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. Betty McNeil

    I am so sick of the way Hillary Clinton has been treated by the press and the DNC... I guess the "Good ole Boys" can't stand the thought of having to take orders from an experienced,intelligent woman.

    They would rather have an inexperienced, "pig in a poke"... It is really sad.... remember guys.... The women of America are watching closely and will remember long after the election is over

    March 31, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Just Wondering

    CNN Producers,

    Last week, you TRUMPETED Clinton's re-emergence in the Gallup Poll. Why is there NOTHING on the fact that Obama has regained the lead and in a commanding fashion.

    March 31, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Johann NY

    If the $300 million were used to purchase compact fluorescent bulbs for many of the American households, wouldn't that make a greater difference to global warming than a commercial?

    March 31, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. Gerald F.

    Mr. Al Gore is a wise man. I feel his focus on global warming is fare more reaching than being just a politician. He must be doing something good if he was honored with a Nobel prize. (Throwing a third candidate (as I'm sure Mr. Gore is aware of) into the race at this stage would be like throwing a large stick into the spokes of a wagon wheel as the wagon is racing down the hill to get to the finish line. Besides, if he was interested, I think he would of been on the campaign trail earlier than this.

    March 31, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. Independent4Hillary

    Gore is not the answer.......

    Obama & Clinton are the only option for the Democrats....

    March 31, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Boss Tweed

    William M. Tweed, was "Boss Tweed"
    He was a Democract (Representative) later Senator
    He Was dishonest and mispoke
    He defrauded tax $ from US citizens (millions and millions of $)
    Died in jail

    We used to have justice for this type of thing and now we just have
    Pardons in there place. IE Marc Rich

    March 31, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. Brian

    Commented wrong one.. Anyways run a spellchecker.

    March 31, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. JDC

    Anyone capable of making tons of money off this "global Warming" fraud should be able to defuse this Dem nomination problem!!!

    March 31, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. Charlotte

    I voted for Gore, Bush won. That election left an awful taste in my mouth, that has not quite totally deminished. The superdelegates have a daunting task ahead of them. The states of Florida and Michigan may not have delegates, but they had millions of people who voted. The superdelegates will have no choice but to consider those votes in their decision. The convention is up for grabs. I am sure the superdelegates would prefer not to have to decide this race. It will be very interesting to say the least....

    March 31, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Julie Neumann

    Sorry I misspoke...watching to much was a Nobel prise, not a Pulitzer prize...what can I say...I'm overtired!!!!

    March 31, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. Craig from Hastings, MN

    Mr. Gore is wise indeed. Let that someone else be Bill Richardson and a good VP (not Clinton or Obama) and we've got a winning ticket in November.

    March 31, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. Larry. San Diego, Ca

    Wait till Hillary wins the nomination by the Superdelegate vote, then you will all be crying "that's unfair".
    Rules are rules, remember that!

    March 31, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Joe in Carmel, IN

    Obama wasn't even on the ticket in MI and he didn't campaign in FL because the DNC already said it wouldn't count. You Clinton supporters need to face the fact that had these states played by the rules they would count. If this was the other way around and Obama needed those states you would say they shouldn't count.

    March 31, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Mary Ella Jackson

    This has got to be the worst Democratic primary I have ever seen, What have we got to choose from, a very smart woman that could be a great President or a new comer we know nothing about, and then there is McCain, George W's pal, I wouldn't vote for anyone that has any respect for what the Bush's have done to our country. We need
    Al Gore, on our ticket, he's the only way us Democrats have a chance to win. Please Al, we need you.

    Remember he really won the last election.

    March 31, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Cathy

    The only reason Obama is ahead in the delegate vote is because voters didn't know that he was an intergral part of a racist church when they voted for him. Had they known, the numbers would be far different today. I am totally in shock that he is allowed to remain in this race and that he continues to get people who back him. UNBELIEVABLE!!!! He needs to step down. If a politician is asked to step down for soliciting prostitution then someone who is a part of a hate-filled racist church should be made to step down period. The thought of Obama in the White House is absolutely horrifying! He will NEVER win in a general election.

    March 31, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. merle 7

    Obama/Gore ticket would be nice being VP he should still be able to do his Global warming stuff and be seen as a strong backer for Obama.

    March 31, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. matt in austin

    Gore has found a purpose and peace in his current field. I think he should stay there. His time may be in 4 years but not know. I would love to see him run and win...again, but he is doing more good w/o the red tape of politics. He also seems happier. He says he lost his love for politics and I believe him.

    I still think the Clinton's ruined Gore.

    March 31, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. Really? Really!

