June 12th, 2008
08:15 AM ET
12 years ago

Carville: Gore would make a great vice president...again

Gore has ruled out a run for any office but President.

Gore has ruled out a run for any office but President.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic strategist James Carville told CNN Wednesday that former Vice President Al Gore should reprise his role as the No. 2 on a Democratic ticket.

“I think if I was Senator Obama I would say the biggest economic problem we face is the biggest national security problem and the biggest environmental problem,” Carville told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on the Situation Room. “And if I were him, I would ask Al Gore to serve as his vice president, his energy czar, in his administration to reduce our consumption and reliance on foreign energy sources.

“That would send a signal to the world, to American people, to Congress, to everybody, that America's getting serious about this horrendous problem that we face.”

Gore said in December that he might jump back into the political fray – but only in a bid for the top spot. A third term as vice president would mean Gore had spent more time in the office than anyone in U.S. history.

Later, the political strategist – who supported Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid – admitted he’d rather see her name on the ballot under Obama’s this fall. “Obviously, I would be delighted if he picked Senator Clinton. I'm trying to be provocative in one sense,” said Carville.

Conservative commentator Bill Bennett dismissed the idea. “It's been said that the vice presidency isn't worth a bucket of - you know the rest of the line. To do it twice, I don't know that someone would want to do it twice. He's been there, done that.” He added that Gore would probably not want to put himself “in a subordinate role” – and that Obama needed a foreign policy expert as his running mate.

Both Carville and Bennett are CNN contributors.

Filed under: Al Gore • Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (393 Responses)
  1. mike

    It is unlikely that Mr. Gore serving as Obama's VP would suit either. Mr. Gore will no doubt however have a major role in energy use, global warming legislation and policy, and perhaps in foreign affairs. Whether this will be formal or informal is up to both of them.

    June 11, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  2. Charlotte

    This is truely a pipe dream. Why in the world would Al Gore want to be Obamas' VP? I know he would add a bunch to the ticket and he could usurp Obama big time. Obama needs someone who would not over shadow him and I say good luck with that one. I just hope Hillary won't do it. It is so sad when we have a nominee who needs a big name to try to win in November. Richardson sure helped him in Puerto Rico didn't he? LOL Maybe Kerry would be his running mate, no that won't do, he already lost once as head dude. How about Carter, he has already met with Hammas. No, he was president once already and we know how that worked out. Oh well, I'm sure he'll come up with someone.

    June 11, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  3. Mr. Conservative

    Gore President and Hillary VP on the (I) ticket. I am a hard-core conservative and would rater see anything but Obama

    June 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  4. Keith!

    I'm not too sure

    June 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  5. Animal Farmish

    For those who are hawkish and support military action like McCain anywhere, at anytime, are not at all in a full understanding of the situation, we, America faces with radical Islam.

    Fighting an idea or ideology can not be attacked by war. It is like fighting the Flu every year with Chicken Soup. It may feel good but it doesn't cure the body. The body fights the infection on its level, counteracting its invasion at the cellular level.

    Only another idea or belief spread virally can counteract an ideology. These ideas to counteract must be embodied and put forth through foreign policy.

    Give me the thinking man/woman who will seek to understand why a culture would have hatred against us, Western life, in order to enact a foreign policy to remove the hatred and safeguard our security.

    At the end of the day, chicken soup is just chicken soup and ineffective. You can slurp it all you want, but the flu or a viral belief can only be counteracted with another entity (belief) that can absorb and diffuse it. I'm not saying Islam is a virus or even radical Islam is a virus but rather ideas are propagated like virus and the body politic follows the commands like instructions being dropped from the nucleus.

    June 11, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  6. Peter

    Al Gore would be perfect! but i dont see him running as VP again

    June 11, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  7. Proud American

    Hmmm... very interesting.
    Lets Go Dems!!!

    June 11, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  8. Timber

    He knows better to get involved with Obama.

    June 11, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  9. m.c.

    Unless Obama picks Hillary, he doesn't have a snowball's chance. Why would Hillary people NOT support Obama, but choose McCain?? It's very simple to understand. McCain is a little to the right of center, Hillary is a little to the left. Obama is so far left with his radical friends, he's in another ballpark. No Obama!!! The few million we are talking about are the "Reagan Democrats" who would have loved to be Democrat again with Hillary, but just cannot accept far left!!!!

    June 11, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  10. P. Zeiler

    Al Gore is very OLD news even if he is a very bright, forward thinking individual, it would be a disaster for Obama to even consider him. He just doesn't have a lot of the qualities that Obama needs to compliment him in this politcal race. Secondly, Gore has no charisma, ....etc. Forget that idea.

    June 11, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |

    Yes I think this is a great idea maybe this time he would actually get to be the Vice this time, we all know Who made that impossible for him the last time! Ah come on you know who Who is!!

    Pssssst Hillary!

    June 11, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  12. Racist Statements from Obama's Books

    How bout President Gore and VP Obama?

    June 11, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  13. ProObama

    This may be the only time I've ever agreed with James Carville.

    June 11, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  14. Alex Klenski (Salem,OR)

    I think that Barack Obama should choose Colin Powell as his VP choice.

    June 11, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  15. John McCain is married to the Mob

    Really James.....?

    From I remember you didn't take well to Al but maybe you want to cause conflict with Gore and the Obama campaign.

    If you ask me, Gore should not be anyone's VP, if he's not the President (which he was with very little support from you, thank you very much) then he should be a very well paid advisor.

    June 11, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  16. Jazzy

    Senator Obama should consult with his VEEP committee prior to making any decisions as to who or who should not be his vice president. Whatever you do Senator Obama, make sure that the final decision you make is yours. Do the best that you can in this race for president and when you win, make the country even prouder of you than it already is. You had the "audacity to hope" and we are sure that any decision that you make from here out will be based on (1) faith, (2) hope, (3) love for the country, (4) integrity, (5) wisdom, (6) knowledge, (7) intelligence and all that is necessary to make a GREAT PRESIDENT. God bless you and God bless America.

    June 11, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |

    fascinating, the Obama people will now be grapling at straws, if they should follow this thought process...Its incredible a field of 20..thats sheer lunacy

    June 11, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  18. McCain 08

    McCain does not need screaming Hillary women to win this election. We will win with out your help. We want nothing to do with Hillary or her supporters.

    McCain 08,12

    June 11, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
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