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. A Buno TX

    Lets face it – Al Gore's a liar and only out to make money for himself. His so-called theories have been debunked by international scientists. Or was it the real people that invented the internet.

    December 10, 2007 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. mary, alexandria, va

    If he is a real environmentalist, he should become a vegetarian and shed some pounds on the way.

    December 10, 2007 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. Linda, Salt Lake City, Utah

    My only words as far as Al Gore being President are "if only." If only we had a visionary such as himself instead of the worst President in the history of our nation. If only.

    December 10, 2007 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. Mona, MN

    "josh," were you even of voting age in '88? That was the last republican presidential victory that could remotely be considered a "land-slide," and I don't understand how it's germain to this article or these comments.

    I pray to God that Gore's comments were the beginning of a buildup to a presidential run. The present options leave slightly nauseous.

    December 10, 2007 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. Keith, Alexandria, VA

    I wanted Gore to run but the time has passed for 2008.

    What he should do is run fo VICE President. He'd have the weight of the Presidency on his side and would not have suffer the crap of the campaign trail. Once in office he could focus solely on the environment. As President he'd got caught up in every other dang thing and be taken off his focus.

    VICE President is the way to go, Al. Cheney showed it can be a powerful office. Use its powers for good.

    December 10, 2007 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  6. Willy, Chesapeake, VA

    Owl Gore couldn't win the White House because he'd beat himself, again.

    December 10, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. mike, demorest ga

    I hope Gore does run, but if he doesn't, no worries, the republicans have the biggest group of idiots running in recent history...maybe except dubya

    December 10, 2007 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. JH, Greensboro NC

    Too bad he isn't going to run, I kept hoping that he would. Whoever we elect is going to have an extremely challenging presidency, needs to be bigger than their party, and convince us to do the right/smart thing even if it hurts. Let's see, who does that leave...

    December 10, 2007 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  9. Trollmaster, CA

    Too late.

    If Gore ran a real campagin in 2000 instead of coming off like a weak stand for nothing wimp, we wouldn't have this sorry excuse for a train wreck administration in office today.

    December 10, 2007 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  10. David Austin, Texas

    I wish we had a word that defined those that follow Gore….wait…we do – illiterate….
    Posted By Chris, Middletown, CT : December 10, 2007 2:39 pm

    1. unable to read and write: an illiterate group.
    2. having or demonstrating very little or no education.
    3. showing lack of culture, esp. in language and literature.
    4. displaying a marked lack of knowledge in a particular field: He is musically illiterate.

    I have seen comments both for and against Al Gore. I have seen rebuttals to a handful of those comments, again both pro and con. That you used this word is curious. You seem to imply that those who agree with Al Gore are unable to read or write. Yet I've seen responses, apparently from his supporters, who appear to be able to do just that. Perhaps you use the word in some feeble attempt to belittle someone who has a different opinion than your own (perhaps because you cannot counter with facts). In that case, you yourself appear to show a lack of culture. I wish we had a word to describe someone like that….wait…we do – illiterate.

    December 10, 2007 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  11. Waiting for 1-20-09, Everywhere, USA

    To all those who are criticizing Al Gore and who voted for George Bush seven years ago - How's that been workin' out for us? Only someone who is blind, deaf and dumb to reality would still say George W. Bush is a good president. Or they've indulged in too much of the red (state) Kool-Aid. Drink up everyone, and don't ask any questions...

    December 10, 2007 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  12. Mike, Milwaukee, WI

    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.

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

    George Bush's approval ratings are at 32%. That's not a risen stature. Also I don't know if you were sleep last November but the Republican's Lost not 10...not 20....but 30 House seats and control of both chambers of Congress.....

    But as far as this thread goes, i would vote for Al Gore in a heartbeat. The only reason i couldn't last time was because I was 16 years old in 2000.

    December 10, 2007 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  13. EBW, Whitewate, WI

    It was 9 degrees here today – can I get some of that global warming here!

    Send heat and some of that Million bucks!

