Today it was announced that Al Gore has won the Nobel Peace Prize for his crusade on climate change. The prestigious award capped a remarkable year for Gore in which he won an Oscar for his documentary film “An Inconvenient Truth” and organized an international concert to raise consciousness on climate change.
Immediately after the news of the award liberal blogs and call-in shows began to fill the ether with calls for Gore to run for president. The argument for his running was summed up in a full-page ad in the New York Times which said in part: “”Your country needs you now – as do your party and the planet you are fighting so hard to save. Only from the Oval Office can you wield the kind of influence needed to move countries, policies and corporations to bring about meaningful change.”
In addition Gore’s supporters (and they are organizing all over the U.S. into “Draft Gore” groups), feel that he is owed the presidency because he was robbed of the office in 2000 when he won the popular vote.
Al Gore himself has consistently said he has no plans to run but he has not said flatly he won’t run. The pressure on him now to do so will be immense. And time is short. November 2 is the deadline for entering the New Hampshire primary. Should he run, there is no question Gore would shake up the race and would provide substantial opposition to Senator Hillary Clinton.
Would you like to see Al Gore run for president? Or do you think he would have more credibilty on environmental issues if he remained out of partisan politics?
Have you seen “Inconvenient Truth”? Do you recommend it?