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Al Gore Endorses Barack Obama

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Posted on Jun 16, 2008
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The former vice president is throwing his political capital behind the Democrats’ presumptive nominee. “From now through Election Day, I intend to do whatever I can to make sure he is elected President of the United States,” Gore blogged on Monday.

Al Gore’s Blog:

A few hours from now I will step on stage in Detroit, Michigan to announce my support for Senator Barack Obama. From now through Election Day, I intend to do whatever I can to make sure he is elected President of the United States.

Over the next four years, we are going to face many difficult challenges—including bringing our troops home from Iraq, fixing our economy, and solving the climate crisis. Barack Obama is clearly the candidate best able to solve these problems and bring change to America.

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By fireman john, June 20, 2008 at 4:04 pm Link to this comment
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Al Gore is is a charlatan, opportunist and misinformed
global warming alarmist. Scientists can’t conclusively
determine our role in the earth’s temp change; but Gore can?

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By aditya, June 17, 2008 at 11:59 am Link to this comment

To say Al Gore has no political sway or that he is inconsequential in this race is to ignore the millions of people who consider him a responsible statesman who fights for global issues.

The point that these voters are already overwhelmingly pro-Obama is a valid one though.

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By cyrena, June 17, 2008 at 11:39 am Link to this comment

Andrew…Your post it great. Says it all.

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By Bruce Welsh, June 17, 2008 at 9:20 am Link to this comment
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How can an endorsement from a deceiving, truth bending, morally bankrupt individual be considered a good thing?

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By Brown, June 17, 2008 at 5:45 am Link to this comment
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Ok, whatever I guess…
but McCain’08!

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By Aegrus, June 17, 2008 at 5:34 am Link to this comment

I do appreciate, in some terms, how Al Gore waited until a small time after the primary race had concluded to endorse Obama. Honestly, I had hoped Edwards would have done the same. Still, there is the whole safeness of an endorsement now, which irks me a little.

But, whatever.

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By Collector, June 17, 2008 at 5:19 am Link to this comment
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By Andrew, June 17, 2008 at 12:28 am Link to this comment
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Sore loser? Yes, I suppose when 5 out of 9 Supreme Court justices wrench your popular vote victory from your hands a month after the election, one might be bitter.
Politically neutered?
Half of the country (at least) is still pissed off about the 2000 election. The other half secretly wishes they had voted the other way.
Not in the public eye? Um, Nobel Prize, Academy Award.
Who is he going to pull to Obama not already headed there?
Certainly former Hillary supporters. Maybe even a few jackasses like you.

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By expat in germany, June 16, 2008 at 11:31 pm Link to this comment
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I think some of you are missing the point. There’s nothing “tragic” about Al Gore. He has found his voice and his purpose since “losing” the last election; and what he can potentially bring to the next election is energy and momentum. I’m 52 and it’s hard not to be jaded, but resignation is a far bleaker alternative.

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By Cecilio Moraga, June 16, 2008 at 10:00 pm Link to this comment
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Sore Loser!

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By Andy, June 16, 2008 at 9:39 pm Link to this comment
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What sort of “political capital” does Al Gore still possess?  He has been politically neutered for eight years now and is making his living through the “Commencement Circuit” these days.  This is not news at all since he is no longer in the public eye…just a tragic, tragic figure…

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By Justice Now, June 16, 2008 at 8:21 pm Link to this comment
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Yes this is the way a class act would handle such a thing. As for Ralph Nader being the reason Al lost the election is another thing entirely.
If Ralph’s party’s president had passed NAFTA and the Telecommunications Act, not pushed for health care past the first part of his first term, let over one half million Iraqi women and children die from sanctions, bombed aspirin factories, showed his spine to be a banana while setting a “don’t ask - don’t tell” policy, and been so sleazy as to do an intern in the Oval Office, that party too would have lost it’s support and not been elected. In that case, clearly, we were not dealing with a class act.

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By cyrena, June 16, 2008 at 3:54 pm Link to this comment

You GO Big Al!!

Thank you for being the class act that you are, and intentionally staying above the fray until we the people had decided.

Oh Yeah! This is good.

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By mill, June 16, 2008 at 2:55 pm Link to this comment

What did Gore accomplish, sitting on the sideline until things were already decided?  People think Mr Gore was likely to vote for McCain, or Ron Paul, or Nader?

I doubt Nader, since he cost Gore the Presidency.
Ron Paul - ideological opposite.
McCain?  Compared to any Dem run by the party?

I don’t see any value in his announcement, now that the nominee is clearly chosen.

Who does he bring to the Obama side who wasn’t headed there already?

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