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. Stephanie in Alabama

    Thank you for Mr. Gore for not endorsing either candidate. Let the public decide who is the best candidate.

    February 11, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. Oliver

    Shows more character than I would have expected.

    February 11, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. Franky

    I also like Al Gore too, he's cool! Plus, I don't blame him for not endorsing anyone. Why??? It's too much pressure to put on him to select someone. Plus, I like him because he wants to "at least try" and save the environment. Plus, I'm sure he has his reasons too.

    February 11, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. Smith

    Ola Eric TX !

    I too thought THAT was a HUGE Blunder ! to replace the latina campaign mgr.

    What if she had done that BEFORE California?

    Now Gore.. would he consider another term as VP?

    I was thinking VP would be Edwards, but Gore is v. popular with the Hillary types..

    they might stop pouting and vote for Obama.

    February 11, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. Kakalaky Joe

    He's placed his endorsement in what he refers to as his "lockbox," where he also keeps his social security funds, oscar trophy, and the bones of some conservative he didn't like much.

    February 11, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. Gobama

    Poor Gore. lol

    Again when Al Gore should be stepping up to the plate to change the America he helped surrender to a dastardly Bush-whacking, Al Gore wimps out!

    Al Gore has to know that it was the Clintons destruction of their own White House legacy that turned off the American people, deprived him of the Presidency and enabled the Bush-whacking of America.

    Yet Al Gore will AGAIN sit this one out when America most needs him to TAKE A STAND AL! Do it for America, Land you SHOULD love!
    For shame, Al Gore! For shame!
    You let America down again.

    Barack Obama does not need you, Al Gore, to do something about the environment. This highly educated and highly committed American WAS ENGAGED in service to America since college!

    You think I was disappointed in Al Gore for almost willfully snatching defeat from the jaws of victory? Think again!

    Barack with those ENTHUSIASTIC PATRIOTS will put America on their broad backs, take the nation from the abyss, and put America in a better place.

    Go hug a tree, Al Gore. lol

    February 11, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  7. Mati

    EricTx
    Since when is your "fellow latino Solis Doyle" a victim? This campaign has become longer than expected, Doyle is a mother with family obligations, she is a friend of Hillary and remains on the campaign. Why do you insinuate things that are not true? What do you actually know about this story? Vote for whoever you want, but don't embrace the Obama and Republican methods to distorting the truth.

    Good luck!

    February 11, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. David in Texas

    Gore is an idiot....and liberals are sheep.

    'Nuff said

    February 11, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. Mike

    Al Gore made a very good decision by not endorsing.

    February 11, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  10. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    "If an agreement needs to be struck between Clinton and Obama" ... like persuading them neither can win the general alone and especially not together?

    February 11, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  11. brueso

    I think leaders should be willing to stick their necks out and give us the benefit of their opinion. And I say that as an Obama supporter that is not certain that Gore would endorse Obama. None of us gain by having anyone sit on their hands.

    February 11, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  12. Veteran 4 Obama

    Imagine the different world we'd be living in had THIS MAN been PRESIDENT for the past 8 years...

    February 11, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. Bev, Houston

    Peter, NYC:

    You should know all about frauds if you are a Clinton Supporter. Fraud, sleaze,
    lies, cheating..

    February 11, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  14. American Leader

    Like many of you leaving comments, Gore fails to lead. He may have ideas that serve his own agenda, but he fails to make choices. If he had guts he would have run this time, but now he wants to be the broker of power.

    Enough of Al Gore and Michael Moore and the rest of the cowardly lions who feast on the profits of the ordinary man while condemning their brethern.

    February 11, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  15. Ready4Hillary

    The GOP Attack Machine Will Redefine the Democratic Candidate; Hillary Has Withstood That Process. As soon as the Democratic nominee is selected, the entire force of the GOP attack machine will bear down on that nominee. This attack machine has been built and honed over decades; it is formidable, and employs all forms of media, from talk radio to major newspaper columns to television, email, blogs, websites, direct mail, and extensive ground networks. It was able to skew public perceptions of two well-respected Democrats, Al Gore and John Kerry, creating impressions about them that were wildly out of step with reality. Hillary Clinton has withstood the full brunt of that machine and actually emerged stronger.

    HILLARY 08

    February 11, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  16. maynard

    AL WILL DO THE RIGHT THING, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN ONE HELL OF A PRESIDENT , SHOULD HAVE BEEN PRESIDENT IF IT WERE NOT FOR THE BUSHS DIRTY DEALING IN POLITICS

    February 11, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. Jon

    Gore better change his mind and endorse Obama. I just don't understand why he didn't endorse Obama already. Surely he must see that Obama is in fact the second coming of our Messiah? If he can't see that then he doesn't see any truth, period. Thus, everything he said about global warming must be a lie.

    February 11, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  18. JOHN

    I am a HILLARY supporter and a take my hat off for you Al Gore. You are a wise man.

    You are a world leader already and geting involved in local politics and take sides is diminishing. You have our Earths side and that the biggest issue around.

    February 11, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  19. Michael

    ...I know if Obama get the nod I'm going McCane...

    Gosh, why do people keep saying that Hillary! supporters are uneducated?

    February 11, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  20. Joelle, Milwaukee, WI

    Al Gore, contrary to the slave owner Ted Kennedy, is waiting for WE THE PEOPLE to decide our choice... endorsements have no place in the election process nor do antiquated caucuses!

    February 11, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  21. James

    When I read comments like that of EricTx I despair.

    "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."

    Your vote should not be decided by the number of Latinos/Black people/White people/Asian people on a candidate's campaign, but on a candidate's policies.

    February 11, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  22. E>Dozois

    Congratulations CNN I see you are leading in the polls

    February 11, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  23. California Voter

    Good for him. This endorsement business has gotten way out of hand, politicians are one thing, but when you start having movie starts, television personalities and the like it's a bit too much like an American Idol competition.

    February 11, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  24. Lisa Gross

    I think Al Gore will be used later to unite the party after the primaries. If Hillary is the nominee even Al Gore couldn't get me vote for her, she voted for the Iraq war!

    February 11, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  25. Jason

    LOL @ people not realizing a former Vice-President, who held that position for 8 years under Clinton, not endorsing Hillary IS an endorsement for Obama.

    February 11, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
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