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Here comes Al Gore again

Posted 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,

I think you could be right, but remember, Gore can talk about anything in front of the camera and play it off well. Thompson seems to put his foot in his mouth unless someone has written something for him beforehand.

In a debate, Thompson is going to lose. Why do you think he has been avoiding them like the plague? He wasn't testing the waters, he was bathing in stagefright.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Mon, Sep 17, 2007, at 11:00 AM

Republicans are fighting an uphill battle no matter who they nominate. All the Republican candidates are boring and more of the same in my opinion. The only Democrat that I feel is qualified is Hillary and she will feel pressure to make well thought out decisions daily due to her being the first female president.

-- Posted by nathan.evans on Mon, Sep 17, 2007, at 11:49 AM

Oh, absolutely there is a good chance the draft movement will succeed in having Al Gore enter the race and win.

But there are many better choices for a running mate that shares similar views, principle and policy for Al Gore, the President, that he will be able to choose when the time comes next year.

Time for a COOL change,

Gore

2008

-- Posted by LindainSFNM on Mon, Sep 17, 2007, at 12:26 PM

Gore / Clinton 08

Clinton / Gore 08

-- Posted by nathan.evans on Mon, Sep 17, 2007, at 1:11 PM

Plllleeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaassssssseeeee! The guy couldn't even win his own state when he ran. I guess he was too busy inventing the internet at the time! :)

Alfred E. Nueman is still the best candidate so far with this sorry bunch.

-- Posted by rebel4ever37 on Mon, Sep 17, 2007, at 2:22 PM

Some folks think we've already elected Alfred E. Newman: http://nynerd.com/whatever-happened-to-a...

-- Posted by David Melson on Mon, Sep 17, 2007, at 3:23 PM

Too Too funny. Ok. I want to switch my vote to Pat Paulson now!!!!

-- Posted by rebel4ever37 on Mon, Sep 17, 2007, at 4:46 PM

Gore would have my vote...again!!!

-- Posted by Dianatn on Mon, Sep 17, 2007, at 5:23 PM

What me Worry? Ok, I think I just aged myself.

Al needs to stay home. I think anyone who can't carry his "home" state and loses should be a scratch from the race.

Thompson's timing had nothing to do with the debates. Entering the race when he did allowed him to delay disclosing his total contributions until after the 4th quarter closed. I personally think it's a smart move given the fact he was essentially drafted into the race. When he does get in, I wouldn't want to be up there against him. As much as people want to claim he's an "actor" (even he'll argue he's not a great actor) the fact is he's a trained litigator and a good one at that. He knows the issues and more importantly he knows everyone else's position on those issues.

Hey, is Paulson running again? :)

-- Posted by Tim Baker on Mon, Sep 17, 2007, at 6:37 PM

Plllleeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaassssssseeeee! The guy couldn't even win his own state when he ran. I guess he was too busy inventing the internet at the time! :)

Alfred E. Nueman is still the best candidate so far with this sorry bunch.

-- Posted by rebel4ever37 on Mon, Sep 17, 2007, at 2:22 PM

AND GEORGE BUSH COULDN'T EVEN WIN HIS OWN COUNTRY...

I would love to see Clinton/Gore '08 or Obama/Gore '08 either one!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Sep 17, 2007, at 7:15 PM

Last time I looked Darrick Mr. Bush was still President of this country although I would submit that winning the country is just a tiny bit more difficult than winning ones home state.

The people of Tennessee recognized Gore for the fraud that he is. The rest of the country has now. He will doom any candidate paired up with him.

Agree with you Dr. Baker-Go Paulson!!!

-- Posted by rebel4ever37 on Mon, Sep 17, 2007, at 8:58 PM

Of course he was still president rebel, but that has NOTHING to do with the fact that he LOST the election..

The people of Tennessee realized Gore may have been born here but he was raised in DC.... Bush was born and essentially raised in Connecticut and everyone thinks he is a Texan.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Sep 17, 2007, at 9:32 PM

It has everything to do with the fact that he won the election and is OUR President sir.

Gore failed to win the popular vote in his home state of Tennessee, which both he and his father had represented in the Senate. Had he won Tennessee, he could have won the election without Florida. Gore was the first major party presidential candidate to have lost his home state since George McGovern lost South Dakota in 1972.

It was the good people of Tennessee that kept this wannabe Volunteer from being elected. They had had enough of his brand of politics already!

-- Posted by rebel4ever37 on Tue, Sep 18, 2007, at 3:17 PM

Court decided elections should be illegal...

He loved the courts deciding his victory, but now that he has 'executive privilege' the courts are nothing to him..

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Tue, Sep 18, 2007, at 4:27 PM

He is in NO WAY MY PRESIDENT...let's get that one straight. He was basically given the election. The popular vote showed that Americans didn't want him. He was given the presidency like you give a child a new toy.

Tennesseans were just blinded by his "good ole boy" act (well not all, because he sure didn't fool me), hopefully they know better now.

You love him so much there rebel, sign up and go fight for his beloved oil.

-- Posted by Vindicated on Tue, Sep 18, 2007, at 5:20 PM

Like it or not he is the American President until the next election. My stance on his presidency is well documented vindicated. He has been a huge disappointment to say the least but I am not willing to distance myself as an American citizen because he is in office. He is the President because the system in place to decide such outcomes ruled in his favor. Popular votes are nice but it is electoral votes that decide elections. If you don't like that then work on changing the system so that it never happens again. I wonder if Gore had been benefit of the same process instead of Bush and named President if you would still be sniveling about the system then?

-- Posted by rebel4ever37 on Tue, Sep 18, 2007, at 11:08 PM

I sure would.. It isn't right for anybody to have an election decided by the courts... Just like anything else "too close to call" there should have been a run-off, then had George Bush won "fair and square" then this debate would not even be happening...

If Gore or any other Democrat had the same thing happen and they were the decided victor, I would not want the victory, and I most certainly wouldn't want to be known throughout history has having the elections handed to me by a single court system in which your very own family member was the governor and the woman he decided for him, was appointed by him too. Regardless of party affiliation, it isn't right for a country to have a leader DECIDED for them by the courts.

Bush won fair and square in '04, but the biggest blunders he started happened way before that!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Wed, Sep 19, 2007, at 7:21 PM

YAY.... he won the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE.. whoo hooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by nascarfanatic on Sat, Oct 13, 2007, at 10:28 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.