Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

There are rumblings that an Al Gore endorsement for Barack Obama could be forthcoming. Not sure if this has been posted on MyDD yet. I think an Al Gore endorsement before super tuesday could be important because - combined with Kerry, Ted Kennedy and many others- it could lend some heft to the Obama candidacy.

I wrote a diary about endorsements a few months ago and I always thought the more important ones were Teddy and Al. There seemed to be agreement at the time that neither of them would endorse but Teddy has and Al could be next.

I think these endorsements are more important for Obama than Hillary. They mean more to him because they demonstrate that party leaders believe he has the necessary experience but more importantly perhaps they send a signal to the party faithful that this is a serious guy worth a long look.

I have reproduced a post from DailyKos which alerted me to the possibility of this endorsement. I will be at the Obama event with Ted Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy tomorrow here in Washington DC. I have to say I'm looking forward to it!

Al Giordano of THE FIELD Hints: Gore to Endorse Obama
by GreenSooner
Sun Jan 27, 2008 at 02:29:49 PM PST

Over on THE FIELD, Al Giordano's primary blog, the proprietor has just suggested that his more famous namesake will soon be endorsing Barack Obama.

For those of you who haven't been following it, THE FIELD has been among the most compelling reads on this year's primary race.  Giordano has been doing some great reporting. And he's not afraid of making bold predictions.  Some have been right--he called the Iowa results and the South Carolina Democratic delegate count--some have been wrong--he blew the New Hampshire Democratic Primary.  But his predictions about endorsements have generally been on the mark. He called Kerry. He called Kennedy. He called Sebelius.  

And now he's hinting like crazy that Al Gore is going to be on the campaign trail soon for Obama.

Tags: Al Gore, Barack Obama, Endorsements (all tags)

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52 Comments

Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

I assume this is nothing more than a guess?

Here's an endorsement which is for sure: Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, who is giving the Democratic response to the State of the Union.  After that she will return to Kansas and endorse Obama.

by Piuma 2008-01-27 03:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

I don't care if Jesus Christ endorses Obama. I will assume they were fooled, feel sorry for them and still do my best to make sure he is not the candidate.  Ever since he proved to be one of the dirtiest campaigners ever, amoung other things calling the Clintons racists and liars, I am pretty sure I will stay home on election day if he is the nominee.  He is a phony, a liar and a crook.

by MollieBradford 2008-01-27 03:19PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

Mol, I would suggest not only staying home on election day, but getting out of politics all together.  You're the buttoned-down, DLC-type that pollutes the party.  Hit the road.

by PositiveFreedom 2008-01-27 05:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

I think Mollie might be to the left of Karl Marx.

by Steve M 2008-01-27 05:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

yikes - you haven't heard her "naderite scum" screed, huh? Vile stuff from Mol, the kind of stuff that drives fairer souls off this site...

by PositiveFreedom 2008-01-27 05:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

The problem most liberals have with Nader is not his ideology.

by Steve M 2008-01-27 05:23PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

Let me get this straight here:  You signed up TODAY for this blog and presume to tell posters who have been here for many months to "hit the road"?   So far all I see is "troll," but I am hoping (probably against hope) that THIS fresh, new Obama poster offers something more to the blog.  

by georgep 2008-01-27 05:09PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

Wield your troll saber, George.  I was here before, bailed on the garbage, signed back in as I couldn't recall my password...and it's like a timewarp.  Even your prissy offense-taking is the same.  Sad...Well, I'm off to Kos.

by PositiveFreedom 2008-01-27 05:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

I said SO FAR.

Attacking long-time posters and telling them to "hit the road" when you yourself "bailed on the garbage" is a sight to behold.  Are you not seeing the hilarious contradiction?  You BAILED, we STUCK AROUND.  

by georgep 2008-01-27 05:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

Yeah defend her right to spew vitriol. Did you read her post???? So longevity excuses hate speak?

By the way I seem to recall you didn't exactly stick around after Clinton got shellacked in Iowa. Weren't you gone until Hillary pulled NH out of the Shaheen machine's ass?

by crackityjones 2008-01-27 05:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

I have seen a TON of hate speak from you, crackity.  A TON.  What excuses that?  Do you even read your hateful stuff before you hit POST?   you are in no position to make these calls.  If you want I can show you the posts that are full of bile and venom.  They deserved a troll rating, but I did not bother.

