October 11th, 2007
06:24 AM ET
15 years ago

Draft Gore group steps up efforts

CNN's Tom Foreman takes a look at the latest effort to get Al Gore to run for president.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - With roughly three months until the first wave of voters weigh in on the 2008 presidential candidates, Al Gore supporters are stepping up their efforts to persuade the former vice president to jump into the race.

Draftgore.com published an ad in the New York Times Wednesday with an open letter to the 2000 Democratic presidential nominee strongly urging he throws his hat into the ring.

"You say you have fallen out of love with politics, and you have every reason to feel that way," the letter states. "But we know you have not fallen out of love with your country. And your country needs you now - as do your party and the planet you are fighting so hard to save."

"Many good and caring candidates are contending for the Democratic nomination," the ad continues. "But none of them has the combination of experience, vision, standing in the world and political courage that you would bring to the job. Nor do they have the support among voters that you enjoy and would lead you to victory in 2008".

The group also claims in the letter it has amassed 136,000 signatures for its petition urging Gore to run.

The ad comes two days before Gore finds out if he has won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring attention to the dangers of global warming. The winner is set to be announced on Friday in Norway.

The ad also comes a day after Gore backers in California began a campaign to get the former vice president on the state's Democratic primary ballot. The group needs to amass signatures from 26,500 registered Democrats in the state - 500 from each congressional district - by December 4 to successfully place Gore on the ballot.

Meanwhile, Gore himself continues to say he has no plans to run for president again.

Responding to the ad, Gore's spokeswoman Kalee Kreider said the former vice president "truly appreciates the heartfelt sentiment behind the ad, however, he has no intention of running for president.

"He is involved in a campaign of a different kind—a campaign to educate all Americans about the climate crisis and what we can do to solve it," she added.

- CNN's Alexander Mooney and Steve Brusk

Filed under: Al Gore
soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. Dave, Alpharetta GA

    Do you wonder whether Gore gets sick of this chatter too? WAKE UP People! Give it a rest... Gore is NOT RUNNING.

    October 11, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Riggs, Lyons NY

    Posted By b — washington, dc : October 10, 2007 3:42 pm

    "Global Warming Naysayers = Earth Revolves Around Sun Naysayers"

    Hmmm kind of like the popular belief that the Earth was flat. That popular belief was proved wrong just like many of the popular beliefs of Global Warming.

    Even if Gore had ended up as President, we still would have had 9/11. The big difference is that we would have been attacked several more times since then. I am not a fan of GW, but he was certainly better than who he was facing.

    October 11, 2007 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. Mark, Irving, Texas

    I would like to see Mr. Gore run again. I think he is less divisive and galvanizing (for the Republican) than Hillary. i also believe he would be able to recover some of the ground lost during the Bush administrations eight years of abusing the world. And remember- he won the popular vote the last time he ran!

    October 11, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I vote for Gore to have the runs. You are inflating the ego of a guy who knows he is passing junk science as fact....a dangerous practice....and you guys want this guy? (liberals...the "anyone but" argument is definitely showing your stripes (and your ability to rationally chose a viable candidate)) The Democrats have you convinced that Republicans are evil and they alone voted for the war...you know in your heart that none of this is true – they made you believe that Bush vetoed the SCHIP bill because he's only for the wealthy and not for children...but...you know that isn't true...the Democrats put in a bill they knew would be vetoed to grandstand...the fact that any of you would vote to the left/socialist baffles me....but you are being spoon fed half truths and outragious lies....and buying every one of them....so I guess I overestimated all of you...my bad

    October 11, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. A True American, California

    As Mr. Gore has made it clear that he is not interested, why waste time on him? The “Draft Gore” movement is misguided. He doesn’t want to run, he won’t run and you can’t make him run. And frankly, even if by some miracle he could be dragged into the race against his will, who would vote for a reluctant participant?
    If this group is interested in having something other than a Republican in the White House, they should use their time, resources and energy supporting a current candidate, or “drafting” someone who wants to run.

    The election is just a year away and it is time to get to work. Stop wasting time on non-causes and lost causes and focus on a brighter future for America.

    October 11, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. Ayyub, Richmond, Va

    I don't want him to run now, It's too late and he's said he wouldn't anyway. But, If he did run or support a candidate I hope he crushes Hillary. And his he supports a candidate I want it to be Obama or Richardson (maybe).

    October 11, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Steve

    "Will Al gore please go away, he lost because everyone thought he was a dry, dork, with no personality."

    Oh, please, you sound like a child. Al Gore won in 2000; Katherine Harris, Jeb Bush and the Supreme Court conspired to throw the election to Bush Everyone knows that, even Republicans.

    October 11, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. Steve

    "Al might be a lot more electable due to name recognition, but Biden's experience really surpasses any of the other Presidential hopefuls."

    Actually, a self-confessed plagiarist – also called a liar – like Biden has as much chance as Mike Huckabee of winning the presidency, or even his party's nomination.

