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January 25th, 2008
06:41 PM ET

Room for Al Gore in the race?

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Former US vice president and Nobel laureate Al Gore talks during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 24 January 2008. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

In many ways, it's been a strange campaign up to this point. But it could get a lot stranger.

Consider this: What if we go through the Florida primary and Super Tuesday and the race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama remains as tight as it's been? For the primaries, Democrats have the same rules in every state: delegates are awarded in proportion to the vote - meaning no winner-take-all. If Clinton and Obama continue to split the vote in many states, it's possible we could get to late spring or early summer and neither candidate would have enough delegates to secure the nomination.

And that's assuming they get that far without destroying each other with their increasingly nasty bickering. There just might be an opening for someone else to step in and unify the party. Oh, you know, like say maybe Al Gore.

Gore insists he won't run despite a movement called "draft-Gore-dot-com" that's calling on him to "transcend politics as usual and bring real hope to our country and to the world." As recently as last month, the former vice president said he has "no plans to be a candidate." But being a politician he added, "I see no reason to rule it out entirely."

Also, it's worth noting Gore has not backed either Clinton or Obama so far, and a recent report indicated that an endorsement by Gore is looking less likely. Former advisers suggest the Nobel Prize catapulted Gore to a new national and international standing that could possibly be tarnished by taking sides in the primary battle.

Here’s my question to you: If the Democrats have trouble picking between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, should Al Gore consider entering the race?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Jim writes:
There is more than room for Al Gore, regardless of what Hillary and Barack do, as long as he doesn't bring whining Joe along and the courts keep out of the results. Al and John Edwards would be an attractive ticket and would bring many young voters into the Democratic column on Election Day.

Anthony writes:
Al Gore: Yesterday's man, too late for America's tomorrow.

Jenny from New York writes:
I'm an Obama supporter, but I'd much rather see him beaten by Gore than Clinton!

Beverly writes:
Jack, Oh my God. Can you imagine the Clintons double teaming Gore? Gore entering the race sounds like a scheme only Karl Rove and his henchmen could come up with! The Democrats wouldn't survive the carnage or be a viable party for 25 years!

Ben writes:
Jack, I like Al Gore, voted for him in that ill-fated election that could have nipped this fiasco in the bud. But at this late stage in the game, I am afraid that his entry into the ring would only fracture the party worse than it already is.

Scott from Indiana writes:
Gore will never run because he would be forced to openly debate "global warming" (or "climate change" or whatever the current buzzword is) and we would have both sides challenging each other's "facts".

John from Connecticut writes:
Why not? If the election is close again, the Supreme Court will side with the Nobel Prize winner, won't they?

April writes:
No, no and no. I can not handle anymore Al Gore. He needs to pack his things and get his "inconvenient" ass out of the spotlight.


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  1. Bert D

    I think that would be a great idea and I believe he would be able to win the election......again!

    January 25, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  2. Ed Reed

    Definitely and I didn't vote for Al Gore in 2000; however, if I had it to do over again, I would have moved to Florida and voted 900 times for him. If he had been elected, we would not be in the mess we are in today.

    January 25, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  3. Mary

    Al had his chance and blew it, he should have never conceded in 2000. We need to move forward in this country, no more Clintons or Bushes. Enough already.

    January 25, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  4. RK-Dallas

    Al Who?

    January 25, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  5. Chris

    He should definetly enter the race because he'd be the favorite. He'd easily win the nomination and he's already won the presidency once.

    Chris, Tennessee

    January 25, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  6. Bo Texas

    .Al Gore would have just as good a chance at winning as the rest of those clowns. Why your at it throw in Bozo and Howdy Doody they will appeal to the younger voters and add some truth to the mix. This whole democratic race has become such a joke between Obama and Clinton that you can't take either very seriously. If these are the best the Democrats have to offer then people will just stay home on election day.

    January 25, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  7. Kirk, Ohio

    Why not. Adding a forth delusional candidate out of touch with reality would be just great. Maybe he can get the earth to cool down since its only like 13 degrees here with one of those health care programs the dems think the country can afford. I'd like to see it. What would the Clinton's dig up on him. I'm sure the Obama campaign could use a break from the war.

    January 25, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  8. Mark

    Hello Jack, Al had his kick at the Can and blew it. Couldn`t even win his own State remember ? Bush was thought of better. Al speaks down to people, comes across as preaching. Obama will be good next time if he doen`t burn his bridges trying to beat the Clinton Machine this time.

