June 12th, 2008
08:15 AM ET
10 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. Nick Mancini

    If Mr. Gore can put his country above himself, he'd accept the position of VP if offered by Mr. Obama. I see it as a distinct poossibility, and, an awesome team.

    (By the way, I sure wish more people would remember a speech a U.S. president gave on April 18, 1977. He was laughed out of office. I am glad to see him vindicated while he's still alive. Look it up, people.)


    June 11, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  2. jimmy velman


    June 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  3. Linden

    Doesn't seem like a smart strategic move...

    June 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  4. DJ Fisher, MD

    I see the selection of Al Gore and VP as a politically good one. He not only provides tremendous foreign policy experience, he is the "go to guy" on enviromental concerns all of us have formost on our minds. Obama needs a running mate who brings experience to the ticket without being overbearing. Someone who doesn't polarize an already divided party, Al Gore provides all the above, with dramatic appeal to all Americans.

    June 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  5. jimmy velman


    June 11, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  6. mr new york

    that would be a good choice.

    June 11, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  7. Anonymous


    June 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  8. Josh Quito

    To be honest I feel that the Vice President pick is of little importance to me. But I would say Al Gore would be a great pick up on the Obama ticket. He is knowledgeable and experienced. Plus I feel that the economy is not as important as the environment. If we can reduce our need of foreign oil then we maybe able to make the proper economic moves to become a leader of world industries again. Once we save our planet we can save our country.

    June 11, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  9. Otto from Des Moines

    Al Gore would be good. Also it appears that party is uniting behind Obama both in new Gallup Poll (Obama lead outside of margin v. McCain) and in the just released Wall Street Journal Poll he leads by 6% or outside of the margin of error and he even leads McCain by 6% among "elusive" white women.

    We might be getting a smart president after all.

    June 11, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  10. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Hear, hear Jose, I agree with ya. 🙂 Gore would make a great environmental czar for the U.S. if he were interested. Sigh, hopefully he will be.

    Obama/Sebelius '08

    June 11, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  11. Tom from Atlanta

    Why is it that some people are looking for someone who can be Obamas' daddy as VP? I hope he picks someone fairly new to politics. Don't you people get his message? Change.

    June 11, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  12. scott

    Why would he do that. if he wanted office he would of ran for president again.

    June 11, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  13. Winthorp

    Before the enraged mob of Hilary fans get here, I would just like to say, If Hilary is not on the tickets, would you still vote obama? Or would you vote for $5+ a gallon, skyrocketing prices, your husband out of a job, and your son dieing in a country thousands of miles away?

    June 11, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  14. Larz

    that will be awesome OBAMA-GORE 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 11, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  15. DenverGirl

    Whatever it takes to BEAT McSAME!!! No more Bush policies! I say we banish them to their own island!

    Obama '08

    June 11, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |

    Every Time CarVille Opens His Mouth The Word Clinton Comes Out! Here Is A Bit Of Info For You. . . She Lost! And She Is Not Repeat Is Not Going To Be On The Ticket!

    June 11, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  17. Sebastian

    Would love to see former Tennessee Senator, Vice President and Nobel prize winner, Albert Gore, Jr. for Secretary of Energy

    Clean Energy Policy will be a hallmark of future America. Clean coal (liquification / Gasification) technologies, bio-fuels, wind and nuclear will have profound impacts on American competitiveness in the energy business … the export of clean fuels, affordable fuels will help Joe 6-Pack and our industrial base.

    Gore would also begin the long, overdue need to keep our planet in balance ecologically and reverse the decline evidenced by extreme wheather patterns.

    Moreover, beyond the environmental and economic aspects, energy independence has a direct relationship on our vulnerability to Mideast turmoil and our troops having to serve there.

    Given all these intersections (Economic, Environmental, Energy and Long term nation security). Mr. Gore, you could play an enormous role in matters that would allow you to apply your skills & experience in a way that the world would exhault.

    June 11, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |

    Litterally anyone he chooses can beat the Reublicans...

    Daffy Duck would be good as the VP... 🙂

    Mc Cane has only one[1] advantage over Barack...

    Barack has to go out and buy a mask for halloween..

    Mc Cane is Already freightening to the kids...

    Woww.. he's scary.. 😦

    June 11, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  19. Troy

    Good idea

    June 11, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  20. After further review,Texas

    No way.He is a coward.He wouldnt even fight the vote in 2000.

    June 11, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  21. scot

    why would he do that I fhe wanted a public office he would of tried for the pres. again

    June 11, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  22. A

    Personally, if Obama picked Gore as VP, I'd vote for that ticket.

    June 11, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  23. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    Gore would make a great choice, but, really, Obama has a lot of good people to choose from. My initial impression is that Gore or Bayh would be best. I'm also a fan of Bill Richardson.

    June 11, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  24. Dan

    I hope Barack Obama choose Reverend Wright as his running mate.

    McCain '08!!!!!!!

    June 11, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  25. ct voter

    THAT, would be awsome! That would bring the Democratic party togather and the GOP will be running for their money, because they KNOW he won 2000 and they know the people remember and won't let another Bush win again (Mccain we all know is another Bush, maybe even more extreme, and for the women he's said he wants to undo row vs wade).

    June 11, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
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