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Talking Up Gore in '08

Al Gore has his first inside-the-Beltway endorsement for a 2008 presidential run.

Al Gore
Gore probably isn't thinking about a 2008 run yet. His second book on the environment is due out next month and is tied to a documentary about Gore's environmental campaigning that was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in January. (Reuters)

During an appearance on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" program this morning, Rep. James Moran (D-Va.) urged the former vice president to seek the Democratic nomination again.

"I'd like to see him get into the race," Moran said. "He won the popular vote in 2000. And I think he's even stronger and more committed."

OK, so it's not quite an official endorsement by Moran, but pretty close. Interestingly, Moran was an early critic of Gore, saying of him in 1999: "The problem is, it's so difficult when you have been seen for eight years. I mean, people got tired eventually even of Jerry Seinfeld, and Al Gore is no Jerry Seinfeld."

A year later, however, Moran emerged as a leading voice for Gore to continue his recount fight in Florida in the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election.

A potential Gore candidacy in 2008 is a hot topic among party insiders, many of whom feel he is the only potential candidate who could make a real run against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) for the Democratic nomination. As for Gore himself, he continues to insist that he has no interest in another presidential bid.

I recently examined the pluses and minuses of a potential Gore bid in twin posts: "The Case for Al Gore" and "The Case Against Al Gore."

I'll be arguing for and against each of the potential presidential candidates over the coming months. Look for "The case for Rudy Giuliani" on The Fix this afternoon.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 15, 2006; 12:35 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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