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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Filed under: Al Gore
soundoff (157 Responses)
  1. Jason Mariachi, Irwing, TX

    After reading all the comments from right wingers and Bush supporters, it seems that these people are so desperate and frustrated that they have nothing but to bash Gore and Clinton. Their leader Bush was rated amongst the worst president US ever had and their presidential hopefuls Guliani, Romney, Thomson are all poodles of Bush and as such there is nothing to talk good about them. So, whether Gore decides to run or not, each and every democrat on the ticket look articulate, qualified, and deserve to occupy the White House. America is counting days when this incompetant republican white house taken over by democrats.

    October 12, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. Paranoid Schitzoid, Land Of Illusion, Denile

    It is sad, the Shadow Government has Chosen Hillary already, It will be an easier transition since she will appoint many of the same people that her husband did, when he was in office. HAIL SHADOW GOVERNMENT !

    October 12, 2007 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. John McHenry, IL

    Congratulations to AL. It just goes to show you that even if you lie and distort the facts but are politically correct with the liberal agenda you can be recognized. What a joke. This one is almost as bad as the buffoon Jimmy Carter getting one.

    October 12, 2007 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. Eric Albert Smith, Phoenix, Arizona (Overrun By Illegals)

    Those who truly want a horrible liar like this man in the White House deserve what will happen. And as for the wonderful economy that "Clinton" brought during his presidency. That was all that was left over from Reagan and Bush and their tax cuts. It took Bill 8 years to destroy it and now you blame Bush Jr. Again, you all deserve what will happen to this country if a Liberal will get in office.

    October 12, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. LinnieFB, Corona, CA

    Hmmmmm...I bet the "source" is from the Clinton campaign. Gore would beat Hillary...Obama will give her a run for her money (more so than polls indicate.) A Gore/Obama combination would be unbeatable period...

    October 12, 2007 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. Joe C.,Nyack, NY

    Tali S. from Edison, NJ....This blog is about AL GORE. Not Ann Coulter..someone who basically has been accepted by most of modern American now after he comment yesterday as clinically INSANE. Anyway, Al Gore has been spending him time doing something positive for humanity and he got rewarded. I dont see anythingwrong with that, his achievement is a wonderful one. It's far better than Bush, who is spending his time figuring out ways to flood my generation with as much DEBT from this Iraq War as possible...You know whose ego we have to stop stroking? George Bush's. He made a fatal mistake and he owes all of the world and Americans particularly an APOLOGY for this disaster of a war that has killed our troops, hurt our economy and destroyed our national image on a global scale.

    October 12, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Ray Pence, Lawrence, Kansas

    Congratulations on your well-deserved Nobel Prize, Mr. President.

    For millions of Americans, you are still the head of state of our nation's Government-in-Exile.

    Thank goodness there are statesmen like you in the world to represent America at its best, rather than at its worst, as our current "administration" does.

    October 12, 2007 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |

    Let it be known to all that the election of Mrs Hillary R Clinton is a Fait Accompli. She can only lose this thing if her vote to demonize the Iranian military as a terrorist organization come back to haunt her. Otherwise there is no one in the present presidential field who can halt her return to the Whitehouse.

    October 12, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Bob Watters /Westminster, CO

    Well this buffoon is in good company with his new medal.He's right up there along side Yassar Ararfat and Jimma Carter.The Nobel Peace prize is just another venue for liberals to slap one another on the back for their perceived good intentions. Big Al also got an academy award for making a movie of himself giving a speech. It's amazing to me that this guy with virtually no science training or background, is held in such high esteem by the same people that shout down legitimate earth scientists and physicists for being ignorant of the issue.I wish he would run again. It was amusing to watch him last time.

    October 12, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. sunshine484848


    Why the PEACE prize? Because he couldn't win a SCIENCE award with his JUNK SCIENCE!!

    October 12, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Noel, D.C.

    Gore Obama 08! Now that would be unstoppable!

    October 12, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    kramer watches too much fox news.
    the sky is falling.

