton are both quickly becoming unelectable in terms of a general elections... they are throwing so much dirt at one another that they are dividing their own party. People (like myself) who support Obama will vote for McCain if Hillary were to get the nomination and vise-versa.

    Gore could unite the party and in my opinion a Gore/Obama ticket would be nearly unstoppable because they compliment one another so well as far as covering each others weaknesses.

    Regardless of who is VP (it would never be Hillary due to the history between the two), Gore NEEDS to be the democratic candidate. He won in 2000, he can win again.

    March 28, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. Hillary-ious

    I'm a big Al Gore fan, but it doesn't seem very fair that he could potentially step in at the last minute and claim the top spot on the Democratic ticket. After all of the time, effort, and money spent by the other candidates that have been in for the long haul, it just doesn't seem right to let someone step in and claim the nomination without going through the whole ordeal. Then again, Gore has certainly paid his dues. If he were to be our nominee, I'd vote for him in a heartbeat.

    March 28, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Steve

    I love all the people who say that "Obama can't win the general election". If y'all are psychic, why aren't you out playing the stock market?

    March 28, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. gore above the fray

    Gore had his time and didn't quite eek out the win; since that point he's been able to reposition himself and TRANSCEND the presidency. it would be foolish of him to jettison the respect and indeed influence he now possesses by descending back into the political fray as nominee. he does need to voice an opinion, but unless the mudslinging continues unabated, that time likely is after the last voters have spoken (sorry FL & MI).

    his most effective and most responsible role is to bring Clinton(s) & Obama together and officiate repairing the party so that the vitriol of 'I'll never vote FOR Obama or Clinton' which appears on this and many other boards across the web spectrum will dissipate. Funnily, it's the self-proclaimed 'true hard-core democrats' who have been most vocal about refusing blindly to vote for Obama if he wins the nomination based on PRINCIPLE, while presumably the principle they should stand behind is the need to influence the nomination of justices to the AGED supreme court and influence a transformation in economic policy

    Full disclosure, I'm an Obama supporter and yes I'm disgusted by the kitchen sink, plumbing & tiling being thrown at Obama by the Clintons & supporters, but also disheartened by some of the low attacks and counter attacks flung by Obama & supporters. It doesn't matter who started it, the deep personal attacks need to stop, and that's where Gore can come in and help tone it all down.

    If Hillary is the nominee I will extremely grudgingly vote for her, but only because her policies & Barack's are quite similar (though on policy I do prefer the latter and his speech on the economy yesterday, truly addressing the root problems and their source in the '90s over only discussing simple quick fixes), and I would encourage true democrats (and I'm more in the middle) to vote their democratic principled conscience if it's Obama heading the ticket and the newly excited voters to support Clinton for the same principled reasons.

    Gore's most effective role is to stay above the fray and ensure unity... Let's hope the most inflamed rhetoric is simply that, rhetoric, and calmer heads will prevail by the convention...

    March 28, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. andrew of california

    I agree with Jim. The DNC, especially the superdelegates that have not voted yet, could remove most if not all the doubt about who will be the candidtate. However, Howard Dean is making it perfectly clear that the DNC anointed Hillary Clinton as a next candidate for president. Seems like the DNC is planning for John McCain to win in 2008 now, because Barrack Obama just will not go away, so that Hillary Clinton can run unopposed in 2012. What a shame. What a shame that Barrack Obama must withstand the damage his own party is doing to his remaining life time effectiveness which is being compromised by the Hillary Clinton machine. And what, I ask you, can you show me that Hillary Clinton has really done that she deserves such special attention - please do not count the $27 million dollars that she and Bill Clinton raised for the DNC in "Chinagate."

    March 28, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  7. Voting for Hillary is Dumb !!!!!!!

    Grif your a big time idot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 28, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. RT

    I STILL keep seeing people who are claiming that Obama blocked the votes of Florida and Michigan. What the hell are you people smoking? Do you even watch or read the news? God, our voters are so mis-informed we are all going to get what we deserve in November..........More Bush/McCain. People, please educate yourself better on all these rumors you keep taking as fact. It seems like most of these bloggers hear a rumor, see a headline and make a conclusion without verifying anything.

