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. victor charles

    Yes go Al you are right in not endorsing anyone, I wish all those who had endorsed now would have waited until the convention.

    February 11, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  2. Michael

    @ Jules
    "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country" is exactly the attitude that Obama seeks from people. He expects hard work, not complacency.

    February 11, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  3. Chris

    Someone has to be the moderator.

    Al Gore will not let the nomination process become Florida 2000. He is not going to stand by while a candidate with less actual popular votes (& in this case far less states won) take the nomination on the decision of a few.

    But honestly, the Clintons are smart people I may take a while, and maybe even even a private intervention from a former subordinate, but they will eventually drop out if thing continue this way. If things do turn around then I'm sure that Obama will do the same.

    Even Romney got the picture...

    February 11, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  4. Grif

    Al Gore? Clintons; running mate. Still Al is running? He wrote a book!!!!!!!!!

    Fiction!!! But still he's running, in the other direction from most....

    Where would he he be today... Without Bill Clinton.... Just another


    February 11, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  5. Gadren

    Jules, have you even bothered to listen to Obama's speeches or read his stances on his website. Just one example of asking what we can do for our country is his way for youth to qualify for affordable college: by helping in community service.

    February 11, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  6. winehouse

    if only endorment gets people to the white house it would have mattered most.

    February 11, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  7. Good Grief

    Someone needs to be the "Statesman" within the Democratic party. Clearly it can't be Ted Kennedy or Bill Clinton, so the job falls to Al Gore. He's up to the task.

    Good. He is a decent and experienced person, and I trust that he will act in an appropriate manner.................meaning he will set aside his own personal interests (however noble they are) and try to reflect the wishes of the voting public. He's owes no one anything, and has been through this process and understands the consequences of judgment based solely on politics of self interest and not politics for the greater good.

    I only hope that the superdelegates do the same. The made a mess of the Gary Hart/Walter Mondale race,....I hope they've learned from their mistake.

    February 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  8. Frankie Hodge

    Every time I see Al Gore's picture, I think of how different our country and world would be, had he been our President for the last 7 years. I am also reminded of Bill Clinton's recklessness that cost Al Gore the election. George Bush ran on bringing "honor and dignity "to the WH. It is a shame!

    February 11, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  9. rio_abajo

    I'm a latino and I anm shock that the media says that we won't support a black candidate. Well you know there are a lot of latinos that are moreno (black) and we all get along. Just look at all of the latino baseball players that are moreno. We should not let the media drive a wedge between us and blacks especially when we have morenos that are part of la cultura latina. That's what they want to do. We are all Americans and should unite against the forces that continue to create these non- issues.

    February 11, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  10. Grif

    Leave a mark, worth leaving! Or step out of the LImeLight...

    Remember! An old Charlie Chaplin movie.... There was another Called

    "The Kid"

    Promises you can't Keep, Die with you Obama!!!!!!!!!!

    Just another Granddad....

    February 11, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  11. Nathan

    Obama is the Walter Mondale of 2008. The most Liberal member of the Senate 2007. Unelectable in a General Election. I think John McCain is whistling "Hail to the Chief". God help us all. Of course I blame the stupid latte liberals and college students with too much time on their hands. Sheesh, if you thought a fighter pilot, MBA, business owner, CEO, son of a President and former coke-head was poorly qualified for this job, just imagine a coke-head academic from Illinois.

    February 11, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  12. Mark

    Gore's role should be marginalized. What office does he even hold, except that of radical environmentalist? Additionally, why is this even a story? Was today, "Pick the random person who still hasn't made an endorsement yet DAY?" What is the significance of mentioning Gore? WHY WHY WHY?!?!

    February 11, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  13. lindacisme

    To EricTx:

    Solis Doyle is STILL a senior advisor w/ Hillary – not fired like you said.

    The campaign needed a new look, so it's a change in managers. Just like in baseball. My thinking is you don't know the facts, just another Obama supporter and Hillary hater, so you post your comments without finding out the facts.

