February 11th, 2008
06:13 PM ET
10 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. Sharon Ammons

    I really like and admire Al Gore and I do believe the Kennedy endorsement of OBAMA will help him with some voters. However, I just read your article on superdelegates and how they work. I'm convinced now more than ever, that our electoral system should be abolished. If Hillary wins because she got more superdelegates than OBAMA, then the people didn't choose her. (or vice-versa) We have already put one president in office the people didn't vote for. (Bush!)
    In the old days, delegates traveled by horse and carriage to cast their votes. I think we have achieved enough technology to let the people decide for themselves!

    February 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  2. Laura-TX

    It seems now, we all are having to name our 'race' –hmmm wonder why? Oh yeah, since Al Sharpton from Obama's camp started all that drama back last month.

    anyway, as a latina, I respect Al Gore and can appreciate his thinking as to not endorse anyone at this time.

    Thanks Gore!

    HILLARY 2008
    Laura in TX

    February 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  3. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

    I like Al Gore, but he wasn't brave or loyal enough to let Bill Clinton campaign with and for him in the 2000 election, and it appears he's still a coward.

    Some of our finest citizens wouldn't be dead, or physically or mentally disabled if more people like Obama would have questioned and opposed this ridiculously unnecessary war.

    What ever happened to integrity and courage?

    But, that's allright, Mr. Al Gore and Mr. John Edwards. Obama appears to be doing just fine without your endorsements.

    February 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Who cares what al thinks

    February 11, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  5. Kin

    Good man, Gore.

    And as for that fool talking about Latino unity behind Obama, go away. That has no place here.

    February 11, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  6. Colin in MD

    anyone who says if one person wins the dem. nomination, then they're voting for McCain is a fool. He'll have us in the war for the next 10 years. That's his bread and butter, all he knows is war. Let Hillary go with "experience" against McCain and she'll be crushed, because the man has 45 years worth of "experience". Someone much younger and that brings some fresh air to the political process should be the obvious choice. Unlike Gore and Kerry, Obama is making people care about this election and that's why he'll win. Diddy had the right idea with the whole "Vote or Die" thing, too bad he was four years early, when no one cared about Kerry because he was boring us to death.

    February 11, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  7. NObama No WAY

    Well at least he's smart enough not to jump onto the hot air balloon of Obummer's...

    When he's ready, he'll endorse the only candidate that matters...and that's

    HILLARY CLINTON!

    February 11, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  8. David Davidson

    Gore should have been president, seeing as HE DID invent the internet I'm using right now.

    February 11, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  9. James

    That's probably most sensible thing that Gore could do. This race could spin out of control with acrimony between camps. Cooler heads need to prevail upon both sides to handle issues in a rational way so that the Democratic Party can win in November.

    February 11, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  10. Andy V. in Western NC

    Who cares. Someone remind him to pay his electric bill this month.

    February 11, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  11. Justin, CA

    Why does everyone say the democratic party is divided? Most democrats would be content whether it is Obama or Clinton, they just have a choice. Why is this a bad thing? You clearly do not see lines being drawn in the sand like you do with the republicans.

    Where the democratic party is going to get into trouble is if it comes down to the superdelegates and the candidate with fewer elected delegates is handed the nomination. As it is now, Obama is solidly beating Clinton on the elected vote, but these "super"delegates are giving Clinton a slight lead overall. The democrats need to let the votes come in, and then mediate between the two of them to nominate the leading vote getter before the superdelegates have any say...this is where Gore comes in.

    February 11, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  12. margo

    I could care les!!!!

    February 11, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  13. Jack

    EricTx For Latinos, Hillary is your only choice. Obama is surpported by black. So, he'll never let Latinos grab jobs from black. No way.

    February 11, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  14. Dee Dee in Brooklyn

    Cheers for Gore!
    We really need him (desperately!) in this election.

    February 11, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  15. Jason

    Waiting for Goredot.

    February 11, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  16. Masters Candidate

    I dont think that "ERIC TX" is Hispanic. As a matter of fact, I dont even think that "ERIC TX" is from Texas. She made Solis Doyle her Senior Advisor. Enough said.

    February 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  17. Mark

    Who cares what this idiot thinks anyway. Nut job!

    February 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  18. TX4OBAMA!!!

    *********ATTENTION ALL TEXANS!!!!************

    OBAMA is the candidate for ALL AMERICANS!!!

    Vote for real change not just for whats convenient
    during an election year like so many of the "status
    quo" candidates who will say anything and do
    anything to get elected! *****VOTE OBAMA!!!*****

    February 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  19. Joe in VA

    Tomorrow I'll vote in the VA primary. If there is a write-in area I'll vote for Al. Why? Because it is my way of telling Obama and Bill, excuse me I should say Hillary, to cool it before your bickering hands victory to the Repubs. This country can't take 4 more years of them.

    February 11, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  20. John

    who cares!

    February 11, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Obama/Gore sounds good to me.

    February 11, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  22. David in Kansas City

    Obama / Gore sounds great to me.

    February 11, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  23. lula

    If Obama wins the vote,don't let them do to him what they did to you.

    February 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  24. Alex

    Hillary has her reasons to fire someone on her staff, and not because of that I'm going to change my mind and vote for Obama, if you support a candidate it has to be all the way and not using excuses to act otherwise. Yes we latinos need to come together and vote for what we believe and we believe in Hillary!

    February 11, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  25. CJ, Albany, NY

    I'd love it if Gore aligned himself with Obama...if that were the case I hope he would push an environmental agenda...there's nothing good to come in the future if we cant figure out a way to sustain ourselves...Gore seems to be the only one that's trying to move people into understanding that.

    Obama '08

    February 11, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
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