May 6th, 2008
03:51 PM ET
14 years ago

Gore speaks: I still may endorse

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Gore's endorsement could shake up the presidential race."]
(CNN) - It's an endorsement that both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama would love to score, but Al Gore has remained firmly neutral - even as the Democratic presidential race drags on months longer than expected.

Many have speculated why Gore, one of the party's most popular figures, has decided to stay on the fence, but the former vice president said Tuesday the reason is really quite simple - and he still may yet come out for a candidate.

"My purpose in not endorsing a candidate is nothing elaborate," he told National Public Radio. “I’m simply watching and listening to the campaign. As a delegate to the convention I will cast my vote at the proper time. I haven’t ruled out making an endorsement prior to that time, but I haven’t been moved to do so.”

Gore added, "I have respect for both candidates, they both have strengths, and I’m simply listening and watching like a lot of people."

The party's 2000 presidential candidate is easily the most sought after remaining undecided superdelegate and his is perhaps one of the few remaining endorsements that could significantly alter the state of the race. But several political observers have suggested Gore is remaining neutral should he be called in to play the role of "party elder" and forge a compromise between the two candidates.

"I don't like that phrase party elder," Gore said of that suggestion. "I am not anxious to be playing that role. I just turned 60, which is the new 59. I am just a voter, and a recovering politician, and watching it carefully. ( Is Al Gore the Answer?)

"I don't know if that role really exists," Gore added. “I think the odds are overwhelming that it will tip rather decisively in one direction or another before the convention even meets.”

But Gore acknowledged the party may have to review its nominating system after the presidential primary race has finally ended.

“Probably it should be re-examined, but I prefer to wait until this is over to get a full picture on this has worked," he said. "I guess there’s widespread dissatisfaction with the idea of having so many so-called superdelgates, and maybe that will be the prevailing view when this is all over.”

soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. A Concerned Canadian

    To all you Indiana and North Carolina voters, who have been receiving calls from Hillary's camp, urging you to vote for her, because she will surely get you "jobs, jobs, jobs"...

    Perhaps you may want to ask the caller, what the price of Maple Syrup is at these days... The calls are coming from a call centre in Nova Scotia, Canada, and although the company is American-owned... It's Canadians, who hold the "jobs jobs jobs" she is promising you now...

    Is this something you want in a President? Someone who outsources her own campaign?

    All I ask is that you think before you vote

    May 6, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    The early votes and the 100,000 Repuplicans who showed up to vote
    for Hillary. Thank you Mr. Rove and Mr. Limbaugh and Mr.Hannity.

    May 6, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. SC for Hillary

    Mr. Gore why don't you do the right thing and vote for Hillary instead of voting for Obama which is not the WRIGHT thing to do. Obama will be the biggest loser in the democratic party for years. He does not want to count voters from Mi and Fla, what is he afraid of? Why would he want a 48 state presidency when we have 50 states. That says it all.

    May 6, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. obama is the best

    CNN why haven't you reported on his gains in the supers.

    Biased CNN
    shame shame

    May 6, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Alpha

    haha all this mean is that Gore is on OBAMA side......and we loving it......make your endorsement naw.....

    May 6, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. SV

    Al Gore, Edwards, Nancy Pelosi and other big wigs dont like Clintons. Thats the reason why they are not endorsing anybody.

    One should appreciate Bill Richardson, Bob Casey and other former DNC folks for boldly endorsing Obama.

    Its just matter of time they make up their minds and endorse Obama.


    May 6, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. jason

    Obama supporters need to stop the hate machine. I support Hillary and most likely will support Obama IF he is the nominee. But the so called educated who vote for him act like children on every web post I see. Democracy is not a word that changes meaning let the people vote all the people. Not even talking about fl and Mi. The more Obama's supporters spew hate and claim racism and his distortions of facts the more I resent you and him. You nare hurting his candidacy. Stop the hate or he will lose the general. Republicans have all they need with Wright's hate. Add yours and the whole Obama wave looks like a wave of divisive angry hate. It does not resemble "Hope and Change" in any fashion.

    May 6, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. mimi de la cruz for OBAMA







    May 6, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. john

    He is waiting to endorse Obama...

    If he really had the Clintons backs, he would have endorsed them from the get go...

    he needs to hurry before Hillary tries to steal this election at the end of the month at the DNC rules committee...she will try to take ALL the delegates from MI and FL....and Obamas name wasnt even on the MI ballot...if she is successful, look for people to call for Obama to run as an independent

    May 6, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |

    This is one of those to final settle the score. Watch out guys!!!

    May 6, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. Harvey in Va

    He should endorse Hillary

    May 6, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. The Voice

    Gees fellow bloggers stop being so bitter! Stop the negativity, you are dragging the party down. I believe he feels both candidates have a legitimate chance and waiting on the people to vote. He will cast his delegate vote and move on.

    If you want to support eitheir Hillary or Obama check out, its got some positive humor, stuff. Really funny.

    A Democrat in 08!

    May 6, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. 58 white old ladies for OBAMA




    May 6, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Len

    too wishy-washy as always.
    Let the fight continue, we love it. lol

    McCain 08

    May 6, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. Beth

    C'mon Mr. Gore. Your voice carries considerable weight. An endorsement of Obama at this point could put this whole thing to rest and the Democratic party could FINALLY start focusing on the fight ahead of them in November.

    Obama '08!

    May 6, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Keith R.

    Whoops, your cowardice is showing.

    May 6, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. Mac in Nova Scotia

    Gore is staying on a high ground just like Obama. He is not acting ahead of time which he could do if he wanted to pay the Clintons back for their treatment of him in 2000.

    May 6, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. voter in AR

    Gore is pretty relevant in not only the democratic party but around the world as a nobel prize winner.

    I don't think Gore is afraid of the Clintons. I'm thinking that he will endorse Obama. Especially with the remark he made about "so many... superdelegates"

    I believe he sees that the people have chosen their candidate. And that candidate is the one leading in all relevant catagories.

    How can you be the "most electable" when you can't even win your own convention?

    May 6, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |

    Al Gore don't be scared of the Clintons... they only have money LOL.... OBAMA 2008-2016 ... make it 2 terms... YEEES!!

    May 6, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. Larry from LA

    How can Al Gore possibility endorse Hillary since he kept them both away from him when he ran for president. Mr. Gore do what your heart tells you not what is politically correct. If you endorse Hillary do it for the right reasons, if you endorse Obama do it now.

    May 6, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. Dee

    He needs to stop being luke warm for the good of the party- maybe?

    May 6, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. Peter R

    Pelosi, Gore and Edwards - Great job!!!!!!! Stand up and endorse Obama! Nancy you know that you do not want to work side by side with Hill. Al this is your chance to get even and John do not let your wife speak for you....!

    You are all spineless!

    May 6, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. Bob Stephens

    If Gore can't figure out who he is for by now , no wonder he lost the election.

    May 6, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. Jane, NC

    I believe that, in the end, Al Gore will put the needs of the country before anything else. Give the serious problems the Bush presidency has left us, we need Sen. Clinton in the White House. She would probably be the most capable president in our history, and her candidacy at such a crucial time is a blessing. On the other hand, Sen. Obama is still an amateur. He chose to run before he was ready, but campaign operatives have brought him a long way. The fact remains that if he's elected, it will be years before we see any real solutions in the White House, and we can't afford that.

    May 6, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. AJ

    Vice President Gore should stay above the fray. He has become a respected "Elder Statesman" and becoming involved in this brawl would only diminish him.

    May 6, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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