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. jaelyn, Phoenix, AZ

    It is so easy to point fingers......My question though is pretty clear cut. where was Gore's RAH....RAH for global warming when he was in the White for 8 years.....

    December 10, 2007 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Please run, Al. This is the moment. Make a difference.

    Gore/Obama 08

    Experience + Inspirational – What a ticket!

    December 10, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Since you Clinton/Gore sheep like to generalize that anyone that is against Gore is a Neocon, I can play that as well (even though in my above posting I noted I want NO MORE Clintons, Gore's or BUSH's).

    Sorry to hit you sheep with some real basic and simple facts, GORE LOST in 2000, the votes were counted and HE STILL LOST, the Supreme court GAVE Bush nothing.

    The earths mean temp has gone up a whopping ONE DEGREE since temps have been recorded.

    Gore was part of the scandal ridden Clinton admin, look up his ties and outright bribes that he and the admin recieved on behalf of Chineese donors ("well, there you go again") and where have we heard about that type of BS lately.............

    Much of what he had in his movie has been proven false or contradicted by EXPERTS in the field.

    Lastly, he can't run, much like Bill can't leave Hillary, as she has way too much STUFF on both of them.

    NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

    December 10, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    Gore got the Nobel prize and Bush got the Iraq war. Looks like all the conservative dummies who voted for 'W' and helped him steal the election got what they deserved... oh, wait, I live in the post-Apocalyptic version of Bushmerica and will probably have members of his Black Guard breaking down my door any minute!

    December 10, 2007 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. Jennie McGuire-Crowley, Texas

    I voted for Mr. Gore before...
    I would vote for him now...
    What a different world this would be if he had been our President these past years instead of the person in the White House now..
    I hope Mr. Gore runs now or in the future...for the future of America...

    December 10, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. Tim, Seattle

    So funny to watch the jealous right go after Al. Also funny that they choose to be in denial about Global warming. Not surprising most of the flaming comments against Gore are coming from Oil states!....connection maybe?

    So he doesnt get the presidency, but he does follow through on his intelligence and hard work. He gets an Oscar, the Nobel peace prize and the respect of nations around the world(remember when we had allies?).
    Meanwhile , those who leave office in the GOP leave in disgrace, scandal and shame. Those who still occupy it engage in cover-ups and lies.
    Gore has the legacy and intellect of a winnner, W has no legacy except a lifetime country club membership somewhere.
    I would vote for Gore again, no problem. Actually, most of us did last time around come to think of it. You go, Al!

    December 10, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. John Medrano, Austin, Texas

    I wish Al Gore would run for President. The man has worked very hard and groomed himself for such a role in government, much unlike the complete and utter buffoon that rests his laurels in the White House now. Gore is passionate about our nation, Bush is passionate about getting away with acts of war criminality and allowing his friends to make money hand over fist at our expense. We desperately need Al Gore!!

    December 10, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. Shaun B, Washington DC

    Al should not run in 2008– in doing so he would cause division in the electorate that may somehow prevent the pendulum from swinging back toward a Democrat-friendly area. Luckily he realizes this, and won't run.
    Good luck Al, in 2012, in bringing about change in climate attitudes, or whatever else you choose to do.

    December 10, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Jon, Toledo, OH

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

    Posted By josh

    If I remember right, Gore won the popular vote in 2000. What "land-slide" are you remembering?

    December 10, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Boog, Breckenridge, CO

    Gore is such a buffoon – I wish he would run as an independent. Split the vote like Perot did in the 90's and Rudy or Mitt waltz into the White House. The people of his own home state knew best in 2000 when they voted for W. Gore is the lead scoundrel when trying to put over the global warming hoax on us. Go buy some more carbon credits from your own company. Better yet – buy some carbon credits from me. They are on sale on Ebay.

    December 10, 2007 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. cg, nyc

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

    Oh my god....what planet has this person been living on for the last 7 years??????

    If this is the mindset of the republican party, no one the dems run will have any problem.

    I don't think BUSH believes this drivel anymore!

    December 10, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. Michael, Houston, TX

    An Al Gore campaign would put his theory of global warming under the microscope. That's something that neither he nor his supporters can afford.

    December 10, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Steve, New York

    He can do so much more not being the president then he could as the president. This way he’s not tied down with the joke that is the congress.

    December 10, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. Robert, Provo, Utah

    I am a republican and I would vote for him over any of the candidates we have now. He needs to show us that he is not a "quiter."

