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Democratic Field Leaves Some Still Wanting Gore

Al Gore has said "no" for months now, but that didn't stop the folks over at draftgore.com from spending $64,575 for a full page ad urging him to run for president this year.

"You say you have fallen out of love with politics, and you have every reason to feel that way," the ad, in the New York Times, said. "But we know you have not fallen out of love with your country. And your country needs you now -- as do your party and the planet you are fighting so hard to save."

Gore has given no firm indication that he plans to run for president this year, preferring to bask in the accolades for his environmental movie and his crusade against global warming. He will find out on Friday whether he wins the Nobel peace prize for that effort.

A top aide told the Associated Press today that "He's making no plans, and we're doing nothing." But Roy Neel teased supporters, adding that "He's not ruled it out in the future."

A second presidential campaign for Gore seems less likely as front-runner Hillary Clinton solidifies her position at the top of the Democratic pack. The latest Washington Post/ABC poll showed her with a 33-point lead over Sen. Barack Obama nationally.

Gore's reputation has improved steadily since his narrow loss to George W. Bush in 2000. Now, he is treated like a rock star among some Democratic faithful who would like to see him in the office they believe he already won.

The draftgore site, which claims thousands of donors who helped finance the purchase of the Times ad, describes Gore almost as a deity.

"He's eloquent, passionate, relentless, undaunted," the site says. "Al Gore is also the lead champion in the fight against global warming, a passionate defender of our Constitution and an unyielding voice against the Bush Administration's abuse of power."

This summer, the group delivered more than 100,000 signatures on a petition to Gore's Nashville office. Whether that fawning adoration will work on Gore is unclear, however.

There's already one former Tennessee senator in the race for the presidency: Fred Thompson joined the Republican nomination battle after a successful effort to draft him that started last spring.

--Michael D. Shear

By Washington Post editors  |  October 10, 2007; 5:53 PM ET
 
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Recent polls showing Hillary in the lead were taken after she called Dick Cheney, Darth Vader, but before she voted "Yes" on the new Iran Resolution, declaring Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization, thus opening the back door to more war. Future polls will show a slump as people realize that she fell for the same gag again. Supporting the Webb ammendment requiring Busholini to obtain Congressional approval for the use of force, is not going to pass and if it does, will be vetoed, but it satisfies Hillary's need to straddle the issues. It doesn't satisfy my need for leadership. I'm disgusted with Democratz weak-kneed, non-strategy. Despite the fact that they do not have a veto-proof majority, there are many procedural maneuvers they could employ to force Busholini to observe the Constitution. Taking impeachment off the table is like putting up a big green light for Busholini to do whatever the hell he wants. That protecting the Constitution is "not worth it", to quote Pelosi, is my reason for refusing to contribute to the Demz. I will only contribute to those candidates who support impeachment of Bush and Cheney.

Posted by: Rainymtn9 | October 12, 2007 7:26 AM | Report abuse

If Gore runs, he'll get my vote in the primary. In any case, I'll vote for the Dem nominee.

Plea to Republicans in Congress: For the good of America, please resign or commit suicide. Thank you.

Posted by: owens1 | October 11, 2007 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm pulling for Barack, and I won't vote for Hillary if she gets the nomination. If Obama cannot overcome Hillary's lead then I'm all for Gore. I'm not a big fan of his, but I'll gladly take him over Hillary.

Posted by: thegribbler1 | October 11, 2007 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Al Gore is not likely to run. In this country is he who has the most money that leads the people. The country is gready for wealth and whoever they thing will creat wealth gets elected. The greedy 5 in office for life put in Bush in the office againts the will of the people and we are paying for it today. God does not like what has been going on this country in last 7 years. He will hear our pray next. We need someone that will deal with the world diplomatically instead of going to war at all time. What type of president do we have that will veto a bill for health insurance for the poor kids and will send billions to Iraq to be wasted. What is our benefit in Iraq. The oil we are fighting for will be sent through Iran when all is said and done. The Iraqi leaders do not want us to leave because we are providing for the greedy politicians. I foresee at least 30,000 soldiers in Iraq in the next 20 years. It will be nice if a democrate will win the election and bring back all our troops and let the Arab nations figure out how to bring peace in Iraq. There is some type of peace in Basra where the British left for the people to take care themselves and things are getting better in that area. Let the American people do the same so that the world will come to peace. Sorry, I forgot Bush is still in the office. He does not know how to get out just like he did not know how he got in. May God bless us for we are in a big trouble with our nation.

