August 19th, 2008
12:08 PM ET
10 years ago

Gore to speak on Democratic convention's final night

Gore will speak at Invesco Field.

Gore will speak at Invesco Field.

(CNN) – Former Vice President Al Gore has accepted a speaking role on the final night of the Democratic convention, appearing on the same stage that Barack Obama will officially receive the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, three sources tell CNN.

It is unclear what Gore will say in the speech or at what time he will deliver his remarks before an audience that is expected to exceed 70,000 at Invesco Field.

The Obama campaign would not comment on the matter.

Filed under: Al Gore • Candidate Barack Obama • DNC
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  1. virtual in Georgia

    To Democrat: Thank you for your wise counsel and your service to our country. I am now an independent who voted for Bush 1 who was a very competent and capable president and Gore in 2000 as I wanted to see the good times continue after Clinton. That said I disagree with many of Obama's positions but I am voting for him because of 2 reasons.

    First like you stated the world has changed and we are no longer the only super power. We need someone who can listen and talk with other world leaders and garner their respect. McCain has made it clear that he will not speak with our enemy which is immature and proven as wrong for that was the way Bush operated for 7 years and you can see where it has gotten us.

    Secondly, I will not vote for another "C" students for the White House. The world as you stated is far too complex and our leader today more than ever needs to be an intellectual. We need someone smart and with good judgment. McCain is a respected war hero but that is not what we need. We need a thoughtful, intelligent and level headed leader who will help us re-join the global community.

    Please America, no more partisan politics – simple vote for the smartest, brightest and most likely candidate to bring our country together.

    August 19, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. Craig Nazor

    I think history will show that Al Gore is one of the great statesman of our time. And I think it will show that he was right in speaking out about global climate change. For these reasons, I anticipate his speech. So all the nasty, negative attacks and name-calling in evidence in this blog, if remembered at all, will just be seen as one of the dark sides of human nature: many people hear only what they desire to hear, and believe only what they want to believe.

    It's called ignorance, and history always betrays the ignorant.

    August 19, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. aware

    Another loser takes the podium!

    Obama certainly revealed his dark side at the Rick Warren Forum. His equivocating answers and foolish statements left voters a clear choice!

    McCain crushed him! It was the Commander in Chief versus the professor! 🙂

    McCain 08!

    August 19, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Frank Mondana

    I really wish those who have Bathroom degrees (meaning that all of one's "expertise" comes from magazines read while crapping) would stop with all this CARBON FOOTPRINT nonsense. All that does is make those who use a bit less energy feel all warm and fuzzy.

    Climate change is an incredibly complex issue that will require far more work than a simple little math "equation". Just take a step back and really thing about the whole "CN" banter. To be truly neutral, everything in your world, not just your car or a few light bulbs, has to be neutral.

    I am not a "denier". We are messing up the planet. Fixing it is going to be made harder when all the folks who proudly claim to be CN come out of the woodwork and believe that they have nothing more to do. It will be up to "everyone else" after all, they have done all they can do.

    August 19, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. baker

    Voice of Reason:

    You are one blind person. Open YOUR eyes and see that Obama IS ON THE LIBERAL EXTREME SIDE OF THINGS! HE IS THE MOST LIBERAL PERSON IN THE SENATE! HE IS EXTREME> JUST LOOK INTO HIS PRO-PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION BELIEFS. prochoice or prolife, none of these people BUT OBAMA feel that a baby can be aborted in the 4th trimester. HE IS TRUELY SICK!

    NOBAMA 08

    August 19, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. nganenu

    Gore deserves it. He help the Clintons have their best years and the way the man could pay in return was stupid skirt issue that cost Al Gore his chance. But he is the best honest man as compare to the man Clinton who keeps on jabbing at Obama by praising McBush. Gush! At this time of the campaign? A sore loser. Again, bravo Obama for giving Al Gore such an opportunity. Another gent will be Kerry

    August 19, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Cruz, Ohio

    Great. If the democrats win the office they will have an absolute DREAM TEAM as cabinet. Gore, Richardson, Hillary, Biden, Bill, Edwards, and even a few republicans. LETS GO OBAMA!

    August 19, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. LJ

    Geri – I see you failed to mention fox news, is it because you know they're in McCain's bed? Is it OK for them to be unbiased for McCain and Clinton? If you're going to give us a talking down to, you really should explain your favoritism of and how you think fox news is any different when they have the likes of Hannity and O'Reilly?

    August 19, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Marc PDX

    Gore speaking at the convention should be interesting... yaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwn.....

    August 19, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. bruja

    To Lisa: You know, I like the Clinton supporters...sometimes they are funny.... But YOU? You are just boring...

    August 19, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |

    Gore was one of the best potential presidents in recent times that the party had. He had vision and leaderships skills that America badly needed at a turning point. He lost the election and he became known for the visionary he is. He has another vision and that is for Senator Obama to be the next president of these United Sates. If we join in his vision maybe we can become wealthy once again as a nation.

    August 19, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Crossing my fingers..

    I am a supporter of Obama, and I do not hate Hillary. As a matter of fact, I like her very much. If she were the VP choice, I would be very excited because she is capable and strong and they would make an amazing team. I also want to see universal healthcare come back to the forefront.

