March 28th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
9 years ago

Gore hopes Dem race will resolve itself


Some Democrats see the neutral Gore as a potential powerbroker. (Getty Images)

(CNN) - He's increasingly mentioned as a potential Democratic powerbroker, but former Vice President Al Gore said Thursday he still expects his party's heated White House race will resolve itself.

"What have we got, five months left?" Gore told the Associated Press after delivering a speech at Middle Tennessee State University.

"I think it's going to resolve itself, but we'll see," he added.

The former vice president did not say whether he expected the race will be resolved before the party's convention in late August.

His comments come as Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said in several interviews that he hopes the party's approximately 350 undecided superedelegates make their decision by July 1 — less than a month after the final primary contests in Montana and South Dakota.

As the Democratic race drags on, Gore's name has been invoked as a neutral Democratic party elder who could forge a compromise between the two candidates, or even appear on the top of the presidential ticket himself.

Earlier this week, Democratic Rep. Tim Mahoney of Florida suggested Gore, the party’s 2000 presidential nominee, could assume the role of a compromise candidate if neither Hillary Clinton nor Barack Obama could broker a deal.

"If it goes into the convention, don’t be surprised if someone different is at the top of the ticket,” he told a Florida newspaper, adding Gore could be that choice. Is Al Gore the answer?

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Al Gore
soundoff (238 Responses)
  1. Skip

    Gore would sure be a better choice than Obama and Rev. Wright.

    March 28, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. johnr

    I have seen enough – I am convinced after watching the House of Reps this last year and now watching this Dem primary that the Democrats cannot manage kool-aid stand.
    McCain looks remarkabley solid compared to this carnival.

    March 28, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. Kirk in New York


    Wouldn't that be poetic justice for someone who was robbed of a bona-fide election only to be handed the nomination again when he wasn't running!

    What an absolute October surprise that would be...that kind of surprise would be followed by cheering, a few heart attacks and a general moistening of the atmosphere as the collective jaws of millions hit the floor with tongues wagging!

    March 28, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. Jill in Chicago

    GORE / CLINTON '08 would be a total knockout punch in the general election.

    March 28, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Scott

    Where's Tipper?

    March 28, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. TSF

    I see lots of people giving up on Obama because of the Wright Scandal and what his wife said.

    People have to realize that the america rich white people know and the america that non rich whies and blacks no is very different. It is easy to say that only people who 100% agree with the rich white ways and never been oppressed or cheated love america.

    I love America too. but in a different way. I am sure that Mrs. Obama feels the same. I love the people I see everyday. I do not love our government or corporate powers. This governemt tries to say we have Freedom. Well, we dont have rights with that freedom. No right to health care, no right to fair treatment. This country works for the corporations, for foreign countries, and the richest people. IT doesnt not work for the everyday tax payign person. Mrs. Obama obviously loves the country. Nobody in their right mind would but their lives aside for a country that they dont care for. People are upset about the Wright scandal and the quote of Mrs. Obama because they are based on truth. And the truth hurts.

    Obama faces these truths and hopes to change them. Make us better. It is sad that we can spend trillions of dollars on another country and tell ourselves there isnt enough money to make us healthier or safer or lead better lives.

    Just because Obama and those close to him arent blind to the fact that this couontry is screwed up, doesnt make them any less patriotic than those who skip over the harsh truths and focus on iraq and sugar coat what we really need to face. It makes them more patriotic, to me, that he is willing to bring these things front and center and challenge all of us to make this country work for the citizens. ALL Citizens.

    OBAMA 08

    March 28, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Steve

    If only Gore could've won 8 years ago, we wouldn't be in the mess we're in now. Obama has virtually NO EXPERIENCE whatsoever. He even said when he was on vacation last week that he "wants to be left alone". I'm sorry, but if you're the PRESIDENT, you can never be left alone, ever!!

    Step back, Obama, or you'll let McCain win the presidency. I know for sure I'll have no problem voting for McCain if Obama wins the nomination.

    March 28, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. glen

    Comments like those made by Grif is why America will be stuck in the same place decade after decade.

    March 28, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Marc

    If Gore can help resolve this then it would be a good thing.

    Anyone but the "lying Clintons".


    March 28, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. Nik

    What? Now we're picking random democrats to head the ticket? What was the point in these other guys campaigning and spending hundreds of millions? Whatever, I say Patrick Swayze heads the ticket.

    March 28, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Elisha

    Gore would have my vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 28, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. Michael

    Not much of a Gore fan myself but at least he's trying to make sense.

    And hopefully he won't endorse Hillary.

    March 28, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. cj

    Perfect team Hillary/Gore. This will put the country back on track.

    March 28, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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