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Here comes Al Gore againPosted Monday, September 17, 2007, at 9:59 AM
Seems like every few months Al Gore suddenly pops up again -- on stage.
Live Earth. The Oscar and Emmy awards.
I know Gore says a '08 presidential campaign is unlikely. And it's maybe a little late to enter the game, though Fred Thompson would disagree.
But it seems like Gore's done a lot in the past few years to loosen his formerly "stiff" image. Just chance -- or calculated moves for another presidential run?
I'd guess Gore would instantly become the Democratic leader if he entered the race. Gender issues aside (and America, hopefully, has grown beyond judging candidates on gender), Gore comes across as more likeable than Hillary Rodham Clinton, who seems a little arrogant to me. A Gore-Barack Obama primary would be a knock-down, drag-out fight. Does anyone think John Edwards still has a chance?
Thompson, like Gore, also seems like someone who appeals more to the mainstream than Rudy Giuliani.
Guiliani isn't going to do well in small-town America where his personal life will likely be brought up.
Gore vs. Thompson.
Improbable. But, considering their recent backgrounds, definitely a made-for-TV race.
Both know how to play up to the cameras -- as if any modern candidate for higher office isn't already, to some extent, an actor or actress.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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