October 12th, 2007
10:35 AM ET
15 years ago

Source: Gore thinks Clinton unstoppable

Then-Vice President Gore swears in newly elected Clinton to the U.S. Senate, January 3, 2001.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A source involved in Gore's past political runs told CNN that he definitely has the ambition to use the peace prize as a springboard to run for president.

But he will not run, because he won't take on the political machine assembled by Sen. Hillary Clinton, said the source. If the senator from New York had faltered at all, Gore would take a serious look at entering the race, the source said. But Gore has calculated that Clinton is unstoppable, according to the source.

Gore repeatedly denied he has any plans to run again, but this week a group of grass-roots Democrats calling themselves "Draft Gore" took out a full-page ad in The New York Times in a bid to change his mind. (Watch more on the movement to draft Gore)

Related: Nobel Prize likely to increase pressure on Gore to run

Video: Gore talks with CNN's Wolf Blitzer last month

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- CNN White House Correspondent Ed Henry

Filed under: Al Gore
soundoff (157 Responses)
  1. Jeffery Bott, Phoenix, AZ

    I'm a huge Hillary supporter, but I would change over if Gore were to run.

    October 12, 2007 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Marius PCity NJ

    Gore. PLEASE RUN.
    You have a young republicans vote if you do just to keep Hillary OUT!

    October 12, 2007 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. AnnabelleDickson

    The man has such deeply entrenched supporters and with democrats willing to hold their noses while they move toward Hillary, does Gore really have to wonder if he'll be able to find support for his campaign. Certainly he owes no allegiance to the Clintons. Not with a Oscar winning film, a new and sincere persona (vs. Hillary's contrived shrill) and a Nobel Prize in his back pocket.

    The presidency would be his to lose.


    October 12, 2007 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Gina, E.R., MN

    Well between Gore and Clinton, we will be a socialist country in no time. What a sad day for America.

    October 12, 2007 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Mike Longview, TX

    Seth in Indiana: If you are scared of another Clinton being in the White House, then all I have to say to you is "Be Afraid, be very afraid".

    HILLARY '08

    October 12, 2007 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Carol, Brooklyn, NY

    Mr. Gore is indeed a very smart man. I am glad he knows that he can't beat Hillary!!!! Hillary is the strongest, most experienced, most competent, most intelligent person running!! She is best qualified to be President on DAY 1!!!!!

    Go HILLARY!!!!

    October 12, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. Wayne, Orlando, Florida

    The time for Gore to stand up was in 2000 on the recount. Let him bask in greener pastures, now. On her worst day, Hillary is still 10 times smarter than Bush, has twice the balls, and half the arrogance. And as for Rudy911, I do believe he's worn a dress more times than she has. We've seen all the skeletons in her closet; his are about to come out, and most of them are a size 12.

    October 12, 2007 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. Chaps

    It is truly unbelievable to see the morons write that the "jury is still out" on whether climate change is being induced by human activity. And, even if there still were some doubt, why can't they err on the side of saving things while we still can? Do they think our dependence on foreign oil has been a positive thing?

    Just crazy, crazy, and more crazy.

    Al Gore is to be commended.

    October 12, 2007 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. Matt, Rochester NY

    I think if Hillary actually takes the Demo nod, her chances of winning are really not as good as people think. She has lots of money and is bought and paid for by corporate America and everyone knows it, so what really is to differentiate her from anyone in the GOP? She is female but I happen to think that the average female voter is concerned with things other than her sex and the whole "first woman president" thing. It will happen one day, but the question is, who do you actually want in the White House? I think Hillary is not as popular with women aside from her femaleness as she claims.

    The only way she can win really is to go against someone who has even less charisma than GW. Problem is, the GOP is really good about finding such people. So it's still a waiting game.

    October 12, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. Anonymous

    2 families running the country for 20 years fits is almost not even a democracy. Thanks to big money and carefully managed PR, there's no real election anymore. It's actually quite sad. People have died to defend democracy, and here we are wide-eyed voting for whoever the slickest political add tells us to. pathetic, and good ol' hillary will be the latest bush/clinton to benefit from it. after that we still have Jeb to cycle through. Then who knows maybe we can start the cycle over again.

    October 12, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. EMR NYC

    Who's this "source close to Gore", Howard Wolfson? Haha. Give me a break. She doesn't want him running because she knows he can win the all enchilada. I hope he does run. Triangulation is going to destroy this woman in the general election, and it's not too late to stop her, with or without Gore.

