March 31st, 2008
01:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Gore: I am no 'Boss Tweed'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Gore said Sunday he does not anticipate getting involved in the presidential race."]

(CNN) - His name continues to get mentioned as a Democratic elder who could hammer out a resolution in his party's deadlocked presidential race, but former Vice President Al Gore said Sunday he's not interested in the job.

"I'm trying to stay out of it," the former vice president said on CBS' "60 Minutes" of the prolonged race for the White House.

"I'm not applying for the job of broker," he also said when pressed about the possibility he will be one of the few neutral Democrats who could sit Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton down together.

The comments follow increased speculation that Gore, the party's 2000 presidential nominee, may be called to forge a compromise between the two candidates, or even appear on the top of the presidential ticket himself.

In the interview Sunday, Gore laughed off that role as a modern day 'Boss Tweed.'

But last 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 Clinton nor Obama could reach a deal themselves.

"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.

Gore shrugged off that suggestion: "I doubt very seriously that I'll ever be a candidate again," he said. Though in a CNN interview last December, Gore said if he did make a return as a candidate, it would only be as a candidate for president

But Gore isn't staying out of politics completely. The former vice president also announced Sunday he's funding a massive, bipartisan ad campaign to raise awareness on global warming. The $300 million venture, funded largely by profits from his Oscar-winning film "An Inconvenient Truth" and the cash component from his Nobel Peace Prize, will feature political rivals jointly calling for action on the climate crisis.

"Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich, two people who don't agree on very much at all...are doing an ad together" Gore explained. Reverends Al Sharpton and Pat Robertson will also appear together, among others. Is Al Gore the answer?

- CNN's Alexander Mooney and Peter Lanier

soundoff (252 Responses)
  1. Djools from the Netherlands

    If the man can bring Newt and Nancy together... That is worth another Nobel prize.

    March 31, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. Ryan

    I think the only people mentioning Gore's name for this are you in the media CNN. Seriously, I don't know any rank and file democrats who think this would be a good idea.

    March 31, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  3. Greg, NY

    If he can get Al Sharpton and Pat Robertson to work together, then brokering a deal between Clinton and Obama would be a walk in the park.

    March 31, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. Ronald

    Wonder if the Clinton's completely burned the bridge they have to Gore by playing the role of Judas during his run for Prez in 2000?

    March 31, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Alonzo Demetrius

    VP Gore is at least smart enough to know that he helped divide this country 8 years ago by trying to steal the election from the man who garnered the most electoral college votes, Pres Bush. Gore caused such great hatred to spring up around the country toward a sitting president that it is shameful for this nation. I think Mr Gore knows that he would be at least as unpopular of Pres Bush, should he try to run for a national office again. Believe it, that there are plenty of us around who remembers exactly what happened election night 2000 and the following months, not just having to rely on liberal bloggers and media to tell us, and we all vote.

    Mr Gore doesn't want to have to serve under the same conditions of hate toward himself that he fostered toward Pres Bush, and we shouldn't blame him for that.

    March 31, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. Susan

    We feel more will start voting for Clinton. We were first for Obama, but not now. Too 'star struck' and will say anything to be in the news....even if it's not political related. This concerns us. All our family is now for CLINTON.

    March 31, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. PA

    Thank you Mr. Gore for workin to save our planet!!!! The work that you do goes beyond our nation and it's politics. You are a leader in the world!!!!

    As Democrates, we need to come together and get a Democrate in the White House so that Mr. Gore and the new President can restart global efforts for stopping Global Warming!

    Yes We Can – END GLOBAL WARMING!!!!!!!!

    March 31, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. Hope

    Obama / Gore would be the best ticket ever.

    March 31, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    While it does make some sense for Gore to stay neutral, the phrasology of some of his comments on the subject is questionable.

    "It will work itself out" ... yes, it will, but the process has already greatly damaged both candidates.

    ... however, I understand that Mr. Gore's direction in life has diverged from election politics, and so I can be patient in that regard... but I really wish more top party officials had the guts to mediate and decide things.

    March 31, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. ron

    I have the upmost respect fro Mr Gore!

    I just wish I was not so naive in 2000 when I voted for Bush. Everytime I think about it now I get sick to the Stomach. All I can do now is make my voice heard once again. No more repubs for a while!

    My first choice is Obama but I a mstill on thefence about Mrs. Clinton. I really do not like her politics but if it is close I will bite my tongue for the Dem. I jsut hope the Primary is over soon

    March 31, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. William

    Let this primary work itself out. The fact is that it is working exactly as it should be working.

    It is obvious that those who are calling for Clinton to drop out have their own agenda and are trying to disrupt the process. As for the average voter who backs Obama, don't you know that the popular vote doesn't necessarily choose the president? Gore had the popular vote, Bush became president, Nixon had the popular vote, Kennedy became president. This is how it works.

    Those that say the superdelegates should go with the flow obviously don't know that the supers can vote whichever way they please.

