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, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl

    OK no endorsement but did he vote or will he vote in these primaries? And if so I wonder who he voted for? I bet he punched one up for Obama. Doesnt want to hurt clintons feelings. jk

    i voted did my part i'm done I dont vote till Nov now so unless either of these 2 candidates say something outrageous(cmon Bill say something dumb again)
    let them eat cake for all i care
    see you all in Nov's blogs

    February 11, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. Patty

    If global warming is bothering you, please come to Canada, is more like global freezing up here.

    February 11, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. laura

    Al Gore is from Tennessee, Hillary Clinton won Tennessee. Barack Obama should follow his own advice and stop trying to get Al Gore's endorsement. This is another example of Obama talking out of both sides of his mouth.

    February 11, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. zeev kirsh

    all that comes out of gores mouth is CO2. maybe he's finally learning that he can save the planet by merely shutting up.

    February 11, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  5. josh r.

    Al Gore is wise not to endorse either candidate. He probably doesn't really have a preference. Obama and Clinton are both good choices and sure winners against McCain.

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

    Jules, give me a break. Just a few weeks ago people were calling CNN the "Clinton News Network." Surprise, CNN does what good journalists should do by covering the NEWS. News has to be current to be news, and right now Obama is the man to watch. Hillary's campaign is falling apart, financially and in terms of staff, and Obama is cruising ahead of her in all of the latest contests, and should keep the trend going through the next 5-6 contests with ease. And CNN reporting the facts, which favor Obama right now, does not make them biased. They are simply telling the truth.

    February 11, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. Alex

    Chris from Middletown you're a moron if you don't think man has had a hand in global warming. I'm sure you know more than the scientists though right?

    And Eric in Texas can we think a little broader perhaps? You mention Latino's 4 times in one little comment. How about getting over your own race and looking at the issues. If you don't like Hillary fine, but don't not vote for her because she fired a Latino. You take one small example and try to apply it to how she feels about ALL Hispanics? She got swept this weekend, you have to expect her to shake up her staff. I'm sure it wasn't his fault, but that's how the cookie crumbles.

    February 11, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  8. Cathy

    This is the right move for Al Gore. Glad he will stay out of the selection process. Let the voters voices be heard!

    February 11, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  9. Steven in Charleston, SC


    Solis Doyle was relieved of her duties because she wasn't achieving the key objective of her job - to get her candidate elected. This is standard operating procedure when a campaign is either faltering, or takes a hit because of some bad judgement.

    Rather than reject Hillary because she terminated someone who wasn't performing in their job who just happened to be Latina, why not commend her for being open to giving a Latina the top job in the first place?

    Hillary is not "throwing Latinos to the side" - she simply made a staffing decision. Your community has enough genuine enemies - you don't need to villify your friends.

    February 11, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  10. Eli

    I beg of every Democrat to start a movement that ask both Hillary and Obama to use the other as VP. These people both have shown they have highly stimulated the party. They are getting record turn out at the polls and record contributions. If these two would agree to run together no matter who gets the nomination we would go in with a landslide in November. Please start this and let us quit this bickering among our own selves. Start sending emails to your friends and start posting comments(on anything CNN or other websites have that you can post) to this matter and blogging. This is the only way we will win this year. I don't want any Democrat to think they could win with just Hillary or Obama it will take both of them. LET US COME TOGETHER AND UNITE FOR THE GOOD OF US ALL.

    February 11, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. kevin from alaska

    Funny end note to the article.... Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi?

    Yikes, with Congress' approval ratings, who'd want that endorsement?

    Gore losing in 2000 sucked, the only good thing that came out of it was that Gore did something Reagan never had a shot at accomplishing: winning an Oscar.

    Ziiiiiiing. Seriously though, dude was a crappy actor, decent governor, horrible president.

    February 11, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  12. Amy

    That is Gore's right to decide not to endorse. That said, I personally feel that Al Gore is more afraid of the historical wrath of the Clintons than he is of standing for his own beliefs and endorsing Obama. Al Gore seriously needs to grow a pair.

    February 11, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  13. talmis


    February 11, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  14. Deni

    Eric I think it's going to come out that Doyle stepping down wasn't a demotion. The fact that she is going to be traveling with Hillary and is considered a senior advisor tells you how much Hillary relies on her.

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

    We Latinos need to make sure we vote for Hillary Clinton! Remember Dallas.

    Hillary for President!

    February 11, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  16. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Good for him.

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

    I would have like to see an endorsement of Obama, I hope Mr. Gore will reconsider.

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

    EricTx: are you smart and are all others stupid? How about Sen. Obama hires your fellow latino Solis Doyle as his manager?

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

    Maybe he should be asking the questions in the next debate.
    I'm sure he could help clarify this mess.

    February 11, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. Jim

    To EricTx:

    I am not currently supporting either candiate at the moment, still waiting to decide, but I would like to point out that Clinton did not fire Solis Doyle, but just moved her into a different position, as a Senior Advisor who will travel with Clinton, allowing someone else to remain at the campaign headquarters to manage things there.

    February 11, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  21. Sam

    Regarding, 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.

    The Clintons are in it to win it. And if that means using minority groups with lies just to get elected, that is what the Clintons will do. People need to wake up to this fact and vote for who is best for all of America like Obama. Not those politicians who use divisive politics.

    February 11, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  22. TxLee

    I agree with EricTX. I am also from TX. I don't understand why so many Latino's are on Clinton's corner.

    She says she wants to help illegal immigrants earned legal status in this country...but what if she "flips her script" like she did before on this issue?

    Does anyone know what she has done for Latinos? I know her husband granted the 12 Puerto Ricans clemency back in the late 90's (I am still fighting to grasp a complete understanding on this issue); after all, Giuliani and others were very opposed to what Clinton did. Clinton (Bill) set them free as long as they promised not to be terrorists anymore. Someone should let those guys that are held up in Guantanamo about this "promise"...maybe it could help them out too!!

    February 11, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  23. Elana, Melbourne Florida


    Obama is asking people to do for their country. Take his education plan for example. He is willing to give 4,000 a year to every college student, but they MUST repay with community service on the local, state, or federal level. Its a win-win. No matter who you are in favor of, please get the facts straight.

    February 11, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  24. marcia

    like other democrats that i know, if obama wins, i will take the republican way.

    I will take McCain more than obama. I will not compromise america to someone who is talk, inspirational speaker who nothing else to show.

    HILLARY IS THE BEST PERSON run this country with all problems that GWB is leaving.

    February 11, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  25. Jesus Christ

    I think Al Gore should endorse Barack Obama. This is my gut feeling. Through him we would end this war in Iraq. Hillary would be a wonderful leader but Obama would be a trailblazer of a leader!

    February 11, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
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