    October 12, 2007 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. ABE.....Los Angeles, CA

    Isn't this the same Al Gore ( Democrat) that managed the transfer of military secrets to the Chinese? ..for campaign money? Hsu and Hill too? If you guys think either of these frauds will help the USA, then youlikely think Gore actually did something/anything scientific to obtain this Nobel. He didn't. Wake up America. You deserve the government you elect.

    October 12, 2007 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Bill, Denver CO

    I too have to laugh at anyone who would gladly vote for Hillary and then suggest she can move the country in the right direction. If anything she'll continue the country in the *left* direction that will soon be approaching full blown Socialism. With every day another new cradle to grave program being announced, I have to expect the founders of the country (who didnt choose socialism) are rolling in their graves.

    Hillary is evil and her election should result in a velvet revolution for America.

    October 12, 2007 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. jerry tritle, springfield, OH

    Gore is a dimwitted, distractable man who is obsessed with this MYTH of global warming. Democrats would only have a chance with a Clinton/Gore line-up, but we Republicans will win again–a win necessary to avoid national disaster.

    October 12, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. LiberalWarrior Stave, Bethesda, MD

    I'm sick of this woman and her evil!


    October 12, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. lowerpericles

    Hillary a courageous woman, Gore the kind person who learn things and understand fast. Nice to see them again. Any further agenda is double talk, subjective.

    October 12, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. John M., Rock Springs, WY

    CNN removed the comments made by Richard of Irwine, TX. I agree with him that these right wingers are so jealous of Gore winning the Nobel. What can you expect from these ignorants who still believe Global Warming is hoax, Bush is the smartest president US ever had, and Saddam was responsible for 9/11. There is a saying in Wyoming that dogs don't bark at the parked cars.

    October 12, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. Barbara Morgan, Baltimore, Maryland

    If Al Gore had assumed the Presidency in the 2000 election (which he did win), we would not be in Iraq - an immense and overwhelming disaster and calamity. Further, Gore would have gone into Afghanistan after 9/11 and focused on the eradication of the Taliban. They are now back in full force while our troops were distracted by Iraq.
    It is an immense tragedy for our country that Al Gore did not become our President.

    October 12, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. Evan Esteves, Boca Raton, FL

    Giuliani has 60% of the country behind him??? Ummm ok...He won't even get 60% of "TRUE" religious conservatives vote Chris from Connecticut!

    October 12, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Betsy Campisi, Baldwin NY

    This "source" sounds like Bill Clinton.

    We need Al's statesmanship and commitment to the planet.

    No Dems I know are truly thrilled with the state, unless you mention AL GORE, then their eyes light up. He'd instantly have thousands of maniac supporters and tons of campaign cash. He's got to know that by now.

    I hope he gets in. The planet needs a true leadership in the White House. We can't survive another President with a fecal touch.

    October 12, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. Bob, Seattle, WA

    Predictable. Gore thought HE was unstoppable. Wrong. Gore think Quenn Hillary is unstoppable in a continuing wave or WRONG opinions by Mr. Gore and a definite sign of a bright future for the GOP.

    October 12, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    Now that Gore has written a self-satisfying History for himself. Despite all the bad history that was being written for him by the masses. He has but ONE THING LEFT to do. ONE MORE WRONG TO RIGHT. GORE Endorse OBAMA! Encourage ALL your supporters and fans alike to join you in doing so. That could be the edge Obama needs and would put the CAP on the your "Past" CRAP you went through (If you know what I mean).. CARMA

    October 12, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. Jack, New Yrok

    If Gore enters the race,the race will become a two persons race. Clinton-Gore.it will also be the end of both Edward's and Obamba's campaign both candidates willbecome second tier and
    no more donations.

    October 12, 2007 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. James, Phoenix AZ

    Well – Hillary MUST be a shoe-in now. She has the support of all the communists (Fidel), porn community (Heidi Fleiss, Jenna Jameson), socialists (George Soros & Moveon.Org), and now failed Presidential Candidates (Gore).

    Let's just call the whole election process off. Gore has spoken.

    October 12, 2007 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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