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. Doug

    YES! YES! YES! I have been saying this forever, it would solve all problems( for the dem party) and would be great for our country. Obama/Gore '08 What a team they would be!

    June 11, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  2. bettee

    He wants Obama to lose, right?

    June 11, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  3. What?!?

    Hey, Carville likes to drop bombs and shake things up. That's all fine and good in his capacity as pundit but the dude's crazy. I have few complaints about Al but been there, done that. First, I don't think he would be interested and second, both Gore and Carville represent the past. We need to learn from the successes and mistakes of the past; not relive them. Unite and go forward not simply as a party of like-minded individuals but as a nation.

    June 11, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  4. Jim

    Having Al Gore as your running mate is like contracting a serious venereal disease.

    June 11, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  5. Politico

    Gore would make a great anything, but I really think he'd be able to achieve more of his goals as Secretary of Energy. I may be wrong, but the last couple of years I've been under the impression that he's more interested in getting things done/making a difference than he is in playing politics.

    Still, it would be fantastic if he was Obama's veep, then ran in 2016. Unlikely, but a girl can dream!

    June 11, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  6. Marilyn Z McWilliams

    General Wesley Clark would make an excellent running mate for Sen. Obama for these reasons:
    1. supported Clinton, will help bring her voters (18 million strong)
    2. military man
    a. counters Sen. McCain's defense credentials
    b. will attract white male voters as well as military voters
    c. energetic, exudes competence and confidence
    d. commanded an army successfully, executive experience
    3. moderate Democrat balancing Sen. Obama's liberalism

    Looks good to me!

    June 11, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  7. DannyCali

    I don't think so.........Why he have to be VP for Obama? Gore have more Experience than Obama so why he have work under BHO. Obama even not qualify for President or Vice President at all and I don't think that he going to win in general election if he throw Hillary under the bus. The most qualify for Obama VP is Rev. Wright, Tony Rezko and William Ayers
    I think.

    June 11, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  8. Heather

    Why be Veep when you have a Nobel Prize, your documentary won an Oscar, and you get to hang out with rock stars?

    June 11, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  9. Dan, TX

    Gore's got better things to do than be VP.

    June 11, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  10. JC

    I dont think Al Gore wants to jump on a sinking boat. He will be good
    if he is the No. 1 on the ticket, then the boat can be saved.

    June 11, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  11. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    Yes....For once I agree with Carville.....But Gore isn't interested.....he has bigger fish to fry........

    June 11, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  12. Sebastian

    Secretary of Energy ! Yes ....

    June 11, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  13. Jack


    June 11, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  14. story

    since the other article is close
    i pots here
    that is a big lie that obama is picking HILLARY supporters
    that would never, never happen
    they getting organize
    and what he would be getting from HILLARY supporters is CONTEMPT

    June 11, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  15. Rumsfeld in DC

    Carville is dumber than W is, sad to say.

    June 11, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  16. Kalu Walter

    Al Gore has all it takes to be an American president.And, I do think he should be tired of playing second fiddle, when he can be the commander in chief.

    June 11, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  17. James Gilson

    Gore should be the president. He was the only person in the Democratic Party that has a clue as to what this country needs. As VP he would be a plus for the Dems in the national election.

    The only problem would be his decision to stay out.

    June 11, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  18. teri

    Talk about a dream ticket! The man who was elected president and the man who will be the next president, two individuals who are really thinkers! History points to Gore being the most active, participant vp up until the last presidential election.

    What could be accomplished with two, great minds? Rejoice America, it doesn't get any better than this, but of course, Gore will not accept this honor as in 2000, his presidency was stolen by a confluence of conservative circumstances that made all of America LOSERS!

    June 11, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  19. beverly

    mr james carville , finally has made some kind of sense, only if mr al gore would take the position if he were asked, or as you say maybe he can hear the dogs barking.

    June 11, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  20. Mauri

    As a statistical supporter (older woman) of Hillary, will vote for Obama ONLY if Al Gore is on board as his Vice President candidate. Otherwise, McCain.

    June 11, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  21. Speed Racer

    I do not think he would take the position. He has said flatly many times he would not like to be in government again as he feels he has accomplished so much more out of office.

    How About Obama/Colin Powell? Takes care of the military and foreign policy experience issue in one fell swoop

    June 11, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. Russell Hammond

    Obama is already considering a somewhat conservative Harvard educated financial guru so he'll probably use that strategy for his VP pick. Not a bad idea as that will secure the independents and other slightly left leaning centrist Americans who are fed up with an out-of-control White House.

    June 11, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  23. Marie in California

    Gore is a dinosaur.....a fossil.....a relic.....a has-been. He's history.

    Go McCain – 2008!

    June 11, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  24. zara

    Where is Collin Powel?

    June 11, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  25. Paul

    Not so fast. We are turning the page here. 40 years down the line, Gore and Washington insiders have made sure America is not energy independent. As a former VP, he's part of the problem. This is our moment. We must bite the bullet/

    June 11, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
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