    October 12, 2007 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. Dan, Columbus, OH

    So Al gets an award because he made a politically correct, albeit factually inaccurate movie trying to scare people that humans have the power to alter a pattern of climate change that has been going on for more than 500,000 years? (well documented by the Vostok ice core measuring CO2 and temp levels for that period)

    Just like the UN, the Nobel is becoming more political... and less relevant/trusted. When you give it to legitimate scientists that have found amazing discoveries, BRAVO! But when it's given to Carter, Arafat and the like... we wonder what they're smoking over there.

    October 12, 2007 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. Michael, Carbondale, Kansas

    Reading all these comments, I am amazed at the ignorance and stupidity of the antiGore and antiHillary people. I've concluded thare is no hope for them. They need to be put into camps and deprogrammed for how ever long it takes after the elections.

    October 12, 2007 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Dan, Columbus, OH

    "And please don't forget, if we went with the person with the most votes in 2000, then Gore would have been President!"

    True, Martin, but this country is a complex republic, not a simple democracy (aka "mob rule") and we have this thing called an Electoral College. Don't like it? Fine. Feel free to move... but complaining that "my guy didn't win because the rules are unfair" smacks of the 8-year-old who takes his ball home when he loses a game of streetball.

    Besides, if simple majorities are all you care about, I'm sure you don't mind if we get rid of the Bill of Rights, which was established to protect the little guy, right?

    October 12, 2007 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. Dan, Columbus, OH

    oh... my... God:

    "I am amazed at the ignorance and stupidity of the antiGore and antiHillary people... They need to be put into camps and deprogrammed for how ever long it takes after the elections."

    -Posted By Michael, Carbondale, Kansas

    WOW, MICHAEL!!! How very, um, NAZI-ish of you! Disagree with me all you want, but having lived on three continents (including a former Communist country) I love our country's free and open debate... but I'm guessing you'd rather have a gov't like Burma: disagree with me and we will kill, imprison, or simply make you 'dissappear'.

    I am TRULY frightened that some on the left (didn't you USED to champion free speech?) view anyone who disagrees with them as an enemy of the state that needs to be imprisoned. Frightened... but unfortunately not surprised.

    October 12, 2007 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. Ron Score Mesa Az

    Al Gore Along with the Clintons has done alot of damage to our country, absolutly the most corrupt individuals
    to ever hold Public office, These liberals along with the demacratic party are pushing policies that are leading us into socialism. the truly evil people are bringing us HELL on earth.

    October 12, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. richard, KY

    As a conservative, I would LOVE for Al to join in the race. I remember how he tore Bill Bradley to shreds back in '00. How fun would it be to see Al and Hillary beat the crap out of each other!!!!! I actually think Al's afraid of Hillary.

    October 12, 2007 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. Ben, Fargo, ND

    oh please, the man knows he can stomp a mudhole in that witch.

    October 12, 2007 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. Kramer

    I believe we are entering a phase similar to Germany 1930's prior to WWII. It appears radical (evil) liberals are moving towards a victory in their war against America. A Hillary win will mark the end of freedom for the majority of Americans. At some pants re-education and human extermination camps will spring up. Christians will be persecuted, killed and unable to find work to support their families. Conservatives will be murdered. Elites will have all the power & spoils and poverty will be rampant all over the world.

    Speaking of the world, more evil dictators will emerge unchallenged. Muslim extremists will go unchallenged as well. By the time this is finished billions will have been killed and the world will be hell on earth.

    What caused this? 40 years of liberalism that has made our citizens stupid. These weak-minded fools will welcome Hillary et al with open arms but soon will regret it. But it will be far too late. Life will be very difficult and these weaklings won’t be able to hack it. They will commit suicide and fall like flies. Survival of the fittest will take over and liberalism will have to die then.

    In the long run eternity in heaven will be the reward for certain people. I see Hillary, Bill, most of Congress, mainstream press and probably GW Bush living in hell with Sadam.

    Enjoy your hell folks because you let it all happen.

    October 12, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. Tom, Boston, MA

    had to laugh at the posts by the sheep that think Hillary can bring prosperity. won't happen. she moves us toward socialism. too many of these candidates are CFR globalist scumbags.

    October 12, 2007 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. John, Atlanta Georgia

    Yasser Arafat won the Nobel Peace Prize on year. It is just another pointless award that libral morons give to their friends.

    October 12, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. f.wood,pompano beach,fl.

    I hope Hillary wins we need new leader ship and she can do it,get the republicans out all of them

    October 12, 2007 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  23. Daniel, NY

    Considering she just got Mondale and Rep. Lewis to endorse her, I am not sure how much hope anyone has of stopping CLinton!

    October 12, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. John, Atlanta Georgia

    “… the term “democrat” originated as an epithet and referred to ‘one who panders to the crude and mindless whims of the masses.’”

    October 12, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  25. Frank, NY, NY

    Yassir Arafat was also Nobel winner. Goes to show you how much the award is worth.

    October 12, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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