June 17th, 2008
04:27 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama sidesteps question about Gore joining ticket

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Gore endorsed Obama in Detroit Monday.
Gore endorsed Obama in Detroit Monday.

TAYLOR, Michigan (CNN) – Could Barack Obama ask a former vice president to reprise his role on the Democratic ticket?

At a Michigan campaign event Tuesday, a student reporter asked the presumptive Democratic nominee if he would consider asking Al Gore to serve as his running mate.

Obama, who has kept mum on his vice presidential plans, sidestepped the question. "I have just started looking through possible candidates. I haven't made any decisions. I'm getting some recommendations,” said the Illinois senator. “Obviously Al Gore is a great public servant, he was a great vice president. He may not want to be vice president again, since he's already done that for eight years, but certainly he's somebody that I'll be getting advice from as we go forward and hopefully he'll help me when I'm president."

The 2000 Democratic presidential nominee, who officially endorsed Obama Monday, 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.


Filed under: Al Gore • Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (239 Responses)
  1. Texan in Colorado

    Another four of Gore....will this man not go away and find something to do with his life????

    June 17, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  2. I AM NOW AN INDEPENDENT!*********

    OBAMA IS GRASPING AT STRAWS SINCE NO VOTES CAME HIS WAY AFTER THE NOMINATION!

    SMALL HINT.................. THE PEOPLE DO NOT TRUST YOU!

    June 17, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  3. DeeJam - Los Angeles

    Where is Hillary? I thought she was going to help do whatever she had to do. She needs to keep talking to her supporters so they don't get sued by the real Puma company (which they should).

    Hillary for Obama !!! We love you Hillary even though you threw the kitchen sink. It didn't hurt because you missed.

    June 17, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Sheesh! Most bloggers here probably didn't bother to read the article.

    There is nothing serious about Gore being on the ticket. CNN is just stirring things up to get you to check out the TICKER!

    PS Only LOSERS misspell the word 'LOSER'.

    It's not 'LOOSER' !

    June 17, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. Tx Dem

    Every McCain supporter that shoots down Obama and his decisions never says anything good about McCain to counter other than "Experience" and "Patriot" – what has he done all these years with his "experience"?? Examples please....!

    Ex Hillary supporter – Obama '08 UNITED DEMS!

    June 17, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  6. Adrian

    Obviously Gore would make a great VP on any ticket. However I personally would like to see a VP who was there from the begining with Obama, a VP who stood with him through thick and thin. Such a VP he could count on for all his tomorrows.

    June 17, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  7. TCK

    At least he did not disrespect Al, like his enthusiastic , ignorant suportes dished Hillary Clinton. Obviously, the concept of party unity is foreign to the stupid

    June 17, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  8. TCK

    Sorry for the typo, s/b:
    At least he did not disrespect Al, like his enthusiastic , ignorant supporters dished Hillary Clinton. Obviously, the concept of party unity is foreign to the stupid

    June 17, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  9. Daniel, NY, NY

    Great....two losers on the ticket.

    Hillary save us!

    June 17, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. Chris in Ca

    Why would Gore play second fiddle to Obama? Gore is presidential material and his resume far outshines Obama's. Gore won the popular vote in 2000, the same thing Hillary did in this primary....wouldn't that be awkward for Obama?

    June 17, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  11. AJ

    I think that Obama could have one of the best cabinets we have ever seen. I think Gore would be much better secretary of state or environment.

    June 17, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  12. webster208

    The nerve! Gore should be running for president, and Obama, who knows nothing but has only a general idea that he will change things, should be his VP. But, African-Americans voted 92% for Obama, and thus he won the primary. He must be wondering now what to do in November since the voters in the general election will have a different demographic profile.

    June 17, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  13. Martin

    Obama would be better off with
    Dick Gephardt as his VP Running Mate.

    June 17, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  14. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Hey Obamabots, I've obviously got you so scared that you're trying to undermine my right to speak. Great.

    Know this: we're organizing, we're growing exponentially in numbers by the day, we're going to fight you harder than you can ever imaging, and we're going to win.

    There's some truth you and Axelrod and believe in.

    We're taking our party bad from sleazy people like you.

    Count on it.

    Puma PAC

    June 17, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
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