December 10th, 2007
06:00 PM ET
12 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. Tom, New York, NY

    I voted for him (as did the majority of people) and would do so again...

    December 10, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. S. Wright

    Please do run again, Mr. Gore.

    You will find, as will any other starry-eyed socialist hovering over their latest propaganda release, that the American people overall are not like those Nobel laureate clowns that idolize you so.

    Besides, if you do run, you will have to do something that you haven't had to do during your run as global warming advocate: face your critics.

    December 10, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. Christopher, remove Texas from America, Madison, WI

    Go home Gore…and take your global warming garb with you.
    Posted By dg,houston : December 10, 2007 12:41 pm

    And to the separate country of Texas I say run Gore run...all the way to the White house Global warming garb...are you saying he wears global warming? Ahhh Texas the land of idiots!
    PS shut up Texas you and and your cheerleading president have done enough damage!

    December 10, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Mike S., New Orleans, Louisiana

    Someone posted "As a conservative, I would welcome another land-slide republican victory."

    That is a perfect illustration of every neocon's reality. Gore won the popular vote by over by tens of thousands, and lost because of about 500 votes in Jeb Bush's dirty Florida election.

    I guess to a neocon, that's a "landslide."

    P.S. It's too late for Gore. He should just keep doing good things for society and the planet.

    December 10, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Allison, NH

    I'd vote for him! I DID vote for him. It would have been nice to have eight years of Gore rather than the eight we've had with Bush. Eight years of cleaner air, less oil dependency, energy innovation, and eduation. What did we get for our money these last eight years – A WARMONGER!!!

    Thing is, the only true way might be able to make a difference in environmentalism is to be president. Bush has done nothing but spew his anti-environmentalism, vetoism, and egocentrism. If we get another president who does the same, we'll end up with more of the same...our planet at peril. And so far, nobody has come to the table with a comprehensive approach to environmentalism. Even Mrs. Billary Clinton is sure to be a do-nothing on this issue (even though right now she is saying otherwise) could she not with her hands constantly in the pockets of corporate America.

    For those who do not believe that poor environmental practices are having an impact on our environment – go ahead and be ignorant. You'll start complaining as soon as your out of oil, out of clean air, out of drinkable water, or the water from the shift in searise is eating up your Kennebunkport, ME home!

    December 10, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Christopher, If you voted for Bush please let the adults decide this time, Madison, WI

    Please do Mr. Gore. Easy pickin's for the Republicans.
    Posted By Bob, Seattle : December 10, 2007 12:48 pm

    How do you figure Bob...Gore won in 2000. We never elected Bush the Supreme Court placed him.

    December 10, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. Brad, Charleston, SC

    Let's elect him, AGAIN!

    Gore/Obama '08!

    December 10, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. Len, Fallbrook, CA

    "It hurts to think about how much better this country would be today if the courts had handed Gore the presidency in 2000 instead of dubya."

    Since the batteries in my crystal ball are low just how better off would we have been?

    His whining condecending voice is just one step above Hillary's on the irritation meter.

    We need a leader to control illegal immigration, work on our economy and take care of American and American interests.

    Sad to say, there are no leaders in sight, either Party to take on this challange.

    We do have quite a collection of pandering fools looking for our votes.

    Time for a third party.

    December 10, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. Barry Champlain, NYC, U.S.

    My tea leaves say:

    1. Deep down, Al believes that Hillary is going to polarize and alienate just enough voters, so that whatever cipher the Republicans offer as presidential meat, combined with the usual Republican vote theft/suppression and the fawning of corporate media (ahem), will "win" the thing by the usual 51%-49%;

    2. After one term of another hideous, right-wing presidency... this time, presided-over not by an idiot figurehead, but by a truly corrupt and evil bastard, Al will stun the world, by announcing his reluctant return to presidential politics.

    I'd be all for this. Except that I really don't think the country can survive four more years of neocon/corporatist/police state governance.

    December 10, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. Christopher, making sure idiots in Texas stay in Texas (it is another country), Madison, WI

    Is it just me, or does this joker sound more and more like Forrest Gump everytime he opens his mouth?

    Forrest Gore
    "Run, stupid, run!!"

    Liberals are just convinced, convinced that the human animal has the capacity to change the weather. I swear, give a monkey a brain and he'll swear he's the center of the universe.
    Posted By Eric, from THE Republic of Texas : December 10, 2007 1:26 pm

    Gore speaks English unlike Bush. Speaking of monkeys and the center of the universe I direct your attention again to the non-English speaking cheerleader known as Bush. Texas truly knows how to show it's ignorance. Poor Eric when the water rises in the Republic of Texas where will you run to? The north won't help'll be standing there asking yourself what the hell happened.