I have seen you disappear from this site for weeks on end.  Weeks.  Did you bail?  Were you "discouraged"?

Oh well, just a few more weeks of this stuff and then the big disappearances will happen.  Not a day too soon.

by georgep 2008-01-28 05:47AM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

How many folks have been berated for the mere suggestion that they might not support HRC if she is nominated?  Countless, and of course by the Clinton fetishists.  Mol states emphatically that she'll effectively do nothing to stop McCain et al. It's her right, but it's offensive and stupid, and typical.

by PositiveFreedom 2008-01-27 05:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

You make no sense at all.  First you write that Obama fanatics are being berated for the suggestion that they would not support HRC if nominated.  Then you state that a Clinton supporter stated that she'll do nothing to stop McCain, etc.  So, THAT's offensive and stupid, but the many statements by Obama supporters saying the SAME are ok, and not to be berated?   That makes no sense, is highly contradictory.

by georgep 2008-01-28 05:41AM | 0 recs
Get off it, georgep.

It only puts you in the position of defending the garbage.  

by psericks 2008-01-27 08:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Get off it, georgep.

Whatever, psericks.  A troll signs up here and tells others to get off this board a few hours later.  Then he tells us that he "bailed on the garbage" previously.   And her you are defending that garbage?

by georgep 2008-01-28 05:44AM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

You're wrong there. Jesus is the most powerful endorsement, but as we all know.. Jesus doesn't endorse Democrats.

by falcon4e 2008-01-28 08:00AM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

Not sure where you're hearing this -- none of the campaign or union people or DC political folks I've talked with have heard any serious rumblings about a Gore endorsement. Where is this rumor coming from?

And thanks, MollieBradford, for yet another cheerful, constructive, unifying positive comment that reflects so well on your candidate . We've come to expect no less from you.

by lifelongdem 2008-01-27 03:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

If it's going to happen at all, it will happen sometime in the next few days. However, the incentive for Gore to endorse is relatively weak given Clinton's polling advantage. Gore doesn't like Hillary, but he cares about influencing US Global Climate Change policy more. He doesn't want to burn that bridge unless he can be somewhat sure he doesn't need it anymore.

by blueflorida 2008-01-27 03:29PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

If it happens, it should be leaked about about 30 minutes before her "victory" speech in Florida, completely overshadowing it.  Then he can formally announce it at a rally on Wednesday.

by Chili Dogg 2008-01-27 04:08PM | 0 recs
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Well said.  I couldn't agree more.

Besides, John Edwards has the closest policy to Al Gore.

John Edwards called for a Coal Plant Moratorium, after Al Gore raised it of course.  But still, the other candidates did not join.  The other candidates won't support Al Gore's Carbon Tax either.

And besides Obama pushing the Lobbyist pushed tax payer funded Liquified Coal Bill, he also signed on for more Nuke Plants with Cheney's Energy Bill and Joe Lieberman's Bill which Al Gore does not support either.

by LindaSFNM 2008-01-27 04:13PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

Edwards, had he won Iowa, would have scored several major endorsements, Gore's among them, I believe.

by blueflorida 2008-01-27 04:25PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

Putting aside the relative merits of any particular endorsement, the support of the elders of the party like Kennedy, Kerry, and perhaps even Gore undermine Hillary's strongest argument -- that her "experience" better suits her for the White House.  The mere fact that these guys, who have been in Washington forever, think that Obama is exeperienced enough to do the best job of anyone, Hillary loses her best (only?) argument.  I mean, if Ted Kennedy stands up and says "I've been here since Hillary was in bobby socks, I've seen them come and go, and I'm telling you, Barack Obama would make a great, great president," that's what Obama needs. That's the most powerful aspect of the support of these guys, I think.

by davey jones 2008-01-27 03:31PM | 0 recs
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I'm not following your argument.  Because Kennedy, Kerry and potentially Gore endorse Obama, this means that Hillary's experience argument is out the window?  That seems like a stretch to me.

