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. gary

    If it was a Gore ticket . It wouldnt be O.B. on the other end.HRC – Gore. Thats the dream ticket. The most two qualified canidates.Obama is a school boy ,still learning.Gore and HRC dont just talk,they do the walk.

    March 28, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Nina

    I would vote for Gore over lier Obama!

    March 28, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. Jessica, MI

    Don't you think that the fact that Gore hasn't endorsed Hillary says something about Hillary?

    He was VP in her husband's administration for 8 years, for crying out loud. His silence speaks volumes.

    March 28, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. Alex H

    YES! Finally with Al Gore in the Presidency we can finally put a stop to the monstrous attacks of MANBEARPIG!!!

    March 28, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. pmet

    Clinton supporters are constantly whining about letting the voters choose over the next 10 primaries and then beyond to the convention floor, if necessary. The problem is, after the next 10 primaries, Obama will still be leading in popular vote, pledged delegates and number of states won. Since that is the case, it is time for the superdelegates to start aligning themselves with the candidate the voters have chosen to lead the democratic ticket. Allowing this race to go forward while Clinton and her subordinates attack Obama on a personal level is hurtful to the party as well as the winning candidate. The only reason Clinton wants to push forward is to (a) steal the election away from Obama, or (b) beat Obama down so much that McCain wins the general and she is poised for another run in 2012. It is shameful and if she was truly running for the American people, she would leave the race after Pennsylvania and throw her full support behind Obama. She won't, of course. She said she is "in it to win it" at ANY cost - even a divided convention and broken democratic party.

    March 28, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. 60 YO white female , Springfield, VA

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT 08

    March 28, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. charlotte

    Neither Obama nor Clinton have enough delegates to win the primary. Why should either one drop out? The Superdelegates will decide this election. Both campaigns are courting the supers, they are both trying to convince them they are the best candidate. This is not stealing, it is politics. If the superdelegates dont't want to decide, then they should be eliminated completely. No matter what they decide the loser will not like it. I wish we had a clear choice, since we do not we must trust the Superdelegates to choose wisely, looking forward to November.

    March 28, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Fernando

    I support Hillary but I will switch my support to Al Gore in a second. No fair to the other two candidates though for all of their hard work but it will be done for the greater good. I hope Hillary and Obama can realize that.

    March 28, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Addy

    Most Hillary supporters are desperate as their candidate,even can go any length to demonise Obama because of their selfish ambition.Of a fact Hillary is inttelligent and smart but Obama apart from being intelligent and smart has what it takes to unite people around a common purpose.Dont be deceieved Obama is the man for the job

    March 28, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. Mr Bigger

    Al looks as smart as ever in the photo. What an unbelievable intellect.

    March 28, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. Tommi

    Gore is not the answer! How undemocratic is that, millions of folks vote and then Gore steps in for the nomination. He time has come and gone.
    I don't know how relevant he is politically anyway, he's been invisible this whole campaign.

    Finally, democrats don't have the luxury of what and see what happens in 5 more months. We don't have 5 more months!

    Obama 08

    March 28, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. david

    HE IS RIGHT. THIS WILL RESOLVE ITSELF, AND LET ALL VOTERS VOTE AND DECIDE UNTILL THE END.
    IF THE MEDIA PUNDITS HAS AN ITCH TO END THIS BY PRESSURING HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON TO DROP OUT PLS SCRATCH YOUR BACKS IN PRIVATE.
    WE DON'T NEED THIS MEIDA GANG BANG EVERY NIGHT ATTACKING SENATOR HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON AND PROMOTING BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA.