    If Obama chooses Al Gore, I would be equally ecstatic because will Gore be in a stronger position to make this nation green. The idea wasn't popular when he was VP before (especially since congress and the senate were ruled by RNC back then), but it will be now and he'll finally have the support to make big progress.

    Most importantly, Gore has a great track record and experience as VP when our economy was strong. What more could one ask for?

    August 19, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. Oh! The Irony

    Annoy the Media, Say NO to Obama August 19th, 2008 12:30 pm ET

    Dear Obama supporters,

    You folks blast anyone that mentions Hillary. Please don't forget that during the primaries, Michelle said that she would NOT support Hillary if she was the nominee. So you people are critizing others for doing exactly what Michelle claims she would have done.


    First of all, Michelle is personally connected to the campaign and witnessed a lot more of it than us. If she made a decision based on her experiences not to support Clinton, I can't say she's wrong for that. ...especially given the way she personally attacked her husband.

    August 19, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. Dean in Florida

    Maybe they can bring in Kerry and Dukakis, also.

    I think Tipper should come in and talk about how corrupting and morally devoid rap music is...and the people who listen to it. Oh, wait...that's half of Obama's base. Maybe not...

    August 19, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. Leta

    Okay, now are you ready for this....Durring the Iran Contra scandal with Ollie North and then President Reagan....The same bank was issued a subpoena from the Federal Court System....We were to track back all bank transactions from Amon Lemon's (Iranian Guy) since his first transaction to the bank. Guess what wasn't part of the subponea the WIRE TRANSFERS. Each transfer originating in Iran through Iraq to Canada then New York to Texas, were never less than 5 Million and never less then 2 times a week.......???? When Al discovered there was a Federal Court subpoena he FREAKED OUT and went balistic....thank GOD for the ability to make SCUD missels....., now if we only knew what Al and Hillary know we could probably prevent...World War III. Oh maybe Al and Hillary have a back up plan kinda like the Failing of Maddison Guarenty Savings and Loan in Arkansas...and maybe they will frame Bill for that as well....or finish killing all the people involved with the two differnt banks that began WITH VINCE FOSTER.......Hey guess what the McDougals are spread out as well....You have your James McDougal in Arkansas and your James McDougal in Lubbock Texas.........Where the Real Estate Empire ended up....Now they are trying to come into Dallas through Irving, Texas.....Delbert James and Mark James McDougal keep up your appointments with Al and Hillary, How many times do you think Al and Hillary visted you in Lubbock in 1994.....Three times I know of....

    August 19, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. We're gonna give 'em hell and win!!!

    I'm so happy to hear that the Democrats are pulling out all the stops for this convention, it's gonna draw so much attention and build so much attention for us that there will be no stopping an Obama administration come January 2009!! This country needs to be reminded of how great things were under the last Democrat who ran it and by having Bill and Hillary Clinton and now Al Gore speak at the convention we're gonna do just that. Barack Obama's already a rock star, now let's show the country we really mean business! Obama '08!!! Let's win this thing!

    August 19, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |

    I will wager a bet that , he does not mention how much more Electric he uses now after all those $$$$ he spent ( ON HIS HOME )to save energey.

    If he would shut his MOUTH THAT ALONE WOULD SAVE A LOT .

    August 19, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. tony

    You guys are funny-Gore couldn't win his own state of tennessee–
    After all the bickering about how the election was stolen-Not only was it proved that he really lost –ABC or CBS recount-
    All of this could have been avoided if he carried his home state–
    He should count polar ice caps for the rest of his life and stay out of politics–

    August 19, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. Vicki Webster

    I just wants to say something for Mr. McVietcong comments, Instead of put J.M. back in the camp, why not Barack so he knows what it takes to be an American. Evidently he needs lessons in that along with his wife (doesnt she calls herself Jackie O. Please give me a big break!

    August 19, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Ernie in LA

    To Kathy, We elect a president to run our country. If his home life sucks(divorce or whatever) that is his private business. It wasn't one of Bill Clinton's campaign promises to keep his pants on. We all have made mistakes in the past. I would much rather have a president that has a divorce in his past instead of being linked to Muslims, Hate Churches, crime figures and does not believe in Christmas.

    August 19, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. Gadissa


    August 19, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. Terry

    aware August 19th, 2008 2:06 pm ET

    Another loser takes the podium!

    Obama certainly revealed his dark side at the Rick Warren Forum. His equivocating answers and foolish statements left voters a clear choice!

    McCain crushed him! It was the Commander in Chief versus the professor! 🙂

    McCain 08!

    McCain cleary had gotten the questions beforehand. The old man had time to think.

    Had it been a true cone of silence then he wouldn't have been as clear as he was.

    The truth is coming to light.

    August 19, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. Gadissa

    We can do it together.

    August 19, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. Marie in California

    Who cares if Gore speaks? I won't be watching the DNC convention anyhow. I no longer trust or respect any of them.

    Former lifelong brand-new Republican!


    August 19, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Vicki

    I want to know why this man is not over in China lecturing them about their carbon footprint? They are the planets BIGGEST polluter yet not one single word from Al Gore. All he does is lecture us over here in the U.S. to change our ways to “save the planet”. He won't start his crap over there because he can't make any money over there. If his silence about China doesn't prove he & all the other global warming alarmists are full of it, nothing does!

    August 19, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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