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Draft Gore Movements Get Creative

This morning's news that former Vice President Al Gore has won the Nobel Peace Prize means chatter about a possible presidential bid will only intensify. Gore's spokeswoman Kalee Kreider told The Fix on Thursday that "we truly appreciate all the enthusiasm out there for the former vice president, but he does not have any intention to run for President."

Tell that to the dozens of people producing "Draft Al Gore" videos on YouTube.

Using a combination of flattering photographs, clips of his speeches, footage from his Oscar-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," and news reports about Hurricane Katrina, Gore supporters are doing what they can to convince him.

The best video seen so far, "Come Monday I could be happy." Produced and posted very early Friday morning, the video uses Jimmy Buffett's "Come Monday" to make the point: "Come on now, Al, and run. Make all of our Mondays better." A bit of a stretch, but creative:

"Draft Al Gore for President in 2008" combines the veep's old speeches, footage from his documentary, and Katrina-related clips, then ends by stating, "Run Al Run...2008 is calling."

This video from mid-March promoted DraftGore.com, and urged the former Tennessee senator to run:

DraftGore.com includes an online petition, the chance to buy Draft Gore merchandise, the call to sign upvolunteers in your state, and videos like the one below, which ties Gore to John F. Kennedy, suggesting they're both leaders who've inspired the world to action. The video makes wide use of archival photos.

"Al, the world needs you," the video states. "It's imperative... you know it... we know it... So just do it."

Will all this online activism convince the Gore-acle? Stay tuned.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  October 12, 2007; 7:55 AM ET Al Gore
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"Will all this online activism convince the Gore-acle?"

Probably not.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | October 12, 2007 8:10 AM

I believe Gore will not run- he openly supports carbon taxes, for example, which may be sensible, but is certainly a political kiss of death at the moment. The ironic, and important, point here is that Gore can probably make a greater impact outside of electoral politics than inside. That this is the case for someone literally born into the business of politics tells us a good deal about the decreasing importance of some of the traditional paths to power.

Posted by: jhherring | October 12, 2007 8:27 AM

Gore needs to run. Hillary is too polarizing and has too many negatives for the general election and Obama lacks maturity and
poise. Gore can bring all the varied factions of the Democratic
party together. He also has more executive experience than Hillary, Obama, Edwards et al combined. This is no time for
learning on the job in the White House.

Posted by: Grover | October 12, 2007 8:43 AM

Al Gore is a great person. He is intelligent and thoughtful. I respect him and believe he would be a good President. That said, Al Gore was an absolutely lousy candidate in 2000. In fact, if Al Gore was even just a mediocre candidate this country would not be in the mess it is in right now because he would have won the 2000 election by a margin that would not have required a recount in Florida. I suspect Gore knows all this which is why he won't run. And I have to guess that the people pining for him to run now either were not around in 2000 or have short memories.

Posted by: DAOB48 | October 12, 2007 8:53 AM

Yes Gore was a mediocre candidate in 2000. But, it is my belief based on his public approach to environmental work that he would be a much more personable and passionate candidate the second time around. The country really needs someone of his intellect and conviction. The current field of candidates from both sides lack his depth and ability. Run AL, Run, Please!

Posted by: drtompotts | October 12, 2007 9:30 AM

If Al Gore decides not to run, the Nobel committee should rescind his prize. Surely, anyone that has the power to affect change the way Gore can, but chooses to sit back and watch everything spiral to hell does not deserve the Nobel Peace Prize.

Posted by: Scipio | October 12, 2007 9:43 AM

It's time for a Real President, one who has always had popular support, one able to see reality and come up with solutions, not the incompetent America-hating wrecking krewe we have now.

Posted by: WillSeattle | October 12, 2007 1:46 PM

I think we will deeply regret electing someone who's sole issue is a dramatisation of an unproven theory of carbon dioxide driven climate.

Posted by: Edward | November 28, 2007 8:15 AM

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