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Rivals fear the slim chance that says Gore may run again
The Times ^ | February 22, 2007 | Tom Baldwin

Posted on 02/22/2007 1:51:45 AM PST by MadIvan

Al Gore will be treading the red carpets of Hollywood on Sunday when he attends the Oscars where his climate change film, An Inconvenient Truth, has been nominated for the best documentary award.

But the man whom many Democrats still insist beat George Bush in 2000, is also keeping a toe-hold on the 2008 presidential contest by refusing to rule out, categorically, making another bid for the White House.

When asked — as he is frequently — whether he will stand again, Mr Gore professes exasperation before saying: “I can’t foresee circumstances in which I would.”

This is a similar form of words to those repeatedly used by Michael Heseltine to defuse speculation that he was planning to challenge Margaret Thatcher for the leadership of the Conservative Party — until he did just that.

Mike Feldman, a long-time friend and adviser to Mr Gore, told The Times: “Anybody who knows Al Gore will tell you that he is already involved in a campaign against global warming — and that is the only campaign he is involved in. But it’s right to say he has not closed the door (on the presidency) entirely. He is 58 years old and is not willing to do that just yet.”

Donna Brazile, who ran his last presidential campaign in 2000, last month teasingly told activists that she had not decided who to back for 2008. “Wait till Oscar night,” she said. “I’m dating, I haven’t fallen in love yet.”

Mr Gore has reinvented himself: a wooden performer seven years ago, he is now a passionate and visionary advocate for action against climate change.

And unlike Hillary Clinton, with whom he had a testy relationship in her husband’s White House, he opposed the Iraq War from the outset.

Mrs Clinton, along with other Democratic candidates, is now said to be anxiously studying his girth, which expanded rapidly when he left office six years ago, as a measure of his political ambitions. If they can get their arms around him, he might be standing or, as Ms Brazile put it: “on Oscar night, if Al Gore has slimmed down 25 or 30 pounds, Lord knows.” She believes that over a drawn-out race for the presidency, other candidates will be facing “burn-out” by the autumn. “Al Gore could enter the race tomorrow, September or November.

“A lot of candidates got in early for name recognition, or because they need the time to raise money, [but] Al Gore is a much different man than he was in 2000. He has the credibility and the stature. He has become a cultural hero,” she said.

Over the coming months he can easily maintain a higher public profile than many other candidates. In addition to the Oscars this weekend, Mr Gore has also been nominated for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize in October.

Nor should fund-raising be a problem for a man who is said to have amassed a personal fortune worth as much as $100 million (£50 million) by acting as an adviser to Google and Apple Computer since leaving the White House.

All of this does not, of course, mean Mr Gore will stand. But this weekend he stands astride the two great gossip factories of America: Washington on the east coast and Hollywood on the west. And, for the moment he seems happy, to keep the rumours alive.

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To: word_warrior_bob

"...A stiff, uncharasmatic robot who can parrot inane liberal positions, as long as he doesn't have to answer anything he hasn't been prepped for, then he's speechless. "

They don't call you "word warrior bob" for nothing! ;D!

21 posted on 02/22/2007 4:36:59 AM PST by poobear (Carter & Clinton - 'The Latter Day Church Of Jew Haters & Horndogs')
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To: word_warrior_bob

Bob,pretty much has Gore down pat.

If this dork ever got elected to the Presidency it would destroy America as we know it.

Gore as President would ruin this country with his eco-terrorism much like Mugabe has destroyed his country by outlawing the white farmers.

22 posted on 02/22/2007 5:01:54 AM PST by sgtbono2002 (I will forgive Jane Fonda, when the Jews forgive Hitler.)
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Best if we could get Gore AND Kerry back in the race.

23 posted on 02/22/2007 6:52:56 AM PST by Rio (Don't make me come over there....)
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To: word_warrior_bob
Al Gore might be the biggest simpleton ever on a National Stage, he is plain dumb.

That's puts him right in the mainstream of American voters, so don't think it's going to hurt his 2008 chances any. Whatever we think of him, he has an excellent chance to win it all.

24 posted on 02/22/2007 6:55:27 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: MadIvan


The only fear that Gore "rivals" have is that he might sit on them.

25 posted on 02/22/2007 6:57:33 AM PST by petitfour
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To: MadIvan

My answer to Al...

[cue John Cleese]

"No! Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time!"