    March 28, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. Jefferson in Ontario, Canada

    He would be perfect as a VP now. It's too late for him. Now he should at least convince Howard Dean to allow Florida and Michigan to have a REVOTE.

    March 28, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. Bill in Pennsylvania

    Gore should have run, but since he didn't and do the hard work, take the hits, etc. he should not participate at this stage.

    I would however think Gore, of all people, would speak up about counting Florida.

    P.S. Did anyone (CNN listen) see Greta (on Fox) after Hilliary interview the other night? It was listed there the free media ride of Obama. I thought Hilliary was wrong about Bosnia, but then saw she was selectively blasted by media. It was shown on Fox (why not CNN?) that Obama:

    In his book said that inspiration of politics at age 9 (believe I remember what Fox said correctly) was over Blacks disfiguring themselves trying to be white by a story he read in magazine. The magazine he mentioned was checked and others and no such story was ever published.

    His parents met during the Selma incident and thus he was born. He was born 4 years prior to Selma???

    He said he initiated and led about Abestos in Illinois legislature and that was found not true and fabricated.

    That his house purchase scandal story changed several times as some media caught up with him and his stories.

    There was one more that I cannot remember that was listed. Why is he getting free ride as he is about not counting Florida?

    How this relates to the topic today is that I just don't get it how the media doesn't realize that the voters in Democratic party is split, not because McCain is what any of us want. It is anger at the media on games they play in subjective non-partial reporting. Making race an issue when it certainly isn't about Wright, it is the hate and divisional speech of his. Whites get angered when accused of being racial by the media making everything racist. The media is causing divisions, not so much Clinton as media trys to convince us over and over and over. The media is in love with Obama, fine, but can't you also be subjective in reporting?

    Gore is honorable. Dean needs to get a new day job as well as Palosi. We want to finally get our votes to count in PA. I want my disabled sister's vote to count in Florida as was difficult for her to vote, yet she did and was thrilled. Her vote did not count for Gore years ago, do not let it happen to her twice. With Florida's record, I would think (as Obama said before it might not go his way) is the way to go with mail in redo.

    March 28, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. Rick Houston TX

    The dream ticket...Gore/Obama!

    Sixteen staright years of thoughtful, progressive leadership, which is what we need to clean up after Baby Bush's monumental mess.

    March 28, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. smart40

    Howard Dean should be the one to resolve this nomination. His position of waiting to the last state primary and then have the super duper voter delegates decide and have this decided by June is logical. Even though for good or ill this race is already over. Clinton can't catch up unless actual pledged delegates vote for her despite the voters will the delegate is supposed to represent. I don't want to think something so undemocratic could happen.

    March 28, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. John Reynozo

    Why would Gore do anything to help the Clintons? They did everything but campaign agaist him in 2000. There is no love between them, if comes down anywhere it will be on the side of Obama.

    March 28, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. GT/Florida

    I agree with jp/michigan. I voted for Bill Clinton/Al Gore, and I voted for Gore/Liberman but I don't think Al Gore should be on the ticket this time around. If the DNC can change the rules to put another name on the ballot (other than Clinton or Obama) then I think they can change their silly rule to NOT count the votes in Florida and Michigan and not seat those delegates.
    ALL candidates were on the Florida ticket in January and I voted for Clinton. Some candidates chose NOT be be on the Michigan ballot (Bad Decision guys–it was not illegal to put your name on the ticket. It was illegal to campaign there. Didn't you read the rules.)
    Now Florida and Michigan voters are being disenfranchised, because Mr. Dean and the DNC made a very poor decision-punish the voters who voted in those January elections. And now they are too proud to admit their error (sounds like the arrogant Bush and the Iraq War–never admit you made a mistake let everyone else suffer!) And Obama of course is stalling just to run out of time....some leader??
    If my January Florida vote does not count fI will NOT vote for Obama or Gore or Pelosi or Richardson or whoever they think they can put on the ballot. Count the Michigan and Florida voters vote and seat our delgates and stop playing games with millions of American citizens!

