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. Willy Brown, Chesapeake, VA

    A total of 20 years of Bush, Clinton, Bush running America is enough. Vote in someone not connected to Washington,D.C. AL Gore, don't run, you scare me and my family.

    October 12, 2007 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. TxnByBrth, Austin, TX

    Two families running the US for the past 20 years? Another indication we're on the slippery slope headed towards becoming a two-bit country ran by despots...ala Peron, etc. Any time the MSM's 15 second sound-bites helps form up a concensous among US citizens, you KNOW we're headed in the wrong direction...and at the mercy of whoever it is that determines what those "sound bites" communicate...I'm an optimists by nature, but this gives me a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.

    What happen to the voice of those who once said, "better dead than red"? At one time we were a country fighting socialism and communism...and now we are one!

    October 12, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. mg, Tx

    It absolutely blows my mind to think there are people out there that believe this al gore guy deserves any accolades for anything. the guy really knows how to stretch out his 15 minutes of fame.

    October 12, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    Alright, enough of this BS. Who wants a slice of pizza http://www.mysatin.com from that place down de steet?

    October 12, 2007 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  5. laurinda,ny

    I say that if each of the Bush's got to be the president than each of the Clinton's get to be the president too. It is only fair to take turns. We all learned that in kindergarden.

    October 12, 2007 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. Dr. B. Prince

    Bloated Weather Boy Gore inherited a good economy and a safe and free post-Cold War world, and he and his criminal perverted running mate left this nation with: a recession, a burst tech. bubble, defunded military and intelligence services, and 9-11. Oh, Yes! Can we have some more? Last time Dems. ran Congress and the Presidency: the total economic, military, social, and political failure: Jimmy "I hate the Jews" Carter

    October 12, 2007 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. Ronda, Fredericksburg, VA

    He can say and think what he wants. http://www.snopes.com/politics/bush/house.asp shows his level of hypocracy. Wonder if the Nobel group checked his living situation out prior to their selection......

    October 12, 2007 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. John Evans

    Al Gore already won once. He would start a landslide. Since he's not in the race I would say Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, and Ron Paul are the Best Candidates. They tell the truth. The others slide around it trying to deflect the tough questions. The ones you don't hear a fuss about in the corporate media are the ones the corporate masters are afraid of. Congratulations to Big Al on his well deserved Nobel Prize.

    October 12, 2007 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  9. me

    Re-elect Gore.

    October 12, 2007 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  10. Barbara, Tucson

    Are right wingers the stupidest, most ill informed people on the planet? Yes they are. Calling the Clinton's corrupt with that criminal we have in the white house. His misuse of the justice system, all those no-bid contracts with billions missing. My God, do these people ever read a newspaper. I am truly ashamed to be an American. There is no intelligent debate possible with these right wing morons distorting every subject and
    filling the air with their lies and nonsense. It is truly disgusting. And yes, If i had more money,I would be living in Europe. I have quite a bit of money but thanks to Bush devaluing the dollar by thirty percent with his policies, my money is pretty much useless overseas. What an incompetent piece of garbage Bush is. And these people that support, do they have third grade educations even

    October 12, 2007 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  11. calle, denver, co

    Al Gore has little credibility. He lost in elections, he flunked out of divinity school, he has family issues with his son being a druggie. If it wasn't for him hopping on the anti-Bush Global Warming bandwagon, no one would listen to him. That's why he chose this fraudulent cause. It's difficult to argue GLobal Warming without looking like a bad person. But, Al, chill out; we're NOT ruining the planet. America is the LEAST polluted, cleanest country for its size in the world.

    October 12, 2007 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  12. DP North Carolina

    I would vote for Al Gore or Hillary Clinton in a minute so it's a win win situation. God Bless!

    October 12, 2007 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  13. Josiah, Trenton NJ

    The respectability of the Nobel organization just went down a notch.

    October 12, 2007 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  14. Chandra, Newark CA

    Gore has been paid dearly to NOT challenge HRC in more ways than ONE. All of those back door deals, behind closed doors hand shakes, YUK, will continue even when the DEM PREZ choice is not the BEST for the US public. Politics in the US stinks of corruption, manipulation and greed. HRC is part of that network supporting and strengthening the negative in America. Wake up American Voters because it is not too late to make a positive turn and get this country on track by choosing the right person to run the US. Hilary is NOT the right solution, she is more of the same. America needs a jolt of immunity boosting herbs to take care of the problems dug deep by the Bush admin. HRC is not the life-sustaining jolt needed, she is the numbing sedation to keep us out-of-touch and subserviant. A HRC win means Americans lose and lose big time. IT IS YOUR CHOICE AMERICAN VOTERS, step up to the plate and participate, vote for real change and integrity, Not HRC.

    October 13, 2007 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  15. ss

    Prez.Juliana? scary.. that dude is a total slimeball & complete whack job.

    LONG Live The CLINTONS – Hillary & Bill '08
    ...Chelsea 2032!

    October 13, 2007 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  16. Guy / Lafayette, LA

    Just think we could have a president that won a Nobel Peace Prize, invented the internet, and he and Tipper were the couple that inspired the movie love story. Elect him now!!!


