July 18th, 2008
10:02 AM ET
6 years ago

No Obama-Gore ticket

Gore has ruled out being Obama's running mate.
Gore has ruled out being Obama's running mate.

(CNN) - Eight years in the No. 2 spot is enough for Al Gore.

The former vice president, who issued a challenge to the next President of the United States on Thursday to make the country's electricity output carbon-free in 10 years, said later that he will not under any circumstances serve as Barack Obama's running mate.

Unlike the office of the presidency, there are no imposed term-limits on the second highest office in the land. But Gore, who considerably expanded the role of vice president, said he's imposing his own term limits on the job.

“I have a personal term limit,” he told CBS News Thursday. “Only two terms as VP.”

Asked by interviewer Katie Couric whether he might reconsider if the Democratic presidential candidate "begged," Gore said his answer would remain no.

Buzz swirled around a possible Obama-Gore ticket last month after the former vice president - who remains a very popular figure in the Democratic Party - gave an enthusiastic endorsement of the Illinois senator after months on sidelines during the prolonged Democratic primary.

Obama said then he doubted Gore would be willing to serve as VP again.

“Obviously Al Gore is a great public servant, he was a great vice president," he said. 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."

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.


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soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. fooled the sheople but not the people

    Obama is a demagogue who created a celebrity bandwagon to promote himself, skillfully played the race card to divide the party and secure the AA vote that he was lacking till then, manipulated the biased media into orchestrating his pop show, appealed to those impressed by image with an engineered rock icon persona and threatened his way into a superdelegate deluge of a "win?"

    WHO WOULD VOTE FOR SUCH A MAN?

    No one who believes in fair paly, fair campaigns, the right to vote, the democratic process.

    That is why we now have a party divided.

    July 18, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. RJ, CA

    Well, Al, my esteem for you just increased a bit.

    BTW, here's what FactCheck just said about Obama's "energy policy":

    FactCheck: Obama released a national ad saying he would "fast-track alternatives" to imported oil. On closer examination, his proposal is to spend $150 billion over the coming decade on energy research. Ten years doesn't sound all that "fast" to us, and there's no guarantee that the research will result in less oil being imported.

    July 18, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. A house divided

    Obama is a self-serving demagogue who created a celebrity bandwagon to promote himself, skillfully played the race card to divide the party and secure the AA vote that he was lacking till then, manipulated the biased media into orchestrating his glitzy pop show, appealed to those impressed by image with an engineered rock icon persona and threatened his way into a superdelegate deluge of a "win?"

    WHO WOULD VOTE FOR SUCH A MAN?

    No one who believes in fair paly, fair campaigns, the right to vote, the democratic process.

    That is why we now have a party divided.

    July 18, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. Beerman

    I love it when Republicans run scared, you should have never let the NEOCONS into power in the first place. You guys have been looting the treasuries for the last 7 years. Now it's time for someone else to clean up the mess.

    Kudos to Gore for being the champion of the planet. I think he is better served as a spokesman for Mother Earth then as VP and that doesn't go with the "New Guard" philosophy anyway.

    You angered Republicans should direct your anger at your own party and stop hurling childish insults at Obama.

    Not that it any of this matters because we are the United Corporations of America. We all know who really calls the shots.

    Peace out.

    July 18, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Gregg

    Dumb and Dumber? excuse me? GWBush? Installed by the supreme court, forced a radical agenda on our country, lied to America and the World, and continues with all his failed policies. The Rush crowd is so desperate they can't even be rational!!!

    July 18, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. Raymond Duke

    I am all for a Gore /Obama ticket. Put that fat idiot on the ticket. A socialist and a nutcase that should fit the democrat left wing agenda. Too bad we can't throw "Fat Teddy" on the ticket.

    July 18, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. Whining Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    Why do some people seem to think Obama should take it personally whenever somebody says they don't want to be VP? There are many other things to consider besides whether they personally like Obama or whether they think like a PUMA freak and hate his guts – such as:
    1) whether they want to expose themselves and their family to this kind of scrutiny
    2) whether they want to put in the hard work of campaigning
    3) whether they feel healthy enough
    4) whether they have some dirt in their background that they don't want to bring the ticket down with (it's quite possible that some don't want to do it because they like Obama, not because they hate him)
    5) whether they've already done this for 8 years, in the case of Al Gore, and would therefore be bored with it
    6) what they leave behind (e.g., a Senate seat, or whatever their current occupation is)
    7) how it affects their ability to pursue their own interests

    And there may other considerations as well. Believe me, life is not just a big Hillary vs. Obama game of ego hockey.

    July 18, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. Never again this intra-party hate

    Obama played dirty to steal the nomination. He trashed and bashed and destroyed a fellow democrat.

    Now, as a life-long democrat, I will NOT play fair and fall into line and vote for this lying, hypocritical, cheating, reverse- racist.

    July 18, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Buddy

    Miss print NOBAMA/Gore ticket.

    July 18, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Reality challenged Democrats: A group of newspapers finished the 2000 FL recount that the Supreme Court stopped. Gore really, really lost. Google it and you'll see the results. So stop with the whining, eight years of it is enough already!

    July 18, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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