July 18th, 2008
10:02 AM ET
15 years ago

No Obama-Gore ticket

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/18/art.gorevp.gi.jpg caption="Gore has ruled out being Obama's running mate."](CNN) - Eight years in the No. 2 spot is enough for Al Gore.

The former vice president, who issued a challenge to the next President of the United States on Thursday to make the country's electricity output carbon-free in 10 years, said later that he will not under any circumstances serve as Barack Obama's running mate.

Unlike the office of the presidency, there are no imposed term-limits on the second highest office in the land. But Gore, who considerably expanded the role of vice president, said he's imposing his own term limits on the job.

“I have a personal term limit,” he told CBS News Thursday. “Only two terms as VP.”

Asked by interviewer Katie Couric whether he might reconsider if the Democratic presidential candidate "begged," Gore said his answer would remain no.

Buzz swirled around a possible Obama-Gore ticket last month after the former vice president - who remains a very popular figure in the Democratic Party - gave an enthusiastic endorsement of the Illinois senator after months on sidelines during the prolonged Democratic primary.

Obama said then he doubted Gore would be willing to serve as VP again.

“Obviously Al Gore is a great public servant, he was a great vice president," he said. He may not want to be vice president again, since he's already done that for eight years, but certainly he's somebody that I'll be getting advice from as we go forward and hopefully he'll help me when I'm president."

Gore said in December that he might jump back into the political fray – but only in a bid for the top spot. A third term as vice president would mean Gore had spent more time in the office than anyone in U.S. history.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. Mike

    I don't see why Gore wouldn't join a ship of fools.

    July 18, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  2. Nick - Arlington, VA

    Not everyone who endorses a candidate wants to be their running mate...isn't it obvious that a man who was VP for 8 years and narrowly lost in 2000 (not really though) would not wan to do anything in politics unless it was to run for President? The fact that you guys keep asking these questions to Gore is not only dumb but must be extremely annoying to Gore.

    July 18, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  3. Charlotte

    Another one bites the dust...

    July 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  4. question

    funny how no ones wants to be vp.....do they know...something..that we dont?????

    July 18, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. carolflowery

    Gore makes John McCain exciting

    July 18, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  6. mitchell,ark.

    president obama will choose,soon.

    July 18, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  7. Swampy

    Gore's legacy will have nothing to do with politics, although his tenure as Vice President gave him a platform from which to begin. His role in the future will be that of a statesman who works tirelessly for the dual causes of energy independence and environmental policy reform. He can't accomplish either goal from the number two chair.

    July 18, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  8. Andrew

    Maybe he would be Obama's Secretary of Energy. Or head the EPA. He has to take some roll to get this country moving in the right track for energy and carbon independence in this country.

    July 18, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. ANGIE

    i say chuck hagel will be vp that would be obamas way by bringing republicans and democrats together or he just may surprise everyone an announce hillary as vp right before the convention!!!! anyway i dont care who he picks as long as he wins!!!!

    July 18, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. dave

    Who cares what Gore does! He is just another global warming NUT!!

    July 18, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  11. JIM...TX

    Charlotte..I doubt Gore was ever being considered for the VP spot..more of the old guard. Speaking of OLD....who do you Republicans have lined up in the wings to help Grandpa save his wallowing campaign??

    July 18, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  12. Matthew

    Wow! How many is that now? Of course no one wants to attach themselves to this train wreck. Just pick Hillary and get on with it. She's the only way Dems will win in November.

    July 18, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  13. Jim in Orlando

    There was already enough hot air on the ticket without Gore. Gore is an even bigger legend-in-his-own-mind than is Nobama.

    July 18, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  14. nc

    He should be just finishing his second term now!!!

    July 18, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  15. anonymous

    Can't stand Gore to begin with but I think its funny he doesn't want to be 2nd to NOBAMA. Doesn't look much like anyone does; can't much blame them. A person that does, well, that person has his/her own agenda. Scary. All the foreign donations for NOBAMA scare me more than anything. All the idiots think American voters are the ones donating – check out how much money he has received frmo the Middle East and China and then if you still vote for him, you're even bigger idiots!

    July 18, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  16. Mike

    both of these guys make my stomach turn

    July 18, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  17. Sharon

    Another one off of the list. I heard the Rock Star is going to Europe etc. The paparazzi with NBC-ABC-CBS and others will be along for the photo op. Unbelieveable. They are in the tank for him

    July 18, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  18. Rachel

    Not a real obama fan, but Gore still puts me to sleep. Everyone knows he doesn't want to be vp again.

    July 18, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  19. baljeet

    gore is a smart man he knows where obama's titanic is heading.

    July 18, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  20. PUMA 4 HILL

    Who'd of thought Al would even consider it after serving as VP for two terms? All you dreamers and thugs following your cult leader thought it would have been a great choice – how stupid and hypocritical you are. YOU want CHANGE? YOU don't want the CLINTONS but GORE is CHANGE? Idiots.

    CHANGE I can live without... if the PUMA PAC can help it we will get real solutions for America in 2012.

    July 18, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  21. bidulen

    Gore is a looser. I don't see him as VP.
    Obama-Sebelius 08-12

    July 18, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  22. Saad from NJ

    He has become too mechanical to be a VP.... I used to love Gore and still respect him for what he is trying to do but whoever saw his endorsement speech of Obama, would not want a robot as our country's #2.

    July 18, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  23. Eric

    No one wants to be VP because they know Obama has no chance of winning unless he chooses Hillary Clinton. He already stole the nomination away from here, if he doesn't pick her for VP, he can kiss any chance of winning goodbye.

    July 18, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  24. Donna

    Gore has said before that he didn't want to be VP...has NOTHING to do with OBAMA...I'm sure he'd turn it down regardless of who was the nominee....now quit asking him!!!!!

    July 18, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  25. Joe Reed

    CNN, your Headlines are misleading, Gore NEVER said "NO WAY"!!!!!!!! Ahh the Bias!!!!!!!

    July 18, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
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