    March 28, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  15. wes

    All you Gore fans had your chance 8 years ago......look who you chose instead.... most of the world hates you people thanks to Dubbya's war for WMD's....err i mean his lust for oil, the price of oil is at an all-time ridiculous high and your economy is teetering on the brink of collapse for several reasons.....way to go Americans......ain't gonna matter whether you guys pick an old man, a black man or a woman.....your country is in serious trouble......

    Wes from Winnipeg Canada

    March 28, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. Jeff

    Obama is great for rallying Dems but he wouldn't win The General – too many explosive issues. Noone expected him to get this close to Hillary though he has every right to. Hopefully Hillary will prevail – she is still the best choice hands down and I wish people would see through all the rhetoric and choose the strongest leader. (HILLARY!)

    March 28, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. Disgusted at Ignorance

    Obama so has hope of winning the national election! I really wish more people who post their comments here could stop showing their ignorance and their obvious laziness of doing their own research. It's because of this ridiculous outpouring of hateful comments towards EITHER candidate that the Dems feel like they could lose the election.

    Get over your BS, do your homework for once and get in groove with what this country really needs and stop making this campaign into a football game!

    Gore does not have what it takes to be president right now – he's even admitted this himself!

    Obama or Hillary 2008!

    Democrat 2008!!!

    March 28, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    POST THIS!

    Guess what?

    If Obama doesn't get the nomination, Hillary is going to lose! That is it! Hillary has proven herself to be nothing but a liar, who will do ANYTHING to get her way into the white house. She reminds me of GWB in the 2000 election – a conniver, a person that will do whatever it takes, even destroy her own party, to get her way.

    March 28, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. Jonathan

    I could vote for Gore or I could vote for Clinton. I could vote for Obama as a VP candidate but not President, not yet. Also, anyone saying Clinton is done is absolutely wrong. This will come down to Superdelegates and that's where she'll win, and I don't want any complaining from Obama supporters when it happens. Obama himself said he would abide by the rules and Superdelegates deciding the nominee is well within them.

    March 28, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  20. Piper - Nebraska

    If the DNC is going to pick the democratic candidate then forget primaries all together. Who cares if Michigan and Florida disenfranchised their own voters - Gore wasn't on the ballot in either state anyway.

    See how ridiculous that is? Michigan and Florida should count– for Gore!

    March 28, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. KTL

    Gore = Hillary

    Bush = Obama

    The only difference is Barack Hussein Obama gonna give you a wilder ride.

    March 28, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  22. John Smith

    In this age of reality TV, what would be better reality drama than a knock down drag out fight at the convention. I don't mean OUTSIDE the convention, but INSIDE the convention. America has never seen it!
    And Al Gore stepping over the bodies to take the podium and announce "I accept my parties nomination as your president.

    March 28, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. Jdona

    I'd vote for Gore before I'd vote for Obama. Attention Hillary Supprters! We are beginning to develop a new national write in campaign for Hillary in November should Obama become annointed by the DNC. We are determined that we are going to have the right to vote for our gal. So, All aboard!

    March 28, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. U K

    THE TRUTH IS DEMS HAS TO TELL HIL TO QUIT OR THE UN COMMITTED SUPER DELIGATES SHOULD ACT QUICLY TO STOP SEN HIL FROM MAKING MORE DAMAGES TO YOUR PARTY AND BLOCKING DEMS CHANCES IN THE GEN ELECTION.OBAMA LEAD IN COUCOUSES,STATES,DEL AND POPULER VOTES. WHAT ELSE IS NEEDED?NO ONE WILL MAKE MISTAKE OF VOTING FOR SOME ONE WHO LIE PUBLICALLY

    March 28, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. GG, Dallas, TX

    Are you people serious? Gore? Has anyone bothered to look at the facts! Go to Snopes.com and check out his "green" living quarters. This from a "global warming" specialist???

    Gore is an idiot, sanctimonious fool that is ONLY A SPOKESPERSON! He's a YES man. I guess that's why people like him. At any rate, why bother thinking up all these different scenarios? The mediat just does it to get everyone in an uproar and, they succeed. They don't have anything better to do either.

    March 28, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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