July 18th, 2008
10:02 AM ET
11 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. proud army and navy mom

    CNN, why don't you do some real reporting instead of this endless chatter about vp? ad nasuem!!!!!

    Sen Obama will pick his vp when he is good and ready and I promise you he will not have to beg.

    July 18, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. E.C.Coleman

    Gore has the right idea............ Stay away from politics.

    July 18, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. Mike

    What's hilarious is that all of these people are being asked by the media to be Obama's running mate. Then, they make a story on it where a bunch of people make comments and give their imput. I admit my job is so sad that I have nothing better to do but come on. You're the media, I am sure you have something better to do.

    July 18, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  4. Jim

    OBAMA/BAYH

    July 18, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. Mike

    "dave July 18th, 2008 9:26 am ET
    Who cares what Gore does! He is just another global warming NUT!!"

    Ah yes, because the 11% of citizens who don't believe in global warming are rational geniuses and not tinfoil conspiracy theorists at all.

    July 18, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  6. Ron

    I think it is a shame that he won't consider the position of VP. As bad as our planet is, our energy woes, and the conflicts globally that are tied to fosil fuels, this would be the perfect segway to communicate change.
    My personal opinion is that he would be a great VP and should choose his words carefully and not be so quick to say no. The planet needs Al Gore and our country needs him to refocus and rebuild.

    July 18, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. Dave in Houston

    Obama should elevate the EPA to a Cabinet-level position and make Al Gore the first Secretary of the Environment.

    July 18, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. Hillary Backer for McCain

    Good for you Al,

    stay away from that boy and be loyal your own brethern, Bill and Hillary.
    This is where we belong, hopefully when Hillary becomes Pres in 12' she will consider giving you a very nice and senior role in her administration. Lets just focus on electing McCain first!

    Thanks Al again!!

    July 18, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. Matt, Manchester, CT

    That's a shame – would have been nice to see Gore torpedo a candidacy again. As we all saw in 2000, he's the master of snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory. Let's not all blame the Supreme Court and George Bush here folks. The way things were going at that time, Gore should have won by a landslide of epic proportions.

    July 18, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. E.C.Coleman

    Plus, no experienced well-respsected person desires to be the VP to an unqualified candidate. Why is Obama even running for President? The Democrats are propping up an 'empty shirt' and a man whose ideas are fairy tales whose defense is elitest snobbery and arrogance. Obama will never win anyway.

    July 18, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  11. LOL @ PUMA and other dolts

    Republicans are scared. Hence the constant barrage of trash talk on these comment sections.

    Pack your stuff up pubs, we are clearing out the white house in Nov.

    YES WE CAN!

    July 18, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  12. Butch Dillon

    Al Gore has the distinct potential to be greatly influential on the course of human history, but not as a VP. From his position in the non-political real world he will be able to force any future US President in certain policy directions of his own choosing. Obama is en route to becoming another disastrous polluter with his scatter-brained plan for energy and the environment. From a uniquely different sphere of influence, Gore will intimidate him into altering that strategy into the 10 year plan he outlined yesterday.

    July 18, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  13. haha...reality is sinking in

    Haha...yet another one that doesn't want to be overshadowed by Obama.

    Is it because they foresee that his administration will be filled with trouble, so they don't want to take part?

    I believe that's exactly why a lot of senators have rejected a potential spot as VP.

    Obama will soon flunk on this change course, so he wouldn't even have to worry about an administration or even politics again.

    July 18, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  14. Michelle D. - Atlanta, GA

    Gore will be the Environmental Czar under an Obama/Clinton Administration. Maybe we can even coak Colin Powell to be asked to join the cabinet in some fashion. It's time people of real leadership and diplomacy were allowed to help steer this country back on the right course.

    Good grief...see the bigger picture already.

    July 18, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  15. PUMA Hillary supporter

    Good for Al Gore... Gore is too good for Obama.. Obama is a phony and if u notice many dems have came out and said, they do not want to be Obamas VP...just goes to tell ya, people dont like obama and dont trust obama... I urge all my fellow Clinton supporters to vote for McCain in the fall... Hillary 2012..... Puma movement is here and we cant be stopped

    July 18, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  16. William, from Cali!

    Al Gore needs to get a "real job".........................Who appointed him, "Czar" over the "Global environment", anyway? I didn't! Maybe, he can watch for "changes in nature", as well..........................

    July 18, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  17. NG in DC

    Clinton gets my donation money.

    July 18, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  18. Al, New Mexico

    What's the matter Al-don't want to work for the black Messiah?

    July 18, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  19. k8

    It is absolutely insulting to ask Gore if he wanted to be the VP. He's already done it. He won the Nobel Peace Prize and is considered to be a international leader. A VP spot is well beneath him... Why bother asking this?

    July 18, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  20. MARYANN OSWEGO IL

    Good for Al Gore..no one who really cares about the USA wants to be near CHICAGO STYLE politics...I am so sick of hearing and watching BARACK the saint everywhere on TV.Wake-up America we are not voting for the next American Idol...I want 2 new nominees I do not like McCain and I can't stand Mr. know nothing Obama and his wife.If either one gets elected we are in more trouble than ever...I think our best bet is the woman who got pushed aside because she refused to be pulled by Kennedy and Kerry and Dean's puppet strings!!!!!!Bring back the person who will fight for all AMERICANS Bring back Hillary!!!!!! A lifelong Democrat who is disgusted by the 2008 election process!!!!!

    July 18, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. Florida

    One less person Brazille and Cafferty have to compete with!

    July 18, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  22. RKS

    With all of the controversary around Obama's ethnicity, I ask the art majors here: What color do you get when you mix Black + White + Green?

    July 18, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  23. phil

    gore is a hypocrit . he should not even be considered as an advisor . with choises like gore he may as well have stayed with trinity church and his spiritual advisor . remember since the first article on his energy use , gore's use of electricity has risen 10 percent . may be some one should check to see if hes growing some plants in his basement

    July 18, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  24. Don

    Smart man.

    July 18, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  25. Aida

    Smart man, staying away from posers! Obama is a joke.

    July 18, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
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