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Bos Mutus
08-14-2015, 03:43 PM
Supporters of Al Gore have begun a round of conversations among themselves and with the former vice president about his running for president in 2016, the latest sign that top Democrats have serious doubts that Hillary Clinton is a sure thing.

Gore, 67, won the popular vote in the 2000 election and has been mentioned as a possible candidate in every contested Democratic primary since then. He instead spent much of the 2000s focused on environmental campaigning and business ventures. He has largely slipped out of public view in more recent years.
But in recent days, “they’re getting the old gang together,” a senior Democrat told BuzzFeed News.
“They’re figuring out if there’s a path financially and politically,” the Democrat said. “It feels more real than it has in the past months.”
The senior Democrat and other sources cautioned not to overstate Gore’s interest. He has not made any formal or informal moves toward running, or even met with his political advisers about a potential run.
A member of Gore’s inner circle asked to be quoted “pouring lukewarm water” — not, note, cold water — on the chatter.
“This is people talking to people, some of whom may or may not have talked to him,” the Gore adviser said.
Roy Neel, a former top adviser to Gore, said Thursday he hadn’t spoken to Gore about it and dismissed the idea of a bid. “It’s extremely unlikely,” he said.
Gore himself didn’t immediately reply to an inquiry emailed to his personal account.
Polling this week put Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders ahead of Clinton for the first time in New Hampshire. And she is contending with another round of stories about her use of personal email, and the security of the server on which it was hosted, during her time as secretary of state.
In June, when asked who will be the next president, Gore joked that he would dodge the question, before saying that it was “actually too early” to say. Gore declined to endorse Clinton in 2008, choosing to stay out (http://articles.latimes.com/2008/jun/17/nation/na-campaign17) of the Democratic primary until after Obama secured the nomination.
Gore has had other focuses in recent years. In particular, Gore and a business partner are suing Al Jazeera, which purchased Current TV from him, over $65 million dollars held in escrow during the deal; Gore and his associate contend the money belongs to him. The Qatar-based network acquired Current in early 2013 in a deal reportedly worth $500 million.

The former vice president has taken a step back (http://www.buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/al-gores-incredible-shrinking-climate-change-footprint) from the climate change advocacy groups he helped to found, focusing instead on his business ventures and being a public climate change expert, if not the active lobbyist he once was. Climate change is still a top issue for Gore, and he’s been happy to trash (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/24/al-gore-keystone-xl_n_4158648.html) the Keystone XL pipeline, putting him to the left of both President Obama and Clinton on the issue. Both have publicly reserved judgment on the project until a State Department review is complete.
In March, Vox editor Ezra Klein argued (http://www.vox.com/2015/3/16/8220537/al-gore-president-2016) that Gore, with his ability to fund a campaign and to mount a serious challenge to Clinton, should run for president.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/al-gore-insiders-figuring-out-if-theres-a-path-for-him-to-ru#.yhlKADOB1r



Slow news day...

Mjölnir
08-14-2015, 03:49 PM
Right now ... no one is talking about Hillary Clinton's policies, they are talking about scandal; which is not good. The Clinton campaign is trying to aim the discussion to policy but it isn't working.

Now, even if she had the best policies of any of the candidates (not saying she does or doesn't), if that isn't what has people talking then she has a problem and other candidates start to become more attractive.

Bos Mutus
08-14-2015, 03:59 PM
Right now ... no one is talking about Hillary Clinton's policies, they are talking about scandal; which is not good. The Clinton campaign is trying to aim the discussion to policy but it isn't working.

Now, even if she had the best policies of any of the candidates (not saying she does or doesn't), if that isn't what has people talking then she has a problem and other candidates start to become more attractive.

I get the impression that her campaign is running on the premise that the Presidency is hers as long as they don't blow it.

Don't make waves, don't ruffle feathers...minimize scandals. I don't think it's working.

Absinthe Anecdote
08-14-2015, 04:06 PM
I get the impression that her campaign is running on the premise that the Presidency is hers as long as they don't blow it.

Don't make waves, don't ruffle feathers...minimize scandals. I don't think it's working.

That info about Gore considering a run is interesting. Could the inside word be that the email scandal is about to mushroom?

I heard that Biden might announce a run after his vacation.

garhkal
08-15-2015, 05:21 AM
Right now ... no one is talking about Hillary Clinton's policies, they are talking about scandal; which is not good. The Clinton campaign is trying to aim the discussion to policy but it isn't working.

Now, even if she had the best policies of any of the candidates (not saying she does or doesn't), if that isn't what has people talking then she has a problem and other candidates start to become more attractive.

