June 17th, 2008
09:45 AM ET
10 years ago

Al Gore backs Obama for president


Watch Gores entire speech endorsing Sen. Obama.

(CNN) - Former Vice President Al Gore endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Monday, urging Americans to reject what he called the Bush administration's legacy of "incompetence, negligence and failure."

"Americans simply cannot afford to continue the policies of the last eight years for another four," Gore, the party's 2000 presidential nominee, told Obama supporters at a rally in Detroit, Michigan.

Perceived as a senior statesman in the Democratic party, Gore brings a certain force to Obama's campaign, political analysts have said.

Monday marked Gore's debut in the 2008 election; he had not weighed in while Obama was still battling Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Amid thousands of cheering supporters, Gore began by addressing head-on the criticism that Obama doesn't have enough experience to lead the nation.

The former vice president turned Nobel Prize winner playfully said he recalled one Republican nominee wondering out loud whether his Democratic rival for president was "naive and inexperienced."

"And yet another said the United States cannot afford to risk the future of the free world with inexperience and immaturity in the White House," said Gore. "Who were they talking about? Every single one of those quotes came from the campaign of 1960, when the the Republicans attacked John Fitzgerald Kennedy for allegedly lacking the age and experience necessary to be president."

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  1. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    I figure all these so-called Clinton supporters who are bashing Obama are either right wing operatives or racist nut jobs........or both.

    The Democratic(and republican for that matter) primary was not a beauty pageant or football game. The winner doesn't go home with a trophy and take 3 months off. There are real issues at stake here. A vote for McCain is a vote against Hillary and the issues she stands for. No matter who anyone is voting for, if they are not looking at the issues Obama/McCain back and instead are basing their selection on some bizarre reasoning like McCain is to old or Obama is to young, or worse yet, crazy internet rumors, then this country will continue to go straight down the tubes led by its citizens.

    June 17, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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