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Gore to Speak at Invesco Thursday Night

By Shailagh Murray
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Al Gore will have a prime speaking slot at the Democratic convention, sharing the bill with Sen. Barack Obama on Thursday night, Democratic sources said.

Some party insiders had promoted Gore as a go-for-broke vice presidential pick, but Obama's shortlist has narrowed to a handful of names, and President Clinton's former No. 2 isn't one of them. Yet Gore reinforces his status as one of the party's elder statesmen with one of the most prominent spots in the convention lineup.

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It's difficult to look at the damage done to this country by George and his cohorts and still read posts from Americans saying they are undecided or voting for McCain which means more of the same dangerous policies. Just how incredibly dense are those bubbles that we float around in?

We have been dumbed down so incredibly much. Please wake up before it's too late. They are taking our rights from us bit by bit. They are increasing surveillance on us bit by bit. They feed us frankenfoods laced with pesticides. They poison our air and water. Frogs are dying at an astronomically high rate. Bees are disappearing. Our drinking water is laced with pharmaceuticals. Yes, there's some scary sh-t going on. but, pleeeease pinch yourselves hard and wake up before it's too late.

Posted by: tankas1 | August 21, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

To Jan Patton: I'm an Obama supporter, but I have to come to Clinton's defense here. You said Hillary stole White House property? What on earth do you mean? I vaguely recall Fox Noise or Rush "Oxycontin" Limbaugh accused her of some such nonsense, but she did nothing of the sort.

In fact, Hillary raised a lot of money for the foundation that maintains the White House, donating her share of profits from her book "An Invitation to the White House".

Posted by: Jersey Bob | August 21, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it be "choice" if it snowed in the open air stadium during Al Gores speech? Denver has had a foot of snow on September 01 in the past.

Posted by: Greg Lang | August 21, 2008 3:42 AM | Report abuse

Wow, maybe when Gore's up there speaking, Obama will work his way to the stage, take Gore's hand and announce his co-patriot, VP Gore. I do think this is one of the best and strongest choices for the duo-ticket. Gore actually won in 2000 and between then and now he's gained much more knowledge and respect and now, 2008 is the time for Obama and Gore to win hands up... by a landslide.

Posted by: juzcuz | August 20, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Gore is flying into Denver on his private jet from the reports we are receiving.

Posted by: Truthteller | August 20, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Billy Bob, that I don't buy all of Gore's rhetoric. If that makes me on the FOX Payroll then so be it. Hardly think I would be on their payroll and going for Obama.

Sorry that simply pointing out the shortcomings of Gore's carbon credit scam and the fact he doesn't practice as dilligently as he preaches offends you.

So someone doesn't bow down to Gore and your rebuttal is to insult rather than point out some facts to support your view. No wonder we can never move forward.

Posted by: Independent Thinker | August 20, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

"Obama's shortlist has narrowed to a handful of names, and President Clinton's former No. 2 isn't one of them"

You write that like it's a fact. Please, you really don't know.

Posted by: pedestrian | August 20, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Al Gore was not a defeated person post 2000 as he has gone forth to tackle the Earth's climate crisis. The man displays strength, courage and the interest and capacity to make a difference. I agree with an above poster who suggests Al Gore can inspire those present and watching on TV to regroup and commit themselves to bringing about an Obama victory in November. The Clintons play a healing role at the DNC convention; Al Gore serves as a base motivator. And to think, Mitt Romney will also be speaking in Denver the same night at a counter DNC McCain rally---really now, who would you rather listen to?

Posted by: Lou R | August 20, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, I admit I was an Obama guy from the get go, but please with the disgruntled Hillary supporters. Nobody twisted her words and it doesn't make it so because it is your opinion. The country has Hillary and please tell me what exactly she did while we had her, no healthcare, war vote, we did get that dignified primary season where it was over months prior to her suspending her campaign but she stuck around to promote what agenda again? Someone please tell me why the NEEDS Hillary?

Posted by: deminohio | August 20, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I am a 45 year old undecided voter. If I had to look at experience then McCain certainly beats out Clinton or Obama. If I had to look at character then Obama beats out McCain's adultery and Clinton's theft of White House property and gross mismanagement of her campaign (is this a woman we want with her finger on the button "I'll get back to you in a few days?") I think one of the weird things is that the message boards keep Senator Clinton's name alive even when her campaign has been "suspended". No wonder the polls have Senators Obama and McCain ranked so closely. This may actually come down to a contest of the VPs- won't THAT be something??

Posted by: Jan Patton | August 20, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

This country needs Hillary!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: rlscml | August 20, 2008 1:55 AM | Report abuse

Al Gore is the most experienced, principled and visionary ex-politician in this country. Please do not be so blinded by the Republican talking heads and their character assassination that you cannot see who and what the man really is. It is my deepest regret that he will not be the next president; although in all fairness, I don't blame him a bit for not wanting the mud bath. Obama can only aspire to be half as good as a President Gore would be.

