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. vincentjohn

    Bravo Kiki, I agree with you..... she is a disgrace...

    February 11, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  2. Eith

    Republican War Machine will play this, in a repeating, fast-paced anti-Hillary campaign, if by some miracle she gets the nomination:

    "my husband never did well in caucus states either," Clinton argued that caucuses are "primarily dominated by activists" and that "they don't represent the electorate, we know that."

    And the Democratic voters whom she had offended will have their say, in Nov then against her and a party that has put her name forward as its Nominee.

    Ola, Ola. I am celebrating. Hello, President McCain. It is an Honor to serve you, Mr. President.

    February 11, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  3. John

    In regards to the comment that Clinton cost Gore the election. That is plain wrong. Clinton's popularity was very high when he left. Many scholars actually say that one of the major mistakes Gore made in his campaign was to distance himself so much from Clinton, and that if he didnt do so he could have won the Presidency. So think before you state that Clinton cost Gore the Presidency.
    Americans favored Clinton well over 60+ percent.

    Also, Hilary isnt more of the same same. Maybe the same from the Clinton years. Many jobs, balanced budget, global politics that were right, etc etc.

    People are forgetting that life under Clinton wasnt that bad because they have been tained by 8 years of Bush.

    February 11, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  4. tuycan

    Endorsements by politicians who don't have the trust of the voters simply do more harm than good ; voters will vote for senator Hillary Clinton because they trust her and because they believe in her qualifications and her performances . Hillary , You have my vote !

    February 11, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  5. Kendra Dee

    Democrats are reluctant to endorse Senator Clinton because the momentum is Senator's Obama favor. However, I think this is a mistake because I don't believe that Senator Obama can win against the Republican in the fall.

    In addition, I don't think Opera or the Kennedy's should have endorsed Obama. They should have remained nuetral. This could come back to haunt the Democratic Party.

    February 11, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  6. Bryan C San Ramon

    Go Hillary, Endoresments are for the birds anyway. We all are 18 and over and should be able to research and find out what each person brings to the race, we don't need famous people telling us what they think.

    I think all endorsements are silly, and for Obama I would think he would agree (Ted Kennedy is not a upstanding citizen and I'm a hard core democrat)

    February 11, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  7. Carrie

    neither individual has

    NOT

    "neither individuals have"

    February 11, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    LATINOS LOVE HILLARY

    She is the best, !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! experiencia talk

    February 11, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  9. Charles

    People have to realize America can be seen as a paradise...

    Recently Sarkozy (french president) wasnt allowed to go to some very conservative country, i believe because he wasnt married yet to Carla Bruni and planned on taking her for a national presidential trip?

    What would YOU do if you were Hillary visiting foreign countries who do not allow women unfortunately to sit with Men, let alone stand with them as the president of the most powerful country in the worls?

    February 11, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  10. Mike

    What have I have to do to make a comment. Every comment I make said your comment is awaiting comment..There has been quite a few.

    February 11, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  11. Sara

    Gore is holding out but will endorse HILLARY. I'm from SOUTH TEXAS and the LATINOS are gearing up to vote for HILLARY by the numbers.......GO! HILLARY GO! Obama has no substance nor experience....HILLARY DOES!

    February 11, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  12. Populist

    This is worse than a yahoo chat room with two people with 50 Aliases.They even answer each others questions on this blog.Al stinks like the rest of the nominees in both parties.They are all owned by special interests.I wont vote for the lesser of two evils and that is what they want us all to do.Carl Rove,are you on here too?

    February 11, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  13. Yoseph

    I heard that he voted for Hillary in Tennessee that is why she won by double digit. that loser, if he won his home estate Tennessee it wouldn't the Bush would have been history. After all, it doesn't matter if he endorsed or not I would not change my mind so is everybody else. Make your mind and stick to it that reflects who you are. don't just go left a right by the media machine.

    February 11, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  14. Hillary

    I hope this is true.

    I think all the prominent Dems should've remained neutral, then rallied around the nominee.

    February 11, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  15. ker

    you need to read the news hillary did not force her out she sent a letter and resigned read it

    hillary is the woman

    February 11, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  16. BG

    He is the man.

    By the way the media hyped "change" and "hope" are just two words. We need more words to get a sense of them. Chage to WHAT?-wrong direction?
    Hope for WHAT?-a worse America? Don't be fooled so easily, stakes are too high now.

    February 11, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  17. gerri from maryland

    You have to ask youself this question is this country better off then it was 25 years ago the answer is no. close to every 20 years a figure comes to the stage for change. jfk did it in the 60's ronald reagan did it in the 80's now looks who's on that stage now, a fresh face is what this country needs to motivate it 'grab the chance it's here now.

    February 11, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Who really cares what Al Gore thinks, nobody really cares about his whacky point of view on many issues.

    February 11, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Also, just to spite McCain, Al Gore should endorse Mitt Romney

    February 11, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  20. Jenny

    To ready4Hillary

    I understand your point about the Republican Attack Machine and how formidable it is. However I hope you can see how Barack has already made a change in the way politics can be changed. He raises the bar in politics and the clearest example of this is in how he has forced Hillary to run a less demonizing campaign. She would be out there attacking if she could. Bill would be out there doing exactly what he did in South Carolina. Hillary is changing (getting better) because of the level of decency Barack commands. When Obama gets the nomination, and the Republicans attack him he'll be able to handle it. Don't worry. He's in a much different position because he is an honest person (something the Clintons are not) so the playing field is much different. Much different. OBAMA 08.

    February 11, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  21. neil, tampa, florida

    C'mon Al, have some balls for a change and endore the better candidate, Obama. the Clintons did you no favors when you were running. Step up and endorse Obama.

    February 11, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  22. mike

    I hope the next CNN democratic debate will not be moderated by Wolfe Blitzer. At this critical juncture what we need is not drama and setting up questions purely meant to score points rather than to clarify important issues.

    I hope John King will be given the chance as he seems to be the most matured and knowledgeable of the bunch.

    February 11, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  23. arleenbenson

    What difference would that make? Look how great Kerry and Kennedy did for Obama. All Hillary needs is the other loser to endorse her and the repubs will get the whitehouse again for sure. The only endorsement Hillary needs is in the form of votes! Lets see if Obama waffles on the 'super' delegate counts when he turns up on the losing side of the both the popular vote as well as the state allotted delegates! Go Florida and Go Michigan!!! Go Hillary

    February 11, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  24. james cooper

    EricTX please tell me what has Obama done for Latinos. What is his record, he talks about change, please tell me what change. Obama is not the first to run on just change, how do you think he's going to do this with Kennedy and Kerry, are they new kids on the block!!! Dont be stupid hes the one that will say anything to get elected. Gore is right to stay out of it

    February 11, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  25. J .J

    Some people will tell you that it cannot happen, that it is impossible, or that the future has not happened yet. But I tell you, if you follow me, that we can make change happen, that we can change for hope as long as we continue to hope for change. Enthusiasm is as easy as a bridge.

    Is Obama so vague because he does not want to ever take stands that might alienate potential voters, or does he simply lack the knowledge to get into details about anything?

    February 11, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
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