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. Sue

    what a sad day for America...too bad we won't be voting for Gore in November.

    March 31, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. No Obama

    No Obama please.

    Either Hilary or Gore. I like both of them!!

    March 31, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. Jen

    Alonzo, if anyone seriously believes that Al Gore is the reason that Bush is so hates as president, they need a serious reality check. Bush doesn't need any help on that front, he's garnering the hate on his own just fine.

    March 31, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. dave

    You gotta be kidding. Al Bore above orator Obama .No way..

    March 31, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. Jen B.

    Should Clinton succeed in stealing the nomination with the help of her wealthy backers, I look forward to seeing her compare "war" stories with McCain. (I will follow her advice and vote for the more experienced candidate)..

    March 31, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Dan in CO

    The same poster that decried Obama as the Pied Piper then goes on to say "let's all get behind Hillary Clinton".

    Another poster sarcastically decries those who would decline to vote if Obama doesn't get nominated as being "real mature", and then goes on to say how wise it is for Clinton supporters to vote for McCain if Obama wins it.

    Clintoin supporters don't even try to hide their hypocrisy. I like that!

    March 31, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. sheshouldbowout


    when are you going to realize that it does not matter whether Obama is for or against the votes in MI and Florida. THEY DONT GET TO COUNT. This comes from the DNC not Obama the DNC. Obama could be for their votes they are still not going to count. Because the DNC said they will not count.

    March 31, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. bose

    Have you noticed lately that the Obama camp has been closing out each week with an endorcement are they doing this on purpose? Who is it gooing to be this Friday? Nancy Pelosi? If you are confident about your nomination why start faking

    March 31, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. Vig

    Doesn't CNN watch 60 Minutes? He's done with the dirty game of politics.

    March 31, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. Ed

    Can you say... Carbon Credit Scam?

    March 31, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. prakash chand

    Looser should stay out

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

    Only in America, could someone as stupid as Tim Mahoney get elected to office. Not only is Al Gore laughing at this idiot.

    March 31, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. Kat, PA

    More like "Boss Dweeb".

    March 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. A&A

    it looks to me that in the blogosphere people are finally realizing that the ONLY person here changing rules to benefit him is well put by so many of you...AMERICA IS FINALLY WAKING UP...NO MORE OBAMA

    March 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. John

    If Al Gore is such a great choice, why couldn't he win his own state? Barack all the way!

    March 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. Dave

    Key West Sun is obviously as stupid as Tim Mahoney. Maybe they will put you on the top of the ticket.

    March 31, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. WhosehadEnough

    I wonder what Dubya will win the Nobel Peace Prize for when he leaves office?

    March 31, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. Carla

    Gore will not become the Democratic nominee for president and I think that is a good thing. He is opening peoples eyes about the environment. He is getting Pelosi and Gingrich together to work on the issue. He is right where he needs to be and where the environment needs him to be.

    March 31, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. You Must be Out of Your Mind

    To those of you out there who call global warming the biggest lie of our lifetime- kudos to you for ruining this planet for your kids and grandkids!!!!

    Hats off to Gore! Atleast he has his priorities right!

    March 31, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. jiggle my jiggle

    Global Warming don't exist. (But bigfoot does)

    March 31, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. Chris

    The only thing Gore would bring to the table is a loss for the Democrats in November. Could you imagine the disenfranchisement of all the voters if someone, who didn't get a single vote anywhere, was all of a sudden given the nomination. I, for one, would rather sit out the election than give my vote to a "king in waiting."

    March 31, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. Boss Tweed's red-headed step child

    Global Warming is a myth... just like Bill Clinton's integrity.

    March 31, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. Sally Strotheurs

    OBAMA/GORE IN NOVEMBER... The Dream ticket

    March 31, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. Milton Berle the third

    OBAMA 2008

    March 31, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. sandy

    I do not think , you guys understand why Obama does not want the votes to count because his name was not on the ballots, only Hilary's name was on the ballots. When you talk about cheating who is cheating here? Hilary is not the only candiate running for president. The people have to make a choice who they want to be selected as the democatic nominee.

    March 31, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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