    Al Gore is probably one of the most honest men on the political stage these days. His focus is on global warming, which is a political hot potato that will take a great deal of work and dedication to help solve. He has said he's not really interested in another presidential run, nor is he interested in brokering a "deal". That's pretty savvy. Let the political process play out as it is intended to.

    Hillary is behind, but only by a little bit. Unfortunately for her, unless she sweeps the rest of the primaries (extremely unlikely) she cannot win the nomination without somehow talking superdelegates to align behind her (and even then, she's just barely ahead). Michigan and Florida are no longer under consideration. She will not get those delegates.

    Now, for you rabid backers of either candidate, ask yourself a question. If your candidate is so amazingly better than the other democratic candidate, why haven't the delegates aligned behind your candidate? Why hasn't the party maneuvered the other candidate into a concession speech (something parties do all the time).

    If you are so rabidly for one candidate or the other, think about your motivations. If you will vote for McCain instead of the opposing candidate if he or she wins, don't you think you're playing into the hands of the Republicans (again)?

    Hillary is no angel. She comes from a long legacy of near-indictments, and double dealings. Barack is not without his skeletons, either. But consider that, for all Hillary's "experience" most of it is just as real as the sniper fire she dodged in Bosnia. Also consider that Barack is older, and more experienced that Bill Clinton was when he ran for president.

    At the end of the day, vote for who you think is best. But please, for the love of all that's good and reasonable, check your facts. Don't listen to the propoganda spewed by the campaigns. You have the internet at your fingertips. Go find the FACTS!

    March 31, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. sophia nyc

    I CAN"T BELIEVE America didn't elect him in 2000. What a different place this would have been. Don't let it happen again. Elect Obama in '08!

    Barack is the new Bill!!

    March 31, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. Eli, NY

    OK CNN; let's try this again...

    Rep. Mahoney suggest: "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.



    Rep. Mahoney, certain voices in your state are presently crying foul to the DNC and Obama campaign for alienating their 'illegitimate' votes. In turn you now want to alienate 'legitimate' votes and voices by inviting Mr. Gore to play saviour to the party and country.

    I see from this outlandish suggestion that you are determined to sabotage this election by "compromising" (to use your words) in effect, our democracy.

    Hey Florida, your Reps broke the rules and contrary to Bill and the Hill rules were 'not' made to be broken when we deem neccesary. And the ability to suffer illegal clips and tactics is not the mark of a good leader any more than the willingness to administer such offenses. Quite the contrary. What are you teaching generations of future Americans and world citizens?

    Inviting Gore to play broker-candidate would be the ultimate breach of democracy and undermine the entire process.

    Truth is Barack is a blessing!

    March 31, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. j

    Clinton and Obama supporters need to come together – we all share the same ideals and goals. Let's stop focusing on the negatives and instead focus on the positives, like how they both support sweeping reform of our healthcare system. Either would be a wonderful departure from the current administration! We are blessed to have two excellent candidates

    March 31, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. TEXAS

    Voted for Gore in 2000. Voted for Hillary in Texas Primary 2008 (twice)! I voted for experience.

    Obama does not have the experience to be our next president; his endorsers want him to win so "they" can run the White House.

    Democrats need to relax and chill out.

    March 31, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. John

    Alonzo Demetrius –

    All I can say is WOW! If you want to live in an oligarchy, where the people in the electoral college can make the decisions, go ahead, but not in the U.S.A. I'd like to think we are still a democracy. This government is one "of the people", not "of the electors" and the person for whom the majority of the PEOPLE vote (as represented by the popular vote) should be the president.

    Johann NY

    "If the $300 million were used to purchase compact fluorescent bulbs for many of the American households, wouldn't that make a greater difference to global warming than a commercial?"

    No – because making the new bulbs doesn't increase the likelihood of people actually buying them. To do that, you either have to make them mandatory (unlikely) or inform people of the benefits of using them (which you can do by advertising on TV). Nice attempt at discrediting Gore's work, but the logic behind your rhetorical question is flawed.

    March 31, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. Nobody Asked Larry But...

    Read Gore's qoute once again: " I doubt very serioualy that I'll ever be a candidate again." "I DOUBT" is not the same as saying "I WON'T."

    Let's see what happens in the Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Indiana primaries.

    And lastly, a reminder to Alonzo Demetrius: Bush was SELECTED by the Supreme Court and NOT elected. It was only through the disastrous poor decisions by Gore regarding the recount of the Florida votes that eventualy gave this great country the most inept and corrupted administration in US history.

    March 31, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. Darth Vadik, CA

    Well, we'll sort this out pretty quickly anyway, the winds of change seem to be picking up again after a brief llul.

    March 31, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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