    December 10, 2007 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. Pete, Laurel MD.

    When Gore decided not to run in 2008, it has shown that he really is not a true fighter. We needed him when the chips were down and both time he failed us.
    In 2004 he let the republicans push him into give up before the votes were properly counted, then he said he would not run in 2008.
    The door will now be closed.

    December 10, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. Zach Miami, Fl

    I've seen this same mistake made dozens of times, but Al Gore did not win an Academy Award. That's like saying Leonardo Dicaprio won an Oscar last year for The Departed. He was on stage to accept it and he may have been the "star" of his documentary, but the film's director and executive producer, David Guggenheim won the Oscar. You don't even need to spend a full minute on the film's IMDb page to verify that.

    December 10, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. RC, Columbia, MD

    These two bozos (Clinton/Gore) have been trying to rewrite their legacies for the past 7 years. While Clinton alters prior statements and embellishes accomplishments, or just flat out takes ALL the credit, Gore produces a Michael Moore-ish docuDRAMA on global warming. Just go home and STAY HOME...BOTH of you!!!

    December 10, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Gore getting in the race would create the worst disaster for all candidates, democrats and republicans. They wouldn't have time to find enough money to campaign against him and their campaign ads would become obsolete. Gore would be more than a formidable candidate and he knows it.

    December 10, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. Joe G, Washington, DC

    GORE 2008

    Run, Al, Run – I need someone to vote for!

    p.s.
    Texas is for losers.

    December 10, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. josh

    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.

    Posted By Mike S., New Orleans, Louisiana : December 10, 2007 1:46 pm

    Hey Mike in New Orleans. SAT scores, GRE scores and MCAT scores are all the lowest in the nation. It's no wonder that you would make this idiot comment. We live in a republic donkey. For those in Louisiana, that is why we have the "electorial college". It's not about popular vote, but electorial votes.

    And Democrates not being smart enough to understand a ballot in Florida... That's a different matter all together.

    So I'll stick by my statement. I encourage Al "junk science" Gore to run for president, as I love watching a fat man fall on his face.

    December 10, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. Randy Hurst San Francisco, California 94121

    I hope the primaries will provide a write-in opportunity which will make it clear that Gore has been drafted as the Democrat candidate.

    December 10, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  22. Doug, New Jersey

    Lovin it!!!

    The web has shown everyone just what it means to be a liberal democrat. That libs are people that are defined by hate and nothing else. The hate they have for everyone who does not march to their ideology is unmatched by even freaks like the Fred Phelps groupies.

    Yes Bush has been a bad president but you will be praying (by that word you can see that I'm not talking to the lib-bots) for him to go back to 1600 once you have your freedoms and money taken by one of these anti-American socialists. I think it is funny that they call themselves progressives, Marx wrote his book that is the play book of every liberal democrat 150 years ago, and since then, those who have tried to run their country that way has been a great failure that has led to millions of deaths. Since libs are really just Marxists, when you know your history, hearing them talk about Bush killing people it is.... well the only word to describe it is lib. This shows you why they only want to attack people, they never debate, and why they want everyone censored, some killed, who don't march as they do.

    December 10, 2007 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Jo R, Buena Park, CA

    How bout a Bloomberg/Gore ticket.?

    December 10, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. OverTheRainbow, KS

    To use Newsmax as a source for anything is ridiculous! Read all about them on Wikipedia.

    Posted By Peter : December 10, 2007 2:54 pm

    Peter -> Who cares what site put it up? Newsmax didn't make it up, they just recapped the report. Gee, you dismiss it cuz it's on Newsmax? What? If CNN had put an article on their site, and it had been FOR global warming it would have been true? As I said, BOTH sides are throwing out numbers and studies and crap, and all it does is guaranty their jobs.

    December 10, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. Wesley, Pueblo Colorado

    As far as I'm concerned, Gore won in 2000. Had the Oval Office not been stolen from him (yes, stolen by the state of Florida and the Supreme Court), I don't think the US would be in near as much trouble as we're in today. We're the laughing stock on the world stage thanks to the current resident of that office, the economy's in the crapper, our foreign policy is non-existent and, oh, look, a war that we're involved in based on a pack of lies.

    Get Gore in the running! Sure, it'd be hard to decide on who to vote for - Al or Hillary, but either way, you get someone with brains, common sense and is well respected on the world stage which is EXACTLY what we need right now. We haven't had that for the last 7 years, and look at the mess we're in.

    December 10, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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