I don't really think that's fair to either Obama or Clinton.  On Obama's part, it seems more like an endorsement in favor of change while I don't think there is particular malice toward Clinton.

Frankly though, I am baffled about some of these endorsements.  Claire McCaskill, for example, makes sense.  But Kerry and Kennedy have been heavily criticized by Obama for be ineffective.

Instead of being an argument for Obama, could it be a concession that the Democratic Party needs a massive revisioning?

by ejintx 2008-01-27 03:40PM | 0 recs
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"I'm not following your argument.  Because Kennedy, Kerry and potentially Gore endorse Obama, this means that Hillary's experience argument is out the window?  That seems like a stretch to me."

Oh, I don't think its out the window.  Clinton will always be able to argue that she is "more" experienced than Obama, but that doesn't really mean anything as long as both are experienced "enough" to be president.  Nobody thought Kennedy was more experienced than Nixon.  But he was experienced enough.  I think the support of the old guard helps Obama make the argument that he is experienced enough.

by davey jones 2008-01-27 03:53PM | 0 recs
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But by that logic, what we end with is two candidates both experienced to be president, but one having more experience.  That isn't necessarily the place Obama wants to be, because it's very simple for Clinton to then argue that the less-than-promising economy and concerns of public safety require more experience to overcome.

by ejintx 2008-01-27 04:44PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

That's missing the point -- for voters, this election is about change, not experience.

When serious and respected party leaders like Kennedy vouch for Obama's readiness to be president, that significantly diminishes any advantage that extra "experience" might have given Clinton

by lifelongdem 2008-01-27 05:53PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

But in the voter's mind, it doesn't really matter.  If I'm concerned about the economy, I want someone who knows what they're doing and experienced informs that.  If I'm Obama and the concern is the economy, I don't want to be the less experienced of the two because both of us could talk about change, but who has the knowhow to back it up?

by ejintx 2008-01-28 07:53AM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

But don't they also undercut Obama's argument that he represents a break with the old politics of the past? You specifically mentioned Ted Kennedy, who is just about the most reliably partisan Democrat in the Senate. How does Kennedy's endorsement advance Obama's stated goal of trancending party?

by itsthemedia 2008-01-27 03:42PM | 0 recs
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Oh, that's a good thought.

by ejintx 2008-01-27 03:44PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

"But don't they also undercut Obama's argument that he represents a break with the old politics of the past? "

No, because Obama is running his own campaign.  It won't be a Hillary/Bill co-presidency situation.  People understand from his rhetoric and background that Obama represents a break from the past.  That's not the hard sell.  If my concerns are reflective of others, the major question with respect to Obama is his level of experience and preparedness for the job.  And I think that these sorts of endorsements go a long way toward satisfying that concern.  And, frankly, past that concern, the choice between Hillary and Obama really isn't a hard choice at all, at least from my perspective.

by davey jones 2008-01-27 03:57PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

It won't be a Hillary/Bill co-presidency situation.

What does that have to do with it? You've lost me. Please explain this point more fully.

If my concerns are reflective of others, the major question with respect to Obama is his level of experience and preparedness for the job.

Well I would submit that your concerns about experience are not remotely the only valid concerns that have been raised about Obama. One of the biggies that has been much discussed here is that either (a) his post-partisan, new politics schtick is nothing but psychobabble, or (b) he really means what he says about making nice with the Republicans, and he will wind up selling out the entire progressive agenda in the process.

The Ted Kennedy endorsement seems to me to point toward (a). Ted will be telling us, in effect: "Don't worry about what Obama is saying, he doesn't really mean it."

by itsthemedia 2008-01-27 10:15PM | 0 recs
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I could not agree more.

by crackityjones 2008-01-27 03:54PM | 0 recs
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I am not an Obama supporter in the primary (although I do consider him head and shoulders above anybody from the other party, and he has my vote if nominated). I have been a proud Gore supporter since 1988.

