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al gore---will he run for president?

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 Al Gore could not be clearer.

"I don't plan to run," he said on The Daily Show, a phrase he has repeated several times.

But diehard fans are unconvinced, reports CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker.

"Al Gore is the most qualified," said Adam Belanoff.

Belanoff joined the Los Angeles chapter of "draftgore.com," a nationwide group pushing the seemingly impossible: to get former Vice President Al Gore to run for president — again.

"If enough people out there say 'Run Al, we believe you,' I think he'll throw his hat in the ring," said Heather Allyn, a Draft Gore member.

Their Web site boasts 70,000 signatures on its Draft Gore petition.

The L.A. group meets once a month at an outdoor market. While others dine, they strategize.

"We need to be a fast response type of campaign," Patrick McGovern told Whitaker.

"I'm not convinced by any of the other candidates by a mile," said Derek Bevil, another Draft Gore member.

Eighty-four year old Hilda Rolfe's first vote was for FDR, when the country was at war.

"Right now I feel the same way, that this country is in terrible trouble," said Rolfe.

When Al Gore says he doesn't plan to run, the folks at draftgore.com say that's not the same as saying he definitely won't run. Plans change, and with 18 months until Election Day, he still has time to change his mind.

"In a way he's a cult figure," Josh Kraushaar of politico.com tells Whitaker. "He wouldn't have any trouble raising money immediately if he decided to jump into the race."

That's a big change from the days when he was mocked as a boring fanatic.

"You know why I call him ozone man?" asked the first President George Bush years ago.

Now he's the star of an Oscar-winning documentary on global warming, "An Inconvenient Truth." He's so hot he's cheered on one of the coolest shows on TV. Here's a recent exchange between Mr. Gore and Daily Show host Jon Stewart:

JS: "Al Gore walks into a Hollywood movie producer's office and says I've got an idea for a film combining the mainstream appeal of climate science with the non-stop action of Al Gore giving a lecture."

AG: "You forgot the slide show."

Gore says his movie was a hit because the time was right. Draftgore.com says the time couldn't be better for Al Gore to run for president.

CBS EVENING NEWS

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Comments

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ToddComment by Todd - May 16, 2007, 11:50 pm
I hope he does run for President, so he can be exposed for the scamming con-artist that he is. The walls are collapsing around his UN-SCIENTIFIC claims of proof that man has warmed the Earth.

Here is the latest report discussing massive number of scientists RUNNING from their previous positions about human-caused global warming. If you go back in my blog, you'll see that I have predicted this would happen a long time ago.

http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Minority.Blogs&ContentRecord_id=927b9303-802a-23ad-494b-dccb00b51a12

(Copy the link, and then paste it into your browser's Address line and press Enter)
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emilygComment by emilyg - May 17, 2007, 12:29 am
If he runs - he gets my ote.   Iraq is collapsing - lots of lies out there.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - May 17, 2007, 1:08 am
I like Al Gore. Maybe he can run with that guy Chad who kept him from winning that last election. Not sure where he's been hanging these days.
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four4meComment by four4me - May 17, 2007, 2:07 am
I hope he doesn't run but for you global warming freaks that cant understand it.

In 20 years....... when global warming causes the polar ice caps to melt....... and the whole planet floods. Swimmers will rule the World.

Water world revisited
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ToddComment by Todd - May 17, 2007, 6:57 am
Al Gore is doing most of the lying. Run Al, run!
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Comment by pacattack05 - May 17, 2007, 9:18 am
I didn't know Totem ploes can run.

The following is very long, so take time to see this when you have it. This is the best I've seen about the lies of Global warming. It first gives you a history of lies which hurt a lot of people in the past. They lost their jobs and companies went down the drain.
Just one example is about the CFCs in the air which were banned in the late 70's and early 80s. It turns out that the Ozone layer has become bigger since the ban of hairsparays and other refigerants containg them. The list goes on and on.
Again...make time to see this. Very detailed piece of film below.

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=global+warming+myth+busted
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Rick GComment by Rick G - May 17, 2007, 9:23 am
Had the results of the 2000 election been reversed by a couple percentage points, our main concern today would be global warming, not World War III. I'll take the global warming.
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four4meComment by four4me - May 17, 2007, 1:25 pm
It's not one single thing that is causing global warming it's a multitude of things that are causing it be it natural occurrences or the polluting of the earth.
If you cant see deforestation as a problem
polar ice caps melting.
billions of vehicles spewing out noxious fumes.
concrete covering many areas where grass and trees once grew.
wildlife disappearing.
environmental pollution of all sorts.
and the list goes on and on.
Then you must be blind or have shut yourself off from reality.
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Comment by pacattack05 - May 17, 2007, 1:35 pm
It's not so much that global warming may or may not be happening. Its the fact the Libs are saying that it's mostly from humans. As far as politics, I don't like both parties because I think they're all corrupt, however, I keep saying this and will continue to say this...We've had about 6 ice ages so far, and there were no SUVs then. The planet will always go thru cycles. It's survived billions of years of every imaginable atmosphers possible, and I personally don't think that a bunch of humans are going to end the world. If anything, mother earth is going to have the last laugh when we all blow each other up.

