December 10th, 2007
06:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Gore: I'd only consider White House bid

Watch Gore discuss the White House race and his own political future.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Vice President Al Gore denied again that there were any campaign plans in his immediate future, but told CNN Monday that he hadn't "ruled out getting back into the political process at some point" - and that if he did return to political life, it would be to take another shot at the White House.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate, speaking from the Oslo site of Monday's awards ceremony, told CNN's Jonathan Mann that he didn't expect to ever get back in the political process, but that "if I did get back, it would be as a candidate for president."

He did not endorse any of the current Democratic candidates for president, and did not respond directly to a question about his view of New York Sen. Hillary Clinton's environmental policy proposals.

He added that "the political system as it now operates makes it very difficult" for any of the current crop of candidates to make climate change issues a top priority.

Gore's political future has been the object of intense speculation since he was featured in the Academy Award-winning documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth." Another White House bid would be the third for the former vice president, who also ran in 1988 and 2000.

- CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Al Gore
soundoff (243 Responses)
  1. mike braintree, ma

    VOTE OBAMA '08 !!!!!!!

    December 10, 2007 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  2. Shannon NY

    How big is Al's house? but of course heating and cooling it is offset by his Carbon Credit? I guess that means the power company doesn't really give off all the emmsions for his house that it does for everyone elses. I wonder what he drives. If he really cared about the environment like he says he does, he would live in a tiny one room home (only what is necessary) and would ride a bike and would only have a couple of clothes to change into while the others are washed and only wear one outfit a day, other wise he is heating/cooling unused space in his home (wasting resources)and if he changes clothes during the day he is washing more then is necessary again wasting resources and if he has a car, which I would question when he is more then capable to use "man" power to travel so that he doesn't waste resources. No american would live like this way are too comfortable and addmitadly it is a GREAT life, it is frustrating when someone is living so LARGE that they condemn people that are living a quarter of the HYPOCRITE. I would bet his Master Bedroom is larger then the average American Home. Boy that is just what we need in the White House another talker not a doer. Where would Global Warming be if we all lived as Large as Al

    December 11, 2007 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  3. mark wilkes barre pa

    John kasrstan virginia beach,,,,,,,,, Oh I believe this planet is experiencing warming, what I don't believe is as it's told by AL GORE,,,Mabey Al started Global warming with his meltdown after the first Bush election John,, thanks for the kind words of luck to us crazy reps in the up-comming elections though

    December 11, 2007 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  4. Connie in Cleveland, OH

    I want Al Gore to run on an 'American Ticket'. A Democratic Presidential Candidate, Al Gore and Republican Vice Presidential Candidate, Chuck Hagel. America needs candidates willing to speak 'Truth to Power' to stop the spin by mainstream media. Gore/Hagel '08 could take on mainstream media spin from day one. The current spin is making Americans dizzy. We aren't more informed, they pick and choose what they cover. They have annointed Hillary and Obama as the chosen Democratic candidates. Biden, Edwards and Kucinich get very little coverage. Not because they aren't saying anything, but because the media has decided who get's voices and who doesn't. America needs to come together as Americans and stop being divided by party politics.

    December 11, 2007 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  5. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    Please run, Algore. I'd love to watch you lose AGAIN!

    You lost he recount. This was confirmed by two LIBERAL newspapers doing their own independent investigation. The Supreme Court gave Bush NOTHING.

    I'm still laughing over the Sore/Loserman bumperstickers from the 2000 election. 🙂

    December 11, 2007 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  6. thescoundrel

    I supported Gore in 2000. Never again. His actions following the loss proved him more interested in obtaining political power than protecting the country. Even Nixon in his loss to Kennedy had the good sense not challenge an election final, after the Chicago ballot box stuffing. The problem with challenging any election is there are always voting problems on both sides of the campaign. It only tears apart a country.

    December 11, 2007 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Gore would have made a great president should the whole state of Florida been recounted. Gore won't run currently because there is a much better chance he can get something done without being in the White House. I can't believe people still claim that global warm is a fraud. You must work for a fossil fuel (oil, coal etc) industry group and are looking not to lose your job.

    Our planet is a closed system for the most part. Think of it this way: you are in a room that produces oxygen and CO2 among other gases and has a place for light to come in. There is a balance that is maintained. If you start putting a whole lot more CO2 and other gases that retain heat in the room, you will find the patterns of heat and growth will have changed and become more unpredictable.

    December 11, 2007 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. Jack, Atlanta, GA

    Why does CNN hype everything to do with Al Gore. If I really had to point out a bias, I'd say that CNN is beholden to Gore, if only in an effort to get him to jump in the race. And Fox has made a concerted effort to discredit him. So it goes. The media's vicious thirst for a story drives the country in whichever direction is most convenient. Or maybe I'm having a bad day.

    December 11, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. xtina chicago il

    To the people who said "truth to power" about Al Gore ! I don't think so... he's for big government control of more aspects of your life. He actually wants mandates and regulations on what you can drive, how you run your home, what kind of energy sources you use, etc. While he and his wealthy Hollywood friends just pay an extra fee to exempt themselves from doing the same . I imagine he also would propose new taxes in all these different aspects of our lives to make us pay for our lifestyles, while he continues to live a very consumptive lifestyle.

    December 11, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. Eduardo(San Diego,CA)

    Rebecca Sinderbrand,has Al Gore mentioned anything about becoming a running mate for Hillary Clinton or is that out of the question?It would be nice to see all three of them back together again in the White House!

