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. dennis from chicago

    o bama is helping america by going overseas.... good i hope he stays there WE NEED ALL THE HELP WE NEED////

    July 18, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Independent Fred

    Another poster had it right Gore's far more valuable doing what he is now. Same as bill and his global desease initiatives.

    One more thing.... all you fruit cakes shouting Hillary in 2012 do you think the 15-17 year olds watching you tank this for Obama will ever
    allow Hillary back in the white house in 2016 much less 2012?!?

    Better wake up kids....

    McCain will serve two terms easy..No matter I kinda like him. Other than his Iraq & Supreme court blunders he's a pretty decent man.

    July 18, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. Linda

    how many times does it take for Al to say this, for Obama to stop using it as a carrot for a vote or for the media to feed off of?

    Holy Smokes BATMAN, Al Gore SPECIFICALLY said last year, If he returned to Politics, it would be "ONLY AS PRESIDENT".

    Geit it?

    Got it?


    G O O D!

    Time for
    a COOL

    July 18, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. Still for Hill but now ONLY for Hill

    Hillary Care post was closed, so I just wanted to say:

    HRC supporters may be displeased by McCain's comment- but that is NOTHING compared to the anger we feel over Obama's constant mocking criticism of "Hillary Care" for the past year.

    A Republican, we expect that from. But from a fellow democrat- that really CROSSED the line.

    Hillary Clinton has worked to provide ALL Americans with Health Care since 1992. Her plan is UNIVERSAL and clearly the best plan out there. THAT IS NOTHING TO MOCK- that is something to VOTE for.

    So... still no vote for Obama from the PUMAS- we will wait 4 years for the BEST plan. Obama's plan is more of the same- "trust?" people to be responsible and voluntarily buy into it? That has worked REAL well thus far. And if people WERE responsible, why does he need to mandate it for their children? Besides, Obama's plan is nothing like HRC's, and if enacted will be be impossible to get rid of. We will then be stuck with a LOUSY plan, for God knows how long.

    July 18, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. Alice in Florida

    ROFLMAO! Obama's shortlist is getting shorter 🙂

    NOBODY wants to be hooked up with that loser!


    July 18, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Sandy - PA

    Can't say I'm disappointed. I don't like Al Gore. Wouldn't want him on the ticket.

    July 18, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. Brad - California

    I wouldn't expect Al to join a campaign – he is earning far too much money as a venture capitalist, promoting his green agenda.

    July 18, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Ken

    Don't blame Gore for not being Obama's VP, for if anything, Gore would make a better President than Obama

    Obama's best option is to put Hillary Clinton as his running mate, for that is the only way that Obama is going to be elected.

    Obama/Clinton 2008

    July 18, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |

    To the silly Obamabots- if HRC supporters are angry at McCain's comment on Hill's health care plan... then IMAGINE our rage at Obama for basically saying and doing the SAME thing as McCain for the past year.

    During the primary, Obama did nothing but criticize Hillary's plan- a plan much better and far more inclusive and superior to his own sorry excuse for a healthcare plan.

    We already have McCain's and Obama's plans- buy into health care IF you want, or OPT out if you want to- and let the other taxpayers pay the cost for your irresponsibility.

    Sorry, but I will NEVER vote for Obama because HIS health care plan sucks. THAT is why I voted for Hillary to begin with.

    July 18, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  10. alone in VT

    OH NUTS!!!!!!!

    July 18, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. Sandy - PA

    >If Hillary Clinton had been a man, it would have gone to the convention.

    Not true. First, there was no conspiracy against "the woman", despite what you Clinton supporters want to believe.

    Second, if anything, Clinton got help from millions of Republican voters due to people like Rush Limbaugh and his so called "Operation Chaos". She got millions of votes from Republicans attempting to sway the Democratic election to the candidate they thought was weaker (Clinton) because McCain already locked up his nomination. Clinton never got 18 million votes. That is an exageration. There is no doubt that she also got numerous votes from racist whites who do not want a black man in the White House. Yet Obama still won.

    If anything, Clinton had all the advantages. She was not slighted, and there was no conspiracy. Yes, 2 states broke the rules, and after they were warned what would happen if they did. But that is not Obamas fault. And it would not have changed the election anyway. Clinton still loses, even if she gets all the delgates from both Florida and Michigan.

    People are sick of the old guard – and that includes the Clintons. It is time for change, and the CLintons are not change, just more of the same.

