Al Gore's Oscar Stirs 2008 Election Buzz
February 26, 2007
Al Gore’s win at the Oscars is fueling calls for the former Vice President to make a late entry into the wide-open 2008 presidential race.
Some key strategists believe he could hold off an announcement about running until as late as September or October and still raise campaign contributions and win the Democratic nomination, according to a report on Web site politico.com.
"Gore's political stock is hot right now,” Donna Brazile, his former campaign manager, said after Gore’s global warming film "An Inconvenient Truth” won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
"I don’t know if I would cash in now with so many players still on stage. There’s no reason to force him to declare tomorrow.” Sources close to Gore say that he is sincere when he tells the press that he’s not planning to run for president. Backstage at the Oscars on Sunday night, he repeated: "I do not have plans to become a candidate for office again."
But the sources note that Gore has deliberately not closed the door, politico.com reports.
"He could come in at the end of the day as a candidate who can truly unite his party as well as his country,” Brazile said. "He can help repair our country’s image abroad. He’s someone who can go toe-to-toe with world leaders and doesn’t need a crash course in diplomacy.”
Gore will be back in the limelight three more times in the next five months:
On March 21, he’ll testify about global warming before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, a committee he once served on. He will also testify before two House subcommittees.
A new book by Gore is scheduled to be published in May: "The Assault on Reason: How the Politics of Fear, Secrecy, and Blind Faith Subvert Wise Decision Making, Degrade Our Democracy, and Put Our Country and Our World in Peril."
On July 7, Gore will be among the celebrities heading a 24-hour "Save Our Selves” concert marathon across all seven continents. The concert will bring together more than 100 top musical acts and broadcasts could reach more than 2 billion.
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