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. Andrew

    THIS is the Democratic leadership? Jeez, we might as well sign up for 4 more years of Bush. Leaders take a stand when the going gets tough. They don't sit back and wait for the opportune time to benefit from a mess. Al Gore just lost my respect and will not get my vote if he is on top of the Democratic ticket.

    March 28, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. Anya

    I am registered democrat. I do not like Obama.
    I am honest in stating my feeling. I feel Obama is worst than President Bush. Now Obama supporters will say I am not real democrat. I do not mind, but I cannot vote for Obama in any case. There are many people around me, who have same feeling. By the way, I am very educated and having very successful career. I have read books from both Hillary and Obama.
    The negative feeling might have come because of
    1. Immature, insincere and arrogant behavior of Obama
    2. Liberal media’s pro-Obama bais, which is trying to push Obama. Media is trying to sell a quarter as a dollar (thinking people are stupid)

    CNN Moderators, please post this one.

    March 28, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. Isaac

    Ok, Gore is being sensible by saying it will work itself ot and that we have time. However, all these people getting excited about Gore at the top of the ticket are just as bad as those that would just prefer to coronate Obama now. Where will democracy have gone if the behind the scenes guys simply appoint someone no one voted for? Does no one see the hypocrisy in this after all the thrashing and attacking of the Clinton campaign for what is really only clarifying the true reason we have superdelegates?

    This campaign has gotten ridiculous, and contrary to what popular opinion may be, I strongly believe that it is the fault of the DNC, these silly superdelegate endorsements that make things more confusing, and dirty politics of the Obama campaign. Yes you read that correctly. I don't think Clinton has played half as dirty as she really has the right to to win this thing.

    March 28, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. skylark

    I do not think that Mr Gore is interested in the job. He is doing just fine with his work on environmental issues. He can accomplish more in that role. And I believe it is important. Global Warming is a reality that nobody else wants to talk about. It is a planet wide issue.

    March 28, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Michael

    This is a democracy. Let the people vote. If it goes until the convention, fine. But that's the system. We Democrats then get behind whatever candidate. But I did not vote for Gore. Having him shoved down my throat would be against everything I thought the party stood for.

    March 28, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. jt thomas, Beverly Hills, CA

    yes, a gore – obama ticket would be unbeatable – one thing this country stands for is fairness and to allow gore to have his rightful place as president would be the most healing act this country could ever do and our world popularity would soar, once again...

    March 28, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Hillary-ious

    Will one of the Obama haters please tell us exactly what it is they hate so much about him? And please don't claim that it has something to do with "attacks he has made on Hillary", because he really hasn't made any himself. There have been a few swipes from his supporters or staffers, but there have been plenty from HIllary's as well. Hillary herself has attacked Obama- Here's an example: A few weeks ago, a story came out about a comment made by an ex-aide, saying something to the effect that Obama would not follow any specific plan that he or anyone had right now if he were to become president in 2009. Instead, he would need to consult with the generals on the ground, appraise the situation when the time came in 2009, and then make decisions based on the cuurent situation at that time. For what it is worth, Hillary has said that she plans to do the same thing. But the Clinton campaign decided to spin the story, and Hillary herself came out and said that "... in fact, now we find out that Senator Obama has no plan." Talk about spin, half truth, and taking something out of context...

    March 28, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. Craig, Seattle, WA

    WOW!.. it's about time. I wanted GORE since the beginning. AL GORE 2008!

    March 28, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. Jason

    Mr. Gore is correct in his claim that the process will work itself out. It isn't going to be pretty, but as long as both candidates are mathematically alive then you cannot cancel the rest of the primaries. Maybe everyone will realize that we need to modify this system extensively before 2012 to a regionalized primary that covers the nation in the span of 2 -3 months and finishes in early April. Mr. Gore should point out what a vast and unnecessary "carbon footprint" this campaign cycle has left to date.

    March 28, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Gore looks like gay

    AL GORE: YOU look like a gay person to me ....YOu have NO eyebrown, gore...

    March 28, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. Jeanne Beans

    Gore is NOT the answer.........please! We're in the position we're in because there are 2 strong "other" candidates. If I had to rank them I'd still put Obama at the top at Clinton at the bottom. Gore is somewhere in between. I don't think he or Hillary Clinton could beat McCain, plus our country really NEEDS someone as outstanding as Barack Obama. Another chance like this will not come for years!

    We're also in this position because Clinton will not back down like the other candidates have done. She is the Mike Huckabee of the Democratic Party, only she had put more negative spins on the process than any candidate ever has. She'd be long gone by now if she were anyone, she is not entitled to the presidency.