    January 25, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  9. Heather

    I don't think he should but if he does it will be a blessing because he will only hurt barak. Hillary is going to be the democratic nominee. Thank God.

    January 25, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  10. Richard Sternagel

    If the Democrats can not chose between Clinton and Obama,then for the sake of party unity,they would have to go to a Edwards,or Gore as a last result! Be assured that the Republicans are hoping for a Clinton nomination so they can talk about the past in stead of America's current needs! Go Obama!

    January 25, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  11. John

    I like Al Gore. If he ran I would vote for him.

    January 25, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  12. Katy Hill Prescott, Az.

    No way! He's actually accomplishing something good for the whole world by focusing attention on the environment. The next President won't accomplish anything if the people don't dump the Congessional leaders as well which is not likely to happen.

    January 25, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  13. Marge Thompson

    Hey Jack,that would be the answer.But he won't run.

    January 25, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  14. RMackey

    No he shouldn't. The idea of Al Gore entering this race should be locked up in the fabled "lockbox" of his pevious campaign. The theme of the campaign this year has been change,change, change. and Al Gore represents to me anyway same,same,same. Now change just for changes sake is a terrible idea. We tried that in 1976 and got the Carter administration. That administrations naivete and inexperience gave us the most inept government in our political history. The Dems need a candidate that will stand up and say the government doesn't exist to provide everything for everybody. They need a candidate that will promise their administration will operate in the light of day and put an end to the secretive gulag like government we've become accustomed to. Finally they need a candidate that understands that the american working class is screaming out WHAT ABOUT US,and the interests of the american people are the interests that need to be represented by that candidate and his/her administration.

    January 25, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  15. Claudia Woodward-Rice

    The media would ignor him, just as you do Edwards etc. You have already decided who is allowed to run and busily keep the spotlight and the chatter going in their direction.

    Meanwhile your corporate bosses are looting the nation. Thanks for all you do.........

    January 25, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  16. Dave Brooklyn, NY

    Clearly, most of us don’t feel that President Gore needs to enter the race at all. We just want him to assume the office to which he was elected. But I still would have preferred Kucinich, he had all the right answers to all my questions.

    January 25, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  17. Dave

    Absolutely! Although Hillary would make a great president, I don't think that she's electible. As for Obama, all you have to do is think back to Jimmy Carter. The Washington wolves would eat him alive.

    January 25, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  18. Wings

    Al Gore should not consider entering the race even if all the other candidates drop out. He has a good lead on helping to lead America and the politicos in the direction of a Green Earth. I doubt any of the other candidates have enough guts to tackle that thankless job, Do you hear much talk about it in the debates? Of course not! Both sides avoid it because it affects "donations" (payoffs and bribery) from special interests and lobbyists.

    January 25, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  19. Monty

    What's wrong with John Edwards? Edwards is more of a change than either Hillary or Obama. He has been shown in polls to be the candidate to beat what ever the republicans nominate. My guess is that if Obama is nominated that will hand it to the republicans because he can't even handle what Hillary is dishing out let alone what the republicans are capable of. Hillary stands a somewhat better chance but has a lot of baggage. If Al Gore goes for it I don't think it will necessarily unite the party.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  20. Pat

    He was cheated in 2000. Those in charge of the election would find a new way to keep him out no matter how many votes he got.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  21. Joe in DE

    Why not? IHe could esaily be elcted if he dosen't campaign too much.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  22. Diane W.

    He didn't win before. So sure, let's have more of Gore. He's no longer a bore. In fact, he's a true Democrat to the core. Let him join the race and he will soar. The rest of us will roar and poor Hillary will slither away.... through the loser's door.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  23. W B in Las Vegas

    Al Gore is OLD NEWS and Democrates already have an alternative candidate that polls show can defeat ANY of the Republicans.

    JOHN EDWARDS is the ANSWER!!!

    JOHN EDWARDS is REAL CHANGE!!!

    JOHN EDWARDS is VICTORY in NOVEMBER!!!

    January 25, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  24. Vinnie Vino

    Jack,
    President Al Gore... I have supported him from the day I meet him. Not only is there room for him in the race the country and the plant needs him to run... Run Al Run... Run Al Run...

