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. Johm Gatllin

    Where is the global warming? I'm freezing?????????

    February 11, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  2. Derek Steinbeck

    I think it's a wise decision not to endorse either Hillary Clinton or Barak Obama. The Democratic party needs somesone like Al Gore to be the middle man and calm people down into the right direction! He must be the one who, if it comes to the point to tell his party that the votes in Florida and Michigan must count at the convention because if they don't ,at least Florida will be lost with all it's electorate votes in the general election, it can't be a second time that the votes in Florida are dismissed by Obama supporters. Al Gore won't allow that!

    February 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  3. tuycan

    Very frankly , I think that endorsements by politicians who are close to their retirement or waiting to retire have only a symbolic value ; the real and valuable endorsement should come from the american people who come to the voting booths . I voted for senator Hillary Clinton in the California primay and I will vote for her in the national election ./.

    February 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. DemFan

    Superdelegates should hold of until the conference and see who has won the most PLEDGED Delegates, because they would not dare flock to the person that finishes second. It would bring a good argument for the repubs if they did.

    February 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  5. Marc, WSU

    Solis Doyle ran the company finances into the ground. She had to demote her.

    February 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  6. Sheila S.

    I think we should elect Gore president!! ....oh yeah, we already did that....

    February 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  7. Realist

    Gore should not be in the business of endorsing candidates. If he was running, he would have gotten my independent vote

    February 11, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  8. Alice

    LOLOLOL!!!! Bush is so worried about his legacy....

    THIS is his legacy:

    WORST President we ever had – he ranks like #50 out of 44 or 45 candidates (I confess I don't know)

    Let's see – who was worse? Maybe Hoover, maybe Nixon

    Nah, the Bushmeister has those two losers beat

    Notice something? The three bottom ones are all Republicans

    LOL! Hoover and Nixon were the bottom of the barrel

    Bush is UNDER the barrel

    February 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  9. Not even for dog catcher

    Typical of this phony coward, behind the scenes he and his campaign in 2000 were trying to get the military vote suppressed as he knew it woulf have favored Bush, he will however come out later like he or his word actually mean something and endorse whomever gets the nomination.

    Just his not endorsing Hillarity means he exacts a little revenge on these two, but he could have shown some real guts and endorsed Obama.

    Not him though, he is too busy worrying about our mean temperature going up one whole degree in a 100 years and running around in gas guzzling, ozone depleting jets, while collecting "fees" and laughing all the way to the bank.

    I am old enough to remember the 70's when the green geniuses big fight was because we were fighting global cooling??????

    February 11, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  10. Lynn Ensley

    C'mon Al, If you had asked for Bill Clinton's help you would have been President in spite of ms. Harris and the Supreme Court. You let your country down hard then ,and now you are doing it again. Man you gotta move, wake up, you know better than anyone what is at stake here. You are gonna lose me Al, forever, and a lot of other Democrats.
    Hillary is our only option, she can handle this mess we are in, the only one that can. Smooth talk wears thin quickly. Just do it Al.

    February 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  11. Chin Lee

    Mr Gore,
    You did the right thing by not endorsing either Hillary or Obama, I wonder for what purposes did Ted and Kerry did for Obama. VP post.? Both of them are dreaming.
    Once again good job Mr Gore.

    February 11, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  12. Erika Judd

    I love Gore & I hope he's voting Obama!!

    February 11, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  13. Ann

    The Democratic party has to look further ahead and realize that, regardless of who becomes their nominee, it must come together to ensure that they are the party who can win and begin to repair the damage and the injustices of the last 8 years. In a few months, none of the speculation, emotion, endorsements or lack of endorsements of this primary season will matter – the party must have one voice representing all that should change come November. And there's plenty that needs to change. Save the big guns for when it matters!

    February 11, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  14. Mike

    Good for him. He probably figures that if he remains on good terms with both canidates, he can have an important say in enviromental policy in the winner's administration.

    February 11, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  15. Mike S., New Orleans

    Gore continues to display integrity. It's a shame we couldn't have had that in the presidency for the past seven years.

    February 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  16. Chris, Silicon Valley, CA, USA

    Look at his face.
    Maybe he's thinking, "Hmmn.. between these 2, I should endorse McCain."

    February 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  17. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Oh and the dumb bunny eric tx who says that Hillary fired their rep...gee she is strong with all the stuff she does....since she has so much power in her two hands already we should just make her the first WOMAN DICTATOR.

    February 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  18. Luis

    Oh, the "inventor of the internet" and Global Warming know it all.........................how comical. Typical Liberal (aka Socialist) propaganda. A Gore endorsement is meaningless.

    Gore is too busy kissing up the the Hollywood elite............

    February 11, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  19. JT

    thomas, it's McCain. You're informed opinion is greatly appreciated.

    February 11, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  20. Bridget

    Hey guys, for all of you who stalk Gore news in order to write what you think is the truth....just listen for a second....none of you are climate scientists, or have probably even spoke to one...Gore knows what he is talking about because he used an objective view to see what the scientists had to say and took their message to a greater audience. And since when did the Nobel Peace Prize not go to someone who went out and persuaded a lot of people to listen to the truth (Martin Luther King? anybody???)

    By the way, if Gore stays out of the fray, he might have a good chance of being the presenter of the nomination at the Convention–doing the elder statesman thing...its really best if he stays out of it until the party is united behind a candidate.

    February 11, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  21. Richard

    Chicken wimp.
    The Gores hate the Clintons.
    He's waiting to see if Obama gets ahead and then will endorse him.
    There are so many naive people out there.

    February 11, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  22. Lucas, Nashville TN

    Okay, Al. As long as you stay away from the deep end, and don't endorse Nader.

    February 11, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  23. Mike

    In a way it's good that Al stays out of the race and allow the chips to fall as they may because things might turn out a lot different than most people think especially with the latino vote so let Clinton and Obama run their race and may the best Man or Woman win and I will support either one.

    February 11, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  24. Joyce

    Gore is such a smart man by remaining neutral. But who knows??? Maybe he's waiting to see who will get the nomination before he decides to run as a third party candidate. He and Hillary has personal and business ties that go WAYYYYY back while Obama is just a fellow Dem that he respects. I think (or hope) that if Hillary gets the nomination then he will endorse her. But if Obama gets it then he will run as a third party candidate. Then my vote goes to AL GORE!!! Again.

    Only in a perfect world '08

    February 11, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  25. Patrick, Fl

    Al Gore is doing the right thing. The largest number of voters should make up their minds unencumbered by what the upper echelons of the party think.

    Given the close nature of the race, neither candidate will get the required 2,025 delegates. Therefore, at an appropriate time, probably after the Penn Primary, he and other members of the party's leadership, should use whatever influence they have to pursuade the candidate that is trailing to throw the towel in for the good of the party.

    February 11, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
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