February 11th, 2008
06:13 PM ET
11 years ago

Sources: Gore has no plans to endorse

(CNN) - He's the most prominent Democrat yet to take a side in the presidential election, but two sources close to Al Gore tell us not to expect the former vice president to endorse either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama any time during the primary season.

The sources say Gore talks with both Clinton and Obama, and is on good terms with both. But with Sen. John Kerry and Bill Clinton both aligned to a candidate, Gore has a role to serve as the neutral elder statesman in the party.

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  1. Ann

    To: Veteran 4 Obama: 8 years ago Obama wasn't even in politics,
    go check out his website and READ......why do you think Hillary does
    so well against Obama in debates? Think about it...


    February 12, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Ann

    To Lee: Yes, finally....someone who dares to say it...
    Come on Obama..tell us "how" OR SHUT UP!

    February 12, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. DD, New York

    You know, if you vote Obama, you are "going with the flow" (movement, momentum). But I found whenever you "go with the flow" you never get done what you want done. Vote Hillary, what needs to be done will be done.

    February 12, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Anonymous

    I never liked the man anyway. I just don't understand what some people see in him. Not having Gore tied to your campaign is a plus. He had to find something to do to keep his name on the front page, because mostly he is a bore.

    February 12, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. Independant

    I`ll have to admire Al for standing up for what he believed in, the environment, and withstanding the withering degredation and denial of overwhelming scientific evidence by the Bush administration. To this administration, if it`s "not good for business, it`s not good for America". To them, it`s business -FIRST,LAST and ALWAYS. Humans are just necessary "parts" you need to keep the business up and running till they can find a cheaper way to get the job done. - The true measure of any man is what they DO, not what they profess.-– Judge by their deeds, not words.

    February 12, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. Ann

    To Lucas, South Carolina:
    Hillary's first public appointment was to the Judiciary Committe studying
    the Impeachment of Nixon. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the board of the Legal Services Corporation, which sole purpose is to help the poor.
    Now, in 1978 that would have made Obama...what... 10 YEARS OLD!!!!!
    Now, elected office...Hillary...NY Senator elected in 2000.
    Obama, Illinois Senator elected in 2005.
    Now, how could Obama have more time in the Senate?

    February 12, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. Charlotte

    This is the first election I've witnessed where the race of this person or that person has been so prominent. It is so divisive, how can a person who claims to be the UNITER cause so much discourse? You start with the Africian-American diffinition of a candidate. You bring out big name supporters who are also black. Mention MLK often and there you have it. Obama mentions something racial in every speech, MLKs' "the time is now." He says, yes we can in spanish. He is a divider to Nth degree.

    February 12, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. Wade

    Gore's being a weenie. We're all Democrats at the end of the day and I'll support the party's nominee, no matter who he is (Obama). Endorsements usually don't matter, but Gore's really would.

    February 12, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. wales

    i think americans should be tired of political dynasty and cronyism,why should the most powerful country on earth keep recycling families in its politics instead of injecting new bloods with fresh ideas that will move the country forward and restore its dignity in the global community.it would be very senseless of any right thinking voter to allow the mistake of the bush years to repeat itself by electing people who think they have forgotten something in the white house that they want to go back and retrieve.
    Americans should get it right this time around and safe the world from the carnage of the bush years; a word is enough for the wise.

    February 12, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. Vicki

    Al Gore for president!

    February 12, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. Joanne, Indianapolis

    If memory serves, didn't Gore endorse Howard Dean the last go-around? I think that experience taught him a lesson. He'll endorse when the nominee is clear, if he's smart.

    If these blogs are any indication, Democrats are gonna be in real trouble in the fall. This puppy is looking not to be settled til the convention.... where roughly half the Dems are going to leave very unhappy... with many bailing to vote Republican in retaliation, which could easily spell defeat. I can see the finger pointing and excuses already... whether it's the media, or we're not ready for a woman president, blah, blah, blah. Democrats will have only themselves to blame. I am enjoying the fight.

    February 12, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. Anthony

    I've got it!!

    Obama/Gore '08!

    February 12, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. O8

    NO to Monarchy, and or Dynasty..............this is 2008. The simple truth is one can choose for

    BIllary vs Obama

    old politics vs. change
    establishment vs. people
    huge corporations vs. communities
    monarchy/dynasty vs. a democracy
    status quo vs. chance for our children
    lies vs. truth
    few chosen vs. diversity at all levels
    35 + yrs of blah vs. re construct our country
    affairs vs. respect of our youth in DC and in office
    power of the few vs. power from , by and for the poeople
    deceit vs. honesty and integrity.......

    no matter how one looks at it..............Obama or Mcain,

    February 12, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Andrea - Texas

    Clinton does earn and win the vote from latinos/hispanics. She has worked tirelessly to help folks out. The gentleman that mentioned that Senator Clinton had fired her campaign manager is wrong. She still has her with her on the campaign. A lot of things could have happened that we don't know. Campaigns are probably the most exhausting for folks. Please be careful what you say.

    This Hispanic is voting for Senator Clinton

    February 12, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. What next

    Funny how all the Hillary Supporters are Glad he hasn't made a decision. While Barack supporters really don't care. We stick to the facts and appreciate any supporters..

    Ps. Did Hillary ever thank Barack on his wins...nope

    February 12, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. Ruby

    The clintons had done so many things for minority most specially for the BLACKS & LATINOS. Latinos know how to appreciates what was done for them but Blacks, they only appreciate nothing & only cares about themselves – just see how they voted. Talking about discrimination & always CRY about it ................

    February 12, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. SANDA

    This is really unfortunate and hard to understand why.
    The Clintons treated Gore when he ran poorly.
    You Mr. Gore also KNOW THEM and how they operate.
    I find it sad that you cannot endorse a person of integrity, brilliance and that can make a difference and start to get us out of the mess we are in now.
    YOU SHOULD ENDORSE OBAMA NOW. After the rpimaries it is irellevant and UNNECESSARY.
    I wish Mr. Gore you would reconsider and lend us your support.

    February 12, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. wittybanter

    Gore is a superdelegate so he will be in fact endorsing someone one way or the other when he casts his vote during the convention. And superdelegates may play a vital role in the democratic nomination process. Click on my site to find out why.

    February 12, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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