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. Jim Chicago

    No she isnt....Lets wait till the General election and when all the skeltons come out of the closet and then we will see someone fall completely apart. My uncle is a republican operative in DC and he tells me all the time they want Hillary in the general election. I am an independent and if I was a democrat I would be a little fearful , I mean the lady has a 49% disapproval rating right now and it usually increases by 10-15% when we get closer to the election. Rudy right now only has a 28% negative rating. Sorry democrats you are about to give away a sure thing election by nominating Hillary.She just has way to much baggage and such a negative image.

    October 12, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. laurinda,ny

    Ya know, I wonder if they'll be playing a Fleetwood Mac song when Hillary wins. Bill did when he won.

    October 12, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Russell.NC

    Hillary will go the way of Howard Dean.

    October 12, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Chris, Middletown, CT

    They don't hear you...what do they call that when the follows do anything their "leader" tells them....even if its insane...oh right...a cult

    October 12, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Ross, Portland, OR

    When you start thinking campaigns are unstoppable, the trouble really starts. Take USC and their loss to Stanford last weekend.

    October 12, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. Bill S. Chicago, IL

    Congrats to Al Gore. I'd much rather have him win the Nobel and lose the presidency rather than the other way around.

    October 12, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. Pete, Washington

    Yet another story floated by the Clinton Machine. They are doing everything they can to put Gore in a position not to run....He knows that she can be beat. If he endorses Obama, or enters the race himself, either way she is a loser...Hillary is a 'flip-flopper' and 'flip-floppers' don't win.

    October 12, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. William H. Richards IV, Millis, MA

    No guts, no glory Mr. Vice President. The Democratic Party would be better off with you at the helm than Senator Clinton.

    October 12, 2007 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. bprossersme

    Research may discover a vaccine to stop the spread of Hillary any day now.

    October 12, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. lee, conway, ar

    Now is the time for Al Gore man to come to the aid of the Party!

    October 12, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. dan arlington, virginia

    Obama is going to win in 2008. People don't want Hillary or Gore for that matter.

    October 12, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Maria, Houston

    Success is the best revenge...Congratulations Mr. Gore, well done!

    Al Gore has first hand experience in regard to Clintons, their character,their methods and and their political operatives. He also obviously found his work on global environmental issues much more rewarding and gratifying than running for POTUS.Why should he return to mud slinging of a political campaign? He wisely recognised that his legacy is better served by moving on to other accomplishments, which, unfortunately, cannot be said about Clintons still trying to hang to their power...

    October 12, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. Chaz, Honolulu, Hi

    I believe that, sad to say, once again Mr. Gore is displaying bad political judgment and is missing his "greatest" opportunity at securing his rightful place in history.

    He's sincerely mistaken if he believes that the Clintons are America's first choice for the presidency.

    If he really wants to assist the global cause he has championed all his life, doesn't the power of the presidency, or the prospect of obtaining the office, require that he assert himself into the race?

    October 12, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Mark, Arlington VA

    Chris: Keep dreaming! Giuliani? President? Three times married-dressed as a drag queen-walked in the gay pride-exploits 911 over and over and over-spreads fear-And finally a war monger. It is unprecedented that a Mayor becomes President…

    Grover Cleveland and Herbert Hoover were both Mayors before becoming President of the United States. Learn your history before making silly comments.

    October 12, 2007 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. Mel, Durham, England

    Ah, yes, the Gore kiss of death. Al had also thought Howard Dean was unstoppable and publicly endorsed the screaming meemie only a few weeks before the Dean juggernaut ran aground. Now, the Ozone Man is puckering up to deliver the same smoochie to Mrs. Gigglebox. Thanks Al.

    October 12, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. SAL-- Asheville, NC

    neither of them– Gore nor hillery both bad - pray they just go away

    October 12, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. xtina chicago IL

    How can anyone support any man who wants to "change peoples' thinking" through big government, taxes on an imaginary problem (one degree warmer in 100 yrs. doesn't sound like an issue does it?) and more government regulations? That sounds like socialism to me and I don't stand for these things that Hillary or Al Gore want.

    October 12, 2007 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  18. Steve - Peoria, IL

    I think people have a gut feeling that Hillary is just in this to placate the masses (in order to achieve the higher goal of her own glory.)

    She talks about uniting, but she's THE MOST DIVISIVE person running. Ironic.

    October 12, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. M. Mundy, Houston, TX

    Not only a Nobel Prize winner but a smart man as well.

    Posted By Rodney Dallas TX : October 12, 2007 9:26 am

    You're kidding, right? God help our Country, if the Witch from Arkansas becomes President. ARE WE NOT SICK OF BUSH, CLINTON, BUSH, CLINTON?

    October 12, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. Tony, Greensboro, NC

    It is so sad that people feel the way they do about Hillary. She is by far the smartest and best candidate from either party to lead this country.

    October 12, 2007 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. Hillary

    ...and so the idiocracy that was our democracy comes full circle. And so it is: Manbearpig in 2008. I'm super-cereal, people.

    October 12, 2007 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. Dave, Philly, PA

    You won the election, might as well occupy the White House. Its been a long time coming.

    October 12, 2007 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. Jackson Moraeu

    Al Gores knows who is best and he agrees its HILLARY CLINTON! I was hoping he would enter the race, doesnt look like it, so I'm hoping all Gore supporters now vote for HILLARY.

    October 12, 2007 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. CJ, OKC, OK

    Everyday you "Repugs" remind me how stupid and narcisistic you are. One of these days you will realize that your ideologies go against all the teachings of Christianity.

    October 12, 2007 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    I believe that Al Gore looked at the Democratic presidential candidate race with a fairly objective eye and came up with the only logical conclusion.

    Put it another way, one Clinton cleaned up the mess left by the first Bush and now it will take another Clinton to try and clean up the mess made by the second Bush.

    To bad Bush 41 never got around to housebreaking Bush 43, then we would not have to have another Clinton in the White House.

    October 12, 2007 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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