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. B. Wilson

    Mike S. in New Orleans, Louisiana...

    "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'm guessing that you have read the Florida State Supreme Court's Chief Justice's dissenting opinion. I'm also guessing that you have read the Supreme Court of the United States majority opinion as well.

    Also, the endless recounts done over and over which clearly showed Bush winning.

    Neocon reality?

    It appears that Katrina took more than property amongst the populace there.

    December 10, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Chris, Atlanta, GA

    I believe in global warming. So in a hundred years, sea levels will rise two or three inches, according to the most dire scientific estimates. I just don't see how you call this an emergency.

    December 10, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. D.Arnold

    What stupid people support him. Global warming is a lie put forth by liberals to control the free market.

    December 10, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Chris; Riverside, California

    This man has been right so many times. He definitely is the best qualified candidate for the presidency in 2008. After all, he already won it once.

    December 10, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Tony, Woodbridge, VA

    If I remember correctly, this country had the best time of it's life DURING the Clinton/Gore Presidency. $.99 gas, plenty of jobs, people had money, we had more international friends than ever before, surplus in the trillions. Then look at the last 7 years. There's no comparison. And Gore COULD get more done for global warming as President as opposed to what some of you have said. He could get us signed to the Kyoto Treaty. Something Bush has been against since day 1. He could show the world how America is on the front lines in the fight against global warming and lead by example. So if it were up to me, I'd vote for him.

    December 10, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. AJ, IL

    Why doesn't Al Gore just endorse Hillary? He was Bill Clinton's right-hand man in the White House. He knows Bill and Hillary intimately...well okay maybe not that intimately. Why has it taken Al so long to endorse a candidate? Maybe because he likes Obama or some other candidate besides Hillary. Could you imagine the fallout if Al Gore endorsed a presidential candidate other than Hillary?!?!

    December 10, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. Dave, Indiana

    Not too difficul,t to see the Righties getting their pants in a bunch over Al Gore.

    Gore would definately have my vote and based on his popularity, he would beat any Republican candidate out there today.

    December 10, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. J Williamson, Buffalo, NY

    Along with Hubert H. Humphrey (1968) Al Gore is the greatest president we never had. He has more than earned the right to run again – or not. Of course, I'd prefer that he did.

    December 10, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. Seam, Philly PA

    John Karsten of Virginia Beach: It's painful to read your comment with all the mispelled words. Try proof reading before hitting the send button.

    December 10, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. Dap, Internet

    To the Conservatives who are pretty lame by posting here. Nothing could be worse than Bush,. Wake up Texas!

    December 10, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. A real Republican in more than name, Kansas

    This nation can not survive another 4 years of right wing fanatics in the Oval Office.

    December 10, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Felicia, Fountainville, PA

    Please can we have a president who isn't a redneck from Texas or the Southeast? Enough is enough.

    December 10, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. Robert Dungan, Asheville, North Carolina

    Run, Al, Run.

    December 10, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. OverTheRainbow, KS

    Who in their right mind nowadays does not beleive in golable warming

    Posted By John Karsten, Virginia Beach, VA : December 10, 2007 1:01 pm

    Hey! John! In the 70s, EVERYONE was afraid of a new ICE AGE cuz we were getting colder. One more time -> This Global Warming crap is a crock. The only warming/cooling of the earth to any degree (pun intended) is due to natural cycles of good ole' Mother Earth. We humans' impact is a pittance to how we effect the temprature of this planet. In the 80s, Mount St. Helens spewed more garbage into the atmosphere in one day than the rest of us did in a year. Stuff happens, and that COOLED the planet. There's global warming cuz Al made a stupid film that his liberal brothren in Hollywood (yeah, a bunch of REALLY smart actors and actresses out there!) chose to give him an award? And the Nobel Peace(?) prize? Puh-leaze .... LOLF.

    One side puts out THE definitive study and then the other side puts out THE definitive study and it all means nuthin'. Please just keep the gov't out of our pockets to solve (again, LOLF!) a problem that doesn't exist!

    December 10, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. Kathryn San Antonio TX

    Christopher – I am from Texas and never have I voted for Bush!! Not everyone is Texas is an idiot! I have great admiration for Gore and would vote for him again in a minute.

    December 10, 2007 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. Santosh-Phila

    Gore knows he would lose, otherwise he'd run. If he couldn't defeat President Bush in 2000 when Bush was relatively unknown and Gore was perceived as a centrist, now with President Bush having risen in stature for his post-911 leadership, Gore would have a tough time beating a GOP candidate committed to the War on Terror as their top issue. Also Gore has moved so much to the left since then that his overall popularity has gone down and he wouldn't get the centrist votes.

    December 10, 2007 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. Cheryl Ohio

    If Gore has any plans on running for Prez–he had better hurry and do some fast talking. The caucuses start in what - January?

    December 10, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. getalife

    Hey Gore. According to most knowledgeable scientists, the world has been warming for the last 7000 years!!

    December 10, 2007 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. Michelle D.-Atlanta, GA

    What I want for Christmas: Al Gore's hat in the ring.

    December 10, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. Mike Cairo, NY

    Don't forget, all you whiners, that if the people of Tennesse (Gore's home state & the people who knew him best) had supported him, he would have won in 2000 and Florida wouldn't have mattered. Walk away, Al. Walk away.

    December 10, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. Eric, Houston, TX

    "Please can we have a president who isn't a redneck from Texas or the Southeast? Enough is enough." – Felicia from PA

    Thanks, Felicia. You proved to me once again how racist and elitist the Northeast is.

    As for Gore: He's a hypocrite with no chance of winning the White House.

    December 10, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. Bill, Pensacola, FL


    I saw Gore on TV right before he won the Nobel Prize and his responses were nothing but circular logic and semantics. On top of that he nearly put me to sleep.

    I do think that regardless of whether or not his opinion on climate change is right, we as a nation need to be more concerned with the environment.

    That being said, Gore is not presidential. On top of that, he will forever be tied to Bill Clinton, hands down one of the most polarizing political figures in recent memory. I don't think he is a bad guy, but he shouldn't do it. He wouldn't win anyways.

    December 10, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. John, Washington Dc

    Please run Al Gore – next to you even GW Bush was electable.

    December 10, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. Ed Patterson

    Quote: Felicia in Fountainville,

    "Please can we have a president who isn't a redneck from Texas or the Southeast? Enough is enough."

    Gore considered Tennessee his home state. He lost this state in 2000. He could have been President if he had won it.

    What do those "rednecks" in Tennessee know about Gore that you condescending, ignorant Yankees in PA refuse to acknowledge?

    December 10, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Steve, NY

    Gore/Bloomberg '08

    December 10, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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