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. 12months and counting, raleigh NC

    He'd get my vote if he ran for president. This country is in big trouble and I don't see any relief in sight. Although, anybody would be a breath of fresh air compared to the Bush circus.

    December 10, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Don, Pittsburgh PA

    ran in 1988 and 2000???

    December 10, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Tom, Charlottesville, Virginia

    Run, Al, run! Heck, you already won once, you could probably do it again.

    December 10, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. Jennifer, NC

    I would vote for him!!!! It's your time. This time the country will not make the same mistake and make sure that you are given the position that you won eight years ago.

    December 10, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. James, Los Angeles California

    After reading through a great number of posts here I can see that CNN attracts only the highest of intellectual citizens who contribute breathtakingly poignant observations.

    I particularly loved good ole Eric from Texas mocking Al Gore's accent as Forrest Gump-like. As if listening to Eric's own Texas drawl wouldn't make a large number of people stereotype him as a complete an utter "rube" just as he's implying Gore to be. Then of again people could simply read his post and come to a similar conclusion without sinking to regionalism or stereotypes.

    My question is simply this – looking across the current crop of candidates, how many amongst them all sound (not accent but the actual substance of what they say) like they could even solve the puzzles on the back of a box of cereal let alone address this country's problems? I seriously wish this country of mine would stop hating intelligent people so very much. Smart is good, not bad. Not that Gore is the brightest hope for the future but seriously... he's a fair measure better than most of the politicians I've seen or listened to. And certainly not any worse that those we have to chose from now.

    December 10, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Sandy, Kensington, MD

    Re Gore's comment about running for President: Yippee! I would love to get to vote for him again for President and this time have him in the White House. I haven't thought of him as a stuffed shirt ever since I saw a picture of him in boots and cut-offs and Tipper in a granny dress taken in the 60's. If he's not President, I think he'd be great as Secretary of State.

    December 10, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. kathe oakland, calif

    Sorry folks. Got a little excited. I mean to say AL Gore, you can run NOW, you can run LATER whenever I
    Oh hey don't be cruel to all us Texans from Waco, we did'nt all vote for old George, not for Governor of Texas? nor for, my God, President of USA?????Give me a break! We have plenty of good old boys down here.......but we definitely are not STUPID. And now one of his friends, resigning from Congress (lady Senator ya know) so SHE can run for Governor – the Bush goes on.

    December 10, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Shannon, Battle Creek, MI

    With Bush being the worst president in history, I shudder to think what the next president will face when she gets in office. There'll be a lot of political repositioning to do, a lot of cleanup in the government and a lot of straightening out of policies and laws that are unconstitutional. The question I have is would Al Gore be more influential in or out of the White House?

    Look at Jimmy Carter. He tried his best, but his presidency was rather lackluster. I'll give him points for trying to make things better though. After he got out of office, look at the incredible amount of good things he's done! His influence is far reaching and he has the respect of nations all over the globe.

    Could Al Gore make as positive and huge an impact on the world out of the White House as Jimmy Carter has done? He's already been a positive influence on the environment and getting people to understand that global warming is real whether or not the extent and the effects of it are agreed upon.

    I want him to run, but given the incredible changes we'll be seeing in the next decade - politically, financially, ecologically, globally - I'm wondering if our lives would be better served if he waited until the 2012 elections. Global warming is a normal part of the earth's cycle. It's been here hundreds of time before and it'll be here again. We need people to be on the cutting edge of survival and at the forefront of getting infor to us because of the huge climactic changes coming. He's doing that, and we need that in the years to come.

    December 10, 2007 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Fred, Walnut Creek, CA

    What a big bag of wind he has become...too bad none of it is the TRUTH.

    As to his "peace" prize, when Yassar Arafat won it, the medal no longer has meant anything. How can you award a "peace" prize to the world's original and biggest terrorist?

    Go ahead and run in 2008'll get a whopper of a beating.

    December 10, 2007 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. SBP, Syosset, NY

    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

    Yeah, what do SCIENTISTS know, anyway? They're just SMART people. And we all know smart people are stupid. They rely on evidence, scientific method, and other smarty-pants tricks. Now stupid people, they know what's really going on. They know global warming doesn't exist because they don't WANT it to exist.

    December 10, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Go, Al, go! But, the third party route is not a good idea. Teddy Roosevelt did and split the Republican vote between himself and Taft, allowing Wilson to win. Gore and Clinton/Obama/whoever would split the rational part of the country in half, allowing the know-nothings to win again. Four more years of this and we will have to declare bankruptcy and sell the states off to the highest bidder.

    December 10, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. Cortney, Ashburn, VA

    Music to my ears!!! He'd be the best candidate on either side of the political aisle by far - intelligent, down-to-earth... if we could just work on the voice inflections...

