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.
James, for once you have spoken something sensible.
I still think the best choice for VP is Webb.
he needs to ahave major role in a Obama Adminstration
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.
if you say so
Al Gore should get a special position of "world global environmental czar" and coordinate global warming issues with world leaders.
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.
Great now Carville is taking revenge on Obama by suggesting Obama's VP ought to be Gore. Gore is a loony.
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.
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........
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
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.
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.
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?
Don't do it, Mr. Gore!
If Gore was on the Obama ticket, you'd definitely have some senior votes including mine.
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.
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.
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"!
Anyone but Hillary
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?!!
Hillary new support group, PUMA; Poor uneducated miserable adults = Republican Chaos. lol
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.
I agree except strike the word "Vice".
I've been thinking about this a lot for the last few days. I like the idea a lot.
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.