    December 11, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. Chris, Middletown, CT

    David in Austin –

    While I do have facts – it seems to matter little to Gore supporters who will scream that "Gore won presidency" and it was "stolen" from him – (we all know how the electorial college works...well..maybe not you)

    Well...and theres that "fact" about CO2 levels rising and causing global warming – in order – WATER VAPOR, METHANE and then CO2 as the greenhouse gases – 95% of CO2 is natural...buildings cause 3% of the other CO2....and automobiles are 2% – also on Gores charts in the movie – he shows heat and CO2 rising together historically – when in fact his own charts show heat rising...and then (up to a thousand years later CO2 levels) – now...theres that little "fact" of England where they won't show his movie unless they point out the factual errors....come on people – we aren't that dumb....maybe just "illiterate" like David....

    December 11, 2007 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. trent porter, tx

    Gore is a liar. global warming is not caused by humans, even major studies show that cows hurt more than humans.

    December 11, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Mike, Boston, MA

    So we get to the convention in August. Hillary and Obama are still attacking each other, with neither controlling a majority of delegates. The remaining candidates have dropped out, with the exception of Edwards, who continues to make himself as much a pain in the ass as he has become irrelevant. The Republicans are solidly united behind their new savior, Huckabee. Two ballots go by with neither Hillary nor Obama getting a majority. The Tennessee delegation enters Gore’s name as a favorite son. One by one, the other delegations see the wisdom of leaving the damaged front-runners behind and turn to Gore, who is nominated by acclamation. He helicopters in from Aspen, where he’s been giving an address to the World Council of Fixing the Mess, and speaks live to a television audience of 100 million. The election campaign becomes almost comical, as Huckabee is assailed time and again by scandals large and small from his days as Governor of Arkansas. Gore wins the election with the largest popular vote and Electoral College margin in history.

    December 11, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. therealist

    Al was the President of the Senate that unanimously rejected Kyoto. Great leadership..

    December 11, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. David, Austin Texas

    You state that you “do have facts”, and yet all you chose to post originally was a belittling comment that was apparently directed towards anyone inclined to listen to Al Gore. Why not simply reply with facts, and let that statement speak for itself? Yes, I do in fact know how the electoral system works. However, I wonder how many Republican/Conservative voters would have felt the exact same way if the situation had been reversed. Consider this hypothetical: George W. Bush suffers a narrow loss in a key state, costing him the state’s electoral votes, and handing Al Gore a narrow one point electoral victory. This despite George W. Bush winning the popular vote by a margin of over 500,000 votes. The state’s Democratic Secretary of State (who also served as Gore’s state campaign co-chair during the election cycle) certifies the results, and Gore’s brother holds the Governor’s office in that same state. Do you really believe that even eight years later, there wouldn’t be a large number of Republicans/Conservatives who would cry foul? I can understand the frustration on Al Gore’s supporter’s side. That being said, George W. Bush won the election, and as you so adroitly state, the Electoral College decides the Presidency, not the popular vote.

    As to the Global Warming issue, I’ll readily admit that I don’t have all the answers. I’d also be willing to bet that no one person or group understands it all. Attempting to understand natural forces on a global scale, has to be a daunting task. However, from a logical standpoint, consider the following:
    Currently world population stands at approx. 6.6 billion, up from 978 million (est.) in 1800. That’s an increase of roughly 5.6 billion in a mere 200 years. Modern estimates point to a world population of approx. 8.9 billion by 2050. Energy consumption increases proportionally. In 2000 worldwide oil demand was 76 million barrels / per day (b/d). By 2010 estimates indicate 90.6 million b/d, and by 2020 103.2 million b/d. That doesn’t even factor in demands for other non-renewable sources of energy like coal, natural gas, or nuclear power.
    My question to you is, logically, don’t you think that this is going to have an impact on our environment? If the earth was made/created with certain balances in place to allow life to flourish, how far can we as human beings tip that balance before we begin to suffer for it? Suppose Al Gore is wrong on global warming, and most if not all of what is taking place is natural. What is wrong about encouraging conservation? What do we lose by pursuing cleaner, more renewable sources of energy? What do we stand to lose if we community/nation/world attempt to be a little less wasteful, only to later find out that Al Gore was wrong after all? I challenge you to look at the air around places like Mexico City or Beijing, and continue to affirm that our actions have no impact on our environment.
    More than anything, I hope that everyone can take a step back and remember that at the end of the day we’re all Americans, and that we all feel just as strongly about our own beliefs as those on the other side of the issue. We may not agree, but we should be able to challenge each other and debate without resorting to petty insults. The facts after all, should be able to speak for themselves.

    December 11, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. David, Haughton LA

    Eric, you just made your own point!

    December 11, 2007 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. Manzi Jules Icyaliho, Des Moines,Iowa

    If drug use of Obama will hurt him ,what about as Wife of the president clinton during Rwanda genocide which wamen and kids were killed on your own watch while you were in White House and your husband and you did veto against to send UN Troops to stop genocide?
    The world wanted to stop genocide in Rwanda but you and your husband veto against it. why should we have The Clinton in White House again?

    December 13, 2007 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  18. Bre Esc Seattle Wash.

    Al Gore has become a caricature of a real person,with his constant crying "the sky is falling the sky is falling"to his CO2 as a business and of course his conspicuous consumption,how can anyone take any thing he says seriously I for one would Hillary Clinton first and she's a liar of the first order!

    December 14, 2007 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
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