    College Student

    December 10, 2007 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  14. Ignatius J. Reilly I.Q. Newport, RI

    Wake up hippies! Here is a link to help get you started researching a FACTUAL story currently hushed however, not by the scientists. Basically did you know that we humans were far more civilized 8000 years ago then we thought? It appears so. Apparently we were so civilized back then that we were already scuba diving. That’s right! An 8000 year old village was found in the depths of the English Channel and humans either had scuba gear or a giant air tight dome over it so that people could survive, grow crops and/or wonder what land living humans were up too. I guess that people must have been smoking so much pot back then, that the emissions greatly rivaled current pollution emissions quantities and caused the oceans to rise across the globe some 40-50 feet because God knows global warming/glacial melt isn’t a variable. P.S. Good Luck Gore getting China, India, Asia, South America, North America, Europe and the people living under the sea to go green!

    December 10, 2007 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  15. Doug, GA

    To those that think Gore is so deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize, one question: Was Arafat deserving?

    The Nobel Peace Prize is a joke just like Gore !!!

    December 10, 2007 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  16. OBAMA 2008

    Al Gore should return to politic's he would save this coutry from not only destorying ourself's but he will also stand firm and have a good influence in the white house and he will also make sure that the earth is around for many generation's to come unlike bush who is to lazy to get up off his ass to do anything about this clearly growing problem that needed to be addressed 2 year's ago when al warned him.

    December 10, 2007 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  17. Left Coastie, Petaluma, CA

    If Gore was to run, I would like to see him nominate Edwards as VP. It would be a two-fer since both ran decent campaigns and were cheated by the supremes and voting machine fraud. No matter who gets in to office Dems, better fix the election system or it will fix the US forever.

    December 10, 2007 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  18. beth harmon, virginia

    If he could ever hope to carry the vote in his home state, others might vote for him. At last count it will never happen.

    December 10, 2007 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  19. Stephen T., Cary, NC.

    I live in North Carolina.
    It's December and it's sixty degrees Fahrenheit it's been that way for three days now and last week it flurried a little around lunch time of course global warming exists...

    December 10, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  20. Jose Card

    The Nobel committee should have thought of it earlier.

    Was Gore pushing for global warming for political advanatge?

    Does Gore wish to return to the White House so he can fight against global warming more efficiently?

    Only he knows.

    December 10, 2007 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  21. Jen, Cedar Iowa

    Stay home, Al. Your time is over. Your Inconvenient Truth is a joke. There is more ice at the North and South Poles right now than normal. The earth is cooling off this year. It had warmed up, it freaked you out, you shouted like Chicken Little to get yourself all the attention you crave and now you look like a fool. Your Nobel Prize is a consolation award from your Liberal junkies for losing the White House. Do yourself and the rest of us favor and stay in the private sector. I'm pretty sure you're a nice guy and your wife is respectable, but you are just NOT Presidential material. We've shown you that 2 times now. Sorry.

    December 10, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  22. Simon, IA

    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

    That's why we gave you and Dubya some brain to test it out. And Jesus said we succeeded!

    December 10, 2007 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  23. Scott, Pittsfield, MA

    I want to see a Gore/Bloomberg independent bid, that would be the best thing for our country.

    December 10, 2007 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  24. Heydn, Nashville, TN

    I always thought he was speaking in political code because he wanted to become the next head of the EPA. That seems perfect for him. If global warming is an issue for people, then who better than to drive the environmental policy of the country?

    December 10, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  25. SAL lincoln nebraska

    Al Gore was president once in 2000 and he gave it up without a fight to George Bush, it was an illegal election and no one did anything about it not Gore not anyone. He dosnt deserve to be president for letting that go down the way it went down. Besides that he works for the same people the Clintons and the Bushies do theres nothing diffrent about this guy at all just becasue he recognizes that global warming is real dosnt make him special, if it does then people have very low standards...Oh yeah and why not vote for Ralph Nader you only agree with him on 100% of the issues. Who votes a certain way because of who wins in iowa or new hampshire...Has anyone on this page ever been to iowa? If you have then you would know that you shouldnt trust there judgement..

    December 10, 2007 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
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