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. Jimmy O

    Google "Clinton convicts" and see the results – that is the legacy of the Clintons. If ethics, integrity and morals matter to you, then vote to reject the Clintons. Otherwise Bill will be back in the White House selling and granting executive pardons to the highest bidding felon.

    It is time to turn the page on the Clinton-Bush era. Vote McCain. Vote Obama. Vote Huckabee. Vote Ron Paul. REJECT SCANDALS, America deserves better.

    February 12, 2008 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  2. Obama lobbyist money

    Never mind Gore's endorsement. Could CNN please report more on its bottom-screen ticker yesterday about Obama's large campaign contributions from numerous lobbyists and several PACS?

    February 12, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  3. Lucas, Columbia, SC

    Obama has more experience in elected office that Hillary Clinton. People who want to argue for Hillary, fine, please do. But she does not have more experience than Obama does. It just isn't true.

    February 12, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  4. Kim, PA

    I feel the love in the CNN blog zone today! We are all uptight.

    Eric, TX... nice way to change up the story as to why Solis Doyle stepped down. You should work for CNN. They change the meaning of EVERYTHING.

    I think endorsements are stupid if we follow them. They are all for personal gain on behalf of the individual, NOT for showing US who to vote for.

    We have 2 awesome candidates to choose from. It would be best to have all the votes in now and change our selection process.

    it is ridiculous.

    February 12, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  5. Lucas, Columbia, SC

    Obama has more experience in elected office that Hillary Clinton. People who want to argue for Hillary, fine, please do. But she does not have more experience than Obama does. It just isn't true.

    February 12, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  6. Tom, Boston MA

    eric, Tx. your race card is toxic and gonna drive all the other non-hispanic voters away from whoever gets more hispanic votes and against any humane immigration bill. good job, dude.

    February 12, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  7. EritTx

    We Latino's in Texas need to come together and vote obama. I was leaning toward hilary till I see she forced our fellow latino Solis Doyle to step down (fired for all purposes). Is this what we can expect. Hilary giving us Latino voters promises and then when she gets our vote, throwing us to the side because she got what she wanted. We need to come together as Latino's and make a stand. I am voting obama.

    February 12, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  8. Tom, Boston MA

    working on his own power is NOT the same as working on what he believes to be good for humanity. I would praise gore only if i knew for fact that he is holding back his support because he doesn't see his causes being sufficiently represented by any of the candidates. his track record doesn't convince me but people grow and change.....

    February 12, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  9. Totengräber

    The campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton will stop on march 7.

    February 12, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  10. citizen

    Not so fast about Obama's VP yet! Hope with full of dope has some more to prove. He was empty and still is empty.

    If he is nominated – I go for McCain.

    February 12, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  11. Tom, Boston MA

    most of the self-declared democrats on this blog simply prove why the dems have lost all its power and credibility in the first place: they are oppotunistic powermongering idiots, worse than the GOPers (who are simply either too dumb or too evil, and it all shows plainly).

    GO Nader GO! All the way!!! Until this phony democracy of the so-called two party system disintegrates to dust!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  12. Tom, Boston MA

    p.s. or most of these "democrats" on this blog are Rove's rats?

    February 12, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  13. Lee

    I want to know exactly what Obama is talking about when he says "change."
    What is he going to change? What is his plan for the economy-don't just say you are going to fix it. HOW? HOW? Sick of listening to this inexperienced jerk who hasn't got a clue and can only mimick Martin Luther King's speech style and make promises about the "change" he will bring.


    February 12, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  14. Tom, Boston MA

    p.p.s. is eric, tx, an obama-bot as a hillary supporter argues, or is the hillary supporter who calls eric obama-bot a hillary bot, or both? oh brother....

    February 12, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  15. Paul from Kissimmee

    Eric in Texas. Latinos like you really get under my skin. This is why I vote Republican. They will not sell out to you to get your votes. You people want to sit around and blame everything on your skin color, and the Dems will come running with promises just to get your votes. You can't fire a person because they're latino? Give me a break. Why don't you go back to whatever country you really call home and stay out of American politics.

    February 12, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  16. Germain

    Hey yo latinos don't be stupid vote Obama so you can get your license.
    As you know we don't like each other but this time we will give you license and increase your food stamps is that cool with you?
    Please vote Obama

    February 12, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  17. Karen from Minnesota

    Solis-Doyle was not forced out. if she was would she be traveling with Hillary? She really has been removed from the daily routine and has the next president's ear. Don't be so foolish as to think that you need to change your vote because of her new role. That's what the media and the Obama people want you to do.

    February 12, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  18. Will

    "Jenny ,
    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."

    Jenny, I think criticism is not attack. Clinton said he doesn't have experience, and he got pay off from Rezko, which are valid if you have seen news. Someone said Clinton swiftboat him, and I think it's rather a friendly fire compared with Republican's attacks.

    Obama has to know how to handle criticism, but not be protected by reverse racism. He can't run a country in protection of reverse racism. it's not acceptable. Clinton couldn't risk losing black votes, not the case for republicans. So you will see how ugly it will get once he gets nominated.

    February 12, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  19. Kevin

    Gore is too busy chasing Manbearpig to be concerned about this upcoming election. Go get 'em Al!!!

    February 12, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  20. Dan

    Algore didnt' get the electoral votes needed to win the office of POTUS.

    The official recounts and recounts by LIBERAL newspapers proved this.

    Who cares who that windbag endorses?

    If he ever chose to run again he would LOSE again. Like or not, libs, America is NOT a socialist country.

    February 12, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  21. Jim Gilligan

    It distresses me that the dems could lose this election because much of the country, who voted for Bush, are the type who wouldn't vote for a black or female candidate. I can't help but wish that Al Gore were in this race.

    February 12, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  22. MKK

    Apparently, CNN doesn't like to report all the news and who says Obama doesn't listen to or take money from lobbyists.

    "Executives and employees of Exelon Corp., a Chicago-based energy giant and nuclear plant operator, have contributed more than $200,000 to Obama's campaigns since 2004. This month, The New York Times examined whether Obama, at the behest of Exelon lobbyists, had watered down legislation aimed at tightening regulations on the nuclear industry."

    February 12, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  23. JH

    Al Gore is a shoe in to be on the administation on either an Obama or Clinton presidency. Why should he ruin his chances by endorsing either one?

    February 12, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  24. the one

    I believe this a blow to the Clinton campaign. After being the Clinton vice-president, and the Clinton's presidential nominee in 2000, it is clear that he knows Hillary more than anyone of us. Still, he chooses not to endorse her, when she needs all the help she can get. To all of you that pretend that endorsements don't matter,WAKE UP!

    They might not matter to you personally, but they certainly are important from the superdelegates' perspective...

    February 12, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  25. Dee

    Gore finally feels he has power, which means alot to a power hungry politician. I don't think he should be a professor corrupting the minds of university students in very liberal universities such as Columbia. They deserve someone better.

    February 12, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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