    I wish she would just back down. Ego and narcissism!

    March 28, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Kim

    When Bill Clinton was on the ticket, I knew he would make a good President. He turned out to be one of the best as far as the country is concerned.I couldn't belive Bush, the son, won the election. (I still think it was fixed). Look at the mess he got America into. This time around,if Hillary cannot win the nomination, let Gore be on the ticket. America cannot afford Obama, or McCain to be President.

    March 28, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. john williams san diego, ca.

    Al is a bigger liar than Billary

    March 28, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. lbr, jersey city, nj


    March 28, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. APS in Hawaii

    It looks like Gore might see his time come. Obama is a flat tire and can never win the general election, Hillary has been hurt by the news media's insane negative campaign against her. These two have showed why Dean has no leadership and Gore is waiting in the wings. Why does hte democratic candidate have to be chosen now is my concern. The news media has been disgusting in covering this election. It would be great for the news media to report the news instead of creating news – "yellow journalism". Now there is a novel idea, reporting the news without the spin.

    March 28, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. David

    It is too late for Al to just come in and take it. Pelosi has not achieved what she wanted in the house, but is showing her metal as Dems convention chair. She and other heavy weights are pushing for unity and not a battle at the convention. The Clintons would take this to the convention, destroy the Dems and would not win against Mccain. HRC claims experience, NOT! Pelosi has the experience with this and will do well. Also look for Fl. and Mich. to be seated, delegates however may not be as they are today, 50% or percentage as the canidates have earned.

    March 28, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. Fran Martin

    Mr. Gore is no longer a member of the official body politic he should not be viewed as a political leader. His senior status in retirement counts for little. Much though he is a decent person, his voice is not being received with open arms. He should continue to do what he does because in his new arenas of expertise he is successful. Chris Dodd, Bill Richardson, Nancy Pelosi et al are handling it correctly – let them apply the necessary pressure.

    March 28, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Charles Hardeman

    dodd pelosi and richardson have reminded me of how spineless one half of the democratic party is...

    it's clinton or mccain for me. sorry!

    March 28, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Addy

    what sort of democracy is that.someone who did not even mount a soap box to be the nominee,u must be joking.IT IS THE DESPERATION OF HILLARY THAT IS SUGGESTING IF SHE CANT GET IT,OBAMA SHOULD NOT.PLS PEOPLE OPEN YOUR EYES AND VOTE FOR THE RIGHT GUY.
    GO OBAMA 08

    March 28, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    Al Gore as a candidate would be like a wishing gate that opens into nothing. That is not going to happen.........

    March 28, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. JFK

    While Gores comments are appreciated, this is a close race. I can understand neither side wants to back down at this point. If Obama wants to play by the rules set, the super delegates may decide this election and he will need to respect that. Otherwise, we are changing rules midcourse which is exactly what he is opposed to with Michigan and Florida.

    March 28, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. Texas Voter

    If Obama has a majority of the pledged delegates, a majority of the popular votes, and has won more states, then Barack Obama is the ONLY legitimate nominee.

    March 28, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. What an Election

    Boy is it funny how everyone is so patriotic (as oppose to saying how unamerican Obama is). Eveyone here seems ready to over turn the will of the people to install their candidate. Obama did not make these rules–he wasn't on the political seen but the Clinton's were. It is the Clintons who made up a lot of these rules and now they are getting caught in their own net. As for Gore, why didn't Gore and Hillary run together in 2004? Because she will never be VP to Gore and Gore will never be VP to her. As for Barack I actually think he could be more powerful NOT being the President. He actually will have more clout working behind the scenes, like being a power broker. If he has this much polish to run against the CLINTON MACHINE now and people way he's not ready. Just imagine him when he is ready? We all know thhat Washington DC is dead NO ONE can get anything going there anymore. The good people are leaving and I actually think it will polluite Barack's chances of being a really good President as an INDEPENDENT. This election just may be the beginning of the end for DEMS AND REPS. A third party will emerge soon called INDEPENDENTS, WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH!!!!

    March 28, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. Caryn MH, WDC

    Al Gore should ask Hillary to concede gracefully and support Senator Obama.

    March 28, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. Jim R

    Just watched President Bush's news conference with Australian Prime Minister on CNN News.

    The CNN White House News Reporter reporting back to CNN referred to both Nations leaders as Mr.? What the hell is this about CNN? Why are our National Leaders not being respected with leader ship titles?

    This is equivalent to letting children refer to their parents by their first names and it is dumb. Stop it please!

    Sorry of this is OT on this blog. Could not find any way to respond to CNN News directly.

    March 28, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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