June 16th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Al Gore to endorse Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/11/art.gore0608.gi.jpg caption="Gore has not ruled out a future presidential run."] (CNN) - After remaining neutral throughout the Democratic primary season, former Vice President Al Gore is officially backing Barack Obama's presidential run, and will appear with him at a Michigan campaign event Monday night.

"A few hours from now I will step on stage in Detroit, Michigan to announce my support for Senator Barack Obama," said the 2000 Democratic presidential nominee in a fundraising e-mail sent to supporters Monday. "From now through Election Day, I intend to do whatever I can to make sure he is elected President of the United States."

Former presidential candidate John Edwards also announced his decision to endorse Obama at a rally in the crucial fall swing state.


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  1. Diane T

    Al Gore, you rotten SOB. You are the biggest phony around today.
    I felt sorry for you when you won the popular vote but they gave it to Bush. You were Bill Clinton's VP and now you stabbed him in the back by not endorsing his wife. Drop dead, you fat SOB and take your
    wife with you.

    June 16, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. Annoyed in Ohio

    Is it November yet?! I sure wish it was b/c these back and forth comments are getting pretty old.

    June 16, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Carl from MI

    Gore for VP!! Hey, Bush had to have Cheney to back him up because he had NO experience or knowledge about ANYTHING (and still doesn't). Gore is the perfect VP... he's fully knowledgeable on global warming and comes with 8 years experience!!

    Besides... being a VP still lets you excercise tons of power. Thanks to Cheney, the VP position is now the 4th branch of the US Government.

    June 16, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. ROBERT CROWLEY, MINNEAPOLIS MN

    GOOD FOR YOU ALE, THE REAL PRESIDENT IN 2000 WHO HAD THE ELECTION STOLEN BY RENQUIST

    June 16, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    If Gore would take it...

    He would be the best VP ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Again!

    June 16, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. charles cannon

    Thanks Al...you are a few weeks short. What is with Gore and Ex. Democrat Libermann? Gore is tardy and Libermann is now vetted as a Republican. What kind of candidates did we select in 2000?

    June 16, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. J Yost Des Plaines IL

    To the mentally sick or just plain ignorent Bush supporters, your man child did NOT win the election in 2000. He was appointed by the supreme court and after the votes were counted Bush lost Florida. I know facts and figures scare you since they are what they are and you cannot manipulate them but Bush lost both the popular vote and the electoral vote once the votes the Supreme Court stopped them from counting were counted. What we have is a king not a president and it will forever tarnish this formerly great Country. Bush is a war criminal that deserves to hang till death with the rest of his cast of characters right on the mall in DC, Condi, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Powell, Ashcroft all swinging in the breeze of the Patomic. I only hope that there is enough time left to save this Country from the tragic idiocy that King George the Foolish has dragged us into. Anyone and everyone who supports this piece of crap should be deeply and forever ashamed. And to pretend to be Christians on top of it? You are sick and depraved and will never see Heaven except possibly in your rear view mirror on your trip straight to Hell! Call yourself whatever you want but your actions say an entiely different thing then anything remotely Christian!

    June 16, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. Tim in California

    The only person on the planet saying an Obama election would be a second Carter term is John McBush.

    Quite a clever guy that McBush. We need more of his razor sharp mind and quick wit.

    Don't ya just wanna run out and vote Republican now? We still have a few dollars in the till, don't we?

    Zzzzzzzzzzzz

    June 16, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. Vote for Change

    For those that said Al Gore was a loser:

    I bet you voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004. Now we all see how your decision in the past has caused America today!!!

    OBAMA 08

    June 16, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. Kathy

    I agree with "park more" and the others- forget Gore
    The voter will decide contrary to all Obama's superdelgate support–and the voter will decide that Obama is not the person to lead–he will be defeated--we will wait for Hillary to come in and pick up the pieces in 2012--Hillary supporters WILL write the last chapter in this election--DNC listen up-you lose AGAIN.

    June 16, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. suzy

    and this matters now, why????????
    who else is there to endorse?
    BRAVE & COURAGEOUS CALL AL – WAY TO MAKE A REAL STATEMENT!!! right....
    This Party is so screwed up.

    June 16, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. David

    God help us...crazy Uncle Al and his glbal warming scare!!!! hope he knows that thousands of scientists (including the founder of the weather channel) have all the data to show that global warming is not happening. In fact there has been a global cooling for the last decade. get some truth Al.

    June 16, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. Aleisha from Miami

    yay! I was waiting. Maybe it was the whole clinton thing. Hopefully all you greenites will listen. Seriously, we just need one good enviroment bill to get the ball rolling!

