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)

    OBAMA should put GORE on the ticket, so America can take the Global Warming issue globally...incorporating it as an item of Foreign Policy.

    Residents of West Fresno
    -Fresno, CA 93706

    March 31, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. Ray

    Please go away Al.

    March 31, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Dan A

    I used to have a lot of respect for Al Gore–I have since lost it. To be so weak of character to run away from his responsibility in the DEM party
    shows me his lack of commitment to his party. After all the Clintons did to him and he still doesn't respond–What a shame !!!!

    March 31, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. OMG

    "Are you forgetting or willing to overlook the fact that Clinton wants the Michigan vote to stand as is, when Obama's name wasn't even on the ticket!!"

    And, alas, you are forgetting it was Obama himself who took his name off the ballot...

    March 31, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. Rick

    "get real" should follow the advice of his/her own handle. Has to be the most delusional poster of all time. Hey "get real", get real.

    March 31, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. arthur -Boston

    Gore would be far better than the three running. after him comes Clinton, than McCain and at the back of the pack is mister Inexperience the Obama Kid.

    March 31, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Richard

    Obama is a lying anti-American. Gore is not interested. Best Choice!

    Hillary 2008! We love you! Best qualified canidate! Like Obama is going to wave a magic wand and change Washington overnight.

    March 31, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Alan

    Alonzo, you should start a new country on a private island far away from the US and ask Pres. Bush to be your President. The country has suffered for 8 years. You're welcome to enjoy the rest of your life under George W's failed leadership.

    March 31, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. debra

    I am starting to like McCain better every day after listening to all the . hate monger, in your face, supporters of Barrack Obama. Sorry Hillary, but I will support Clinton by not voting for Barrack if she is not on the ticket. We will see if the big talking Barrack Obama supporters can win the election without my help. .

    March 31, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. Wayne

    Clinton wont overtake him in pledged delegates. Based on migration of Supers she wont overtake him in Super Delegates whats left?

    March 31, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Adam

    Anytime I person will lie,cheat and steal for something you can bet you can not trust them.HRC is not to be trusted, she all about Hillary.

    March 31, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. debra

    If Cinton is the nominee and is on the ticket with anyone else, I will vote for a Democrat. If Barrack Obama is on the ticket with Clinton I will vote Democrat. If Barrack Obama is on the ticket with anyone else I will vote Republican. Get it, all you Obama bots!

    March 31, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. Linda

    Time for
    a COOL

    March 31, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. justobserve

    When Obama is the President of the United State, he should have a woman for VP. Not Hillary though. She will bring lots of baggage with her and she is a loser. People like her should not be awarded for behaving badly or having bad character! It reminds me of a quote "Your ability can take you to the top but it's your character that keeps you there".

    March 31, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. karen (hillary is in a CULT)

    A couple of things:

    Can someone ask HRC about the cult she is a part of???

    And Gore was sabotaged by HRC.

    March 31, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. debra

    Barrack, are you afraid of counting the votes in Michigan and Florida? Looks like it.

    March 31, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. Neutral

    IF Obama is the truth, I don't know what a LIAR is!

    March 31, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. Uncle Sam

    Who is Barack Obama?

    March 31, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. Jean

    Obama, a pure puppet! Those so called "high profile" behide him are the ONES try to gain their own power. It's enough dirty games. If Obama wins, it is tragic for DNC, it's because the real fighter is Hillary, and she went through all those bump roads.

    Go Hillary! We have millions and millions behind you!

    March 31, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. Pat

    I fear Mrs. Obama if she gets in the white house. Since she has openly stated she dislikes America. What power will she use once the First Lady. After 20 years, the beliefs of any person is deeply set in that person. Mine are.

    March 31, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. GORE- CLINTON 08**


    March 31, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. jj

    Gore needs to go away already.................dimwitted and irrelevant.

    March 31, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. Smiley

    Give me a break. When did Al Gore (Mr. Personality himself) become the G-d of the Democratic Party? Doesn't he have more global warming stories to research?

    March 31, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. Key West Sun

    Dave,,, it is the numbers you don't like, add them up yourself,,,facts are facts.

    This should be about winning the fall election, one way we have a chance,,,the other way we wait 4 more years.

    March 31, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. Smiley

    Also, Obama is not blocking a re-vote in FL or MI! Why is it that people only want to hear the negatives and not the positives? Obama has nothing to do with whether FL or MI gets a re-vote.

    Thank the elected officials of FL & MI for the issues they have now. They decided to break the rules and they must accept the consequences.

    March 31, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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