    THIS IS NOT SADDAM HUSSEIN'S IRAQ THIS IS AMERICA
    LET ALL THE VOTES COUNT UNTIL THE END..AND WE HAVE FEW MONTHS TO GO. LET THE DEMOCRACY WORK

    ...AND OBAMA HUSSEIN BARACK SUPPORTERS PLS DON'T HATE AL GORE FOR SPEAKING OUT ON BEHALF OF ALL AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM

    March 28, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. StanT

    Re-elect Gore '08

    March 28, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Lois

    Am I missing something here? Am I in a "twilight zone." Isn't the USA a democracy? How can we choose a candidate out of thin air and ignore the people who have worked and voted for candidates of our choice?

    March 28, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. Susan from Texas

    If anybody should bow out it should be Obama. He has the least chance of wining in the general election, becasue he did not win any of the big blue states in the primary. The red states are not going for him in the general. To think that the blue states that voted for Hillary Clinton are just going to vote for Obama because he is a democrat is wrong. I know many, many people who are not going to vote for him if he gets the nomination, and these are die hard democrats. Some are going to write in Clinton's name, others are going to vote for McCain. If the DNC thinks the 30% of Hillary supporters that said they will not vote for Obama no matter what, are just blowing smoke, they are in for a big suprize if they hand this nomination to him. We have big problems with him getting the nomination when Flordia and Michigan that went for Hillary are not included. The whole racist church thing has lost alot of white supporters too. You will see in Pennsylvannia, how his support has declined!

    March 28, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. Ami

    Clinton/Gore '08 or Gore/Clinton '08 – DEFINITELY a WINNING TICKET!!!

    March 28, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. vic nashville,Tn

    Stealing nomination From Hillary and Obama is not good. they spend one year for that
    08 Hillary VP Obama
    12 & 16 Obama
    Every time Obama talk about his pastor he hurting him self more so first 4 years Obama VP
    i hope We can satisfy both

    March 28, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. Iamwmd

    I'm not at all surprised to have an idiot Hillary Dem Rep from Florida to make such a stupid suggestion. Obama doesn't have to compromise. The leader in delegates gets the nomination period.

    I'm not surprised why Florida is always a mess when it comes to voting with idiots like Mahoney in charge.

    I think the process should play all the way out. Obama will sweep the last 5 states and the Hillary camp will have to continue to buy delegates because that momentum argument won't stand a chance.

    Even the mayor of the state she represents is going with Obama

    Obama 08

    March 28, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. Pity

    The Gore fans have lost their minds. He's not going to be the nominee and he's not going to be VP... again. We all think Gore is a great guy, but please give it a rest.

    March 28, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. BJ Cratic

    Yes, please introduce the idea of Al Gore getting on the ticket! Then we can make global warming the centerpiece of the general election. With an issue like this, which EVERYONE cares about, nobody will get caught up in the war, taxes, healthcare, social security, or anything else. Gore can unite the Democrat party and bring them to a swift loss in the general election!

    March 28, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. Darth Vadik, CA

    sparraguslover,

    what you’ve just wrote is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever read. At no point were you even close to anything that can be considered a rational thought. Every one in this blog is now dumber for having read it.

    March 28, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. Richard

    The Democrats are finished, all because an idiot "Black man"

    is sick with power…..

    How could this message be approved by a CNN moderator?

    We have a once in a lifetime chance to have a great leader, but the media is wrapped up with personal stories rather than issues. Unfortunately, this has real consequence as voters comments clearly reflect the intense emotion arising from lopsided stories.

    March 28, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. lorraine

    I have always thought Al Gore to be among the brightest and most sane of those in the Dem Party, I do not think he wants to be the President after all the B.S. he went through. However I am hoping that as he was the Vice President under Bill Clinton and that the Clintons have always spoke so highly of him and how they endorse all his ideas that he will also be for Hillary. He is much too smart to outright endorse anyone and I hope he just keeps on being the way he is.

    March 28, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Pepou

    Gore ? Again ? Ahhhhhggggggggg

    March 28, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. A REAL American

    Boy, I sure hope Gore becomes president.... then he could use taxpayer money to plan even more rock concerts to save the environment!!

    March 28, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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