    October 11, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. Steve

    "Aside from a carnival show… Gore's addition to the race wouldn't change the final outcome: a Republican White House for another 4 years." – James (the real *dumb* one)

    Um, James, there won't be a Republican president for quite a while. Every one of the liars has continued supporting our Worst. President. Ever.

    Most Americans are sick of this fascist admin. Sad to see you're one of those anti-Constitutional "Americans" who wouldn't understand a disappearing civil right from a reality TV show. That's you, James. Wake up, or start practicing saying, "mein Bush."

    October 11, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. James, Phoenix AZ

    Steve's mommy helped him write,

    "Most Americans are sick of this fascist admin. Sad to see you're one of those anti-Constitutional "Americans" who wouldn't understand a disappearing civil right from a reality TV show. That's you, James. Wake up, or start practicing saying, "mein Bush."


    If there ever was such a thing as blog-rage, you've got to be the example Steve. Mind you, I can understand how you would be upset watching (you call "idiot") President Bush being elected TWICE. And when it comes to the next election the DNC is doing everthing possible to throw away it's chance at victory (Hillary Clinton is a joke ... Obama too nice to run a REAL campaign against her).

    I'm actually HAPPY to see you so bent about everything. It tells me us conservatives are winning.

    Hey – how is that whole "void the Michigan & Florida" thing going for you dems? Or how about the little two-step Hillary is pulling over on you guys (Yes we should not campaign in Michigan/Florida... No I'm not going to take my name off the ballot like you other fools).

    Quite Hillaryous.

    October 11, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  11. dukes james griffin georgia

    Vice President Gore is very smart one of the best minds in the country and a heart like few, the vice president knows and understands that he is so very valuable to us all-so if there are others who believe this as well then all should leave the vice president alone-what do you want? do you want to hear talk show host joke about the internet-gore said he invented the internet-or the temple where he raised some money years ago and how he protected bill clinton, do you any of you want that re-hashed crap thrown at al gore does he deserve that after what all of us did to him and his family. Hell-No. talk about special-then talk about al gore one who is indeed special. I am happy that he is happy and found himself a purpose a way too serve. The will of God guides Al Gore-he understands his pain is real to him he knows. Maybe some-one will need a true national security advisor or sec. of state or defense sec. or even a vice president to depend on Gore will see and Gore will understand-leave this man alone you have no right to bother him go watch oprah or listen to ralph nader.

    October 11, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  12. Romney's fan

    You go, Chris, Middletown, CT, I like the way you're thinking. I am not a Rudy fan though I still like you.

    October 12, 2007 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  13. Lakshminarayanan, Farmington, Connecticut

    To those folks can't own up to what a mess the current 'hawkish' president has led the world into I have only sympathy for your pervasive ignorance and stupidity. Way to go Mr. Gore. You were the rightful President in 2000.You will be the Right President anytime.

    October 12, 2007 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. Anonymous

    This is the time USA needs Gore. Can Gore see or hear the cries for him to run?

    October 12, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. Jake

    To Joseph,

    For everyone's sake, especially your own, please re-read the facts surrounding the 2000 presidential election. I think you'll find that Al Gore didn't lose the election because "everyone thought he was a dry dork".

    In fact, you'll find he didn't lose the election at all.

    October 12, 2007 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  16. steve Loudon, TN

    Draft Gore, to fight in Iraq or Afganistan.....he was a cowardly "reporter" in last armed conflict....used to lying

    October 12, 2007 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  17. ronnie - knoxville, tn.

    All Al Gore wants to do is raise taxes, so that the federal government can gain more control of your life. Why is that good ? He's unbelievably hypocritical when it comes to energy use and "personal pollution". He will not debate those with whom he disagrees; he charges thousands to schools and corporations to appear before them in person. Why is that a good thing? And what has he ever done that shows presidential ability? Nothing. He has never run anything, only guilt people into paying more taxes. The Nobel Peace Prize is just an award for the most popular cult figure of liberalism at any given time. Therefore, AL Gore has zero credibility for office, and the more the left canonizes this loser, the more he looks the fool.

    October 13, 2007 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  18. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    therealist, you changed Gore's statement. He said "he thought about running but he couldn't beat Hillary's campaign mechine by his calculation". You have some problem with English?

    October 14, 2007 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  19. Yolito P. Sususco Oxford, United Kingdom

    Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore says he has no plans to join the presidential race despite encouragement from thousands of supporters since he won the Nobel Peace Prize for campaigning against climate change.

    October 21, 2007 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  20. Chris, Germantown, MD

    "Will Al gore please go away, he lost because everyone thought he was a dry, dork, with no personality"

    Actually, he won, remember? The majority of Americans voted for him – there is no question about that. Bush was appointed in 2000, not elected, and if you are even going to take the time to post on this board you should know your facts, otherwise you just look like an ill-informed redneck. Oh wait, you're from Texas...

    November 5, 2007 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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