    June 16, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. Iowa Voter

    Obama came up with the most votes in Iowa back in January. Did he win a great majority- NO. Will he win Iowa in Iowa – NO WAY. It is a republican state and with the republicans and independents plus the Clinton Supporters he will lose and lose badly here in our state. No Chicago politics here!!!!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. Tce

    YES!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. Scott (GA)

    Before you read this, this might offend some people. Take that into account before reading it.

    For anyone out there who doesn't consider age when voting for a president, I wish to make a point. "Age-ism" as its being called, is taking political correctness one step to far. Should age be a factor? To me, without a doubt. First, look at a picture of ANY former President at the beginning of his first term, and then look at a picture of when they leave office. Second, the life expectancy of ANY president is almost always shorter than that of the general population. We have had a good run with Regan living into his 90's, as well as Bush 1, Carter, Ford and Nixon living long lives. Including those names, only 1/3 live full healthy lives to life expectancy. 4 years ago, when Ford Carter Bush Clinton Regan and Bush 2 were alive, we had more living "Presidential Terms" than anytime in history (8 – 4 year terms). Truthfully this is by far the exception rather than the rule (the average being somewhere between 2 and 3). Yes, you could talk about medical achievements over the last 50 years, and pension reform took place for the president and their families around the turn of the 20th century, but I still go back to how the Presidency ages you: Go back 8 years and take a look at Bush 2 and you will hardly recognise the brown hair that he lost. Clinton was a ladies man when he took office, by the end he could hardly get a WH intern. Now I might be going a little overboard, but then again, if anyone wants further proof that age MIGHT actually matter, go back and study the election of William Henry Harrison. At the time he was the oldest man to take office. When he was running, many attacked his age, and yet he was still elected. He died a month after taking office and the country was left in political turmoil. At the very least, look long and hard at the VP, because that might be who you are really voting for. Anyone want to describe McSame as young and vigorous? I'm not saying don't vote for McCain because of his age, I'm saying that it is wholesale naivete to not consider age when voting for President.

    June 16, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. independent now

    Hello???? He is the dem nominee there isnt anyone else, This isnt news people!Who did you think he would endorse? The republican? come on wake up. This does nothing for Obama any Politician who dosent endorse him will get a huge lashing from The DNC Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean.

    June 16, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. EDW

    Obama Nation, I like that...

    Now since Obama donated the money raised by Rezko then McCain should donate the money raised by that Texan oilman. Fair is fair...

    June 16, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Tom

    Wow. It takes such great courage to endorse someone who has already won. Way to go, Al Bore.

    June 16, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. John Carter

    Can someone tell me WHY this is news? How about trolling out all the other former Democratic politicians that are endorsing Obama...wow, that would be surprising! And big news! The same for Republicans.

    WHEN CAN WE STOP CALLING EACH OTHER NAMES, START RESPECTING EACH OTHER (INCLUDING _BOTH_ CANDIDATES) AND START TALKING ABOUT THE REAL ISSUES?!?!?!?!

    I don't care that Obama doesn't/didn't wear a lapel pin, and I don't care that McCain most likely veto beer. It doesn't matter to me that Obama picked up a shovel, and it doesn't bother me that McCain is keeping some money from some screwball.

    What bothers me is that every minute/hour/day that we spend discussing these nonsense/trite issues is time spent AWAY from the substantive issues that ARE important, and that SHOULD be the basis for the voting decision made by each and every one of us.

    ISSUES! LET'S TALK ABOUT THEM SOONER RATHER THAN LATER.

    June 16, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. Stonewall, Florida

    Al, your endorsement, credibility, popularity and immense appeal definitely add some measure of political muscle to Obama's candidacy. I must say though, that I always pegged you for a closet Barack supporter, but your political acumen disciplined you from an earlier endorsement. I admire your style.

    June 16, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. le

    Duh...you expect him to endorse McCain?

    GO HILLARY 2012...MCCAIN 2008

    June 16, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  23. Eli

    He needs to go worry about the planet, he is way too late and endorsing the wrong person. When is Gore going to learn he turned his back on the CLINTONS in the 2000 election and that is why he got beat. Hillary please do not take the VP even if he offers because that toliet is about to flush and we all know what happens after that.

    June 16, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. Do we need our Vote

    Gore,

    The only way Obama can get our Vote is either You or Hillary on Ticket.

    Obama/Hillary
    or
    Obama/Gore

    Otherwise go McCain!

    June 16, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  25. Annette

    I know that's right "Tired of W, OH", perfect timing and great move Al Gore. Let's get ready to rumble.

    June 16, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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