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. NW Independent

    The Dems really blew it on this one. The one candidate that would have walked into the White House no questions asked barely got a sniff.

    John Edwards was unbeatable. The Dems. went out on a limb as usually and it looks like they will pay for that in November.

    March 31, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Cash

    Who are these reporters? To make a statement that this 300 million dollars is being funded mainly by the profits from Gores film and Nobel prize money is so stupid. Do your job! Get it right or get a new gig.

    March 31, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Jack

    I am so glad that the Vice President is staying out of this mess. He is a very intelligent man and he has given so much to the party. He needs to continue in his role as a leader of the party.

    March 31, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. Mike M., Atlanta, GA

    Al Gore is smart enough not to get caught up in this mess, plus I don't think he would be the "shoe-in" everyone seems to think. Everybody thought he lost in 2000 due to the Florida debacle, but it was really his failure to carry his own home state of Tennessee.

    March 31, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. Mary - Independent

    Too bad that Al Gore does not want to run as a Presidential candidate, but can't say as I blame him. With his background and professionalism, he really would be good for our Country.
    It will be interesting to see what takes place by convention time!

    March 31, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. Franky

    Go Al, Go Al(remix).......LOL!!!!

    March 31, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. NOBAMA

    Hey American Girl – Obama's and McCain's wives aren't former 2-term Presidents – Bill Clinton is, that's why he gets air time.

    If Clinton doesn't win the nomination, I'd vote for Gore again!

    March 31, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. veronica lynne

    Thank you, Al Gore. That's the right decision!

    March 31, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. Ryan

    Are you people serious? Obama cheated by not allowing MI and FL to revote? Clinton supported their votes not being counted until she realized that the nomination wasn't hers after Super Tuesday. MI and FL went against party rules, they knew the consequences beforehand. Then, when given the opportunity to come up with a revote solution, both MI and FL could not come up with anything that would be fair and work. Neither candidate is to blame for this, only the higher ups in MI and FL that thought it would be a good idea to get their state's delegates stripped.

    March 31, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Carol/Lansing Michigan

    "are you afraid more incriminating facts will come out about Obama ,"

    No one can trump the Clintons on incriminating facts. The Clintons still haven't released their taxes and or all of the schedules of when Hillary was first lady.

    We all know why the Clintons waited so long to release their records last time.

    March 31, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. Sean

    Please do not let this combative primary get in the way of our mission as democrats. Whoever gets the nomination should get our vote regardless of who we favor!

    The Republican machine is ruthless and will look to exploit this situation at every turn. So if you think this is bad, just wait and see what's in store for Obama/Clinton in the ensuing months.

    March 31, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Little Hawk

    I would like to see the Gore-Obama ticket because it would hold such promise for this country in terms of acting upon global warming, equality for all, and the real prospect of lasting peace around the world. However, if the Clinton's perception is that they are unfairly squeezed out of obtaining the nomination, I suspect Hillary may run as an independent and that would be a downright frightful thing to see for this country.

    March 31, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Carla F. Mollica, Albuquerque, NM

    You know, Gore has certainly come into his own since the 2000 fiasco of an election ( Bush/the Republicans bought that election mainly in Florida)
    Gore won the popular vote in 2000 & could easily do it again. If he attaches himself to Hillary as VP I believe together they could win this election by a landslide. If everyone counts on Obama beating McCain, get real cause that won't happen.

    March 31, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. Barb

    I will vote for Hillary is nominated or write her name in if Obama is nominated. I will never vote for McCain as long as he is wedded to the Bush Iraq/Economic policies. However, Al Gore would be a wonderful choice, which I saddly believe is not a viable option.

    Either case - if/when Obama gets the nomination, it would be wise to start ordering your "McCain" T-Shirts, because he will be the next President of the United States. Obama simply will not pull in the moderate independents - like me. They will either stay home, write in (as I have determined to do, because I simply cannot NOT vote in a presidential election), OR, they will hold their noses on the Iraq/economic issues and vote McCain.

    I do not dislike Obama - I simply have no faith in his ability to lead this nation at this time in our history - oddly, just the opposite point of view of his most ardent supporters.

    March 31, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. HAM

    Every re-count I've ever seen came up with Bush winning...
    The other would have made world wide news...

    Gore is done... has been since for a long time...

    I wish him well making his millions on the Man Mad Global Warming scare... which in ten years will be about as popular as right guard causing the ozone issue.... (later found to be solar winds)...

    At least we beat the global cooling scare of the 70s...

    I do wish he'd run... at least we could here some new mud slinging from the Democrats... they are going to hand the whitehouse to McCain... which isn't a good thing

    March 31, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. ACFX

    How much more will the atmosphere pollute when Al flies alone in his private jet to the convention?
    At least Don Imus takes families with terminally ill kids along with him wherever he goes.
    How 'bout you Al?

    March 31, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. true democrat

    I have to give it to the Republicans for their strategy to win the 2008 presidential race. They have taken full advantage of technology by posting on these blogs disguised as democrats so we will start to fight each other. Looks like their strategy will work if we don't wake up.

    March 31, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. Chuck in Oregon

    Al Gore has found his place in the world. As a politician, I did not care for him; however, his work with the envriroment has been fantastic. I think he needs to stay where he is and let someone like Howard Deen, Nancy and maybe Mr Kennedy deal with this mess between Obama and CLinton. In fact Clinton and Obama need to sit down and have a heart to heart and settle this once and for all.

    March 31, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. Sharon Minnesota

    Can't blame the man. He took a horrible beating the last time he got involved with politics. It's very fitting that Al Gore is now contributing hugely to benefit humanity and GWB is looking like a major looser.

    The Obama campaign supporters and the press need to take a step back and let the democratic process work itself out. May the best woman win!!

    March 31, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. Alex H

    Jeff Radun –

    "...And when they run again in the house they will be defeated for endorsing Mr Obama before their state gets to vote and chooses Hillary"

    Man... I thought Hillary was running on a "let everyone vote and let the superdelegates vote however they want" platform right now. I guess she should forward you that memo... oh wait... no my mistake you probably got the real memo saying "let everyone vote and let the superdelegates vote however they want... as long as it's for me". I understand now.

    March 31, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. Go Hillary!!! Cosmic Comedy Queen!

    Good for you Al!

    March 31, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. mp

    Isn't this race complicated enough? People seriously want to throw Al Gore into the mess? Give me a break! It will be a miracle just to get through to November with the 2 candidates. Thank you for declining Mr. Gore – Please don't change your mind.

    March 31, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. J. R.

    If only Al Gore was the nominee! It would be the opportunity to make things right – oh wait – he won the first time!

    March 31, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Key West Sun

    Gore is not the answer.
    Obama people need to look at the facts, not a dream world.
    Look at the totals for the states that have voted,,,,, like it is the fall election, THE ONE WE NEED TO WIN, Obama has 192 electoral votes ,Hillary has 219. If you add in Florida and Michigan she has 263.
    That is only 7 short of winning in the fall.
    Folks we have got to pull together here and get the White House back, like it or not, Hillary Clinton gives us that chance.

    March 31, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. RETIRED PROFESSIONAL W/WOMAN OF 63

    Obama is the Man.

    All Hillary wants is money, property and prestige! Oh, and furniture!

    March 31, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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