    December 10, 2007 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. Conservative in Ne.

    To Seam or whoever in Pa. commenting on correct spelling. Misspelled has 2 S's. Thought you'd like to know!

    December 10, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. JT, Portland, OR

    Al Gore is one of the most prominent public figures we have. He is full of integrity and is passionate and well educated. These past 7 years have been politically grueling, and I'd love to have Mr. Gore as the leader of our country finally.

    December 10, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Ian, Canton, Oh

    Please run, Al. Please? I'm truly terrified by the current lot of candidates on both sides. There are a lot of empty promises going around and nobody seems to have any common sense whatsoever. Save us from drowning in a sea of hollow rhetoric.

    December 10, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. European

    You people have no respect. Shame on those Americans who have become just a bag of dirt.

    December 10, 2007 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. Kerry Emmert, Little Rock, AR

    Will a real leader please step forward so we can get rid of the clinton's, bush's and gore.

    the man is a joke

    December 10, 2007 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. Gabrielle Tampa FL

    Easy pickin's for the Republicans? You mean those guys that keep getting caught with their pants down? Literally! Or the ones serving time in prison (Cunningham, Noe, Abramoff)? While the Republicans have spent the past seven years promoting their "family values" such as invading and occupying a country that didnt attack US, outing a covert CIA agent, looting the treasury, conducting homosexual and hetrosexual affairs, neglecting natural disaster victims, promoting torture, dismantling the US Constitution and lying to We the People on a daily basis, Gore has written several best sellers, met with most world leaders, won an Emmy, an International Emmy, an Oscar and the Nobel Peace Prize. GW Bush couldnt win a prize out of a Cracker Jack box without his daddy's friends.

    December 10, 2007 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. David

    Lol, I'm not sure if reading this makes me laugh or makes my blood boil... so many of the posters (but not all) are so dumb.

    Republican landslide victory... when was this? Bush lost the popular vote in 2000, won by about 3% in 2004. And Clinton won in 1992 and 1996...

    Global warming is a fiction? It isn't certain, but its not like we think we're God for saying we might be able to impact the weather... we are capable of killing off the ozone layer and destroying all life on earth after all. And have you seen how much carbon dioxide we produce?

    Gore v. Bush... Bush is more popular now? If I recall, he's held the longest and lowest ratings in recent history.

    Anyone else have anything to say?

    And why does anyone hate Gore / Hillary? The right and left hands of Bill Clinton, one of the undisputedly best presidents of all time.

    December 10, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. Marie V Hyams, Mesa, AZ

    For former Vice Pres Al Gore to run as an "indy" would be a recipe for political disaster. This country is just not ready for independnet thinkers
    let alone "indy" candidates. Saddly, he would need to run under the current political system in order to harness the voters who just can't envision actual change. BUT..that being said he certainly has a great chance to get it done! I'm on your side Mr Gore..lead the way.

    December 10, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. joseph

    Gore is a money hungry man.. Hopefully he finds a job out of gov. Trying to controll people with his scare tactics is sad

    December 10, 2007 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. David, Gilbert Arizona

    I would like to know what the carbon footprint is of all the food Al Gore has been packing away lately is.

    He's a fool if he thinks he can win a national election. He came off as a HUGE cry baby during the 2000 election and turned off a very large portion of the population.

    Even if Gore's request to recount all the ballots had been granted he still would have lost. Gore proponents say he won the state because they count votes which would have been disqualified under Florida state standards. Gore needs to get over himself. Heaven knows he can't get around himself.

    December 10, 2007 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. Ronald R., Pennington, NJ

    i dont recall Al Gore running for president of the USA in 1998 nor that there was even an election in 1998.

    December 10, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  24. Matt, Nashville TN

    To the "Global Warming is a Myth" crowd:

    It's fine if you think global warming is false, despite any evidence to the contrary. In your mind tons of human-generated carbon pollution isn't heating up the atmosphere or affecting the planet. Maybe that is true. That is an OK opinion for you to have.

    But, by being so vocally against it, please realize you are basically saying to everyone you are OK with the tons of human-generated pollution generated daily and you don't see a problem with it. You are not even open to the idea that the tons of pollution created daily affects any us.

    All that Gore is proposing is for everyone, including governments and companies, to reduce their pollution.

    Even if he is wrong, is that such a bad thing to want to live in a cleaner world? Why would you be against any effort to clean up the environment for future generations?

    IMO it's small-minded to be so one-sided politically, and closed-minded to be against improving the environment.

    December 10, 2007 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. Walt, Belton, TX

    Well, I'd probably vote for him over Hillary, but that's not saying much of anything in his favor. Especially considering he wastes more power in his mansion than some small towns use.

    December 10, 2007 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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