October 11, 2005

Al Gore in 2008??

US News & World Report that Gore may run for President in 2008:

Is Al Gore coming back? If allies we talked to have their way, the former veep will be the next president. "It's Gore Time," says a political strategist and fundraiser who is opening a bid to get Gore into the race. Gore friends see his recent political and business moves as proof he's preparing to run. Allies say that in speeches, Gore has found his voice to address domestic and world issues. And in raising money for his Current TV network, which targets the critical youth market, Big Al has built an issue base and donor network that's competitive with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton 's. Our source--a top aide in the previous Bush administration--is planning meetings with Gore's team to push an early entry while Clinton runs for re-election in New York. It doesn't end there: The Gorebots want him to pick Sen. Barack Obama, the youthful Illinois African-American, as his No. 2.

Well, this is probably overly optimistic, however, it is interesting. Since 2000, Gore has been positioning himself as a member of the Far Left to appeal to what he believes is the Democratic Base. This was notable because Al Gore had made a career out of being a moderate.

In my mind, Gore would be very competitive in the Democratic primaries, however, Clinton would have a much better shot because she is more moderate and can pick up more moderates in a national election.
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