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.
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!
He wants Obama to lose, right?
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.
Having Al Gore as your running mate is like contracting a serious venereal disease.
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!
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!
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
Why be Veep when you have a Nobel Prize, your documentary won an Oscar, and you get to hang out with rock stars?
Gore's got better things to do than be VP.
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.
Yes....For once I agree with Carville.....But Gore isn't interested.....he has bigger fish to fry........
Secretary of Energy ! Yes ....
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
Carville is dumber than W is, sad to say.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
Gore is a dinosaur.....a fossil.....a relic.....a has-been. He's history.
Go McCain – 2008!
Where is Collin Powel?
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/