26 posted on 02/22/2007 7:03:31 AM PST by RichInOC (He's Fat. He's Rested. He's Ready. Gore 2008.)
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To: petitfour
I do think the column is correct on this score - if Gore has lost weight, expect a run. If he looks still like Mao's bloated and mummified corpse, expect him to sit out.

Regards, Ivan

27 posted on 02/22/2007 7:05:34 AM PST by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: MadIvan
Gore entering the race would be desirable for us - a long, bloody fight between Gore, Hillary and Obama would weaken the Democrats going into the 2008 election. The only risk is that they may choose someone more electable than any of these three, such as Bill Richardson, if they damage each other too much.

Your take on the Republican candiates if pretty much spot on but your understanding of the Democrats needs a little help.

Barack Obama is Hillary's choice to keep out Edwards and will make her top one list of VP nominees...the only job for which he is qualified for. He is a lightweight and nothing but a mirage who will melt long before HRC demolishes Edwards and all the other strawmen. Biden, Dodd and anyone else in the Senate with half a brain will publically endorse HRC after the first caucus and then vote for someone else. They hate her.

There isn't going to be any mudslinging that is fatal to HRC or Barack if Barack wants to be VP and that is what he rationally knows is in his future. Rahm Emmanuel will pull his string with great skill and he'll dance to the tune written by the Clinton Criminal Creeps.

Bill Richardson is actually more of a joke than Ron Paul.

28 posted on 02/22/2007 7:15:24 AM PST by harrowup (I invite Gore to solve the Hillary-Barack problem by announcing in August...)
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To: word_warrior_bob

A true Manchurian Candidate.

29 posted on 02/22/2007 8:01:19 AM PST by headstamp (Nothing lasts forever, Unless it does.)
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To: MadIvan

Gore is the antiChrist- He's goign to be seen as the world's darling with his false global warming crap, and he'll rise to power on that majic carpet.

The following link is a signature link and does not relate to this thread

30 posted on 02/22/2007 8:53:50 AM PST by CottShop
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To: CottShop
I would have thought the anti-Christ would be less of a dork.

Regards, Ivan

31 posted on 02/22/2007 8:54:40 AM PST by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: MadIvan
“...He has become a cultural hero.”

If this is really true, then we are really doomed (and I don't mean in a fictional global warming scenario).

32 posted on 02/22/2007 9:22:44 AM PST by Anti-MSM
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To: MadIvan

lol true- perhaps I'm mistaken, won't be the first time

33 posted on 02/22/2007 9:50:22 AM PST by CottShop
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To: CaliGirlGodHelpMe

I agree.

The Clintons create a circus so the queen can escape scutiny during 2007.

He can't possibly be elected. He's a straw candidate. IMO

34 posted on 02/22/2007 10:47:14 AM PST by Finalapproach29er (Dems will impeach Bush if given a chance.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Richardson has scarcely done a damn thing
Didn't he attempt to pimp a job for monica when the Clintons called?

35 posted on 02/22/2007 10:49:08 AM PST by Finalapproach29er (Dems will impeach Bush if given a chance.)
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To: Elsie

Quit mincing words and tell us how you REALLY feel about Gore!!


Sorry, I tend to pussy-foot around things too much trying not to offend anyone, perhaps I should be a little more clear in stating my positions.

36 posted on 02/22/2007 12:20:01 PM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: Finalapproach29er

Yup. His closeness to the Clintons is why I can't imagine anyone else being Hillary's running mate. Outsiders are simply too risky.

37 posted on 02/22/2007 8:09:43 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: MadIvan

To: wouldntbprudent
If he loses some weight and gets back the "handsome" look...I think he's got a real shot.
Before I get flamed...there's a lot of Amurricans who go for style over substance.

I will go on record now. I think he has 2008 locked up.

4 posted on 07/30/2006 8:38:13 PM PDT by paulat
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38 posted on 02/22/2007 8:11:03 PM PST by paulat (I'd rather vote for somebody WHO CAN ACTUALLY BE ELECTED...than somebody NOT....)
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To: MadIvan
Donna, get a clue.

You were used in '00 as a token campaign babe for the dims, always WEEKS behind current events. You were good at regurgitating what they fed you, but they only threw you under bus in the end.

Remember now?

39 posted on 02/24/2007 2:31:02 AM PST by Watery Tart (Expendable crew member.)
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To: MadIvan
Statesmanlike. The state of Tennessee, to be exact.

40 posted on 02/24/2007 2:35:43 AM PST by Watery Tart (algoron: Constitutionally unable to run in 2008. He's been president since 2000, right?)
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