    January 25, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  25. Kevin from CT

    Hey Jack,

    try this, If Hillary wins the primary, who does she pick for VP? Gore.
    Clinton, Gore, The ultimate dream team.
    That would be awesome.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  26. William Hamilton

    Hold on to your hat Jack! Why did Al Gore make an announcement yesterday that he (finely) supports Gay right and marriage?

    Could he be thinking about running as an Independent?
    Could he be teaming up with Mayor Bloomberg to form an independent ticket?
    Could a new day be dawning?

    January 25, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  27. Paula

    Yes, in a big way. Al Gore has proven over and over again that he has the right stuff. He picked his life up after the election debacle and followed his path. He is a true leader and advocate for this country and the world. A man of intellect and integrity , not one to follow anyone else's drumbeat. Could we be so fortunate!

    January 25, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  28. David Harlow

    Al Gore is presidential in only Al Gore's mind. If the Democrats nominate him, they guarantee the Republicans four more years in the White House.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  29. Ralph

    No, Jack. Keep him involved in environmental protection and out of politics. There are enough Democratic candidates making fools of themselves – why add one more?

    January 25, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  30. Scott

    As much as I wanted him to run before – I believe it is too late for him to jump in – People need to take a long hard look at Edwards – He is the only one that stays on point – He was my third choice a month ago but now is my choice. People talk about needing focus to be President – Edwards is the only one that has not lost it.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  31. Jim

    There is more than room for Al Gore regardless of what Hillary and Barack do as long as he doesn't bring whining Joe along and the courts keep out of the results. Al and John Edwards would be an attractive ticket and would bring many young voters into the Democratic column on election day. He's already beat Bush once and all the Republican candidates, except Ron Paul, are simply Bush clones.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  32. bnthdntht

    Just like McCain, Gore's time has come and gone. Bush stole the 2000 republican nomination from McCain just as he stole the general election from Gore. If either of these men had won we would not be in Iraq,Bin Laden would be dead,we would have an energy policy for the people,and America would be held in high regard around the world. Bush did a 3fer he screwed McCain,Gore, and America.

    L.M.,America

    January 25, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  33. Sam

    Jack- No, I do not think Al Gore should run in this election, because it is already bad enough you have Hiliary and Obama throwing punches at eachother, just imagining the kind of punches that will be thrown at Al Gore by Hiliary, it is like opening a Pandora's Box in this much all heated race between Democrates.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  34. Pat in MIchigan

    Al Gore would make an excellent President , but then he won once and they wouldn't let him serve. Does that mean he is only eligible to run one more term?
    Seriously, I find Barack young and refreshing and I think he brings the type of hope this country desperately needs, along with his youth and vigor. He reminds me of JFK for capturing the attention of the younger voters and we need them to get involved. But if Barack gets dragged into the gutter by and with the Clintons then I wouldn't mind seeing Al Gore spring to the rescue. The country could do a lot worse.....but then Bozo the clown would be an improvement over what we currently have

    January 25, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  35. GR

    No. Unfortunately, it's probably too late for Al Gore. However, if Clinton and Obama keep up the bickering, I think the people should make a loud statement by voting Edwards. And I'm not even an Edwards fan, but, "enough is enough."

    January 25, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  36. Peter

    It would only add to the confusion. I Think that Al Gore would be more bennificial to America right where he is. It is a 4 year term. We can always move in that direction if need be. Lets hope the current canidates wake up to the potential demise of their party and the loss of their potentials as the next preident.
    peter

    January 25, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  37. Susan

    Al Gore is everyone's first choice! It broke my heart to have to vote "undecided" for the Michigan Primary.
    I feel Gore can bring us back to a constitutional government and heal the country.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  38. Ken KS

    If Gore had not had the election stolen from him by Jeb Bush, Katherine Harris, the Supreme Court, and the rest of the Republicans, we wouldn't be in the economic mess, the illegal war, and the environmental mess we're in now. bin Laden would be dead, and Gore's grade card by NumbersUSA on the illegal immigration issue of "A". We sure don't need another four years of continued Bush policies and it's what the Republicans are going to give us if they win or steal the White House again no matter which of those clowns win, including the senile Ron Paul.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  39. Sharon

    I would absolutely love to see Al Gore run, and I think a lot of other Democrats and Independents would too. I think many people are realizing we're being left with a choice between a woman half of the country loves to hate and a man with very little experience.