Posted by: Nora | August 20, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Jane Smith, are you really that gullible? Sounds like you've bought the Fox and John McCain talking points hook, line and sinker. I think you're right, let's just forged ahead with the same Bush policies that have our country in shambles after only eight years. I mean, certainly we can handle four more years of this excitement. Yes, let's root for McBush. Oh yes, Independent Thinker, you sure have Al Gore figured out. Are you on the Fox News payroll? Your both doing such a service to the country. No wonder the world thinks that US is a bunch of TV watching, ignorant slobs. We owe that to idiots like you both. Congrats!

Posted by: Billy Bob | August 20, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is a gift to the Democratic Party. Gore would be a great VP, again, but I think he's transcended politics at this point. The Clintons are on their way to becoming pariahs in the party after getting their collective ass handed to them by Obama. They are well on their way to becoming Liebermans themselves, hated by the party. Biden is great, Sebelius or Kaine good, but I'm thinking Gore for perhaps sentimental reasons. Heads up, Republicans. You are about to get your butts kicked big time.

Posted by: pacesuterra | August 20, 2008 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Obama better not pick Bayh or Nunn. If he does, I for the first time, will not vote democratic. I cannot support homophobes (Bayh and Nunn) and their conservative voting record. Bayh supported the occupation of Iraq and has not come out against it.

Posted by: j-m | August 20, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse

This is a great idea.

Al Gore was robbed of the presidency and has done some great work since then.

There are no two people on this earth who have been more burned by Clinton Ambition than AG and BO. The catharsis will have passed, the fabulous speeches will be done, and finally, the future of the party can begin. And the Clintons will not be a part of it.

Very fitting end to the convention.

Posted by: Susan | August 19, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I hope Obama makes a wise choice and not some retread that has been around playing politics for a lenghty period. HE has my vote, but could botch it.

Al Gore is a joke, a snake oil salesman with his carbon credit scam. How does buying credits from a 3rd world country that can't use them, then using them in an industrial country lower the polution in the country they are being used? Flying all over in private jets for speaking engagements is an environmentally sound move?Gore is like many of the jokes in politics that want us to do as they say, but not as they do.

Posted by: Independent Thinker | August 19, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

There are names missing from the lineup of speakers at the Democratic Convention, namely The Nation of Islam (good friends of Obama), one of the Castros, someone from Hamas, his very radical brother from Kenya, Paris Hilton, Jesse Jackson, Rev. Wright......guess they will be last minute speakers.

Posted by: Jane Smith | August 19, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Brilliant strategy for the Obama campaign!

Having Gore speak before Obama on the same night and in the same location, gives a certain poetic sense of Gore passing the baton of the Democratic Party leadership to him, a "bridge to the future".

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 19, 2008 4:34 PM

I agree. Al Gore has been my real president during the last 8 years. It was a shame to call George W. Bush "the President" when his presidential legitimacy was always in question since December 12, 2000.

Jimmy Carter and Al Gore are the only U.S. elder statesmen. Republicans have no one in equal stature and Bill Clinton is just another ordinary politician, not a statesman. Al Gore rightfully deserves the honor and respect he receives.

Posted by: politicalmajority | August 19, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

The only way Obama can win is if he chooses Al Gore. He can't choose Hillary because he spent month after month viciously attacking her and twisting her words. To choose Hillary would be disingenuous. He cannot win on his own merits... he is tanking in the polls and he is horribly weak compared to McCain. So his only hope is a big hitter like Gore and hope he can ride his coattails.

Posted by: DebC | August 19, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

With any luck it will snow in Denver right when Gore comes out onto the stage... Then a light will shine down upon him from somewhere and he will say "I have to vote for Hillary!" and then a comet will crash down from the sky and bash into the stage and the Denver earth will suddenly sink from 5280 feet to sea level in a sudden tectonic movement and the oceans will rise up over the east coast and a wave will crash into Gore as he yelps alarmingly about global warming and icebergs will fall from the sky and polar bears will rain down on the tips of the wave that sweeps Gore into the pages of history. Then Gores kids will write a new bible portraying him as Noah-Al and then 2000 years from now the Earth will be saved again as the moment is re-lived in an ever-lasting cycle of BS.

Posted by: Burt | August 19, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

If people need sophmoric symbolism and the continual "we were robbed" chant to get fired up that is sad.

Let's focus on real issues and get moving forward for a change.

Posted by: Independent Thinker | August 19, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

The republicans have ruined America's economy, it's environment, it's miliary, divided the nation, and smeared our moral standing in the World. 75% of Americans think that the Republican President is unfit for office. It's time for a change. Bush/Cheney/McCain. No More Years!

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 19, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Brilliant strategy for the Obama campaign!

Having Gore speak before Obama on the same night and in the same location, gives a certain poetic sense of Gore passing the baton of the Democratic Party leadership to him, a "bridge to the future".

Also to get the Democrats and Independents (and some Republicans) charged up, Gore only needs to challenge the people at the nomination speech to let not what happen to Gore in 2000 happen to Obama in 2008! Add to that a few chants of "FIRED UP! READY TO GO!" and the crowd will go wild for when Obama takes the stage.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 19, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

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