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.

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soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. Olegringo, NM

    Obama seems to be lacking in wannabes. Can't say as I blame them.

    July 18, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. Mike - Texas

    Thank God for that !!!!!!!

    That global warming NUT case does not need to be ing th White House.

    The LIES that were in his Academy award winning documentary "The Inconvient Truth" are too numerous to mention. The ice falling in the ocean ( computer generated from the movie The Day After Tomorrow ) to the polar bear pictures ( with the icebergs removed by computer ).

    I still do not understand how a LIE can be call a documentary.

    I do understand how he won the award though. Hollywood is filled to the brim with left wing liberals who don't have a CLUE.

    July 18, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. NickNas

    How many times does this poor man have to say NO before the TMZ Media will leave him ALONE??

    July 18, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Gregg

    I love reading all the desperate Republican ranters on these posts. I'm not sure what is behind the madness that they spout, but anyone who still thinks that W and Cheney have done anything good for this country have lost their minds. Feeble McCain can't save a party that is 20 years behind the modern world. I'm happy to know that Gore will be an adviser to President Obama.

    July 18, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. craig

    fdr was president 3 terms.

    July 18, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. Phil, FL

    CNN skillfully asks the people that KNOW they aren't even on the short list –

    Gosh, brainwash a bunch of people with no brains?

    Good job, CNN

    July 18, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. FDR

    "A third term as vice president would mean Gore had spent more time in the office than anyone in U.S. history."


    So are we to forget FDR served from 1933-1945?

    Or maybe they meant in the general sense like Strom Thurmond who was a senator from 1956-2003?

    July 18, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. Willow, from Iowa

    Al Gore can do some wonderful good in this country, without being VP. I would hope he could accept a job as Secretary of Energy or something like that. He could be a wonderful advisor.

    We have to have a good solid energy policy, with goals to be oil independent within ten or twenty years. Completely independent, using alternative energies, solar and wind, nuclear, plug in cars, CNG and LPG cars. It can be done. It might take a bit of sacrifice, but we need to do it NOW. We should have done it back in the 70s. Now we really need to do it.

    July 18, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. phil

    It is astonishing to me that the press is falling all over themselves about who the VP is going to be for the candidates. It's childish and mind numbing gossip that is filling the airwaves, with what could be JOURNALISM.

    We collectively suck.

    July 18, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. Hello!!!

    Hillary.....there is no one better for the job.

    July 18, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. Last Honest Man

    Gore and the Bore......go for it

    July 18, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. Nicole in NE

    You people are really funny – it's not because of Obama, it's because he doesn't want to be VICE AGAIN! He should've been president. Imagine what the country would've looked like under Gore and not Bush.......I wish it would've happened!


    Obama 08'

    July 18, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. Why does no one want to be seen with him?

    Another potential VP for Obama flees the scene.

    July 18, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. FL Voter

    So there is some good news after all

    July 18, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. Brooke

    To the poster who asked if we have forgotten FDR's terms... FDR had three vice Presidents, John Nance Garner, Henry A. Wallace and Harry Truman. No VP has ever served more than 2 full terms. I wonder how Gore would have handled playing second fiddle again, regardless of who the President was.

    July 18, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. JIM...TX

    PUMA's...still holding on to your pipe dream huh? Believe it...Hillary WON'T be vp for the Dems!

    July 18, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. Greg. PA

    Gore invented the internet! That would make him older than John McCain!

    July 18, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  18. mark

    Gore shouldn't take the VP slot – been there, done that. He was robbed of the presidency in 2000. Imagine our world today if the Republicans had allowed the recount to play out and hadn't suppressed so many votes in S. Florida.

    July 18, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. Mark

    Of course not! What a foolish notion (and I don't expect Obama ever seriously considered the possibility).

    July 18, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. George

    OH my.... Like he had a chance. I would have loved it since it would have been a landslide for even Mickey Mouse.


    July 18, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. Billy Johnson

    We are on to you 'fake' Hillary supporters, go back to your extreme right wing where you belong, I think I hear your 'King of Hate' Rush Limbaugh calling.

    July 18, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. CollegeRepub@UA

    In 1997 Gore's net worth was about $2,000,000.

    In mid-2007 his net worth was roughly $100,000,000.

    In just seven years he was able to multiply his net worth 50 times what it was when he left office and started his Global Warming sinwdle. Simply put, it's monetarily disadvantageous for him to re-enter the race for political office.

    Thank God. I wouldn't be able to handle four years of a VP that only cared about polar bears and CO2.

    July 18, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  23. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    It would be a step backwards for Gore to go back to being a VP. He really has elevated himself to a whole different level since the 2000 election. It really makes you wonder how this country would be if the real victor in the 2000 election had been named president. Of course, we would have been stuck with Lieberman, so maybe not!

    July 18, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. CollegeRepub@UA


    July 18, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. Jeff

    It amazes me that people still reject global warming. The science proof is endless, but people still ignore it and call it words like "nuts". Ninety percent of climate scientist (including me) support the fact that global warming is real. Furthermore, it is already happening and huge amounts of ice are melting, weather has gotten worse, and many other indicators. Pehaps those in denial will begin to believe it as it continues to get worse. The greatest thing we can do for national security is to get off foreign oil. For both the environment and national security, Al Gore is a international hero, and his speech yesterday was one of the greatest in world history. Of course McCain adheres to the GW Bush policies that have wrecked the economy, weakened the military, ruined our foreign relations, started an unnecessary war, clouded education standards, pursued oil only energy policies, and ignored the constitution.

    July 18, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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