Although it might pain me slightly for Al to endorse Barrack, it would be worth it just to watch the collective heads of the MSM pundits explode.

by itsthemedia 2008-01-27 03:36PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

Don't care. Everyone knows Gore will not endorse Clinton. His only option is Obama and Edwards and Obama is the most viable.

by RJEvans 2008-01-27 03:45PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

OH NO- I think Obama would get a bump from that- it's like a mini-momentum builder- Ted Kennedy- your average person does not care- but Gore- probably yeah- horrible.  I hope it doesn't happen.  Jesus!  Doesn't anyone have loyalty anymore?  Have you noticed no one endorses the person they once ran with? What does that tell you about the state of things?

by reasonwarrior 2008-01-27 03:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

What does it tell you about the person they once ran with?

by Shaun Appleby 2008-01-27 04:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

I don't know- it might have something to say more about "democrats" in general.

by reasonwarrior 2008-01-28 02:04AM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

Did Gore run with Hillary? I must have missed that election...

by Obama08 2008-01-27 06:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

Even Gore could not have missed Bill saying people were going to get 2-for-1.

by reasonwarrior 2008-01-28 02:05AM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

Are you being serious or sarcastic? If you're being serious, THAN it is quite irriating.

by lonnette33 2008-01-28 02:22AM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

The first part was serious- the 2nd part wasn't- and I really don't care if you're irritated or not- now that part is serious as well.

by reasonwarrior 2008-01-28 02:37AM | 0 recs
Are these the same rumors the Obama

campaign was putting out in September, October and by December?

I just don't see it.  It doesn't make sense to me for him to do this now.  It's not like he's part of the "inside Boys Club" that the Senators are feeling a need to pick sides with one of their own.

Besides, Al Gore has made clear if he had endorsed someone, they would have to share his positions and policy on Global Warming.  And Obama doesn't.  Especially with him pushing the Liquified Coal Bill for a 2nd time last year.

by LindaSFNM 2008-01-27 04:09PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

Maybe I'm biased because I have tons of respect for Al Gore, but I would think that an Al Gore endorsement of Obama before Super Tuesday would have the potential to end this race in his favor.

by dmc2 2008-01-27 04:09PM | 0 recs
Re: Gore fans are already w/ Obama,Edwards

Gore has pretty broad base of support, but mostly he's the very definition of "weighty" right now, what with the Nobel Prize and all.

by dmc2 2008-01-27 05:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Gore fans are already w/ Obama,Edwards

Possibly. There are a lot of mainstream Democrats out here in California and other places in the West for example, who are don't have strong political opinions on much else besides the environment. They could be with any candidate right now; they might be with Hillary just because she's a woman and they like the idea of the first woman President. I think Gore could swing a lot of those voters over to Barack, and that would be a critical contingent. I don't think anyone sees him as the "environmental choice" right now.

by dmc2 2008-01-27 05:41PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

I can't see Al backing anyone unless he knows they are going to win the nomination. Look at what happened with Dean.

Not to mention Gore and Obama do not agree on nuke power or liquid coal.

by americanincanada 2008-01-27 05:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

That would be devastating.

by Drummond 2008-01-27 07:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, now possibly Al Gore (though I doubt it, just yet). Three heavy weight liberal stalwarts and rejected presidential candidates at various points. I don't see how this helps with your average blue collar "beer track" voter. Besides I thought Obama was all about turning the page to future chapters, as yet unwritten?

by superetendar 2008-01-27 11:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

One sees beyond the horizon by standing on the shoulders of giants, isn't that how it goes?

by Shaun Appleby 2008-01-28 02:15AM | 0 recs
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Funny- that's what I thought- he talks about a new generation and turning the page and then all these old-guard people endorse him.

by reasonwarrior 2008-01-28 02:26AM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore to endorse Barack Obama?

Patrick Kennedy, TK alcoholic son and famed author Toni Morrison have both endorsed Obama.

by lonnette33 2008-01-28 05:11AM | 0 recs
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Personally, I don't think any of these endorsements matter. I certainly am not paying attention to any of them. The Culinary Union was gonna lift Obama in Nevada supposedly and it didn't. People will make up their own minds. These endorsements are only big in the effect that there is a movement amongst established Democrats who feel that Barack Obama is the best chance in the General, or a movement that its time for the party to pass the torch.

Both of those notions are very valid.

by falcon4e 2008-01-28 08:02AM | 0 recs

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