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. Victoria Francis

    Al Gore is correct in not endorsing any candidate and staying above the pettiness of both campaigns. The environment is more important to him now.

    Contrary to some readers, I don't believe that this means he favors Barack Obama.
    After all, we are not mind readers.

    Ted Kennedy and John Kerry should have stayed out it also.

    February 12, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  2. Robert

    It's a shame Gore didn't run. He would have taken the White House effortlessly, and America would be so much the better for it.

    February 12, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  3. La Raza

    To my Latino Brothers and Sisters,

    AS you can see Hillary has fired our Latina sister Solis Doyle. Wake up mi gente, this is what she will do to us. She will use us for votes and then throw us away. Please think before you vote and take a look at brother Obama he will reach out to the world.

    February 12, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  4. amccoy

    Park More said:
    "Former VP AlGore (Bill Clinton) knows very well Hillary and her convictions. On the other hand, he does not know Obama. To me it is obvious that AlGore is for Hillary-Clinton"
    He knows very well Hillary and her convictions. Which is probably why he IS NOT endorsing her.

    February 12, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  5. DHS

    Gore may be wise in not endorsing either candidate at this time. However, I disagee with some of the posters that Gore cannot be President. When Obama wins he should offer Gore the VP post. Gore can serve 8 years as VP and still have time to run in 2016. Otherwise he has no chance. Of course, he should really be in his second term now.

    February 12, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  6. Estelle Lacks

    American women!! You are giving up your opportunity to finally put a woman in charge. It is not often or ever will you be given to support a "woman" with guts to take on the Republicans. Rove will beable to find a scheme to beat Obama. I heard him announce his prediction"WE WILL ELECT A REPUBLICAN. Beware!!

    February 12, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  7. janie

    This is untrue that Harry Reid is not endorsing anyone. He is endorsing Hillary. In Searchlight where he lives he had publiclly announced to everyone there that he is for Hillary!

    February 12, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  8. MK

    It is time for change in America, and it is important for people like Al Gore who is on the full front for change in America's position on global warming to make his position clear. We want to know from Al Gore who he thinks can be a better partner when it comes to working together to save our environment. I do not want to believe that Al Gore does not want to endorse either Clinton or Obama simply because he feels that he is the only person that can do a better job as a president. It is not a good idea for people like Al Gore to remain silent. Al Gore needs to speak now or never in the future complain about not having the kind of support he needs to achieve his goals in changing America's position on issues that affect our environment. Al Gore, yes you can endorse Obama.

    February 12, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  9. joe buck

    Gore knows the future is Obama, and an administration that is beholden only to the American people, which gives legislators riding Barack's coattails the cover needed to vote against big business and subsidies (hello oil companies) and for an expansion of covered health care, whether mandated or not. I cannot believe Al Gore doesn't harbor a soft spot for an intellectual AND common man that is Barack Obama. America, wake up! The world is waiting for you to elect this man, as an affirmation of all that is good about the USA.

    February 12, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  10. veronica lynne

    You're a good man, Mr. Gore. I still hope to see you as our president, someday very soon! Love Tipper too.

    February 12, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  11. Pam

    Did he invent the Internet? HHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    February 12, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  12. George Robert

    Al Gore is only waiting on the sidelines out of respect for Bill Clinton. He knows that Barack Obama is the man, as the previous note said, the one the world is waiting for. It is interesting that the more voters get to know Obama, the more they like him. What fools Americans would be to miss this opportunity to really change things. For the less-partisan better

    February 12, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  13. jane

    stuart and CA Voter: I completely agree.

    If people are going to vote McCain just because it's Obama over Clinton or Clinton over Obama, please grow up. Both have Democratic interests at heart and that is what matters in the end. Educate yourself or please just do the country a favor and don't vote.

    February 12, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  14. Tariq

    I think Gore endorsing neither is more of a blow to Clinton than to Obama. Are we forgetting that Gore was vice-president for Bill Clinton for eight years?!! To Gore, Obama is a new face in politics and it would not surprise anyone that Obama does not get a Gore endorsement. On the other hand, I can't help but think that Gore's reason for staying neutral has more to do with disagreement with the Clintons and less with riding the neutral high-horse....sort of a "Convenient non-truth".

    February 12, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  15. homey

    where all the white women at?

    February 12, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  16. Steve H.

    Who wants to be endorsed by this clown? Sounds like a kiss of death.

    February 12, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  17. Ryan

    Can somebody help me? I can't find CNN's article about how John Glenn (Ohio, former Astronaut) and Ted Strickland (Ohio Governor) are endorsing Hillary?

    Yeah, that's right, she's still in this and is keeping her eye on the prize!

    Hillary in '08! (Haven't you learned? Never count NY out, no matter how one sided it seems!)

    February 12, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  18. Chips

    Sara, you are so transparent.

    February 12, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  19. Anonymous

    To David in Texas:

    It's pretty ironic for a rightwinged knuckledragger to label liberals as sheep. But I'll tell you what, if liberals are sheep then conservatives are bubonic plague-carrying sewer rats. Deal?

    Now take a shower!

    February 12, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  20. John F. Kennedy

    Al Gore is still one of the most respected in our Democratic Party. He is very smart in making decisions and good judgment and that’s what we need now as President. Clinton’s decision to endorse his wife is understandable but the rest of Dems that endorse candidates during primaries shows how stupid and dumb there judgments are. These endorsements have done nothing to our party but a very heavy damage to both candidates.

    I support the Idea of Clinton- Obama ticket for 08 that’s the only chance left for Dems. to regain the WH.

    February 12, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  21. Jaycee

    I like Al Gore. I like Joe Biden. I love Hillary Clinton and know she will have these two men at her side to help her make serious decisions. She has high intelligence and is smart enough to collect a team of bright men and women to help clean up the Bush/Cheney mess we are in.

    February 12, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  22. Bill

    Please get your political house in order. We (the rest f the world) are tired of being the recipents of your childish mistakes. Lead...follow... or...get out of the way.

    February 12, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  23. DB

    Obama may have some thousands from Rezko, but Hillary took MILLIONS from Peter Paul. It may be the biggest campaign donation scandal ever, but oddly it has been covered up. Look into it.

    February 12, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  24. mainstream_media_ shut up

    If Obama wins the seat ..at least I will have the joy of watching the Republicans tear him to shreds ...

    you are naive if you dont know that the Dem insiders will not let this happen ..they know what repubs will do to him and they want to win

    February 12, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  25. Donna, NJ

    Gore would never endorse Hillary...too much bad blood between him and the Clintons. He is smart enough as Edwards to let this play out over the next few primaries before making an endorsement. I said it before and I'll say it again, an Obama-Edwards ticket would be unstoppable. Throwing Hillary into the mix would be begging for trouble....too much Clinton "bagagge" that the Republicans are ready to tear apart.. Obama has already verbalized his desire to have Gore as a member of his cabinet. Its just a matter of time before we see Edwards and Gore come on board. with endorsements.These three brilliant like-minded leaders would be awesome. Stand them up next to Hillarry, McCain or Huckabee would be "no contest".

    February 12, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
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