March 31st, 2008
01:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Gore: I am no 'Boss Tweed'

Gore said Sunday he does not anticipate getting involved in the presidential race.
Gore said Sunday he does not anticipate getting involved in the presidential race.

(CNN) – His name continues to get mentioned as a Democratic elder who could hammer out a resolution in his party's deadlocked presidential race, but former Vice President Al Gore said Sunday he's not interested in the job.

"I'm trying to stay out of it," the former vice president said on CBS' "60 Minutes" of the prolonged race for the White House.

"I'm not applying for the job of broker," he also said when pressed about the possibility he will be one of the few neutral Democrats who could sit Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton down together.

The comments follow increased speculation that Gore, the party's 2000 presidential nominee, may be called to forge a compromise between the two candidates, or even appear on the top of the presidential ticket himself.

In the interview Sunday, Gore laughed off that role as a modern day 'Boss Tweed.'

But last 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 Clinton nor Obama could reach a deal themselves.

"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.

Gore shrugged off that suggestion: "I doubt very seriously that I'll ever be a candidate again," he said. Though in a CNN interview last December, Gore said if he did make a return as a candidate, it would only be as a candidate for president

But Gore isn't staying out of politics completely. The former vice president also announced Sunday he's funding a massive, bipartisan ad campaign to raise awareness on global warming. The $300 million venture, funded largely by profits from his Oscar-winning film "An Inconvenient Truth" and the cash component from his Nobel Peace Prize, will feature political rivals jointly calling for action on the climate crisis.

"Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich, two people who don't agree on very much at all...are doing an ad together" Gore explained. Reverends Al Sharpton and Pat Robertson will also appear together, among others.

TIME.com: Is Al Gore the answer?

– CNN's Alexander Mooney and Peter Lanier

soundoff (252 Responses)
  1. Shawna

    The DNC won't need Gore as deal breaker because the Clinton campaign staff will be urging her to drop out well before the convention. Her campaign is already in debt even with the so called largest states, it shows that there is no enthusiasm for her campaign, just people voting for what they are familiar with.

    March 31, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. Gore

    "It was a horrible lie," said 29-year-old Midhat Efendira.

    Like most Bosnians, he expressed a deep appreciation of Bill Clinton for his role in ending the war. But he found Hillary Clinton's remarks intolerable.

    "It was a low blow," he said. "She did it to gain sensational publicity."

    Efendira said that Bosnians are closely following the US presidential race and that Hillary's remarks have damaged the formerly untouchable Clinton name in the country.

    Sead Numanovic, the deputy editor-in-chief of Bosnia's largest newspaper, Dnevni Avaz, laughed at Sen. Clinton's account of the alleged sniper fire and her claim that she "misspoke."

    "My first thought was, she must be kidding," he said. "When someone threatens your life, you don't make a mistake."

    Numanovic said his paper has not even bothered to cover the story.

    "We don't have space for someone's lies," he said. "Why is she so stupid? It doesn't portray her as a real leader."

    March 31, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. Chris in Columbus

    Alonzo forgets that after the election in 2000, only crackpots were yelling about anything being 'stolen'. And right after 9/11, Bush had an approval rating as high as any sitting president. It wasn't because of Gore that people dislike Bush. It's because of the man himself.

    March 31, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. jennmym

    If Gore had won his own state of TN, Florida would not have mattered.

    March 31, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. jw, canadian,ok

    Yes, Al Gore is the answer.

    March 31, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. vic nashville,Tn

    Chill out and Stay out
    let the race go we will know the democratic nominee by August
    If Obama nominee Mc Cain is next president
    If Hillary nominee Hillary is next president
    So again chill out
    In November we will come to know Hillary or Mc Cain

    March 31, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Jon

    Please take note that Al Gore never said he would refuse to be compromise canidate. The fact is that if he accepts the nomination and runs, he will win the general election by a huge majority. The left loves him and the center (independent voters) wish he had won in 2000. Even though McCain is popular among the center, Gore will get the majority of independent votes, and that is what is needed to win the general election. The Obama and Clinton campaigns refuse to believe the fact that neither of them will ever get the majority of the center's votes in the general election. Both of them are way to left for the center to ever vote for them in the general election. Sure they got their own party going nuts for them, but the general election is a totally different monster. Obama will be an easy target and get eaten alive by the Republican machine and Clinton, well the name alone speaks for itself. Now, I am neither a Dem or Rep, I am a realist. Gore runs he gets my vote. If not, it is McCain. For the leftist Clinton Obama lovers out their this is how more than half the nation feels. Deal with it!!! Go for it GORE!!!