Plus, even if she has good policies, all her scandals will Mire any run she makes.
That is imo why they are looking to get Gore into the race, and why Sanders has racked up the increases in his status.

UncaRastus
08-15-2015, 02:12 PM
Come on, guys. I happened to have heard that Obama is going to proclaim himself President for Life. That will happen after he puts the US of A under martial law, forever. We must all bear the Mark of the Obama on our foreheads or on our hands.

The Articles of Confederation plot will be laid to rest, and Constitution will be misplaced somewhere, never to be found again. Any book, any reference, any copy of the Constitution will be illegal to own, rent, or have in anyone's possession.

We all must bow to the east (Washington DC) 5 times a day to recite our allegiance to the President for Life.

Louis Farrakhan will become our beloved Preacher for Life.

There will be enforced marriage between all women with the Bronies.

Feedings of the people will be done at Feeding Centers, with the only thing being fed to them to be called 'Soma'.

From Friday evening to Saturday evening shall be the only day where anyone can worship their god, because Jews are to be given a special dispensation, before being herded into the FEMA camps ...

I am running out of the truth as I see it. Brother Rainmaker, could you help me with some more ideas?

All Hail the Big Brother!

Absinthe Anecdote
08-15-2015, 03:30 PM
Come on, guys. I happened to have heard that Obama is going to proclaim himself President for Life. That will happen after he puts the US of A under martial law, forever. We must all bear the Mark of the Obama on our foreheads or on our hands.

The Articles of Confederation plot will be laid to rest, and Constitution will be misplaced somewhere, never to be found again. Any book, any reference, any copy of the Constitution will be illegal to own, rent, or have in anyone's possession.

We all must bow to the east (Washington DC) 5 times a day to recite our allegiance to the President for Life.

Louis Farrakhan will become our beloved Preacher for Life.

There will be enforced marriage between all women with the Bronies.

Feedings of the people will be done at Feeding Centers, with the only thing being fed to them to be called 'Soma'.

From Friday evening to Saturday evening shall be the only day where anyone can worship their god, because Jews are to be given a special dispensation, before being herded into the FEMA camps ...

I am running out of the truth as I see it. Brother Rainmaker, could you help me with some more ideas?

All Hail the Big Brother!

Groan!

Like we need another Rainmaker in here.

UncaRastus
08-15-2015, 04:37 PM
I thought that my offering was hilarious!

Sieg-heil-arious?

Everyone repeat after me, "Hail Big Brother-larious?"

What am I? Chopped liver?

Uh oh. Y'all do remember what Soma was made out of, right?

I guess that I shouldn't take all of this to the comedy Improv, offered in Springfield, MO, at the Springfield Improv.

Absinthe Anecdote
08-15-2015, 05:06 PM
I thought that my offering was hilarious!

Meh...

That stuff you posted about the Bonus Army and President Hoover was much funnier.

Bonus Question: When Hoover ordered their camp cleaned out in Anacostia, who was in command of six tanks that swept through the encampment?

UncaRastus
08-15-2015, 05:07 PM
Was it Mac Daddy Arthur?

Or it may have been squeaky voiced Patton, done while dreaming that he was Julius Caesar, with tanks.

Absinthe Anecdote
08-15-2015, 05:53 PM
Was it Mac Daddy Arthur?

Or it may have been squeaky voiced Patton, done while dreaming that he was Julius Caesar, with tanks.

Yes, Mac Arthur was Chief of Staff for the Army and Patton was just a Major at the time. Patton was in command of a tank unit at Fort Meade.

This is off topic, but who cares. I was wandering around a part of Fort Meade with my camera recently that used to have all the pre WWII barracks.

I found a gravestone marker for a bulldog who was the company mascot for one of the Army's first tank units. The area is overgrown with weeds and trees and I bet that it had been a while since anyone had looked at it.

I love finding stuff like that when I go on little hikes.

UncaRastus
08-15-2015, 06:26 PM
I would've gotten my weed whacker out and trimmed up the the weeds around the gravestone, then I would have gone nuts on the immediate areas smaller trees/saplings.

I would do that wearing all black, or at least a black armband. That way the guards might help, instead of throwing me into the stockade.

Taking along another English Bulldog that would be one of the Marine Corps' mascots might not be all that good of an idea, even though it may be thought of as one service dog paying respects to the one buried there, because peeing on the gravestone, and/or digging in the ground might be frowned upon.

Now, would you please return to the matter at hand? Sheesh!