    October 13, 2007 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  17. laurinda,ny

    Did anyone ever put any thought into the idea that George Bush is the anti-Christ? They said he has already been born and he is out their somewhere as a world leader.

    October 13, 2007 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. Ayyub, Richmond

    Laurinda, as true as that coud be and how funny it is. I could really take your side on that one but the more I see your comments the more I think you support Hillary is because you hate Bush who isn't running anymore so get over it. He'll be out soon a one of the democratic candidates will be president.

    October 13, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. Lioness, Washington DC

    Gore is not running for president – period. When will people accept it and stop speculating.

    The closest he will get to the elections is an endorsement.

    Let's hope he backs the real winner – Barack Obama who, by the way, gets the highest environmental rating by the League of Conservation Voters.

    October 13, 2007 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Joe, Florida

    Clinton will win.

    These are smart people who are capable of successfully running a country as complex as the US. Something a certain Texas Cowboy who can't spell right is clearly incapable of doing.

    America knows this, why do you think Bill is so popular even though he cheated on his wife?

    Come to your senses people, there is no reason why Hillary won't win.

    October 13, 2007 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    Michael in Kansas, it is YOU who need to be out into a camp and deprogrammed if you think either of these 2 would make a good president. Stop drinking the Kool Aid, and stop smokinig whatever it is you're smoking you communist Nazi.

    October 13, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Lance in Monrovia CA

    The Facts About Hillary's Unstoppability.

    Hillary had a rally in New York City recently. 2400 people attended.

    Obama had a rally in the same place last week. 24,000 people in attendance.

    Obama outranks Hillary on environmental records, ethics reform, more bills passed in the Senate and the IL Senate, more bipartisan bills than any other Democrat.

    In the 1980s Hillary was on the founding board of directors for Wall Mart, who then financed Bill's first campaign for governer of Arkansas.

    In the 1980s Obama was the first African American editor of the Harvard Law Review and turned down over 700 corporate six figure job offers to instead walk the streets of Chicago as a community organizer on behalf of out of work steel mill workers, for 14 grand a year.

    Obama called Iraq a "dumb war" in 2002 and said that it would devolve quickly into a civil war between Shia, Sunni, and Kurd, while at the same time, Hillary voted to authorize the war and bush didn't know how to pronouce the word Shia, much less what one was.

    Obama has more individual campaign donations than ANY OTHER CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT IN U.S. HISTORY, mostly in the 10 or 20 dollar range. He currently has about 12 MILLION more dollars to spend throughout the campaign than Hillary does, despite the fact that three months ago pundits where saying that Hillary's cash machine would be unparralleled in U.S. History and that her campaign would be untoppable moneywise.

    Whereas Hillary's donors come almost exclusively from corporate lobbys and packagers like Norman Hu, (recently arrested for $850,000 of illegal contributions to Hillary's campaign), who have given Hillary already the maximum amount allowed, Obama's incredibly large donor base has single handedly accomplished finance reform, allowing him to draw upon these low dollar individual donors again and again, making him competitive far beyond the early states.

    Polls show consistantly that close to 80 percent of voters remain undecided or leaning toward a candidate only in a "soft" way. This is despite the fact that Hillary is a known commodity.

    Only now are voters across the country starting to vaguely pay attention to the race. Hillary Clinton has a higher negative rating than any other candidate in history. Guiliani and the other repubs attack her constantly and even Bush has declared her the defacto nominee. Why?

    Because they know if she's the nominee she will motivate the GOP base and even if she wins the election she will ensure that Republicans turn out to keep Republican Senators and Congressmen in office, thus checking any real change from occuring that any other democrat, especially Obama, would be able to accomplish.

    Obama is the candidate of choice amongst the military, because they realize that he is not playing the usual political games and that he means what he says.

    In places where the electorate is paying attention, Obama is tied with Hillary in the polls and leading amongst likely caucaus goers.

    You tell me... who is truly unstoppable?

    October 13, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. Maddie, Los Angeles, CA

    Let's see...this "source" is either Penn or Carville. It also smells of Bill Kristol.

    October 13, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. Rebecca Jonas

    Gore supports HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT!

    Gore said in an interview that of all the front runners he supports HILLARY and believes CLINTON will be president!

    October 13, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    It's a complement to Obama Campaign that the Media/opponents has to try Sooooo Hardddd.. to find anything or goes as far as to event some scenario to be able to say anything bad about Obama. They basically have to knowingly setup a loaded debate question. That Hillary has been briefed on or uses a US Senator to jockey bill-voting times around. Obama will have to either except the VP position and do it quietly or they will pick Edwards (as I suspect they either have or will offer to Obama before the Primary) or Obama will have to reject their offer and continue to go for the Presidency 2008. If he chooses the latter, He must do it like it is Chicago and Kick a.. and take names.. Obama would be effectively running against Bill Clinton. So Obama you are NOW running against Bill Clinton. Formulate how to beat Bill Clinton and you win. P.S. Some of this seems to be already happening.

    October 13, 2007 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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