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

Gore speaks: I still may endorse

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(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. (TIME.com: 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. Kemic - Houston, Texas

    People who think Obama's "political operatives" have made him successful so far are mischaracterizing this entire movement. Not one single political operative has had his/her name on any ballot in any state. Your staunch determination to ignore the tsunami of support Obama has received only makes you part of the problem. He has ALWAYS campaigned about bridging gaps, building alliances, community service, solving problems through unity. And for this, he is criticized. The cynicism of Americans has grown to the extent we CHOOSE not to believe in the possibility of change occurring. It's sad that Clinton can "mis-speak" about sniper fire and everyone in the media and the Democratic party is too fearful to really call her on the big fat lie that it really was. The type of arrogance that she and her husband exhibit is disturbing and I am by no means fooled by their shenanigans.

    May 6, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. Nick

    Mr. Gore,
    Please announce your candidacy for the president.
    You don't want to have Obama for a President...

    May 6, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. John Wa

    The Clinton's shoved Gore to the side in the White House and the Clinton impeachment was one reason Gole lost his presidential bid. He knows how self-involved they are. They put themselves before the party or the country. He will not support them because he cares what's best for the country.

    May 6, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. Jenna

    Both supporters are being unnecessarily harsh. Stop the bickering - there is very little difference between the two nominees. All that matters is that a Democrat gets elected!

    May 6, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Billary

    Al might be more sympathetic towards Clinton if she ends up with the popular vote, for the simple reason that he found himself in a similar situation when he lost to Bush.

    May 6, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Suzuki is a great bike, but bad science

    By the way Al:
    The Troposphere has not warmed in 26 years.
    The ocean currents are not warming (see recent NOAA data), but are entering a cooling phase!
    The polar bear population is growing, not declining as you state.
    The Arctic ice pack is now broader and thicker than ever recorded.

    Northern Hemispherical polar warming (N of 60) is happening, but it's not due to the 38/1000 of 1% Co2 in the atmosphere. The role of science is to figure out why FACTUAL data happen, not why socioeconomic solutions are warranted!

    May 6, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. David

    C'mon Mr. Gore.... you hate Hillary. You two were at each others throats during Bubba's administration. We welcome you aboard the Obama train... stop being coy and silly.

    May 6, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. independant

    We wouldn`t be in the mess we`re in now if Gore was President. Man,-- it`s hard to find anyone that voted for Bush !!!!!!! I`m proud to say I saw him as his true self 20+ years ago. Now you are seeing the real ( don`t give a crap about your problems ) George Bush.

    May 6, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. carrie

    please no one cares about ur endorsement.
    go!

    May 6, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. A .J in Fla

    Mr. Gore, who cares...!!!!

    May 6, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. Susan,NC

    Obama all the way!!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. cosma

    I know Gore will endorse Obama but it will be "removing a fresh and live tooth from his mouth" i mean He would have chosen H but Obama is an Icon. PLIZ GORE THINK BEYOND!

    May 6, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Jahmil, Claremont, CA

    CNN ...Why haven't you reported that Hillary left out 24 MILLION of her income when she released her tax forms?

    instead of the nonsense you usually talk about...BE A REAL SOURCE OF REAL NEWS

    (I bet the moderator won't like this)

    May 6, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. Brian from NYC

    "watching and listening"? Now that's leadership you CAN'T count on! Oh brother! If he's the the Leadership in the Party – I'm leaving!

    May 6, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. McEmtol

    I think both Al Gore and the Edwards are just political pundits. If they cannot come out to bare their minds to the american people, then they are not worthy of the platform they have been placed.

    They are both doing political calculation because of their individual personal interest. They should come out today to say where they belong. There is no sitting on the fence.

    Of course they dont have to come out...in that case they should just shut up.

    May 6, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. rjs91157

    kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama May 6th, 2008 3:33 pm ET

    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.
    *********************************************************************

    more obamian propaganda lies....as has already been stated by the Republicans when it came to Virginia (like Indiana an open primary state that allowed Republicans to decide the Democrat primary) the Republicans voted by the thousands for obama because they fear McCain can't beat Clinton. They won't vote for him in November but they will in Indiana because they know they will beat obama.

    And media isn't it funny how when obamians want to spin his appeal they talk about the cross over vote but now this lie from their other face.

    obamians are a reflection of their candidate and you wonder why I will never vote for him.

    May 6, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. phony politics

    SC for HIllary you are missing the boat. Barack wants MI and FL's voters to count. The problem is he was told not to campaign in either state because tehy would not count. That wasn't Barack that was the DNC. And he doesn't want it to count now because he didn't campaign there. He is an unknown unlike Hillary. He needed to campaign there. And if you look at history every state Hillary has lead in at initial stage saw her numbers diminish come ballot time. Its unfair to ask an unknown to accept the numbers that didn't involve him.

    For all the people who are still hung up saying Barack doesn't want FL and MI involved, well you are seriously dumb. And I mean dumb.

    May 6, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. Mitch

    Al who? Just stick with the green stuff.

    May 6, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. ELM

    It may be difficult to win against Clintons. Bill is really working hard for Hillary and even MSNBC said today that he won Texas for her.

    (Seems to me that CNN is hinting a double digit win for Hillary in Indiana)

    May 6, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. leighg1

    Too bad that Obama does not want to engage in a negative campaign. He could have shown the Hillary Bosnia lie footage over and ever again as she did to him on his "bitter" comments. If he did, she would be crushed a long time ago. He did not even mention it unless when asked. I am sure the Republicans would if they need to.

    May 6, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. Ron

    BREAKING NEWS FOR CLINTON SUPPORTERS:

    Clinton and Obama vote for delegates NOT to count in Michigan and Florida before election begins, along with Clinton top aide Harold Ickes.

    Do you understand? Before the states went for her, she said it was fair for the delegates not to count. She is FLIPPING. Just like any other politician. I think that we need to leave this one alone. My opinion, let them stand as they are and do what the Republicans did: 1/2 the delegate value. Also, in Michigan, to be fair, give Obama the uncommitted vote. Wait, Clinton wouldn't want that. Why you ask? Because if that happens then she is still behind in the popular vote which doesn't mean squat. Furthermore, there was a study by Chuck Todd (whom I do trust for the numbers) said that if you changed all of the caucuses to primaries, that Obama would likely have a larger lead in the popular vote, but a smaller lead in the delegate vote!

    Clinton supporters, why is it such a negative that Obama wins, fair and square? Her year was 2004. The country WANTED her, but she turned it down.

    May 6, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. Patrick

    Come on Al Gore, do the right thing and endorse McCain

    May 6, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. Axel

    It doesn't matter which one (if either) that Gore endorses. We all know who will be the next President. The Dumbocrats have dropped the ball yet again. We might as well vote for Mickey Mouse...

    May 6, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. HYPOCRACY 08

    Dang... have another sandwich Al...

    May 6, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  25. Terrence - Winston Salem, NC

    Gore, Edwards and the others are the worst players involved. They KNOW the juice they carry but they will not come out and voice who they are for. This thing could have been over a long time ago, but fear of losing old friends for making your own decision is keeping them speaking.

    Gore – COWARD
    Edwards – COWARD
    Pelosi – SEMI-COWARD (everyone know's her choice)
    Reid – COWARD

    All of these heavyweights could have ended this a long time ago.

    Obama/Sebilus 08

    May 6, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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