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. NoMccain

    Do you do this to simply provoke a reaction out of us? This is rediculous and absurd. Gore has been above American politics since he conceded the presidency to Bush. He's like Caesar.

    June 11, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. Info

    OBAMA/GORE 08'

    DONT LISTEN TO THESE REPUBLICANS acting as hillary supports they are trying to divide and conqur open ur eyes ppl

    June 11, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. Myla Humphrey

    Why doesn't Obama chose Madeline Albright as his VP?

    She was Secretary of State for years so she has foreign policy experience.

    She is well known.

    And, she is a woman.

    June 11, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  4. Clark Kent

    Gore would be a great choice. He actually have experience and more trustworthy unlike Hillary Clinton.

    June 11, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  5. Manuel TX

    It would be a parent child relationship.

    I'm not sure that Gore would be interested in serving with a guy that hasn't even finished one term in the U.S. Senate.


    June 11, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. mike henderson

    we need al gore like we need more taxes this is outer limits we know you in power have run out of new ideas for new taxes but can you somehow come up with a new tax yes call it carbon credits or a tax by any other name it is sill a tax and will cost us the suckers who vote for this scam we need al gore like we need the black death again thanks for your misinfo mike h.

    June 11, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. Blue Dog Democrat

    Does Carville have ANY new ideas? Does he get some sort of kick-back every time a Clinton era figure gets back in to office?

    June 11, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  8. TEXAN

    Carville still has " HILLARYITES". He only wants to give Gore a chance to turn Obama down so that Obama can look bad. I guess he is still hoping that Obama will have no choice but to pick Hillary as VP. Come on Carville, give it up and join the winning team !!!!!

    GO OBAMA ! You will make the right choice for your VP. We are behind you 100% .

    June 11, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  9. Shannon

    Al Gore is better than that, I would be sad to see him align himself with the Obama campaign. I hear Obana likes to chat with Jennifer Lopez and Obama is so busy that he misses 42% of the votes in the senate, but not to busy that he can't chat up Hollywood starlets. God help us, maybe Gore would be the best choice, he can save us from this man.

    June 11, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. FactCheck

    When asked if McCain would be interested in having Dick Cheney on his cabinet, he replied “I don’t know if I would want him as vice president. He and I have the same strengths. But to serve in other capacities? Hell, yeah.”

    June 11, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. Joe

    Senator Obama has a lot of great choices, and I guess one could agree with James to say that Vice President Gore is a good choice. But absolutely not for the reasons James claims.

    Vice President Gore's energy and environmental policies are too focused on demand-side economics. He believes that if you raise the cost enough, people will change their behaviors. Higher energy costs are the problem not the solution.

    We've got to got serious about alternatives (and that is not limited to renewables). We need to serious start to look at plug-in hybrids and advanced clean coal as a means of meeting growing electricity demand. Coal is here and it is affordable. If we invest in the technology, it will continue to be a cleaner energy option.

    June 11, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  12. Fred

    Wow...I am the 1st one? Where are the Obama shills.

    June 11, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  13. Clear Picture

    Yeah Obama and Gore 08!!!!

    June 11, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  14. Susan

    Not a bad isea at all. He is a great man, unlike McBush whose favorite hobby is keeping women down, and lets see how many soldiers I can murder this week!

    June 11, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  15. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Carville worked on Bill Clinton and Al Gore's campaign and also supported Hillary Clinton. Now he wants Gore in Obama's V.P. spot which is not a bad choice. However, as much as I like Carville it's time for him to butt out because he now is sounding desperate.

    June 11, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  16. sophia nyc

    Why are people discussing this like it's up to them to decide?

    Whoever Obama picks will still be better than 100 years in Iraq, and possibly Iran, and it's "not important when they come back"

    June 11, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  17. Susan

    , Nope, if he picks anyone but HIllary, he will lose millions of votes.

    June 11, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  18. julio ruiz

    gore will be good vp

    June 11, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  19. Dusacre

    James Carville knows very well that he is talking crazy

    June 11, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  20. Tom

    I believe this is right on track and should be the focus for the next 4 years and the next 4 years after that. lets get back the economy and the way of thinking we had before we lost it in 2000. The economy was going up and the enviromental issues were starting to be addressed, lets get it back.

    June 11, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  21. Obama/Clinton 08

    20bucks – he said no~

    June 11, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. bettee

    Is it April 1st?
    C'mon, the guy is a laughinstock since his 'documentary"
    Any comedian would have field day with him as VP

    June 11, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  23. JohnK


    June 11, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  24. Clinton Supporter

    I'm willing to be A LOT that Al Gore wouldn't be caught dead as Obama's VP. Obama – as I've said before – the guy with the thugs in $2,000 suits. Jim Johnson – everybody in DC knows all about him. Now the rest of America does too.
    McCain is right. Obama doesn't give up his sleazy cronies unless he's caught red handed. Then he can't run away fast enough. Rev Wright, Rezko, Johnson – when will it stop? Answer: It won't stop. He' all yours, America.

    June 11, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  25. Bubba

    not worth a comment. next . . .

    June 11, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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