June 12th, 2008
08:15 AM ET
6 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. NO THANKS

    WHAT WOULD A DISTINGUISHED NOBEL PRIZE WINNER BE DOING ON A TICKET WITH BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA UH UH??

    HE HAS A LOT OF PEOPLE TO CHOSE FROM i.e. OPRAH, REV. WRIGHT, FARRACKAN, REZKO -THE LIST GOES ON.

    LEAVE AL GORE ALONE MR. CARVILLE

    June 11, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  2. JG Corcoran

    Isn't he constitutionally restricted?

    June 11, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  3. john carlson

    I think this would be a wonderful choice. If Al Gore would accept. It seems that VP's carry a bit more clout these day's since Cheney really runs things behind the scene's. However I believe Obama and Gore would work well together wihout Gore overshadowing the other. He brings years of experience and a new found wisdom that would serve Obama well!!!!! Please both of you consider it!

    June 11, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  4. Loretta from California

    Yes. There is no doubt that he would make an excellent President or Vice President but I doubt that he would want to be VP again.
    If only?

    June 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  5. Tejano

    I am busting a gut on this one. Al Gore is a loser. A windbag tied to another windbag is not exactly a good thing. Democrats need to find candidates with Character, integrity and experience in real life, not political speech making.

    June 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  6. Walt, Belton,TX

    Considering that most scientists think Gore is a blooming idiot, I guess he would fit right in with Carville's gang. I just hope Carville gets to give Obama a whole lot of suggestions and advice. That should give him all the expertise he needs to be just as successful as Clinton, Bill that is. Oh yeah, I forgot. He wasn't much of a success at all for the US, but he sure did line his own pockets. Well, that'll probably suit the Obamas just fine too.

    June 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  7. mark

    I think Al Gore is above being merely concerned about his stature. Look what he could achieve! Congress etc. seems to be filled with folks looking out for themselves and abandoning their duties as public servants. Yes, I think Mr. Gore is beyond that. We need someone who truly cares.

    June 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  8. Omaha Bob

    Gore would be a great addition to the ticket... but why would he want that spot? He has already held that position for 8 years. He has been much more successful outside of DC – and he will continue to make a difference outside of Washington – he doesn't need to be VP.

    June 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  9. DCtrain

    If Al would do it, it would be good.

    ManBearP

    June 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  10. Republican From FL

    Anyone would be better than McCain, in fact, google his name and "alzheimer" and see what comes up. Do we want a president with that dreadful disease?

    June 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. Michelle Coleman Hardy

    James Carville read my mind! The Obama-Gore ticket would be a force to be reckon with....Gore has experience, intergity, and a green thumb. As far as needing a foreign policy expert...appoint one to his cabinet. I admit I was bitter with the Clinton campaign. With HOPE comes forgiveness; therefore I say appoint HIlliary to lead the first for healthcare.

    Obama-Whomever 08

    Michelle, Chicago

    June 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. LB

    Of course Al Gore would make an excellent VP. He would make and excellent president. However, I doubt that he would want the job. I wish he would but can't imagine he would. I think he would be on the list if there was any indication he would accept.

    June 11, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  13. H

    I THINK AL GORE WOULD BE TAKING A STEP BACKWARD IF HE RAN WITH OBAMA AS VP. OBAMA DOES NOT DESERVE SUCH A FINE PERSON AS AL GORE.

    FROM AN X DEMOCRATIC

    June 11, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  14. Ryan

    I almost feel Mr. Gore took on the enivormental hero view point because it was the only field that was left that he did not mess up.
    Even Mr. Clinton said he felt more comfortable talking to George Bush for 20 minutes then all the time he spent with Gore.
    He preaches "Green" yet drives SUVs and has a house that produces a larger energy bill than some rural towns.
    I personally think there are a half dozen candiates better suited for the job than Mr. Gore. He will always be in the spot light. Let someone else with a more realistic view point that stands by there word be in the office.

    June 11, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  15. Lisa

    Al Gore needs to be on the top of the ticket. What an insult!

    June 11, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  16. Lawrence

    That would be GREAT

    June 11, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  17. Dr. Walker

    I think that Al Gore would be an excellent selection for Sen. Obama's VP.

    Obama/Gore '08..

    June 11, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  18. Lynn in NM

    NO! There are much better people out there.

    June 11, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  19. Victor

    Clinton had 8 years as President and Gore had 8 years as vice president ... did they make us any less dependent on oil or just keep the status quo? It doesn't matter whether a Republican or Democrat was in office, we haven't had a real energy policy in the last 40 years. Congress must shoulder just as much blame. It's not about the well being of our country but greasing the hands of the special interests groups while our soldiers die for the well being of a few.

    June 11, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Next...Keep looking. He'd accept if offered but give him a cabinet position somewhere but not VP.

    June 11, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  21. jimmy velman

    I AM FOLLOWING JAMES CARVILLE'S STATEMENTS AND COMMENTS ON CNN AND OTHER VENUES BECAUSE HE IS AND HAS BEEN CLOSE TO THE CLINTONS FOR YEARS. NOT ONLY IS HE VERY RELIABLE BUT VERY LOYAL TO THE CORE. IT'S GREAT THAT CNN HAS HIM AS CONTRIBUTOR TO ITS BIG NAME ROSTER
    OF NEWS CONTIBUTORS. IN HIS LATEST APPEARANCE ON CNN HE ONLY MENTIONED AL GORE AS A POSSIBLE CHOICE FOR OBAMA. HE DID NOT MENTION NOR ADVOCATE FOR HILLARY, WHICH TO US MEANS MORE THAN WHAT HE IMPLIES BY THE OMISSION.

    June 11, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  22. Diamond Jay

    I don't get why not put Gore at the top of the ticket. The votes at the convention can just go to a second ballot with a few delegates abstaining, and then give it to Gore, who unlike Obama, is qualified to be President, and have Obama on the ticket. As a Clinton supporter, I actually wanted Gore as a first choice. He was smart enough not to smear his name by going against Obama and being dubbed a racist, so I went to Hillary. Gore for Prez.

    June 11, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  23. BJ

    They should have Gore for President, and Obama as VP.

    That's more appropriate.

    June 11, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  24. Rick from Bowie

    I'm sure he'd accept but NEXXXXXT...keep looking! Give him a cabinet level position but not VP. Keep looking for the absolute best person that synergizes with you, has the energy and vision.

    June 11, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  25. s callahan

    Hell No! Carville you are such an instigator! :-)

    June 11, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
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