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. strongarm

    Boy if the party elites and DNC try to strongarm us into electing Obama, while they disenfranchise Millions of Clinton votersby NOT counting their votes- The democrats will pay for it in Nov.

    March 31, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. Donna

    Unfortunately Al Gore does not have to apply for brokership, by nature of his past experience and performance he is ethically obliged to help facilitate this process.

    March 31, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. larry

    Obam/ Gore? please.... may be Gore/ Obama but I doubt it. Here is my prediction. Obama wins nomination. McCain wins presidency. 4 years in the white house then Clinton wins in 2012.

    Obama is just not ready. I am not repeating the Clinton rhetoric but look at what he has done – run for office and giving speeches. Period. Given his short time in the us senate he has been one of the most unproductive senator.

    Obama is a lot of hype especially because the young people don't care about history and what it takes to be a president. Let' me "break it down" for you young people... If you have seen 24 the tv show. W bush was the first president logon because of his lack of experience, if obama wins he would be the next president logon. Especially because he would be dealing with oil prices and the economy.

    March 31, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. MK

    Gore's smart enough to know he doesn't have to handle Hillary & Obama.

    Good thing Howard Dean didn't get elected a few years ago, he's doesn't look like he can handle 2 senators, much less the entire congress and the country as a whole.

    March 31, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. Deb

    AL Gore belongs where he is at....

    Obama is no longer a viable candidate (no way to win the General Election)

    Al and others should come forward and show their support for Hillary!

    Stop being a whimp!

    March 31, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. Moussa P. Blimpo

    Which is a leader? He who takes bold decisions when needed or someone who is waiting for the problems to be resolved so that he can align himself with the winner?
    John Edwards, Al Gore etc. are striping off the word "lead" from "leader".

    March 31, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Disappointed

    Glad to see "Flori-dah" learned to spell. Perhaps you should educate yourself further, like on the topic of global warming. It is a well-documented reality that some people choose to ignore, thinking it will go away. I pray there will be something left for your great grand-children. They will thank those of us who are doing our part by recycling and saving energy.

    March 31, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. mj

    Love the idea of Gore/Obama or Obama/Gore. MI and Fl delegates are to blame for the mess in those states and Clinton signed an agreement stating she would not run in those states. She changes the rules to suit herself and if she is really interested in democracy, why is she stating that pledged delegates don't really have to be "pledged". Whatever suits her needs on any particular day is what she is preaching. If not Obama, McCain is who I'll vote for. NEVER A CLINTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 31, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. RKW

    Hillary and Obama were on a boat. The boat sank. Who got saved???


    March 31, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. obama supporter

    I believe that Al Gore is a great man and he should have been our president for the past eight years-BUT- he is not the solution to bring the democrats together. his time has come and gone. it is time for something new!!

    GO OBAMA!!!

    March 31, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. Tone

    note to strongarm

    Clinton will disenfranchise millions of even more voters, if she has superdelegates and the credentials committe decide this rather than it being decided by the fact that Obama has more popular votes, more pledged delegates and more states won, i doubt anybody will be "strongarmed" into electing Obama. Get REAL!


    OBama 08

    March 31, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. Manny

    Larry you sure don't know jack about Obama. What an idiot you are! Obama is not ready? So Hillary is ready because she was the former first lady..pls go eat some sand.

    March 31, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. kenny cole

    If GORE can sit HILLARY /OBAMA down and let them sought things out themselve is ok but for him GORE to want to come into the race thats unfair

    March 31, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. Brian - Trinidad

    Al Gore is going to stay out of it.The Dems all laughed at him in the years after Bush and the Supreme Court stole the election from him. He's having the last laugh now,what with a Nobel prize and an Oscar. And why would he rejoin those amateurs like Pelosi and Dean?

    March 31, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. j williamson

    I'd love to see Al Gore run for president in 2008 – especially if Hillary and Obama wind up in an essential "draw." Gore would win in a walk , and a very serious wrong would be righted.

    March 31, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  16. CB in FL

    Mr. Gore, ask not what your country can do for you....Ask what you can do for your country. Come to the aid of your countrymen, put and end to the Obama and Clinton squabble. Your endorsement alone would send the biggest message of all. Forget Boss Tweed or any other ficticous person, get real and end the drama and trauma.

    March 31, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. jr

    Gore has a duty to step in and take charge of a party that is threatening to come apart. Enough of all this coy "I'm not a candidate" stuff. Putting this country back on a sound footing would be far more rewarding than any Nobel/Oscar and he'd have the ultimate bully pulpit for his global warming cause. Run Al, run!

    March 31, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  18. Nick in SF

    Obama/ Gore Gore/ Obama Win win I think. The GOP would eat Clinton up. It's time for Hillary to drop out and help fight for us on the inside.

    March 31, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. Tom GA

    Funny how they call on Gore and not Dean. Just shows that Dean is a poor leader in the DNC. Way to go Dean, Nice job. NOT!!!

    March 31, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. Mike

    check for typos.

    March 31, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. Pier Giacalone

    Gore is not impartial anyway. He has an axe to grind against the Clintons and whether that's warranted or not he's not in a position to be impartial. Actually there are very few people left who could be.

    Funny how no one thinks of the logical choice, the head of the Democratic Party. Dean should just mediate. I'm no fan of his, but he has remained neutral and for Christ's sake, it's his job!

    March 31, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  22. Pennsylvanians! DON'T FALL FOR IT!

    If you want a truth seeker and people uniter vote Obama!

    If you lies and underhanded deals and soemone who will support the elite and those in power so they stay in power vote Hillary!- what common person in the street would ever vote for her?

    Don't be fooled!


    March 31, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  23. Wilberto Jimenez, Monmot, MD

    Hmmmm.... "President McCain".

    Get used to hearing that folks. You'll be hearing it for four years...

    March 31, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. Pennsylvanians! DON'T FALL FOR IT!

    -If you want a truth seeker and people uniter vote Obama!

    -If you lies and underhanded deals and someone who will support the elite and those in power so they stay in power vote Hillary!- what common person in the street would ever vote for her? There are more of us commone people in the US then there are rich so we can over throw the same old same old, that is what Hillary stands for!

    Don't be fooled!


    March 31, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. Obamaman

    The Obama supporters do not understand how democracy works.

    The superdelegates were created for a reason and a purpose. Look it up and find out for yourselves. They are not there simply to reinforce the popular vote- especially an illegal vote for Obama.

    The people of Fl and Mi- no matter how you slice it- would vote for Hillary Clinton. That is why only Obama wants to block the revote. That is cheating and he will suffer for it in the end.

    The caucus format further advantaged Obama and handicapped Hillary. The superdelegates must factor it all into their decision.

    March 31, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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