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Gore endorses Obama

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Former Vice President Al Gore said Monday he will endorse presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and promised to help send the Illinois senator into the White House.

In a letter emailed to Obama supporters, the Nobel Prize winner wrote, ''From now through Election Day, I intend to do whatever I can to make sure he is elected president of the United States.''

''Over the next four years, we are going to face many difficult challenges -- including bringing our troops home from Iraq, fixing our economy, and solving the climate crisis,'' Gore said. ''Barack Obama is clearly the candidate best able to solve these problems and bring change to America.''

In 2000, Gore won the popular vote but lost the disputed 2000 election to George W Bush, who captured Florida and its electoral votes after a divided Supreme Court ended the recount. Since then, Gore has made combatting global warming his signature issue, and has been recognized worldwide for his effort -- from an Academy Award for a documentary for his effort to the Nobel prize.

Gore is one of the most popular figures in the Democratic Party, but he maintained a low profile in the primary campaign.

It's the second time that Obama has rolled out a major endorsement in Michigan, a state he did not campaign in during the primary because its election violated the party rules. Obama is counting on a win in Michigan in November, but brought Gore and 2004 vice presidential nominee John Edwards to help validate him among Democrats in the state after skipping their primary.

"It means a lot, obviously," Obama said of Gore's support, as he greeted workers outside the General Motors Flint Engine South plant. "He's somebody who is a visionary, not just for the party, but for the country."

Gore also asked for donations to help fund Obama's effort -- the first time he's asked members of his website AlGore.com to contribute to a political campaign.

"Over the past 18 months, Barack Obama has united a movement. He knows change does not come from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue or Capitol Hill. It begins when people stand up and take action," Gore wrote. "With the help of millions of supporters like you, Barack Obama will bring the change we so desperately need in order to solve our country's most pressing problems."

Obama focused on his plan to improve the economy while in Michigan, which has the nation's highest unemployment rate. He told a crowd in Flint, which had a seasonally unadjusted April unemployment rate of 9.3%, that they cannot fear globalization but must embrace it as a reality of the future.

"At critical moments of transition like this one, success has also depended on national leadership that moved the country forward with confidence and a common purpose," he said.

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Well, this is a surprise - why, I thought he was going to endorse McCain. Tee hee!

So, Al's jumping on the Obama bandwagon - that may be the kiss of death for Obama's bandwagon - have you seen Al Gore lately? Tee hee!

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No matter how bad off you might think he is he's doing a hell of lot better than you

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One of the candidates filing job application for the post of VP.

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You mean he isn't supporting McCain? ;)

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Sigh. Hillary supports Obama and she is accused of an about face. Gore supports Obama and it's like-what-did-you-expect.

I think the point is that Gore didn't have to support anyone. Had he remained silent people would have assumed his support of Obama. In supporting Obama he is putting something at risk.

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Sigh. Hillary supports Obama and she is accused of an about face. Gore supports Obama and it's like-what-did-you-expect.

Well, you have to admit. There is a difference. Clinton just finished running against and constantly criticizing Obama. To then immediately say she supports him, is an about-face. As far as I know, Gore never criticized Obama.

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Sure there's a difference, but so what? Did anyone think that Clinton was going to support McCain? Or be silent, for that matter?

No. This is just pointless I-don't-like-Democrats kvetching.

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Was Hillary really accused of that? I thought it was kind of accepted that if you're running against someone you aren't going to prise them until after it's done.

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Heh, looks like Gore didn't think too highly of McCain's blatant pandering in his push of a 'gas tax holiday' - everyone with a braincell knew this contradicted head-on McCain's own environment "policy."

Contradicting yourself while running for president - yeah, that's smart...

McCain is getting more desperate by the day.

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So, Al's jumping on the Obama bandwagon - that may be the kiss of death for Obama's bandwagon - have you seen Al Gore lately? Tee hee!

No, I've seen John McCain and he's kinda a sad sight. Where he took a principled position on the Bush tax cuts in 2001 he's totally flip flopped to milk the votes of GWB's base. Ditto for seeking out the support of wacko religious leaders whom he wisely dismissed back in 2000. I particularly enjoyed his calling el Rushbo a circus clown and then apologizing to circus clowns. This is a Republican I could vote for....

The Republicans now confront the problem the Democrats did in the 1980s, namely they are a collection of special interest groups each of which must be courted by the nominee. Few of them, morever, are interested in a pre-election one night stand; on the contrary the relationship is hard to severe after they've turned out to support you....