    July 18, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Do it yourself


    I think most people believe global warming... the argument is if we are causing it... or if we could even do anything about it. If it's natural... (which history shows its happened before)... then all we can do is watch.

    July 18, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. P.U.M.A

    Everyone knows that Hillary Clinton has the best health care plan. Everyone- supporters and haters alike- know that Hillary is 100% committed to providing ALL Americans with affordable Healthcare.

    Yes... other countries do it- and IT IS NOT FREE. To make it happen, EVERYONE must be included and it must be paid for by ALL.

    Of course there are subsidies and rebates and free care for those without the finacial means to pay... but those WHO can pay, MUST.

    That is how the rest of the civilized world does it.

    NO TO any PLAN but HRC's. I am voting AGAINST Obama's health care plan. It is a joke. Give it for free to a few, and let the others decided to opt out if they wish to. How is that UNIVERSAL? Who pays for the health care of ALL those who choose to opt out? Those people get sick and have diseases and accidents just like everyone else.

    Sorry... but Obama and McCain have similar NON- plans. Both of them feel the need to knock down HILL's plan- the GOLD standard.

    I will wait for the REAL deal- till then, must block Obama's plan from getting a foot in the door. It will be impossible to eradicate once it roots and it will be an absolute nightmare. The DRUG companies OWN Obama. Hillary knows how to do war with them.

    July 18, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    And so the magical mystery tour goes on.

    July 18, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. RRO

    Even Gore doesn't want to be Obama's running mate. You got to wonder what all these people re afraid of. He is pretty much guaranteed to win at this point , so why wouldn't you want to be VP.

    Maybe people are worried that Obama will bomb out during his first term and they don't want to get burned by it.

    July 18, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. Richard

    I cant believe all these idiots on here saying Obama is going to lose the election! The few people who will vote McBush are either complete idiots or cry babies that are still mad about Hillary and if your one of those HRC supporters, please dont be stupid. Obama and HRC have very very comparable views and McBush represents the complete opposite of HRC. So you cry babies that still want HRC as preident and threaten to vote McBush, just take your right hand and slap yourself upside your head cause that truely would be the dumbest idea, i mean even dumber than BUSH! Also, I wanna comment on Glenn Beck, I just love watching you McBush supporters whine! Its funny to see those republicans squirm. And this is to the public who watches these political shows, Dont believe everything they say, last night some tard on foxnews was telling how Obamas tax increase would apply to everyone and thats not true, it only applies to families making MORE THAN 250K a year and those that make that kinda of money dont have the same problems that face the majority of us ie; gas prices, housing concerns, inflation, medical. So to break it down, go have another bowl of stupid so it will keep ya busy with the crackerbox toy, that way we dont have to listen to ya whine!

    July 18, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Gadissa

    Hillary the divider.

    July 18, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  18. Phantom of the Oprah

    Gore is too Good for Obama...

    So is Hillary Clinton.

    Obama is a rat and he deserves to sink on the pirate ship he created to force himself into the presidency.

    July 18, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. Nathan,

    All these different names thrown out there about who the pick is going to be shows just immature the Democratic party is. The obvious choice is Hillary Clinton and then we should move on. So what if they had a tough fight in the primary. Grow up and do whats right and winnable. The Republicans do it all the time and they usually win. She is the only one who has run and excelled on a national campaign. The others are just regional candidates and the region usually extends no further then their home state. If for Obama its really about whats best for the country and not just egotistical politics then he would choose her and get elected in November.

    July 18, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. Cliff

    Ship of fools? Train wreck? Perfect descriptions of the whole obama thing. Regarding both gore and obama, couldn't we add terms like sham, fake, snake oil sales, vain, etc? Both of these clowns think their schtick is going to save the world. I'm just trusting the American voter comes to its senses in time.

    July 18, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. Peter

    Im sorry, but no one can run for VP twice

    July 18, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. andy

    Please al...just go away...

    July 18, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. D. Byrne

    Clinton, Biden, or even Obama could be Gore's VP.

    Gore has more White House experience than any current candidate, and is the only leader smart enough to bring America out of the Oil Age.

    He is a Vietnam vet, and Nobel Prize winner who would bring respect back to the presidency, and America.

    In my opinion, it is a huge insult for Gore to be considered as a VP...

    President Gore could unite those who have to settle on the current choices of sub standard offerings.

    Plus, he already won once.

    July 18, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  24. Cliff

    What??? Did algore come to his senses? This is all way too funny

    July 18, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. Rick

    The Dumb and Dumber ticket is not to be.

    July 18, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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