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. Ryan M.

    Gore will end up settling this Nomination – which is destined to be disputed. Just wait.

    It will be poetic, that he, who was denied the Presidency in 2000 because of the electoral college – and Florida's voting – will be the one to decide who the Democratic nominee.

    Think about it – Hillary is contesting that Florida's vote be counted, even though it was not contested. Howard Dean does not have the political clout to referee this thing. Gore does.

    February 11, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. observer#1

    Good call , Mr. Gore. Endorsements mean nothing.

    February 11, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. Got Experience?

    Thank you Al Gore! I would have voted for you if you had run. I respect you very much! Now I think that the best choice is Hillary- but I will support the Dem nominee.

    February 11, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  4. Jeff D

    I'm betting Gore wants to be VP for whoever wins!!

    February 11, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. Al, Sacramento Ca

    Where our country would be today had he been the President.

    February 11, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. GAM

    We can see what happened when Super-Delegates do not regard or override the vote and will of the people. This was a huge mistake when Super-Delegates caused our current President Bush to be nominated and then elected over Al Gore who received the majority of american votes. President Bush has now bankrupted our country and have killed the hopes and dreams of millions of Americans. I am hoping that this time our Super-Delegates will not make this same mistake again, but will listen to the voters and endorse the people's choice of a presidential candidate with the majority of the american votes or pledged delegates. Thank you.

    February 11, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. Liz

    How wonderful to see a party leader take a serious and thoughtful approach to this decision. The fairy dust needs to settle, the debates must go on, the full electorate needs their say.

    I hope he holds both candidates accountable and brings environmental issues to the forefront in the primary and general election debates. We can't lose sight of it as a pivotal issue favoring the dems.

    February 11, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. Dana

    Smart, smart, smart...that's all I have to say.

    February 11, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  9. Mike- PGH, PA

    I have nothing but respect for Gore, but I am disappointed with him for not running in this election. He would have provided us with a clear winner for the democratic nom. I feel he is letting this country down by not stepping up when we needed him most.

    February 11, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  10. Lisa TX

    Al, Al, Al....
    You KNOW the more qualified and better prepared candidate is Hillary Clinton. Tipper needs to slap you up beside the head and tell you to endorse her right now!

    February 11, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  11. Ray in Oregon

    Al Gore is being very smart here. As people have mentioned, the party is very divided at the moment, and an endorsement probably wouldn't change that – in fact, it might do more harm than good.

    And to the Al Gore haters: Now that we've got the attention of the only two remaining people on Earth who don't understand global warming is being caused by humans, perhaps there is some educational resource we can recommend. Hey, I know, why don't you see An Inconvenient Truth? It's a movie, so you don't have to read much.

    February 11, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  12. Larry in TX

    That fact that Gore would be a better president than either remaining candidate is just another inconvenient truth.

    February 11, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  13. aware

    Kennedy and Kerry should have done the same! 🙂

    Hillary the HOPE of 08

    February 11, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  14. Bill, LV, NV

    You know what? Who cares what Gore thinks? He's a hypocritical gasbag who is leading a movement that essentially a scam for him to get wealthier and more prominent. Carbon "offsets" ! Give me a break. Remember the "Little Ice Age"? Gore has about as much of a chance to reverse the earth's natural cycle of warming and cooling as I have of building a time machine so I can go back to the 1890's and hype "global cooling." It is a manufactured "crisis" and Gore should be stripped of his Nobel Prize and thrown in jail. I would respect him more if he just introduced energy saving ideas and visited India and China – the most polluting countries in the world – and convince them to clean up their act. Instead, the so-called savior of mankind, aka The Goracle, trots around the globe in his private jet collecting big praise and even bigger checks while bashing the U.S.. Now he wants to be a Kingmaker (or Queenmaker) and arm wrestle the other phony, John Edwards, for attention. He can go to hell with his Nobel wrapped around his fat neck as far as I'm concerned..

    February 11, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  15. Tom, Chicago

    I endrse Gore.

    February 11, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  16. andy

    I don't understand why CNN is saying Clinton is trailing Obama after the fact they are dismissing the delegates from Michigan and California; states in which went unanimously for Hillary. Moreover, they are not giving Obama the same scutiny as Hillary. Don't even mention Michelle Obama. She says what she want as if what she says is the gospel.

    Hillary '08

    February 11, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  17. Christine

    "Gore also will want to work closely with whoever wins the nomination to promote an environmental agenda."

    Note to editor: That should be "whomever."

    Good on Al Gore for staying out of it - I admire him a great deal for his positions on global warming and the Iraq war, and would hate to see him get unnecessarily mired in this election.

    February 11, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  18. Matt

    This is really a non-endorsement of Obama. COnsidering the supposed bad blood between the Gores and Clintons, Hillary was never going to get Gore's endorsement. This hurts Obama.

    February 11, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  19. Jamil

    The reason why Gore is not endorsing anyone is because he is planning on sweeping the convention. Al Gore will be president in 2009.

    jm

    February 11, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  20. the curmudgeon

    Can't respect the more anymore than I do.

    But I can't helping thinking he's privately enjoying the Billary implosion!

    February 11, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  21. Michael

    Mr Gore,
    The right person for the job is you. The many people i have talked with would vote for you.. We wish you would put your name in and become are next President

    February 11, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  22. Liv

    PATTI SOLIS wasnt fired, DIMWITS. ITS a campaign TACTIC.
    They need a LATINA to be with the CAMPAIGN trail And Patti Cant be both MANAGER and TRAIL CAMPAIGNER.

    MANAGER – manage everyone, the drama etc.
    TRAIL CAMPAIGNER- To rally the crowd.

    DIFFERENT JOB. Although the ENEMY wants you to think that Hillary dont like the Latino anymore. DONT BELIEVE THE DEVIL.

    February 11, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  23. Alli, Boston, MA

    EXACTLY what superdelegates should be doing now. Let the voters work it out.

    February 11, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  24. jarr

    Eric TX She resigned that means she wanted this to happen and she must not be upset as she is traveling right along with Hillary everyday.

    February 11, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  25. ED

    Al needs to get his House in order before he starts telling others what he thinks is right for us. His son is in Rehab with Brittney and he is out accepting awards and trying to save the Planet. This guy is so into himself that he does not see a need to Save his own flesh and blood. He looses the Father of the Year award!! Maybe he and his Hollywood crowd can create a Virtual world where he is Kind and Obama is President and the Harvard review becomes the staple for choosing leaders and little birds and fairys clapp as they enter the room and Kennedy stops drinking ohhhhhhh what a dream!!!

    February 11, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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