    Of course, the media would probably start giving Al Gore a hard time like they did in 2000, and in a matter of months he would go from looking like a great candidate to an idiot. If the press hadn't beat him up in 2000 over small issues ranging from what he wore to the release of extra water to float his boat in New Hampshire, perhaps we wouldn't have had to live through the past seven years with Bush!

    January 25, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  40. Ryan Farrar

    He should have been in the race all along! actually, he should have been the president all along! he's done more for our country than Bush despite not having the power of the presidency over the last 8 years. And for the record, the electoral college is unconstitutional; the supreme court has been in denial of this for far too long.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  41. Don

    Why not Jack, all the Liberals need is one more "Loser" in the fray! You really think that someone who just came "Out" in support of same sex marriage and has been beating the drum on an alleged Global Warming SCAM has a snoballs chance?

    Get real!!!!!

    January 25, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  42. Theresa

    Al Gore. No! How about Hillary for President and Obama as Vice-President? Could they, would they, share the spotlight? Obama could shout "Change" and Hillary could put it into action.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  43. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Al Gore won the presidency but was cheated out of it by a crooked and corrupt supreme court. Cheney,Bush and the rest of the gang of morons went on to plunder the country and the treasury for the benefit of their campaign contributers. Gore went on to much better things instead of whining about being screwed. Nobel Peace Prize,Academy Award,Emmy Award and the respect and admiration of the world,while bush will go down in history with the Booby Prize. No,Al Gore will not run because he will not belittle himself for such an insignificant office.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  44. john

    Why, to lose again?

    January 25, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  45. Greg, NY

    He should consider running. In his case he can bring both experience AND change, therefore cancelling out both sides of the argument right there. His Nobel Prize can't hurt either.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  46. Michael

    Unless the Democrats start sticking up for the middle class values makes no difference who they run. No one wants another 4 years of Bill Clinton in the Whitehouse and the country isn't ready yet to elect a African American president. Democrats need to start by changing there stance on giving citizenship to illegals. American working people do not want to give citizenship to illegals.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  47. Elvis

    Heck yeah, Al Gore should enter the race.

    And Michael Bloomberg, too.

    If enough of these pretenders pile on, that just might leave an opportunity for the real deal – Ron Paul – to at least make it into the red zone.

    Elvis
    "...has left the building and is thinking outside the box."

    January 25, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  48. Donald Trader

    No, Mr. Gore should announce who he supports instead. So should all the other elites of the Democratic Party, to see where they stand. I hope they support Obama publicly and loudly, and put an end to the Clinton dynasty for good. It's time for the oversize hatbands to say what they're covering with their hats.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  49. Judy

    Hind sight is 20/20 vision. Clearly, we wouldn't be in THIS mess, but just think if Gore wins the democratic nomination, and picks Hillary as his vice presidential running mate. Just a little food for thought.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  50. Phyllis Hancock

    Former vice president Gore should not enter the race. The reason is simple. He has accomplished much by bringing attention to the problem of global warming. There is still much to be done in this area. If he ran he would easily win. However, as president, he would not have the time to devote to this important issue. The only reason I would be happy to see him run is because he would receive a Huge number of votes in Florida. These votes would come from those who have been living with guilt because of their previous vote for Bush

    January 25, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  51. danny

    Too little, too late for Gore. I am more then willing to go back in time for the CLINTONS but not for Mr. Gore, although I like him. He did beat Bush and should have been President. We can only hope that when Hillary beats McCain, it will really count and she will hold her hand up and be sworn in. Maybe she will appoint Mr. Gore in her cabinet for the environment. That would be good.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  52. James

    Jack,
    Gore is a friend of the Clinton's and it is my guess that he wouldn't dream of getting in Hil-Dog's way. Besides, who really thinks Gore is any different than the rest of these puppets.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  53. Deanna

    No, I think it would be in poor taste on his part to join in; I rather he endorse Barack Obama, that would be a hit for both Clintons, (if he wants to get back at them) for how he was treated when he was running for President. I love this stuff!

    January 25, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  54. Alex Smith

    I like Al Gore, but I don't know if it would be the right time. There are so many names you could throw out there. Unity will be brought to the party regardless, because it has to be and they know that. Now Al Gore my help in that process but running, I don't believe is in the cards. Go Hillary

    January 25, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  55. ginger

    Sure, why not. He can ride in on that white horse ( as always, environmentally correct) and join in the fray. Then the Clintons can dance to "Don't start thinking about tomorrow "at his inauguration ball and Tipper can tell Hillary what she really thinks of her!