And by the way. A major misconception about oxygen is that the trees do not give off most it. 90 percent of the oxygen comes from the algea on the surface of the oceans.
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four4meComment by four4me - May 17, 2007, 5:19 pm
Pac they say do not sit in your car with the engine running and the doors closed. well this is not a good thing to breath the fumes from exhaust. but it's ok to breath the fumes as long as the vehicle is outside the garage and running down the highway. Give me a break I'm not that stupid to believe that billions of cars, planes, trains, buses, and trucks spewing out noxious fumes 24 hrs a day seven days a week for years and years isn't taking it's toll on the earth and every living thing on it. Add that along with the power plants and manufacturing natural occurrences and all the toxins that goes with it. Compounded by the fact that they are not taking large steps to stop such pollution.
Well i guess when we have to have oxygen strapped on our backs just to go out of doors to do daily chores they will wake up and try and fix it.
Possibly they will alter the gene pool so new generations of living things can breathe garbage and still survive.
Personally i would hope they would find clean burning fuel sources and stop killing the planet and the people on it.
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Comment by pacattack05 - May 17, 2007, 6:07 pm
four4me...I understand that there's pollution and the likes, but the nitty gritty is that a lot of people are saying that the warming is due to humans, where it's totally clear that this planet has cycles. Like I said, please explain how we had many ice ages, and warming ages? There were no industrial components involved, yet there were drastic climate changes.

I'm not saying that we shouldn't be environmentally conscious, but let's not forget that people in politics will always have an agenda behind everything. They cherry pick info for their benefit and leave out things that might hurt their case.

I just read recently that the sun is to blame. For the past 11,000 years, the sun has been on a warming trend.
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ToddComment by Todd - May 17, 2007, 6:10 pm
Rick, I understand that you hate George Bush, but you have allowed your hatred to overcome all rational thought. I hope you were being glib.
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four4meComment by four4me - May 17, 2007, 7:50 pm
Pac while i'm not a scientist and cant explain everything in a correct manner. As i understand it the humans that survived such events were built to handle those events and many perished, if out temperatures were to drastically increase or decrease billions of people will die. Either event will cause famine. So mother nature will win as usual the strongest will survive. I think the basic idea they are imposing is the threat of global warming needs to be addressed so future generations might handle it better. If left to go about on it's own accord then future generations will have to bear the brunt of our undoing.

Also we as humans have really never looked at the planet earth's structure as closely as we do now we have raped it polluted it and used as many natural resources as we could all because of greed. As we continue to go our merry way happy in the thought that we won't have to suffer and so what if future generations perish because we corrupted and wasted the planet to the point of extinction. The thought process that we might find another livable planet to inhabit in a bigger fallacy than most can fathom because we will never be able to travet the light years it will take to do such a thing.   

While global warming might not affect us now sooner or later it will affect out future generations
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Comment by pacattack05 - May 17, 2007, 7:58 pm
That's a whole different subject. The question then should be...How to adapt for survival of such a thing?

The main difference is dealing with the issue of the cause, is the case in question. What you're talking about is healing. Not related.

I want to focus on the opposing views of why, rather on what to do next. Not that that's not important, but the debate is about the cause.
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Rick GComment by Rick G - May 17, 2007, 8:12 pm
Todd,

My negative feelings about Bush's presidency have not overcome all of my rational thought processes. He doesn't have that particular power over me, although I'm sure he'd like to.
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ToddComment by Todd - May 18, 2007, 7:36 pm
Hmmm, Rick. I don't think I said that GWB forced you to feel a certain way. I think if you read it again you'll see that I indicated that your hatred for him is driving you to irrational thought.

At the time of 9/11 most Americans thought, "thank God Al Gore lost," because we all knew what his spineless reaction would have been. How quickly people forget. If you're now saying "I wish Al Gore won", and somehow equating the war in Iraq to global warming, as if there is a comparison at all, then I believe that qualifies as irrational thought.

I am entitled to voice my opinion, the same way you most obviously did. At least when I provide an opinion, it is not filled with hateful things about particular individuals, and I at least try to make reasoned statements based on facts and analysis. I don't just go throwing inflamitory statements out there, like the "Bush lied, people died" nonsense.
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ToddComment by Todd - May 18, 2007, 7:45 pm
Just for the record, I'll quote your original sentence: "Had the results of the 2000 election been reversed by a couple percentage points, our main concern today would be global warming, not World War III."

You are plainly saying that we would not be at war with terrorists is Al Gore won. Maybe if Al Gore won, the global warming would be caused by a few suitcase nukes going off in America after the terrorists were emboldened by our lack of action.

I guess I let irrational comments get under my skin more than I should. I would have to throw a switch and turn off all the brain power in my head to somehow come to the conclusion that we would be safer under Al Gore. Saying a statement like that is just making a nonsensical remark, and taking no responsibility for truth whatsoever.

That's the thing I don't understand: there are many ways of being critical of George Bush -- or ANY president for that matter. Why choose to throw out unintelligent one-liners, instead of making a reasonable criticism?

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