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. Barbara Querrie

    James, for once you have spoken something sensible.

    June 11, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. Skyway

    I still think the best choice for VP is Webb.

    June 11, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  3. Kenneth

    he needs to ahave major role in a Obama Adminstration

    June 11, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. Kenneth M

    GORE BLEW HIS SHOT. IT IS TIME FOR A WHOLE NEW CROP OF LEADERSHIP. PERHAPS OBAMA CAN GET ONE OF THE NEXT TEL FIRE DEPARTMENT GUYS TO BE VP. THEY SEEM TO GET THINGS DONE.

    June 11, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  5. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    if you say so

    June 11, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. Marty

    Al Gore should get a special position of "world global environmental czar" and coordinate global warming issues with world leaders.

    June 11, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. Roxy

    WHY I WILL NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA

    THESE ARE HIS OWN WORDS IN NOV/2004 WHEN INTERVIEWED AFTER BECOMING IL NEXT US SENATOR AND ASKED BY A REPORTER WHY HE HAD RULED OUT RUNNING NATIONALLY:

    OBAMA’S RESPONSE: “YOU KNOW, I’M A BELIEVER IN KNOWING WHAT YOU’RE DOING WHEN YOU APPLY FOR A JOB AND I THINK THAT IF I WERE TO SERIOUSLY CONSIDER RUNNING ON A NATIONAL TICKET, I WOULD ESSENCIALLY HAVE TO START NOW BEFORE HAVING SERVED A DAY IN THE SENATE, NOW THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO MIGHT BE COMFORTABLE DOING THAT BUT I’M NOT ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE.

    June 11, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. Peter Griffin

    Great now Carville is taking revenge on Obama by suggesting Obama's VP ought to be Gore. Gore is a loony.

    June 11, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. Ann

    Gore needs to run for President himself and knock Obama out of the race completely. That way, Hillary could be Gore's vice president. Gore and Clinton both are way too smart to be Obama's vice president.

    June 11, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  10. William, from Cali

    James Carville is a "bitter" person, you can see it; whenever "things don't go his way,'or his "person" is losing or has lost. All the "bitter" people, should leave Washington for the "good of the Country"...I want Change, starting in Washington. Obama, can choose for himself. Let's get some "New Blood" in Washington, for a Change........

    June 11, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Go home Carville and help Hillary pay her bills. That what you can do.

    Obama don't trust this guy.

    NO Hillary and NO Bayh for VP

    June 11, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  12. Chris, Denver CO

    I'd like to see Gore back in the top eschelon of government, but not necessarily as the VP. I don't really care who Obama's running mate is, as long as we don't end up with for more years on neo-con nonsense with McCain.

    June 11, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  13. DJ, LA, CA

    Many people have mentioned this already...but it really doesn't make any sense. First of all, it defeats the whole appeal of "change" to have Clinton's VP back in the same exact position.

    Not to mention he already ran in the G.E. in 2000 and lost to W.

    June 11, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  14. No way!

    Carville *was* kidding, right?

    A man of the stature of Gore (who himself *should've been POTUS eight years ago!), a man with a Nobel Prize, a man who now should be considered second-in-command to a flim-flam man?

    Beyond insulting!!

    Don't do it, Mr. Gore!

    June 11, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  15. Barb

    If Gore was on the Obama ticket, you'd definitely have some senior votes including mine.

    June 11, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  16. California Girl

    Obama/Gore is a DREAM ticket; however, it won't happen. Please don't degrade Al Gore as #2. Gore has paid his dues and deserves to be President.

    TL from previous: Hillary Supporters are NOT closet racists. They just feel that Obama does not DESERVE to be our nominee while Hillary represented the overall American people (18,000,000 votes says enough). Obama has not proved himself yet as Hillary has. Obama has no foreign policy intelligence, no executive level experience that is needed at this crucial time in history. Furthermore, the Rev. Wright situation, among the other shady characters that have influenced Obama's life and family, really frightens the American people and feel that Obama may have those hidden feelings as Rev. Wright. Also, Hillary supporters feel that Obama will not take care of them and will play favorites by race.

    June 11, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  17. Penelope

    Why would he want to play second fiddle again, especially to a newbie. He would do all the work and Bam Bam would get all the credit.

    June 11, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  18. Anna E.

    It is understandable they would be trying to pair Obama up with someone with ACTUAL experience, but those of us with a brain will not fall for it!

    "FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY ADULT LIFE, I WILL VOTE FOR THE GOP NOMINEE"!

    June 11, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  19. Lisa

    Anyone but Hillary

    June 11, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  20. Sante

    Hillary for VP, that is the only answer!

    If he is afraid to work wih her he is wick, a PRIMADONA!
    Or he does not want her to now that?!!

    June 11, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  21. Generation X

    Hillary new support group, PUMA; Poor uneducated miserable adults = Republican Chaos. lol

    June 11, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. kev

    no dummy, obama wants to make this a welfare state where everyone will drop out of high school because they know that the government will take care of them. there will be no future skilled labor, scientists, engineers, etc. to solve any of our problems if obama has his way.

    June 11, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  23. John NC

    I agree except strike the word "Vice".

    June 11, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  24. Brian, RI

    I've been thinking about this a lot for the last few days. I like the idea a lot.

    June 11, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  25. Generation X

    Brian, TN where are you and the other Republicans; Jan FL, Jim, PA, Staunch Clinton Supporter, Charlotte and Belle. Oh...I forgot you don't get paid after 5:00, LMAO NOT THIS TIME.

    June 11, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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