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. blake

    Al won't endorse anyone because he doesn't want to be Vice-President again. I believe being Vice-President for two different administrations is the definition of failure in politics. And besides he is on hot pursuit of manbearpig.

    February 11, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  2. mike

    If Clinton hadn't cost Gore the presidency in 2000 he (Gore) would be out stumping for Hillary. Or maybe he would still be president and we wouldn't be in Iraq. Tough to say how much Bill's disgraceful behavior cost our country, or what Gore really thinks of the Clintons.

    February 11, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  3. jtg

    Al Gore stills remains the biggest, pompous, self serving individual to carry the label of Democrat.. You would think this former nominee would carry the moniker of Reagan Republican the way he acts. One not be reminded that Mr. Gore rejected the legacy of Bill Clinton during his ill faded run for the president, thereby guaranteeing the ascension of none other than Dub himself to the presidency. Al Gore would be better off in joing forces with Ralphie Nader. An Incovenient Truth he is INDEED!

    February 11, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. Emma

    Ms. Doyle was not fired. The campaign is using all the skills of individuals in the best ways possible. I doubt that moving personnel in the Clinton campaign is a real shake up.

    February 11, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. shaun

    He wants to vote for obama, but he's torn against his relationship with the clintons

    February 11, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. ryan

    Obama / Gore '08

    February 11, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  7. blueheartv2

    What's with us – all the hatred for one or the other? We need to vote for the one who wins the nomination. I'm a Democrat & it's good if Reid, Gore & Pelosi don't endorse anyone now.
    Later, when it is more clear who the voters have voted for (individual votes, not delegates), THEY, after all, are Superdelegates who will get to vote in any case.

    I would feel devastated if the people end up with Pres. McCain because they can't take voting for their first or even second (Edwards?) choice. This is the real world.

    February 11, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. Danny

    Doesn't anybody remember Al Gore's antics after he lost the presidential decision!????.......Rightfully or not...he did not become President of the United States.....BUT he DID show his true colors under the pressure.....HE'S A NUT CASE!!!!!....

    WHY WOULD ANYBODY RESPECT HIS ENDORSEMENT???

    February 11, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Al's probably remembering what happened after he endorsed Howard Dean four years ago. He's probably worried that endorsing Obama would have a negative impact on his campaign as well....

    February 11, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  10. Rick Sparks

    Gore will only endorse the candidate who buys into his global warming fearmongering. Oh, and EricTx is racist.

    February 11, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. To EricTx

    To EricTx, Hillary's decision was personal decision, she also said Solis Doyle is close friend of her & would be working closely in compaign & traveling with sen clinton. She also said Solis Doyle is totally cool with it, I don;t think there is anything personal there. Latino community is the community Hillary has been working so hard, under Clinton immigration was favorable & Hillary always supported Latinos in their hardest time. I am a latino too, but I totally understand Hillary's decision & support her, If it's white woman Hillary would have done same thing. Please don't make it a big issue, don't try to use that as excuse to support some one else. Whatever hillary done is totally personal to her compaign, we don't need to create such a big scene. As a Latino I know how strongly she stood for Latinos in hardest times, I will stand by her when she need us. Hillary had done so much for Latino community, I will stand by her, Obama on other hand never interacted with Latino Community, he does not impose same rules to Latinos as he does to African Americans. I know Hillary would treat Latinos with diginity & fairness, Bill Clinton in his presidency gave Latinos good positions in cabinet. Hillary always stand by her in our bad times, as Latino I am proud to support Hillary

    February 11, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. John Hardina

    Tired, really tired.....get this election OVER......PLEASE!!!!

    February 11, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. G.I. Castillo-Feliu/Rock Hill, SC

    We certainly missed an excellent presidency when Al Gore was denied the election that he obviously won. But he showed his mettle when he graciously accepted the decision of the Bush-influenced Supreme Court so as not to prolong the agony of those weeks in November and December of 2000. I'm pleased that he does not wish to endorse either Obama or Clinton. His stature and gravitas grow with everything he does or says (or prefers NOT to say). I hope he will continue to be an influential presence in the years to come.

    February 11, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  14. Tim

    Al Gore is the 1st American in history to be elected to the presidency but to never actually serve:-) I LOVE AL GORE!!!!!

    February 11, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. Howard Roark

    Gore's failure to endorse Hillary is a CLEAR endorsement for Obama. All this other business about remaining neutral is bogus. Funny, his failure to USE Bill Clinton for his presidential run probably cost him. Now, Hillary's presidential run is in jeopardy in part because of Bill Clinton's inaccurate and intentionally inflamatory remarks about Obama.

    February 11, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. Raul

    Don't forget we are electing a PRESIDENT. Presidents'c cant do anything they promised without a majority in Congress...

    Please Republicans want hillary Clinton to be the nominee let me explain-
    -It would unify the party under McCain
    -Republicans hate her and will produce record numbers
    -Stem-Cell issues will maintain the south for Republicans

    Obama also has some baggage-
    -Obama has little experience
    -ONLY a senator
    -liberality

    The main thing to set them apart is -- hope. America loves an image of equality and strength and this is what OBama presents.

    Nothing wrong with Clinton as she obivously has the best plans of the two but her odds are too slim. Republicans would turn out in record numbers

    Al Gore should have won before... Who knows maybe one candidate will have candidacy cheated away from him/her...

    February 11, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Is Al gore's endorsement going to mean anything anyway?

    February 11, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. Stephen

    To Chris,

    You really need to do your research about global warming. Even with the fluctuations that have occured naturally throughout the past thousands of years, none of the temperature highs even come CLOSE to what we have experienced since the industrial age.

    I suggest you go watch Discovery Channel or PBS instead of trying to bash someone that has far higher credentials than you do.

    February 11, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. virigina

    Virigina, our Hillary needs your support. we need an upset in this BARACK ATTACK. give her a win. do it for your kids, for your health, for your future. lets make history. The men have had 200 + years of running the show...and look where we are:

    In the middle of a war that can't be won.
    In an economy that continues to move forward despite itself.
    stuck with an administration that seems to work against those who put them in the position to start with.

    Its time to change, Its not a matter of "es we can" for Hillary, her points are best described as "yes we will."

    "Ideas are a dime a dozen, people who make them reality are priceless"

    Hillary 08

    February 11, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  20. Ca Native

    Does anyone really care what Al Gore thinks or endorses?? He couldn't win an election on Bill Clinton's coat tails (2000) and aside from inventing the internet – his claim to fame is Global Warming (which is why it snowed in Baghdad for the 1st time in 100 years!).

    I rather enjoy watching the democrat party implode with acrimony. And as the dust settles, neither candidate will be able to swing the disenfranchised votes back.... rolling out the red carpet for the Republican nominee back into the White House.

    February 11, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  21. Michael Stulpin

    Who cares !!
    Gore is irrelevant !!!

    February 11, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  22. dsw

    That fact that Gore won't speak up for the wife of the man he served under says alot, if he thought she was going to to win he would have endorsed her a long time ago.

    February 11, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  23. Conan

    Dude, Al needs to help out Global Warming and lighten up on the cheese burgers. Wow!

    February 11, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  24. Mike

    Good job gore...stay out of the political spectrum.

    February 11, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  25. Liam

    Jim- Well said, let the people decide and not the politicians.

    It doesn't matter if Obama or Billary wins, McCain is going to hold the white house for us Republicans.

    February 11, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
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