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. Lefty,Studio City,CA

    Al,you couldn't even win a debate or an election against W.Go away and make another movie about yourself er..ah.. I mean global warming.

    December 10, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. Ollie, Bolingbrook (yes THAT Bolingbrook), IL

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

    What makes you think so? He already beat one once.

    December 10, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. Gore for President, USA

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

    Posted By therealist : December 10, 2007 1:59 pm

    Idiot president enters country into war under false pretenses = $450 Billion.

    Republicans controlling Congress and the White House = $440 Billion (Current Budget deficit).

    Electing the candidate who actually one in 2000 8 years later = Priceless.

    December 10, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. jw, canadian,ok

    OMG – here come the Gore haters. Is in the Republican pledge that you have to hate something or somebody?

    RUN – AL – RUN!!!!

    December 10, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Joel Corona, CA

    You are all wrong!
    We need a President who will make all the states
    vote on the issues that are not directly tied to
    national security or National Finance.
    Abortion, Gay rights, gun-control,
    Death Penalty (and all of the issues around it)
    education, etc..
    All of these issues are decided at the state level,
    then shall remain in effect for 10 years.
    Then, everyone can prioritize their personal
    values, and move to a state that shares them, and
    be comfortable with where they live.
    You wanna live in a gun free zone, because that
    is the #1 factor of life in your mind, move to
    a state that resticts guns. You wanna live in a
    state that executes a criminal for killing someone?
    Move to Texas... You'd live where the State's policies
    are in direct harmony with your views.
    Then, the issues that would need to be addressed
    would be foreign policy, immigration, etc.

    December 10, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Gideon, Chicago, IL

    ...with President Bush having risen in stature for his post-911 leadership...

    Posted By Santosh-Phila : December 10, 2007 2:13 pm

    Holy cow – what part of "lowest approval ratings in history" don't you understand?

    December 10, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. peter

    To the person who wrote this comment:

    "Liberals are just convinced that the human animal has the capacity to change
    the weather. I swear, give a monkey a briain, and he thinks he's the center of the universe.

    Yup, partner, you're right. What do those pinheads at NASA know, anyway?

    It's just like Tom DeLay with Terry Shiavo. Never mind the doctors, Tom took one look at her (on TV yet!) and
    tore up the doctors' report. Speaking of doctors, they were not necessary at all when ol' Rush Limbaugh took one look at Michael J. Fox and told everyone that he was faking it!

    Did you hear the latest? Huckabee now says that, regardless of what the doctors and experts say, HE thinks AIDs is contagious! End of story.

    What on earth is going on in this country when doctors, scientists and experts have their information ignored at such an alarming rate? This has never happened before. It is truly phenomenal and astonishing.

    December 10, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Moshe'

    Global warming is a great issue to rally around. It's simple to understand and visible. However, bigger problems like natural resources depletion such as top soil depletion and fresh water table diminishment have a much more short-term and overarching impact on humans in our and our children's lifetimes. AL should use his creds to address those issues as well.

    PS. Some of you people from Texas are really scared, and very scary.

    December 10, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. MediaJunkie, Washington, DC

    To believe that the sheer amount of crap we dump into the atmosphere has zero effect on our planet is just ignorant. Yes, the planet has gone through climate changes when we weren't here, but that certainly doesn't mean we aren't having an impact. If people would stop politicizing science we might one day be able to figure out what is truly happening.
    I hope Gore stays out of politics. He's polarizing and angers a lot of people, but he certainly gets the message out.

    December 10, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. Bobby Ott, Ladera Ranch California

    Mr. Gore should run for the presidency. I belive he has the nations best interest at heart and would make a exceptional public stewart abroad and domestic. Please throw your hat in the ring Mr. Gore!

    December 10, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Julie - Albuquerque, NM

    If Al Gore runs for President, I'll vote for him – again! I believe this Country would be better off if there had been a Gore administration instead of a Bush Administration.

    December 10, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. Eddie, Chicago, IL

    Makes sense. He already won once.

    December 10, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Williams, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Mr Gore thinks the world runs on his Global Warming issues. I hate to wake him up, but that issue won't make him president. Gore couldn't win a Dog Catcher race and wouldn't deserve the Dog Catcher position if he won.

    December 10, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. Marc, Lafayette CA

    " with President Bush having risen in stature for his post-911 leadership"

    Posted By Santosh-Phila : December 10, 2007 2:13 pm


    Your boy bush had an approval rating less than 30% last time I checked!