    HRC has been and is the best friend for Latinos – her past record shows that. What has Obama EVER done for Latinos? You know why there is NO answer to that question? He has NO RECORD. Talk is very cheap.

    February 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  14. PBuckley

    "With" is a preposition and so demands the objective case.

    Therefore: "Gore will want to work closely with whomever wins the nomination..."
    is correct. Why is it so difficult for journalists to write English correctly?

    February 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  15. cie

    Al Gore is a gutless wonder. He probably is hoping he gets drafted to be the nominee instead of billary or obama.

    Why won't he endorse billary, he was their VP?????????

    His global warming thesis and nobel prize are complete frauds.

    February 11, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  16. Sloane

    It would have been great if Gore had endorsed Obama but he really is doing the smart thing and elevating himself in the process. Elder statesman is a good place to be. Bill Clinton had that sort of reputation with his Foundation and role at Davos until he wrecked it. Gore should have been president. He's the only one I wouldn't mind Obama being VP for.

    February 11, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  17. sharon

    Chris in Ct:

    I completely agree with what you wrote. You hit it so completely on the head. When it comes to Al, it's like the fairy tale of the "Emperor's New Clothes." Let's nod in 'lock-step' and then we'll all look and sound so sophisticated eventho there's absolutely nothing there .

    You wrote:
    He can't endorse….he's far too busy with this global warming deal…and telling everyone its caused by humans…without explaining how it was far warmer thousands of years ago….(and far colder too) – it takes a man like Al Gore to explain why man-made CO2 has caused our planet to warm 1 degree in 100 years….and why even on his own charts does the heat rise first….then CO2 level after…(funny…cause and effect work differently in Al Gores world)

    you see people Al's busy now…

    February 11, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  18. Brett

    Hillary is the only candidate to have mentioned global warming and ideas she has to start fixing the problem. Gore will endorse her but only when it matters the most. At the end of the race when both come up short.

    February 11, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  19. June

    Hey, Thomas, congratulations on regurgitating the single most ignorant fashionable "line" going around these days! Clinton and Obama both want to pay for health care by repealing W's tax cuts, getting out of Iraq, and choice. McCain wants to cut SPENDING to pay for health care, consider another 100 years in Iraq, and take away choice. It's moronic to support him if you support either of them.

    Way to go with the logical thinking, pal. Hope you enjoy the justices Papa John appoints.


    February 11, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  20. William

    That should be President Al Gore.

    We love you Gore!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 11, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  21. KarynB

    CNN has all but endorsed Obama. They constantly show him and defend him while they misquote and criticize Clinton. What ever happened to fair and balanced reporting?

    February 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  22. David

    Alcore is trying to stop CO2 now. he is now busy. so whenever he gets time, he will come and say, hey guys i could not reduce Co2 so i want politics again. then he will see which candidate is producing more CO2. he will not endorese CO2 producing candidate. so now it is time to figure out who is producing more CO2. Obama or Hillary or say Billary?

    February 11, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  23. Matt Bowie

    It might be a stretch to unequivocally call Gore the "most prominent Democrat yet " to endorse. Let's not forget Edwards.

    February 11, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  24. Bob

    I am experiencing big concerns here in the south. If Obama wins the nomination, I am afraid McCain will carry most of the south. This includes once again Florida.
    Voting for a woman here was tough enough, a black is a very hard sell. Obama needs to carry every large state up north and California. If McCain was smart, he would put a conservative hispanic from Florida on the ballot as VP. I am also hearing that the Clinton Foundation is moving its headquarters to Little Rock. should Hillary lose. No reason to stay in New York.

    Remember all the States that Obama won over the weekend will end up in the Republican column. They always have. Texan's may go for a women, they voted for Ann Richards for Governor. I do not think they will go for Obama. I was precinct chair in Austinand Latino may offset the College vote. To close to call.

    February 11, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  25. Dimandja

    Gore is of course leaning for Obama.

    Why? Because he worked with both Bill and Hillary, and yet, he is not endorsing them!

    February 11, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
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