    March 31, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Flori-Duh

    Great... All we need is Al, perpetuating the greatest lie of our lifetime, global warming, running for president. Hey Al, instead of wasting your time on the farce of global warming, why don't you do something useful like getting Hillary's campaign to pay there bills!!!

    That woman, Ms. Clinton, can't manage her campaign's money – how can she manage the country's???

    McCain / Rice '08

    March 31, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Kim in NC

    I love Obama, but I'd take Gore at the top of the ticket anyday.

    We need to address the climate change problem effectively and a soon as possible.

    March 31, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. good for you

    The true democrats are a dying breed.

    Now we bully and cheat our way into a nomination.

    Obama should only win fairly.

    The caucus format is not fair.
    Throwing away Clinton's votes in Fl and Mi is not fair.

    Playing the race card and calling the Clintons racist (NOT true) and then justifying Wright's comments as freedom of speech is not fair.

    Lets all play by the same rules.

    COUNT THE VOTES.

    March 31, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. Gore Should Stay Out Of It

    I think Al Gore would regret it if he got into this as some kind of "broker". He is not. I like him a lot, but I think he should stay out of it.

    I would like to see Gore endorse Hillary Clinton, though.

    Go Hillary!

    March 31, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. American Girl

    The Clintons will really turn Repulican if Gore is seen as the Senior Statesman, that he really is! The Clintons left Gore in a mess when he ran.

    President Clinton needs to get ZERO air time.... You do not see McCain's or Obama's wives on TV. Stop letting Hillary skate on Bill's name and legacy.

    Hillary and Bill divided the party when he was immoral in the white house and made side deals.

    Bush/Clinton just need to retire and leave politics alone/... Clinton is too blindsided to see that Obama is the now generation!. '

    I am of the mind that either Obama or McCain are the best means of change. I am an Obama support and organizer but I will not vote for Hillary even as a democrat. SHe has shown true selfishness in this election.

    Liar, Liar under Sniper Fire!
    NowShe is the Fairy Tale Candidate

    March 31, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. Kim in NC

    Clinton would not win MI.

    March 31, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. Jenna W MA

    I believe Al Gore's statement that he is not interested in becoming President. The issue of Global Warming is his life at present. And I feel it is a cause worthy of his Great Ambitions.

    March 31, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. Flori-Duh

    Great… All we need is Al, perpetuating the greatest lie of our lifetime, global warming, running for president. Hey Al, instead of wasting your time on the farce of global warming, why don't you do something useful like getting Hillary's campaign to pay their bills!!!

    That woman, Ms. Clinton, can't manage her campaign's money – how can she manage the country's???

    McCain / Rice '08

    March 31, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. Carolyn

    I think that Al Gore has more than proven time and again that his strength IS NOT in the political arena. I think he would do well to continue to stay out of it. Push the global warming agenda, but leave the politics to those who have a chance of running a winning campaign, please.

    March 31, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  17. Don in IN

    How can Obama be stealing the election? Rules were agreed upon. If Obama was behind he would stick to the rules and not even push to have Florida and Michigan counted. Anyway, I guess it is to much for some people in the U.S. to have a real person in the White House. Have any of his doubters read either one of his books?

    March 31, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. URGENT -- SPLELLING TYPOS

    PLEASE somebody make a correction to this sentence...

    "His name continues to get mentioned as a Democratic elder who cold hammer out a resolution in his party's deadlocked presidential..."

    I think the word cold should have been COULD...

    March 31, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. Mike in Houston

    No one, not even Obama or Hillary, is LESS qualified to be President than Al Gore.

    March 31, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. Lou

    Bill Maher brought up a good point on his show last week....if you think about it, Obama upsetting the Clintons is a huge political accomplishment. Maher pointed out the first few months of the race Obama wasn't even listed as a candidate on many news outlet sources because no one considered him a threat. I'm sure the super delegates who know the Clinton Machine first hand, will consider this in their votes.

    March 31, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  21. Alexa

    I see a Clinton- Edwards or Obama- Edwards ticket before I see Gore on either one of them.

    March 31, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. Snoop Diggity-DANG-Dawg

    Gore: ""I'm trying to stay out of it."

    Uh huh. You keep on trying, Al. Try really, really hard.

    March 31, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  23. Bob

    Sir Hillary, could use your endrosement.

    March 31, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. Stuart in L.A.

    Irreparable damge has been inflicted on the Dems and will not heal by November. At this point the only prayer is to put a new name at the top of the ticket.

    March 31, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  25. True Independent, MD

    Get Real Democrats!
    The quickest way to lose the general election is to put a man who was not part of the process as your candidate. How is that democratic?

    Sen Clinton's supporters obviously have no respect for rules, else they would not be still talking about FL and MI.

    The solution is that all the super delegates should start making their choices known. That will end this charade.

    March 31, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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