    So, please stop calling for Clinton to backoff. it is all of you who should back off and let this process go as it should, after all, we are not talking about a large margin here, and we still have ten states primaries to go. Even if Obama ends up with a few more delegates, the supers can overturn that, that is their right.

    March 31, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. Mac

    Al Gore is no John Adams.

    No matter what he tells you.

    March 31, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. Lynn

    In what way would Gore be a good idea? Given the mood of the country in 2000 he should have been swept into office with a 20-point landslide, but instead his pride led him to run away from the Clinton shadow [and record], his campaign was so poor that he was left with such a victory squeaker that it could be stolen by Republicans in Florida. Both Clinton and Obama are better candidates than Gore. Commentators should look for an issue to learn about and discuss, rather than take the simple route of talking about what all the other commentators are talking about.

    March 31, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. truth be told

    Clinton supporters, a question for you:

    According to you, Sen Clinton is more democratic than Sen Obama because of her insistence on counting the Florida and Michigan primary (let's leave to that for the purpose of the question), yet her only path to victory is by asking the Superdelegates to overturn the will of the people by choosing the candidate who will have won less states, less pledged delegates and less popular vote?
    That being said, care to explain your position ?

    March 31, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. Denise P Quinton

    Ok Americans wake up and smell the roses, Obama has no ideas of his own. How do you propose he will get t his country back the respect it so deserves? Hilary is the only candidate fit to lead, on a political as well as national level.
    If only someone in the DNC would fire Howard Dean, maybe we would have a candidate by now and the votes of the meaningfull people who made an effort in Michigan and Florida would count!

    March 31, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Joelle, Racine, WI

    This great man is wise beyond his years...

    March 31, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. Mike

    Gore knows he would have taken action as president in 2001 to stop 9/11.

    I am sure Gore feels even worse now that Obama worshiped in a church that blames the US for 9/11 and lets Hamas and extreme Islamic groups publish their anti-American, anti-Israel dogma on Obama's church website.

    To elect Obama is to dishonor the 3000 dead in 9/11. What has our country gone to.

    Only one person truly represents everyone especially the victims of 9/11, the senator of New York Hillary Clinton.

    To Hillary and the 3000, win for America.

    March 31, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. ree

    The best ticket would be Gore for president and Clinton or Obama for vice-president.

    Obama could then get the experience he needs to be president.

    March 31, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. swiftboat

    Gore understands what it is like to have the election stolen from yhou.

    Now the DNC and the party leaders are trying to steal the nomination from Hillary Clinton by suppressing her votes in Fl and Mi.

    Really who do you think would win if those 10% of the democratic voters got to vote?

    That is why Obama is blocking the revote.

    I trust the judgement of Edwards and Gore and Bill Clinton- they are willing to let the voters decide.

    March 31, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. marge

    Very smart interview on Al Gore's part. However it doesn't take a rocket scientist,to know he's not in the Clinton camp.
    I still believe when it comes down to it Gore will play a role in the nomination process. No true democrat regardless of the candidate you support wants to see the party divided.

    March 31, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. shirley

    Mr. Gore is not running for President . He could help by insisting Hillary release her 2000 through 2006 tax returns so the voter's have a chance to see her financial history. Hillary is waiting until April to release her 'cleaned up' 2007 return.

    March 31, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. yes you will

    I applaud any democrat in this rigged election who is willing to allow the people to vote.

    We all know that Hillary would win Fl and Mi if their votes were counted. They are 10% of the democratic vote.

    We support fair and honest elections.

    We support Gore, Edwards and Bill Clinton for trusting the people to vote.

    Down with Obama and his supporters for trying to steal this nomination.

    March 31, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. Disappointed

    It's too bad that Gore won't run. I'm pretty tired of the Clinton/Obama road show and to vote Republican would only continue the Bush Reign of Disaster. Though I'm glad that this term is finally almost over, I don't look forward to the choices so far on the November ballot!

    March 31, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. cheat

    If Hillary loses it is because she was screwed out of the nomination by Obama's thugs and the DNC.

    That's right- sabotage the woman candidate.

    We want a fair election.

    Count the voted in Fl and Mi- we all know who won there and who would win there and who will win there.

    Shame on Obama for being willing to win by cheating.

    March 31, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. Jeff in Plainfield, IL

    I can't see plugging Gore in as the Presidential nominee being a good idea for the Democratic Party. While he may be a strong candidate, you'd have everyone upset. If Gore can be nominated, despite not having ANY delegates, the Clinton supporters whill wonder why she can't get it with less delegates than Obama. For the Obama supporters, they'll wonder why their candidate won the nomination fair and square, yet was unseated by Gore.

    The comment above regarding Gore "trying to steal the election" is one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard. Florida's votes, properly counted, would have given the election to Al Gore. This is known fact, and is indisputable. Please stop posting fantasies.

    March 31, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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