    January 25, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  56. Chris From NY

    Jack, Could it possibly be that he is holding out for the VP job.....Clinton / Gore....it kinda has a ring to it. It is sad that Ron Paul can clearly win the republican debate last night and get less press coverage than a man who is not even running.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  57. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Consider is not the word. It is Al Gore's responsibility to save the democrat party from it's own destruction. Things are going from bad to worst and Al Gore can change many democrats opinion to continue their support. Get in the race now Al Gore, you've got my vote.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  58. LB

    Hi Jack,

    It works for me, anybody except the Clinton's, the Democratic Party is going in the tank faster than the economy!!!

    LB

    January 25, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  59. Jason

    Jack

    Gore should enter and run as a Independent. Forget the Democratic party, if they don't want you, then you don't need them. Gore is what the country needs, someone with common sense!!

    January 25, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  60. Jerry Wilson

    Al Gore has decided not to run, and voters are slowly moving toward Hillary. However, if Al decided to run he would make a great president, as would Hillary, or Barack.

    Jerry Wilson

    January 25, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  61. Tina

    And he gets in and looses again, then what? Run to the Supreme Court and sue once again? I don't think so. Keep doing what you are doing cause the courts will just give your votes to the Republicans just like the last time and I am not ready for another hanging chad debate.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  62. Brian

    Jack, I get the impression that Gore doesn't want to run. Also I believe if something like that did occur, we would finally see Hillary do something like holding her breath to get her way......................one can only hope. keep up the good work. Brian ,Ohio

    January 25, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  63. Angie from Washington State

    Absoutely we don't want a candidate picked by default again, He has been there and he would definately change things in the white house He is also inteligent, and adds hope to people everywhere. I would vote for him maybe he could help with global warming as well.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  64. MARIA HANNA

    Jack, leave Al alone, he has found his nitch. You know what would happen if he would enter the race. You news people would tear him apart and would try hard as hell, to pit him agains whomever he is running against. Maiby this is what you want – another candidate to put up high on a pedicil and than tear him down.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  65. Carl in New York

    Al Gore cannot afford to enter the race. If he did, he would loose the aura of being a Nobel prize winner, and revert to being overweight, quirkey, Al. That, and the American political machine would tear him and his stances on topics like gun control and global warming apart, perhaps even worse then in 2000.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  66. Ben O'Hara

    Jack, I like Al Gore, voted for him in that ill-fated election that could have nipped this fiasco in the bud, BUT... at this late stage in the game I am afraid that his entry into the ring would only fracture the party worse than it already is.

    I say vote for the candidate that you feel is best and then when one of those becomes a clear winner, EVERYBODY gets behind that candidate 100% and that includes Al Gore.

    And, BTW, I am sick of hearing about all these candidates being the "candidate of change". I am waiting for one to have the guts to specify "Change For The Better". Because in politics, I have learned that what is NOT said, is quite often more important than what IS said. Always, look behind the obvious.

    Ben, Hershey, PA

    January 25, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  67. Wendel

    Al Gore would have been President if he had bowed out graciously back in 2000. He is like a jack in the box and keeps popping up at opportune times. I think Hilliary and Barack should stop turning the crank to keep Al Gore in the box.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  68. Kirk Neuman

    No. If Gore were to enter the race, the Democratic party would be worse off than without him. Remember the guy named Fred Thompson? It took him months to make the decision to enter the Republican race. You, the news, and lots of other people thought that Thompson would run away with the Republican nomination. Now, less then a month after Iowa, he's out of the race. He never even placed. Gore could possibly end up being the Democratic of Thompson.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  69. Jenny from New York

    I'm an Obama supporter, but I'd much rather see him beaten by Gore than Clinton!

    January 25, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  70. Patty in KC

    Of course he should. Then perhaps he can be RE-elected president in 2008.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  71. Anthony Burgess

    Al Gore: Yesterday's man; too late for America's tomorrow

    January 25, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  72. Molly

    Absolutely!

    January 25, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  73. Scott, IN

    Gore will never run because he would be forced to openly debate "global warming" (or "climate change" or whatever the current buzzword is), and we would have both sides challenging each other's "facts".

    January 25, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  74. Gary

    How is Fred Thompson's run going?