    December 10, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Christine Cunningham, 132 W 20th Street, Tracy, CA 95376

    Mr. Al Gore

    Save this country, run for President....

    Congratulations on your Nobel Peace Prize, well deserved.

    Christine Cunningham

    December 10, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Newton, Chicago, IL

    Yeah – Gore/Obama

    Seems like our best chance to erase the unbelievable mistakes of the Bush years. I like it!

    December 10, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. Christopher, pointing out why we need the Mason-Dixon line, Madison, WI

    Please FAT AL….GO AWAY!!!! We are soooooo tired of your dog and pony show!!!
    Posted By elliott in NC : December 10, 2007 1:32 pm

    Dear everyone in the south stupid or just your family tree?

    December 10, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Frank, Dayton, Ohio

    Al Gore is not runing, not as a Democrat and (I pray) not as an independent. If he did either, it would hand the presidency back to the Republicans, and he's not going to do that.

    He's not running: that boat has sailed. Can we move on?

    December 10, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    I think its time to get the Liberals in power to see what they can do, can't do much worse than this failed president. It kills me how all the radio hosts who told everyone to vote for Bush are still on the radio. Conspiracy?

    December 10, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. PunditMom, Chevy Chase, MD

    Al, stop toying with me!


    December 10, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. steve,nashua,nh

    First, you are one depressed guy and I don't know how you would think right.....

    December 10, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Gideon, Chicago, IL

    Liberals are just convinced, convinced that the human animal has the capacity to change the weather. I swear, give a monkey a brain and he'll swear he's the center of the universe.
    Posted By Eric, from THE Republic of Texas : December 10, 2007 1:26 pm

    I swear, our nation's average IQ would jump 50 points if we simply gave Texas back to Mexico...

    December 10, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. Josh Maloney, Oakland, CA

    Gore is a true Leader and well deserving of this Nobel Prize. Critics of the global warming "hype" don't have a clue and are simply uneducated and uninformed idiots.

    December 10, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  20. Christopher for Gore, Madison, WI

    Gore's present status as respected defender of the environment is comical and those that believe he should run for president based his environmental credentials should remember that he lost the presidency because the GREEN Party felt he was lacking in this regard and ran Ralph Nader in protest – effectively costing Gore the votes needed to win the election.
    Posted By Jonathan, Atlanta, GA : December 10, 2007 1:32 pm

    Are you referring to the Green Party that allowed the GOP to not only canvass to get his name on the ballot in many states but gave millions to his campaign. Now that spells Hypocrite. If you ask the Green Party who that would love having run on their ticket they would say Gore. Perhaps a little research on your party would clear this up...oh wait another idiot from the south.

    December 10, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. therealist

    The only person on the planet that thinks more of himself than the Clintons think of themselves..

    December 10, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. LB, Franklin Lakes, NJ

    These Gore-bashers just prove the ignorance of most conservatives. They automatically think if a liberal comes up with an idea or takes a stand, the conservatives must take the opposite idea. Like, Eric who still lives in the 19th century believing Texas is a republic. Do you think that the vast majority of scientists around the world are wrong and the conservatives are right. I would bet the posters on this blog who telling Gore to "go home" haven't done any research into the subject of global warming. They get their information from Fox, Hannity, Rush and O'Reilly, the axis of ignorance. Read a little bit more than the sports pages and the National Enquirer and you might learn something.

    December 10, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  23. Joe, Dallas, Texas

    Mr. Gore
    This election year seems to be your best chance to be the President. There are no candidates popular and electable like you. Opportunities may not knock again. GOOD LUCK.

    December 10, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  24. Elizabeth

    I completely agree with Gore's opinions on Global Warming and I believe that we need to take action but come on...he is the BIGGEST hipocrite. He rides around in the jet plane and uses more energy in his huge house. Bush actually has a very eco-friendly house and if anyone doesn't know anything about it, look it up. It is interesting I think. While I don't agree with some of the things the Bush Administration has done, remember, it's not JUST Bush. It is congress too. I wonder what Gore would have done post 9/11. Any comments on what he would have done?

    btw- I'm not biased to either particular party...I am british and live in oxford.

    December 10, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Let's just hope that Gore decides NOT to run for President AGAIN....rather have anyone BUT.... Hillary or GORE!

    December 10, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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