Posted by: realtylab2000 | October 11, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

It may be his DUTY to run.

Posted by: river845 | October 11, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse

November 2000: Sandra Day O'Connor was sitting at a Repiglican Dinner & Booze Election Day 2000 event and when the networks started calling Florida for Gore, O'Connor was quoted by a Newsweek article as saying the result "was awful, just awful." O'Connor should have recused herself after publicly making that statement which showed her still fresh Repiglican biases (remember that O'Connor was a Arizona legislator). Had O'Connor properly recused herself after publicly stating her biases, Gore would be President. The Y2K fix was in (I'm sure Jeb helped too) and that has caused the USA a lot of real problems.

gerald clough
laramie, wy
http://www.lostharvest.com

Posted by: lostharvestmovie | October 11, 2007 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Gore did not narrowly lose to George Bush in 2000 as this article states. He won the popular vote and a partisan effort by the GOP, aided by 5 corrupt Supreme Court justices ,stole the election from him. A travesty and a tragedy for this country and the world has been the outcome.

Posted by: rdklingus | October 11, 2007 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Run Al, please ruuuun!

I live in NJ which has been trending increasing blue and progressive. Every soccer mom I speak too is not in favor of Mrs. Clinton. They groan and roll their eyes at the mere mention of her. These are people who would want to vote blue in '08, but just can't warm to Hillary. Some of them say that at a time like this with the tensions in the middle east a woman would be the wrong person to deal with the Muslim leaders. I don't agree with this, but I do expect the republicans to use this as a meme, akin to Osama preferring Kerry over bush (which was retarded reasoning, IMHO). Unfortunately, I fear that Americans who aren't the deepest thinkers will fall for it once again.

Posted by: jam754 | October 11, 2007 7:04 AM | Report abuse

If Hillary is the BEST you have to offer the American people, it's no wonder Democrats are searching for an Alternative.

May i suggest, RON PAUL!!!! It will aggravate the RNC just as much as it angers the DNC. A perfect candidate.

With warm regards, TheJones55

Posted by: TheJones55 | October 11, 2007 3:56 AM | Report abuse

Bring back Gary Hart! What about Mike Dukakis, or Walter Mondale? All of these guy haven't hit eighty yet! Just think of
the experience each would bring to the job!

Chris Matthews on Hardball today gave the Gore story just the amount of time it deserves- 30 seconds.

Posted by: kolp999 | October 10, 2007 9:28 PM | Report abuse

I hear the same thng about Hillary....more of a MSM and a Republican Party message about her lead than what I hear on the streets.
Al Gore still has time to see if Hillary will implode in the early primaries, not getting enough delegates for a first round ballot win at the Democratic convention.
We have NOT heard the last of Al Gore for some months to come!!
Stuart & Robert Wyman-Cahall
Las Vegas, NV 89142

Posted by: straycatstu | October 10, 2007 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I would love to have Gore run.

It would be the best thing that has happened in 7 years!

Posted by: river845 | October 10, 2007 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I would like to know just who are those people that respond favorabily to H. Clinton in the "polls", I live in a left leaning democratic area, but have yet to hear anyone indicate that they back H. Clinton. When Barack Obama's or John Edward's names are mentioned, however, I hear a lot of positive statements. The MSM, Republicans, and the Clinton "handlers" have created the false impression that Clinton is the favorite among democrats. Please Mr. Gore, do not believe the polls showing mass approval for H. Clinton, because it does not exist. We would love for you to run for president and win again.

Posted by: bringbackimus | October 10, 2007 6:37 PM | Report abuse

...must be a slow newsday....gore....bore.....snore.......

Posted by: kolp999 | October 10, 2007 6:35 PM | Report abuse

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