    January 25, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  75. Brian

    I think Al Gore should run. Obama should be his VP. It would send a message around the world that president elect 2000 Gore finally made it home to the white house.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  76. John from CT

    Why not? If the election is close again, the Supreme Court will side with the Nobel Prize winner, won't they?

    January 25, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  77. Tommy T. In Rural Indiana

    Jack,

    Lord, Lord, please, no. Not that Gore ain't a great guy and all. It is enough of a mess as it is.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  78. Josh

    Why should Gore enter the race? He can get much more done to promote his views remaining independent from the political arena. If the Democrats need somebody to unite the party, why not look at who is already running. John Edwards would do a much better job as a uniter than Gore could.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  79. Carolyn in Mid-west

    I think Al Gore would really get a lot of the popular vote if he jumped into the race- you remember, just like he did last time!! He would make a great President!!

    January 25, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  80. April

    No, no and no. I can not handle anymore Al Gore. He needs to pack his things and get his "inconvenient" ass out of the spot light.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  81. Beverley

    Jack,

    OMG! Can you imagine the Clintons double teaming Gore! Gore entering the race sounds like a scheme only Karl Rove and his hench men could come up with! The democrats wouldn't survive the carnage or be a viable party for 25 yrs!

    January 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  82. James

    Based on the cast of characters we have running now......Big Al is exactly what we need.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  83. Patrick Connors

    Al was my man. Would love to see him as a candidate.
    Doubt that it will happen.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  84. Becky Brockman

    The press would love us to think that there are only 2 candidates currently in the Democratic race. Far from it. After the dust settles and Hillary and Obama are done with their food fight, John Edwards is going to emerge victorious.

    Al who? (He had his chance.)

    January 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  85. Desmera

    Jack, Gore would be making a terrible mistake if he were to run for president. The country has already decided Clinton and Obama are the two democrats who they would like to see the country be in the hands of. If anything Gore should examine where this election is going, and decide to endorse one of the two front runners, preferably Obama. The Clintons have already tarnished the democrats' reputation while Obama's campaign has tried to run on integrity and facts. It would help Gore, Obama and this country if Gore spoke out on the right side.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  86. Laura Thompson

    NO PLEASE !!!!!!!! We don't need anymore drama !!!!!

    January 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  87. Michael Williams

    I would work day and night to get Al Gore get elected, if he stepped in to save the party.

    If he does enter the race, will Hillary take him to the Supreme Court, in a battle for Florida's delegates? I don't see the Clintons relinquishing their power without a fight, even if it destroys the Democratic Party.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  88. Allen V

    No Al Gore shouldn't. Why did he spend his share of the money him & Bill got from China. For selling us out.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  89. Anonymous Coward

    I'm glad you were brought this to attention. If the democrats want to win this election, THEIR ONLY HOPE IS AL GORE. You can quote me on that.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  90. M J

    Why should Gore need to run. We have a viable candidate in John Edwards. He stands for everything Gore supports and then some. The media might forget Edwards, but we, the voters, do not.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  91. Scott Christian Bauer

    A better question would be whether or not the Clinton and Obama campaigns would sacrifice their own egos under such a circumstance and offer to release their delegates to vote for Gore if he would accept the nomination of the convention. Now *that* would be something to watch, don't you think?

    January 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  92. Don Currier

    Gore? Absolutely not! John Edwards is an excellant choice for the Dems and if not him then vote Republican. Huckabee or McCain would bring the change we need in this country.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  93. Pete Harris

    Absolutely! Al Gore should have been president in 2000 – He is now the most respected democrat in the US.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  94. Barry Dancer

    Jack,

    I've been hoping that Gore would run from the very beginning. And if he does, I hope Hillary Clinton is his running mate. Clinton/Gore cleaned up the mess of Bush Sr. It's time for Gore/Clinton to clean up the mess of Bush Jr.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  95. Maureen Meyer

    No. No one should have to face having more than one presidential election stolen from him. This country hasn't had a legitimate presidential election in a decade and the majority of Americans don't realize it.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  96. John

    I would eagerly support an Al Gore campaign for President of the United States.

    Can you say Gore/Obama?

    January 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  97. Jorge

    Jack,
    Of course!!! If Al gore decides to run I will support a Gore/Obama Ticket!!!!
    I am sick and tired of the Clintons!! If the Democratic party wants to win the White House then they need to avoid Hillary Clinto as the candidate!

