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. Aaron R

    Al invented the internet....

    October 12, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. William.......Illinois

    Hands Down.....Albert Gore should become our next President!!!...He has all the makings of a US President....My vote is for you Mr.Gore!!

    October 12, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Tim, Chico, CA

    Could Algore be in the running for another Nobel prize for inventing the internet too?

    October 12, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Funny how CNN changed the photo to a younger Gore and INCLUDED SHRILLARY.


    October 12, 2007 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Tom, Jacksonville, FL

    If Gore enters the race today, my vote is for him.....He is the best and most complete candidate!

    October 12, 2007 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Jim, omaha, NE

    MR. Gore, we need you desperately, please make a run for the Presidency!!!

    October 12, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. David, Dallas Tx

    "Truth Teller" said: Anyone who has actually met Al Gore and does not have a political agenda would not describe his as intelligent. In fact, he is functionally and socially illiterate without his handlers.

    If you'll forgive the contradiction, Gore is lauded as a very charismatic and stunningly intelligent individual.

    Admittedly, he has been criticized for his failure to increase his wealth during a booming economy while serving as VP:


    This shows he wasn’t using public office to get rich, NOT someone who is too dumb to turn a profit. Case in point: since leaving office 8 years ago, he grew his personal assets from around $700,000 to over $100 million.


    And he did it in part by creating an investment firm which invests in emerging green technologies. Don't believe the Republican spin: you CAN be pro-business and pro-environment at the same time. If Republicans weren't in bed with Big Oil, they'd tell you too.

    Gore has more intelligence and more answers to today's issues than any candidate running for office. Hillary isn't unstoppable. Gore underestimates his appeal. He won the popular vote in 2000, and he's more popular now than he was then.

    Gore 2008!

    October 12, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. morgan, San Diego, Ca

    You know..mt friends have been talking about the overwhelming majority of Democrats who want Hillary in the white house. Thing is we dont know anyone who would actually vote for her, it's almost like they are pulling these numbers out of the air. Why would so many people want to vote for such a calculated political robot that is just like Bush with regards to the war?

    October 12, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Lance--CA

    From the song 'Hot Air' by Lance Morrison on the 'Blaming America First Music CD:

    ..."someone has to tell the tale

    Of how we're getting hot as ****

    A place they're keeping warm for me,

    'cause I'm a Socialistic, self appointed Elmer Gantry....."

    hear it at :


    October 12, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. Sharon, Littleton, CO

    For those of you who question why Al Gore won the Nobel Prize, consider this: Gore has been, at times, a lone voice crying out to all of humanity and all nations, regardless of political persuasion, to work TOGETHER to preserve and protect the future of everything living thing on this planet. When people and nations put aside their differences and work together for the common good, the opportunity for universal peace on Earth becomes exponentially greater.

    Congratulations to Al Gore – this is a well-deserved honor!

    October 12, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. Valerie, Florida

    Who the hell is your source, Ed Henry? Sounds directly out of the Clinton campaign office.

    Gore would be unstoppable, and Clinton knows it.

    October 12, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. Laura - Tulsa, OK

    All I think of when I see Hillary's picture day in and day out is higher taxes all around. That's her main goal, and how hard it that to do?

    October 12, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Keith, Chicago

    Gore was a pretty good Vice President and is now a Nobel Price winner to boot, but he definitely isn't good at predicting Presidential primary races. Remember when he endorsed Dean almost exactly 4 years ago when Dean was dominating the polls, only for Dean to get crushed in the early primaries a month or two later? The fact that Gore called Clinton's campaign "unstoppable" is probably the worst thing that could happen to her. An endorsement from Gore is pretty much like the kiss of death.

    October 12, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Jake, Iowa

    I can't wait for a Romney and Obama Match up. Two well spoken folk with great ideas to move us away from the Bush-Clinton dynasty. 24 years of that and the founding fathers must be turning in their graves. They fought so hard to get away from her Majesty the Queen and all the stupid Americans can do is let two families at the helm as if their are no alternatives. Washington doesn't need to change, American People need to Change the way they vote people to Washington.

    October 12, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. robert, Cleveland, OH

    He's a smart man and he's right. May be Hillary should invite him for a vice-president in a another winning Clinton-Gore ticket? How about this idea lol

    October 12, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. lynn, sierra vista, az

    Just remember – it was clinton who brought sex and gore to the White House!

    October 12, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Lance in Monrovia CA

    How much you wanna bet that source is working for Hillary Clinton's campaign?

    Talk about the most bogus, political porn theater you could possibly create. Let's make up some "source" and put words in a great man like Al Gore's mouth.

    Hillary Clinton spoke in her home state of New York last month. 2,500 people showed up.

    Barack Obama spoke at the same place a few weeks later. 24,000 people showed up.

    Who's unstoppable? You tell me.

    October 12, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. RuthieM

    I was so disappointed in Al Gore and lost much political respect for him when he didn't stand up to Bush in 2000. It seems he hasn't changed any, now saying he could not beat the Hillary machine. Gore looks like a beast but his actions are that of a beauty. I also don't think Gore wants the rigamarole of campaigning, rollercoastering on that democratic presidential candidate platform, held to scrutiny. But if it's the 'Clinton Machine' that gets her into the white house and that is the reason those who are standing behind her are - fear - like Gore's afraid to challenge her now, then it will be another sad sad day for the American people if we're left to endure 4 more years of this same Bush-type whitehouse with Clinton.

    October 12, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |

    Everyone knows that Hillary will win. The Republicans are running scared.

    October 12, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. Jimmy Carter

    WADDA GOOFEY PHOTO...it looks like they're about to high 5 each other for hiding Monica Lawinski's dirty laundry or something

    October 12, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Rod, Salem, Oregon

    Bush-Potato Man, Clinton-Gore, Bush-Cheney, Clinton-Gore, Clinton-Bush, Gore-Bush, Gore, Gore, There should be nothing left of America by December 23, 2012.

    October 12, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Colony 14 author, Mount Prospect, Illinois

    Gore may be incredibly stupid about a lot of things, but about Hillary Rodham he is smart enough to know that if he were to run against her for the nomination she would rip out his entrails. Besides, if she wins, he still gets what he wants: a socialist in the White House and thousands more of them added to the federal bureaucracies.

    October 12, 2007 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. A. Brady, Kansas City, MO

    Proof that anybody can invent anything and win Nobel prizes:

    Gorbachev – the guy who tried to keep Communism by putting a smiley face on it

    Carter – left North Korea keep their nukes

    Kofi Anan – benfited directly/indirectly from crookedness in the Iraqi Oil For Food program

    Yasir Arafat – the guy who wanted anything but peace

    Henry Kissinger – a guy who was replaced by Dick Cheney and Karl Rove as the left's most wanted for criminalizing

    The prize committee is bent upon making themselves and the prize as irrelevant as Time's "Man of the Year" award.

    October 12, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  24. Heather, Nashville, TN

    I just love AL Gore. I met him once at the mall in Green Hills and he was so polite and understanding when I asked for an autograph for my mom, who by the way was ecstatic when I gave it to her. He would've made a wonderful President, it's too bad people were upset about his well breeding and good manners to see to his intelligence and ideas for this country.

    October 12, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. Chris, FL

    It's amazing how the media has already brain washed you people 1 FULL year ahead of schedule. You really think Clinton and the Italian Guiseppe are the only 2 candiates to choose from.

    What is it about communism do you like? I think we should break America apart if you big city folk really are that naive.

    October 12, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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