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. Michelle

    Why would Gore want to be second banana yet have to do most
    of Obama's work?

    New Yorker article is up. "Making It"/ "Where Obama Learned to Be a Pol."

    July 18, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. Tia of SD

    For those of you that are plannng on McCain winning office, then have Hillary run and win in '12, please remember that if Obama doesn't win this go around, he will have then have 4 more years of experience. Since he was able to beat Hillary without the 'experience' – it will be a landslide in 2012. Then what is going to be your excuse for not wantng Obama in offce? And by the way, it isn't Hillary that has the experience, it is Bill.

    July 18, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. Helen, NY

    Whether it is Gore or anybody else, Barack does not look presidential at all. He is a new kid on the block. He is now going to Middle East to learn something essential to be a President. All these people here want to support Barack, do not know what he is. He is a raw guy who does not know anything about the world affairs. Brian Williams, Katie Couric, Charles Gibson are following him because they want to give publicity to Barack. What is Barack? He is nothing. CNN will keep this message for moderation and then it will not be published. I am so sure.Vote John McCain. He is truly presidential.

    July 18, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. dave

    Sounds like Mike is part of the 89% of the nuts that believe in global warming. It's just a scheme to get more money from the taxpayers. By the way only 50% of the people pay any income tax.

    July 18, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    Al Gore should NEVER be a veepee, and NEITHER should Hillary..........they've both been in the White House for eight years!!!!

    Only dummies think they can...sad that the main stream media are asking stupid questions.....

    Trust me, I can do a far better job than Katie Couric and all the other dimwit talking heads, and for one-tenth the price they're been paiid too!

    July 18, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. Tiffany VB VA

    Hey Mike, dave July 18th, 2008 9:26 am ET
    Who cares what Gore does! He is just another global warming NUT!!"

    Ah yes, because the 11% of citizens who don't believe in global warming are rational geniuses and not tinfoil conspiracy theorists at all.

    I think I love you! In this day and age the only "nuts" are the ones who don't see the climate and energy crisis we are in.

    And CNN I am getting really disappointed in you these days, there are real issues to be discussed anyone who has been paying attention for the last few years knows Gore doesn't want to be VP. Stop beating a dead horse and start talking about the issues.

    July 18, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. paul oregon

    who cares what gore wants hes part of the clinton era. people want change and they are not abount change. they are more like the r n c
    use fear tactics thats all they have to offer . obama doesnt seem to relize every time the clintons appear in the picture it sets obamas fund raising back. it would be interesting to see how much the dnc and obama could raise if the clintons were not dem??????????

    July 18, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. I Love Gore, NY

    I think Al Gore has far more important mission to accomplish that requires his full, focused attention in his life now – that is, to save the world from self-destruction – than to be mired in the usual folly of Washington politics. I hate to see him distracted from this mission or his talent to mobilize the world in the right direction wasted. He is a man of tremendous integrity of character, honesty, cleanness, strength, and courage – unlike the man he served when he was VP. Gore can and probably will make the greatest impact on our world at the last chance we have to save the humanity from the consequences of all our destructive, selfish, profit-seeking ways.

    July 18, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. Marie

    Ok here is the question? Did Senator Obama ask former VP Al Gore to be his Vice President? No/Yes what? Do know that answer? Then how can anyone with any sort of intelligence comment on a story generated solely by the media. Wake up people, stop being lead by the nose by these corporate exploiters. Ask questions and think for yourselves. Al Gore has said he DOES NOT WANT TO BE VICE PRESIDENT!!!!! What part of that don't you understand? There is so much more pressing world and economic issues the media could be focusing on instead of this stupidity. Talking about the dumbing down of America. The focus should start with the stupidity of the media and the quality of the hires within it. There are far to few informative professionals within the media. The have way less reports and air time. As a result we all suffer from lack of informative substance in the end.

    July 18, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. Mike D

    its biden, count on it

    July 18, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. J

    Oh Gore, why in the world did you pick Lieberman as your VP.

    July 18, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. Mark from Naperville, IL

    Gore has proven since leaving the office of Vice President that he has a much higher calling, such as winning the Nobel Peace Prize. I would like to see him in a position in our government where he can take the lead in the protection of our environment.

    July 18, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. ladymary

    Why do the Obama haters keep pushing Hillary as the great savior of the Democratic party and the US???? Don't you understand that she lost? That they are just creating more dislike of their candidate? She has done NOTHING for NYS except accept her paycheck. While I will agree she is smart, educated and aggressive she is also a lier and in the pockets of numerous lobbiests. If VP she would certainly undermine Obama and probably dream every night of something happening to him so she could take over. She, and Bill are planning a fight at the convention otherwise why only suspend her campaign? They are sneaky and underhanded campaigning for Obama while planning his demise. We've had 7 1/2 years of lies and decepion and you want MORE???????????????

    July 18, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. Paul

    No one want to be VP except Biden. Makes me so proud to be Democrat! Excuse me, I need to vomit!!

    July 18, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. South Park Conservative

    Lahhhhhhck baaaahx.

    July 18, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. tony

    Hillary Backer for McCain,

    Have you heard that McCain just referred to Obama's health care plan as "Hillarycare"? And, in keeping with the views of most Republicans, this was not meant to be complimentary?

    July 18, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Gore has already been elected President once.

    It's not his fault the GOP-controlled board of elections in Florida wouldn't count all the ballots or investigate the voting irregularities (i.e., Gore polling at -16,003 votes in Volusia County).

    Why would Gore take a step back?!

    July 18, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. Marilyn

    Good for Al Gore. He is smart to avoid this train wreck.

    July 18, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. Perla

    This is such a no-brainer. Al Gore should be Pres. Obama's energy czar.

    July 18, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. bon

    The only credible black leaders in the world right now are Bishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. All others are either phonies or demagogues.

    July 18, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. Pat

    Gore is much too intelligent to accept the Vice Presidency. Why would he want to spend his time doing all the necessary work involved with the Presidency for no credit? He knows Obama is the new kid on the block and will need not only guidance but step by step, hands on instructions and tutorial sessions. Why do you think Cheney has been so busy and has been involved with every decision made?

    July 18, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. Another old white woman for Obama

    That is because they VP candidates can accomplish more in the senate or in Gore case, doing what he is doing. The VP job is that of 'stand' in for the President . They attend a lot of funerals and are largely invisible unless something catastrophic happens to the POT.
    Exception: Cheney who has been pulling Bush's strings along with Rumsfield. Obama's choice of VP has to be someone who is in tune with his vision and policies. Al Gore knows his message on Global Warming is important. It is his mission to open our eyes to the truth.
    He would be unable to do this as VP bogged down in the minutae of waiting in the wings and being tied to a desk "just in case".
    VP is a thankless job. With the shambles the GOP will leave us with the cleanup will be a daunting task at best. We need our Dem. congress and senators to backup the POT.

    July 18, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. Tam

    Thank God for that...

    July 18, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. Susan


    We want Hillary for veep!


    July 18, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  25. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Al would make a much better cabinet member....Funny how both candidates seem to be waiting for the other to make a vice-presidential pick first...

    July 18, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
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