    January 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  98. Angela

    I'd happily vote for Al Gore. I think he's the one Democratic candidate that the party will come together to back. Barack is a good inspiring man that CAN win (assuming McCain isn't the Republican nominee). But his naivete and lack of experience would make him an unmitigated disaster as President: Think Jimmy Carter Part II. Hillary would be a competent president but there's a more than fair chance she won't win the general election. Not only will she inspire the rabid right to come out and vote for the eventual Republican nominee (even if it's their worst case scenario and McCain gets it) but she's lost alot of the Obama voters who'd rather suffer under another Republican administration than support her candidacy. Obama 'ites are this year's Nader'ites.
    I truly think Al Gore is the one guy that ALL the Democrats could get behind.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  99. Mikek Vanderpool

    NO! Al Gore should not enter the race. There is no good candidate in either party. We need an independent who does not have lots of money, but cares deeply about America and has a very difinitive plan for our economy, and Iraq.
    Perhaps someone like Lou Dobbs!

    January 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  100. Eileen

    AL GORE.........PRESIDENT.
    Hip, Hip, Hooray.....I now would have a candidate to vote for.
    GO FOR IT MR. GORE...we Democrats need you.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  101. mike george

    jack, no, al gore should not enter the race–had he embrace the clintons instead of distancing himself, he would have already been president and we wouldn't be in the mess were in now, thanks to bush's totally inept handling of the presidency

    mike george
    elmira, ny

    January 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  102. Rouzy

    Jack, I think Gore is smarter than that. For the exception of not having the ability to launch a war, he is one of the most powerful leaders in the world, with a great legacy and place in history established. If he enters the race, it would be similar to Michael Jordan making that final comeback that really did not go well. What if he loses in the general election? He would lose his legacy!

    January 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  103. Pauline

    Heck no! If he couldn't win in 2002, why would anyone think he would win now? The grass always looks greener on the other side of the hill. It's not real; it's painted!

    January 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  104. Mark-Los Angeles

    I'd trade in my Academy Award for the chance to vote for Al. And yes I drive a Prius!!!

    January 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  105. Andrew

    This would be the greatest thing to happen for our country in decades. Al Gore, please for a moment push aside your friendship with the Clintons and put the welfare of your country first.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  106. Tom

    It's a no-brainer. Who else? A brokered convention with Edwards as king-maker would be a Democratic maelstrom with a Republican back in the White House for the next 4 years.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  107. Laurin

    Absolutely!! It's time for a statesman rather than more politicians. Gore would get my vote any day!!

    January 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  108. kay, Washington DC

    Hillary and Barack should be forced to share the ticket. Then on National televison at the DNC Al should be allowed to flip a coin to decide who will be the President and who should be the VP.

    Too easy.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  109. Greg, Yarmouth ME

    Al Gore took his defeat in 2000 and instead of sulking in the shadows of private life, retooled his image and message and catapulted himself into international reverence. Without a candidate with this same kind of goodwill towards the betterment of humanity, this election is going to be as devisive as any other. Gore/Oprah '08!!

    January 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  110. Jake

    Former Vice President Gore should consider becoming eligible for the Presidential race; however, no one knows what reaction the public would have. Gore is one of the last true Americans left who understands the responsibility of the Presidency along the goals that should be attained while holding the office. The voice of reason should be re-enstated in Washington; yet, I do not believe Americans would fully support Gore since he waited "too long" to enter the race. As a word of advice to the next President, read The Assault on Reason by Al Gore.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  111. Jim Blevins

    Certainly Al Gore should run for president. We should call in international monitors to insure a fair election. While this would be good for America, I can understand why Al Gore might not want to take on the political establishment.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  112. Virginia Ivy

    I would have voted for Al Gore in a minute if he had announced he was running.
    Until he came out this week endorsing marriage for gay couples.
    Now he can forget about running as far as I am concerned

    January 25, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  113. Lynda Chapple

    YES YES YES,
    He is a true leader. He is your countrys brightest light.
    Lets all keep our fingers crossed that he does enter .....soon!!!

    January 25, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  114. Steve Please

    With all the attention John Edwards is getting, I'm really glad to hear there's room for yet another over-rated candidate to join the fray! I just hope people start to weigh substance over rhetoric before its too late.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  115. Mike O.