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I personally think a Gore endorsement clinches Obama. But, I don't think it will help him any more in gain Hillary die hards.

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Skip, I agree - this endorsement is going to do a whole lot of good in tying up the green vote of Obama.

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or should I say 'for Obama'.

Just bad luck for Old Detroit, which McCain says he is going to reinvigorate.......fat chance there.

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Wow, like Obama really needed that kiss of death...

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Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't.

But I was glad to hewar his endorsement. < :-)

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Better late than never, I suppose.

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Well, for someone who is running on "change", he sure is getting a lot from the old guard.

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skip, good point.

democrat Lemming Day fast approaches.

RR

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you have to wonder if Obama will have enough clout to overcome the "old guard" if he is elected. If there is one thing about DC it is a snake pit of special interests who think nothing of destroying others to feed at the public trough. It's one thing to talk about it, but change is going to be very difficult to implement. I don't think a Gore endorsement is enough to do it. You would expect the Dems to rally around their candidate at this point in any case.

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SuperLib,

Yes, Hillary was really accused of that.

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If Al become VP. That will be great!

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In fact, bring it on! Obama was talking of offering Gore a high-ranking position in his administration.

VP would sit just great. Having a Nobel Laureate as VP would make a heck of a change after the current gutless serial draft-dodging lying loser America currently has as Veep.

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a Nobel Laureate as VP

The dems should dig up Arafat and put him on the ticket with the empty suit.

Heh, you can smell the desparation oozing out of the liberals.

democrat Lemming Day cometh.

RR

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In another account of Gore's endorsement, Big Al was quoted as saying "Take it from me, elections matter".

Both Al and Barry missed the irony, that Hillary beat Barry in the popular vote. Which makes it only more obvious that for leftists, their motto is "the ends justify the means".

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gore couldn't even carry his home state when he ran in 2000. Also, it looks like Lord Soros and the DNC forgot to tell barack's script writers that the last person gore endorsed for president was Howard Dean.

So, to recap:

obama has collected endorsements from the following:

john edwards, loser

chris dodd, loser

george mcgovern, loser

john kerry, loser

ted kennedy, loser in 1980

and now....

al gore, sore loser

Heh, democrat Lemming Day on Nov. 4th will be entertaining to watch.

RR

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WhiteHawk,

I'm so old I remember the democrats' campaign slogan in 2000, "Every Vote Counts".

My, how times have changed.

RR

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My, how times have changed.

Such is life under moral relativism, eh? :)

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It must be horrible to be as scared as some of the republican posters out here that Barack Obama will become the 44th president.

If Al Gore only get Obama 100 more votes, kewl. That's 100 more votes closer. < :-)

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Why yes, the thought of left-wing extremist/Marxist becoming president is frightening to people who value the Constitution and Bill of Rights. What else would you expect?

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WhiteHawk,

Perhaps people have missed the point about Hillary beating Obama in the popular vote because it didn't happen.

Invalid elections do not produce any valid votes. The only way that Obama had fewer votes than Clinton is to count the votes from Michigan where Obama's name was not on the ballot and where he and Clinton agreed that the votes would not count if they violated party rules.

Take away the invalid votes from Michigan and Florida and the inconsequential votes from Puerto Rico and Obama won by almost a percentage point. Elections do matter and playing by the rules matters. We will never know what the results would have been had both candidates names been on the ballot in Florida and Michigan and if both of them had campaigned there. What we know is that Obama received the more valid votes than Clinton.

But do natter on. If popular votes is what it is about and you believe that Clinton really had them and you believe that they should hold sway, perhaps you can figure out a way to undo this current disastrous 8-year Presidency which entered on a deficiency of popularity. At the current time the polling numbers favor Obama over McCain. Time may change that. But if it does not we'll have that so-called extremist/Marxist as a President. Fortunately for America, though, Obama is neither extremist nor Marxist.

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Mr Gore still won't debate his unproven and preposterously speculative pet theory of 'Global Warming.' The New Left's Great Whitewashed Hope should be ashamed of endorsments from hypocrital buffoons such as Al Gore.

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SezWho2:

Fortunately for America, though, Obama is neither extremist nor Marxist.

Just all of his friends are, is that it? Sorry pal, but Obama, the senator with the most liberal/leftist voting record, is a Marxist.

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