November 13th, 2008
01:40 PM ET
5 years ago

Gore won't serve in an Obama White House

Gore isn't heading back to the executive branch in an Obama administration.
Gore isn't heading back to the executive branch in an Obama administration.

(CNN) - Al Gore won't be serving in the Obama administration, his spokeswoman said Thursday.

The former vice president, winner of the Nobel prize for his environmental education efforts, had been considered a likely candidate for the post of "climate czar."

"Former Vice President Gore does not intend to seek or accept any formal position in government," Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider told the Washington Times. "He feels very strong right now that the best thing for him to do is to build support for the bold changes that we have to make to solve the climate crisis."


Filed under: Al Gore
September 9th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Gore heading back to Iowa

Gore is going to Iowa.
Gore is going to Iowa.

(CNN) – Former Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore is heading back to Iowa next month - the crucial early-voting state that has launched, and short-circuited, countless politicians' White House ambitions.

The former vice president is slated to headline the Iowa Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner in Des Moines - a major fundraising event that perennially attracts the party's biggest stars, the state party said Tuesday. Barack Obama's rousing speech at the event last year was widely credited with catapulting the Illinois senator to victory in the state’s caucuses two months later.

The Obama campaign has made Iowa, a state that narrowly voted for President Bush in 2004, a major target this election. A recent CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll showed Obama holds a double-digit advantage there.


Filed under: Al Gore
August 28th, 2008
08:50 PM ET
6 years ago

Crowley: Gore gets rock star treatment

Al Gore spoke to the crowd Thursday.
Al Gore spoke to the crowd Thursday.

DENVER (CNN) – Al Gore walked in, and the feet-stomping, flag-waving crowd went crazy. Now an Oscar and Nobel Prize winner, he is garnering the kind of excitement he struggled to get during his presidential bid in 2000. A source says Gore has offered to campaign for Obama, and that he will.

Watch: Gore explains why he thinks the race is close

August 19th, 2008
12:08 PM ET
6 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
August 19th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
3 years ago

Gore to speak at convention Thursday

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 • Extra
July 20th, 2008
02:03 PM ET
6 years ago

Sunday Roundup: Foreign affairs on the agenda

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(CNN) - A roundup of quotes from the Sunday political talk shows, as compiled by the CNN Wire:

"I think that the U.S. government provides an awful lot of aid to Pakistan, provides a lot of military support to Pakistan. And to send a clear message to Pakistan that this is important, to them as well as to us, that I think - that message has not been sent."
-Sen. Barack Obama, on how to engage Pakistan to help improve security in Afghanistan, speaking to CBS' "Face the Nation"

"I think the consequences could be very dangerous in that regard. I'm convinced at this point in time that coming - making reductions based on conditions on the ground are very important."
-Adm. Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on the possibility of a timeline for U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq, speaking to "Fox News Sunday"

"I think it sends a signal that there is one, that eventually we do want to bring our troops back, and that... with where we are, conditions are improving in Iraq."
-Mullen, on President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's talk of a "general time horizon," speaking to "Fox News Sunday"

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July 17th, 2008
04:45 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain, Obama praise Gore

McCain and Obama praised Gore Thursday for his climate change initiative.
McCain and Obama praised Gore Thursday for his climate change initiative.

(CNN)– Both parties' presumptive nominees praised former Vice President Al Gore as he challenged the nation Thursday to transition completely to renewable and carbon-free energy within the next decade - but parted ways on some of Gore's recommendations.

"For decades, Al Gore has challenged the skeptics in Washington on climate change and awakened the conscience of a nation to the urgency of this threat," Obama said in a statement Thursday.

Obama's environmental proposals mimic many of Gore's own: he would implement an economy-wide cap-and trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and plans to make the United States a leader in the global effort to combat climate change.

But John McCain reminded reporters he and Gore hold very divergent views on the use of at least one renewable energy source.

"I've admired the Vice President on this issue," McCain said Thursday. There may be some aspects of climate change that he and I are in disagreement on but overall - I mean, I've always been a supporter of nuclear power and he has not agreed with that."

The Arizona senator co-sponsored cap-and-trade legislation introduced last year - but has criticized later versions of the bill for failing to include further incentives for nuclear power, saying the nation would not make progress in ending global warming unless nuclear energy was greatly expanded.

McCain also continued to contrast his environmental policy with Obama's.

"Let me just say again, Sen. Obama, no storage and no reprocess. And that's nuclear power. No drilling offshore. That's a way of finding oil and gas reserves. Dr. No," McCain said.


Filed under: Al Gore • Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
June 17th, 2008
04:27 PM ET
6 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
June 17th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama defends Clinton at Michigan rally

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Gore endorsed Obama Monday night in Michigan.
Gore endorsed Obama Monday night in Michigan.

DETROIT, Michigan (CNN) – Barack Obama defended Hillary Clinton at a Michigan unity rally Monday night that featured former Vice President Al Gore - and some off-message audience booing at the mention of the New York senator's name.

After joking about the extended Democratic primary season – “I was planning to run for the '08 election, not the 2012 election!" – Obama responded to some vocal Clinton critics in the crowd, who had reacted to praise for the senator from both the presumptive Democratic nominee and Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a longtime Clinton supporter.

"I want everybody here to be absolutely clear - I want everybody here to be absolutely clear - Senator Clinton is one of the finest public servants we have in American life today," said Obama, noting her work on behalf of children's rights and universal health care.

"She has been on the right side of just about every battle that we have fought - she has, in her own words, shattered a glass ceiling into 18 million pieces. ….She is worthy of our respect, she is worthy of our honor.

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Filed under: Al Gore • Candidate Barack Obama • Popular Posts
June 17th, 2008
09:45 AM ET
6 years ago

Al Gore backs Obama for president

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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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Filed under: Al Gore • Candidate Barack Obama
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