    I think Vice President Gore was a strong senator and candidate for President when he lost to George Bush 8 yeears ago as the Democratic nominee. The Clintons and he had a fall-out. Clinotn's behavior in the Whitehouse with Monica and the impeachment made Gore look bad and the Democratic party lost in the electoral college eventhough Gore won the popular vote. Hillary Clinton and Al Gore often had differences during the 8 yrs. in Washington. Bill Clinton blamed Gore for losing because he didn't let Bill take an active role in his campaign. Gore pointing fingers back at the Clintons. In short I don't think Al Gore will get behind the Clintons now but I wouldn't at all be surprised if senator Obama asked the Nobel Peace Prize winner to run as his Vice Presidential candidate or serve in his cabinet in the Department of Energy to try to reduce global warming in a very real way... I think Al Gore may join Senator Kennedy, and Senator Kerry in endorsing Obama for President. The big questions is when former Senator John Edwards will pull-out of the race and if he'll chose to endorse Obama for President. Edwards has also run on a campaign of change and took a lot of negative hits from the Clinton campaign. He's not likely to endorse Hillary Clinton after all that negativity... I wonder if in November we'll see a McCain/Romney ticket vs. Obama/Gore? Time will tell. We're living through a most incredible period of time in our history... The torch has been passed to the next generation of Americans...

    January 28, 2008 at 11:23 pm |
  116. Jana

    Wow Al Gore In?

    I think the only other person more qualified than Hillary would be Al Gore.

    I’m all for the Woman from New York or the Man With The Nobel Prize and The Oscar

    As we watch the party fracture and splinter itself and we watch Washington Change Obama, within seconds, the same Washington Obama said he would change, we need a reality check and a bit of super glue to restore this party to sanity. It only Took a Kennedy to Make Obama now officially part of the Old Washington he so eloquently preaches about changing. Guess that coin got flipped. Looks like Obama got changed by the Old Washington. My, My How fast things change.

    Its a necessity to have diversity, its wonderful to have hope, its necessary to dream the great American dream, but " We the people" know how to dream. We know how to make it happen, we need a leader qualified to lead us and bring us together with a reality check list. Fix the economy, repair our relations with other nations, bring about Healthcare reform, protect the nation, and bring about jobs and PLEASE BEAT THE REPUBLICANS! Only Hillary or Gore can do this.

    When all is said and done- who can beat The GOP and it isn’t Obama that's clear.

    Please bring out the super glue and repair this party. And Bill, Mr. President...respectfully.. we love you...but for God sake....play the sax instead. Hillary has to win this and you need to chill out Mr. President. No more negative attacks, Hillary will shine brighter if you let her be her.

    J LN
    A California Hillary Democrat

    BTW.... RFK JR ....Endorsed Hillary!

    January 29, 2008 at 3:31 am |
  117. Chandler Stevens

    Yes, a man whose time has come

    January 29, 2008 at 4:40 am |
  118. Keith J. schultz

    No Gore should stay out. What everybody is forgetting is Edwards. He does not stand a chance. Yet, comes convention time he have enough delegates to tip the scales. I am sure he already knows who he will support. In the SC debate he gave some hints.
    Maybe we will see more on Thursday.

    January 29, 2008 at 7:15 am |
  119. Tim

    If the news media is complaining about dynasties we have to remeber that Al Gore is part of the so called "old dynasty" and of the old guard as Ted Kennedy. Seeing Obama sitting with Ted Kennedy at Bush's National Address didn't make me think of CHANGE but the SAME OLD SAME OLD! Obama goes around with this phony ballony veneer. He would do anything to get elected.

    January 29, 2008 at 7:59 am |
  120. Marcelle

    We would love to have Al Gore as President.

    January 29, 2008 at 9:28 am |
  121. James Brown (Independent )

    Gore is a has been and his time has past.

    January 29, 2008 at 9:42 am |
  122. Patrick Daughtry

    Gore should enter and ask John Edwards to be Vice President and put Bloomberg in as Secreatry of the Treasury, and Obama as Secretary of State, Hilary should stay in the Senate to push Congress along and appoint Bill Clinton and Mario Cuomo and Anita Hill to the Supreme Court.

    January 29, 2008 at 9:50 am |
  123. Rachel C

    Jack,
    I'm a former teacher- now a stay at home mom. Your commentaries are often the highlight of my day. I am so sorry for your loss. Your memoirs about your wife are touching yet frank. Thank you for the questions, insights and candor. Sympathies and healing to you and your family.

    September 6, 2008 at 12:42 am |