    December 10, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. Matt, IB, CA

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

    Posted By D.Arnold : December 10, 2007 2:01 pm

    This typically ridiculous republican answer goes to the heart of their hatred of all things intelligent. It makes as much sense as saying if you question the president, you hate freedom. Only as long as he's a republican, aparently. I saw a woman say it best before the 2000 election. Quote: "I'm not going to vote for Gore because, he makes me feel stupid". It would be comical if it weren't for the fact that these people can actually vote.

    Gore/Obama '08

    December 10, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. John C Marietta, GA

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

    Posted By D.Arnold : December 10, 2007 2:01 pm

    First of all you do not even know what that means, your just paroting what you were told. If you understod that statment at all you would feel stupid for saying it. Just because you became aware of GW from a liberal does not make it a liberal cause. Jesus was as lioberal as you can get, does tht mean Christianity is just a librel plot to control the free market?

    Liberals did not invent, create or even discover Global warming. The only political factor involved is the opposition who disputes the undeniable science with the most rediculous, nutjob conspiracy theories like you are repeating. It does not even have to make sense for you sheep to drink it down and run around repeating the nonsense. Science is not political and politicians and blow hard pundits are not the least bit scientific.

    December 10, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I wish we had a word that defined those that follow Gore....wait...we do – illiterate....

    December 10, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. Allen Friedman, Henderson,Nev.

    It would be almost impossible to see any of the Republican candidates defeat Al Gore in the general election and with this election being as important as it is. I hope that he does the right thing and runs for president.

    December 10, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. John C Marietta, GA

    Bill Clinton, hands down one of the most polarizing political figures in recent memory.

    Posted By Bill, Pensacola, FL : December 10, 2007 2:19 pm

    You have an amazingly short memory. No president in history comes anywere near the abismal, failure, dishonesty, distrust, and embrassament that the current adminstration has shamed this country with. It is laughable to even compare Clinton's screw ups to Bush. It would be like comparing jay walking to mass murder. Not even on the same map!

    December 10, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. MD, Glenmont, Ohio

    Some of these posters are funny.....Love the morons who think that one political party is better than the other. The current "conservative" administration has added TRILLIONS to the national debt...TRILLIONS...thats 12 zeros folks

    December 10, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. Dan, Frederick MD

    "Who in their right mind nowadays does not beleive in golable warming. The writing is on the wall folks and it is only a matter of time. I did not vote for Gore, but after what Bush has done to my country, I sure wish I had. If he dose decide to run, I will not make the same mistake twice.
    Good luck in the upcomming election GOP. You crazies will need it.

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

    Hey John, Everyone believes in global climate change, but not everybody agrees that humans are the reason for it. Changing our way of life might not impact it at all.

    Please explain to me how if we humans created global warming, we also did the same to Mars. Since Mars has shown just as much sign of global climate change as Earth.

    December 10, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Jack

    Please, we need an honorable man like Al Gore to lead the country.

    December 10, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. Jonathan, Atlanta, GA

    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.

    Posted By Christopher for Gore, Madison, WI : December 10, 2007 1:58 pm

    I refer to the Green Party whose major tenets include: Ecological and Economic Sustainability, balancing the interests of a regulated market economy and community-based economics with effective care for the Great Economy in which we are embedded: the ecosystems of the Earth. The same party that currently lists five presidential candidates it intends to select from for the next election - none of which are Al Gore.

    AS one would expect, in 2000, the GOP mobilized to get Nader's name on as many ballots as possible and made financial donations to his candidacy – they understood very clearly that Nader's support pulled directly from Gore's vote count. My point is that if Gore had truly been concerned with environmental issues then as he purports to be now, Nader would not have gained as much attention (i.e., votes) as he did and Gore would have been our president. I find it questinable that Gore now has become a champion of this movement – had he been before, his political legacy would likely be much different and our country's history would be as well.

    I'm disappointed you felt compelled to label someone you disagree with as "an idiot from the South." I've been to Madison many times and always found the people there to be classy and very hospitable. Southerners rarely find the need to fall into namecalling to help demonstrate when someone is rudely out of line.

    December 10, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. Gordon, Boston, MA

    When is he going to take climate change seriously? His house is ridiculous!!!

    December 10, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. William, Miami, FL

    Al Gore did not win the Oscar. Davis Guggenheim did. It's tough to trust anything the media says when they won't even fact check ludicrously simple items like this. Nice work, Ms. Sinderbrand.

    December 10, 2007 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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