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. Christine Dohlmar

    I don't think he should endorse anyone. It would be great if whoever is our next president would make Al Gore the head of our environment task force.

    February 11, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  2. Russell Hunt

    It's not too late to get Ron Paul into office. He wants the government out of the publics business.And to bring my family home. They cant stand Bush and everyone wants that mini-me McCain

    February 11, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  3. TerryD

    McCain will never win the presidency and everyone knows that, they are just honoring an old man.

    If Hillary Clinton wins she will beat him handly and even if Obama wins, which I doubt, even he would beat John McCain.

    The Republicians know they are going to lose the White House, they just hate to see the most intelligent, capable and experienced Democratic future President Hillary Clinton win.

    Anyone but Hillary is their mantra, those destroyers of the American way of life!

    Each time the Republicians go to the White House they ruin the economy. In the last forty years they have hurt the American people and yet they are voted back almost every 8 years.. Wake Up People!

    Vote Hillary R Clinton into the White House and start rebuilding again!

    February 11, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  4. Charles Kim

    I just love revisionist history. The only reason the Supreme Court had to make a decision in 2000 was because Gore contested the election. Bush won the election, period. It was never a "Gore victory" that was reversed by the high court. Can't you folks get over it? Besides, Gore is too busy to make such lightweight decisions on who to endorse when his mind is creating loftier theories on things like the Internet and Global Warming. I think he is working on a new device called a "cellular telephone" next.

    I wish they gave jounalists a Nobel Prize for simply reporting on issues that others research. My closet would be full of them.

    Ask Al about the billions of dollars in medications being flushed down toilets in nursing homes throughout the country every week, and the fact that traces of these medications are starting to turn up in drinking water supplies, according to the EPA.

    February 11, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  5. Walt, Belton,TX

    Looks like a cord is coming out of his mouth. Is he really for real or just a make-believe Al Gore? Maybe that's his connection to Jimmy Carter.....................

    February 11, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  6. biased cnn

    its amazing how biased wold blitzer and anderson cooper are in favor of hillary clinton and against barck obama. they just cant help themselves. i get a kick how during their election coverage after a primary or a caucus, they will always have a former clinton administration employee supposedly providing a fair analysis of the returns. they have had joe begala, or david gergen or james carville supposedly providing fair coverage of barck obama. cnn has become worse than fox.

    February 11, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  7. George

    Typical Al Gore. I am thankful that the plastic man is keeping his crying fat mouth shut. The only thing worse then George W. Bush would be to have to listen to that so called southener tell us how wonderful one of the two candidates are. Why can he not just fade into background and then vanish? Besides how could anybody consider an endorsement of good old Hilary? I think it would be worse off then it is now if she wins!!

    February 11, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  8. kobby sc

    who cares if mr gore endoreses mrs clinton or not god is with her and thats what matters but mr gore should,nt forget where he came from god will see her through and she will win the normination.God bless you hillary.

    February 11, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  9. Zoe Artemis

    Oh you poor latinos! Everyone is an immigrant here in immigrant here in America....you think you're any different. Either you're an American or you're not. If you're her to stay then get with the program. I'm sick and tired of hearing about the Latino vote.....there is no Latino vote....there's your vote...vote with your heart and gut;

    February 11, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  10. Mendemoi

    Losers like Edward Kennedy and Kerry should have copied what is considered statesmanship from Al Gore. Of the three he was the only one who won but got cheated by the Supreme Court of the US. Big baad Kennedy lost to a lesser known peanut farmer from Georgia. Kerry got swifboated from his own stupidity.

    These two losers were the very first to excruciatingly attack the Clintons in their support declarations for Obama. They should have stepped above the fray and waited without weighing in on any candidate over another. That would have been the mark of statesmanship. But then losers cannot be statesmen. Hence Clinton pulled a win right from under their noses in their own state.

    February 11, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  11. rw

    blake, lol.

    Oh, Mike stop your prurient behavior. For a country full of behind Pottery-Barn-curtains perverts, people sure act offended.

    Al Gore has found his calling in the world green movement. Good for him.

    February 11, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  12. sunny

    This is most urgent situation for democratic party.
    Democrates should unanamously nominate Al for presidency for party's unity.
    Al is the only person who can bring the world together.
    Draft Gore should be re-initiated.
    Now Al ... you should listen to us too!!!!!!!!!!
    Al Gore 2008.

    February 11, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  13. rw

    thank you Richard.

    February 11, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  14. Mary

    Gore knows a phoney when he sees one and he should say so about Obama

    February 11, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  15. Micahel Guinn, Ventura, CA

    I would love for you to endorse Obama, Mr. President, but understand why you can't. You have my continued best wishes and respect.

    February 11, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  16. rw

    I'm a woman, and i can say that your disgrace of Hillary's disgrace is a disgrace.

    February 11, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  17. MERLE7


    When all seven of the candidates were asked whether they agree that illegal aliens should have driver's licenses, only Sen. Christopher Dodd said he disagreed. He then pressed Clinton on the issue and argued against the plan, saying: "A license is a privilege, and that ought not to be extended, in my view."
    Clinton responded: "Well, I just want to add, I did not say that it should be done, but I certainly recognize why Governor Spitzer is trying to do."


    OBAMA 08!

    February 11, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Gore, I voted for you back in 2000! I wish you had been President for 8 years...

    February 11, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  19. Kevin

    The lack of an endorsement from Bill Clinton's former vice president is an absentee vote for Gore, not necesarilly an endorsement for Obama. Like the rest of Al's time in office, he can't make a decision because he doesn't want to alienate the public.

    February 11, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  20. Decided

    First, Al – thanks!

    Second, what is this discussion about the super delegates? If you want the super delegates out and want the people to make the choice, then let the people who chose Hillary in Florida and Michigan have a voice!! Let the popular vote from ALL states decide.

    February 11, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  21. ron

    Winners win, and losers lose.
    The losers always complain and point fingers at the other person.
    Always excuse themselves of the necessary effort.
    Not admiting to defeat.
    Denying the very fact Hills campaign is financially bleeding.
    She not admiting to the facts.
    Let's count it again... loan 5 million, made 7 million, paid back the 5 million
    which leaves 2 million, made 3 million which equals 5 million.

    February 12, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  22. James, PA

    Al Gore shows his political savvy! When Obama unfortunatley beats the better qualified Clinton (because Barak is a cheap infomercial star) and then loses to McCain in the fall, Al Gore will run and win in 2012 instaead of having to wait until 2016 if Hillary were the Democratic nominee and two-term President.

    February 12, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  23. Mark

    Former Vice President Al Gore, our Environmental warrior, would be very welcome by all those who support the need for our politicians to take more action, not with words, but like Mr Gore, with action, to do more to solve this global crisis, our earth needs immediate attention, and Mr Gore has done absolutely outstanding work for all of us on this desperate planet.

    February 12, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  24. DP

    I can not believe that Latinos are going with Clinton?? The Clintons did the same for the African-Americans and then dogged them. what do you think they are going to do with the Latinos. Give the man a chance he is for all people not just Latinos. You guys are so narrow minded. Obama

    He is above all that race jive

    The same old politics and then diss other states like they do not mean anything wow

    February 12, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  25. Jeanine G

    Would you endorse the woman who neutered your role as VP?

    Hillary has claimed as much about Bill's time in office.

    February 12, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
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