Tuesday, June 17, 2008



He..(Gore)... called for Americans to move beyond partisanship and select in Obama a leader who can "solve the climate crisis and create a bright future." [c]

BY Terry Bankert 6/17/08
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THE MOST RESPECTED LEADER ON THE PLANET EARTH ENDORSES OBAMA ABC News' Sunlen Miller Reports: Former Vice President Al Gore formally endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, D-Il., on stage before 20,000 people at a rally Monday night in Detroit, Michigan.[a] Perceived as a senior statesman in the Democratic party, Gore brings a certain force to Obama's campaign, political analysts have said. [c] Most analysts expect Obama's share of the Democratic vote to increase as the campaign progresses, and Gore's moves today could slightly accelerate that process. If committed Democrats agree on anything, it's that the 2000 election was stolen from Gore, and in the years since that has made him a rallying point.[l] Don’t bet on John McCain being the next president… that’s the message coming from several presidential scholars.[c2]

GORE, HELPING OBAMA MOVE IN HIS OWN DIRECTION, NOT COMPARING WITH THE PAST BUT CREATING A ROAD MAP FOR THE FUTURE ...some Clintonistas who happened to catch his speech on a cable news network had to be thinking Gore would draw that parallel -- and then must have wondered why he did not.[l] Many of those who covered the 2000 presidential race believe it would not have come down to a disputed recount in Florida if Gore had been more willing to stress the accomplishments of the Clinton administration and utilize the then-president's campaign skills.[l] Though he has emerged as a fierce critic of the Bush administration, Mr. Gore has largely eschewed politics since winning the Nobel Peace Prize last year for his advocacy on the issue of climate change. After he dismissed talk of a second presidential bid of his own, Mr. Gore's endorsement became the most coveted of any Democrat's during the primary, and his steadfast neutrality fueled speculation that he would be forced to intervene if the battle between Mr. Obama and Senator Clinton reached the nominating convention in August.[s] But he was determined eight years ago to separate himself from his political benefactor. And apparently that attitude persists.[l] .... Barack Obama has the best chance of any Democrat perhaps since FDR beat Herbert Hoover in 1932.[c2]

OUR PLANET IS A STAKE WE NEED NEW LEADERSHIP, OBAMA IS THE ONE "The outcome of this election will affect the future of this planet," Gore said at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena. "We've got to have new leadership. Not only a new president, but new policies."[a] It marked the first time the Democratic heavyweight, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and climate change crusader publicly backed the presumptive Democratic nominee. [a]

THIS ELECTIONS POSSIBLE OUT COMES COULD PUT AMERICA ON TWO DIFFERENT PATHS Speaking for 15 minutes to the crowd, the 2000 Democratic presidential candidate -- who stayed out of his party's nomination battle between Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton -- called the primary an "historic contest."[a]

ELECTIONS ARE IMPORTANT! As the former vice president himself wryly (and ruefully) put it tonight, "Take it from me, elections matter."[l] "If you think the next appointments to our Supreme Court are important, you know that elections matter. If you live in the city of New Orleans, you know that elections matter. If you or a member of your family are serving in the active military, the National Guard or Reserves, you know that elections matter. [c] Gore cited concerns about the environment, lead-painted toys and food safety -- even pet foods -- as other reasons to vote for the Democrat. [c] "After the last eight years, even our dogs and cats have learned that elections matter," Gore said, adding, "After eight years of lost jobs and lower wages, we need change. After eight years of incompetence, negligence and failure, we need change." [c] "If you are a wounded veteran, you know that elections matter. If you've lost your job; if you're struggling with a mortgage, you know that elections matter." [c] History is full of societies which failed or thrived because of opportunities missed or taken by the political leadership. It is the quality of the leadership that will make or break a society. Just imaging how much farther America can fall with 4 more years of Bush through his surrogate McCain. Get involved in this campaign. Your quality of life is at stake.[trb]

THE GENERAL ELECTION HAS BEGUN...ARE YOU IN IT...! In a further indication of his transition to general election politics, Mr. Obama in Michigan toned down the denunciations of the North American Free Trade Agreement that filled his speeches during the Democratic primary in neighboring Ohio. Instead, he struck a moderate chord on global markets, lauding the benefits of free trade while denouncing agreements that lack labor and environmental provisions.[s] "If we continue to let our trade policy be dictated by special interests, then American workers will continue to be undermined, and public support for robust trade will continue to erode," Mr. Obama said at an event in Flint, Mich., a town roiled in recent decades by the decline in manufacturing. "That might make sense to the Washington lobbyists who run Senator McCain's campaign, but it won't help our nation compete."[s] Flint, the birthplace of General Motors, is a shadow of its former self as a vibrant industrial town. In the late 1970s, GM employed 80,000 workers in the Flint area; now, only about 8,000 jobs are thought to be left. [u] The losses persist. In May, GM said it would soon cut one in three heavy-duty truck shifts at Flint Truck Assembly and three other North American factories. [u]

A POLITICAL LEADER WHO INSPIRES CAN CHANGE THE COUNTRY Gore said Obama inspires him the same way JFK did. He pointed out Obama’s opposition to the Iraq war in 2002 – and said he was an “eloquent legislator” as a state senator.[a] "Were going after Independents and disaffected Republicans, because there are a whole lot of people out there who recognize that the last eight years didn't make sense," Obama said.[f] "From now through Election Day, I intend to do whatever I can to make sure he is elected president of the United States," Mr. Gore wrote in a note posted on his Web site yesterday afternoon, adding that Mr. Obama has "united a movement."[s] The historians say it should be “an overwhelming Democratic victory,” noting McCain is facing one of the worst political environments for the party in power since World War II.[c2] There’s also this: only twice in the 20th century did the candidate from the same party as a two-term president go on to win the White House. The last time was in 1988, when President Bush’s father replaced Ronald Reagan… but Reagan was twice as popular as the current president is now.[c2]


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[L] The Los Angeles Times http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/06/al-gore-wraps-h.html [s] The Sun http://www.nysun.com/national/gores-influence-on-campaign-to-be-tested-after/80122/
[a] ABC News http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/06/gore-formally-e.html
[u] USA http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/housing/closetohome/2008-06-16-flint-mich_N.htm
[c] CNN http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/06/16/gore.obama/?iref=mpstoryview
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[c2] CNN http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/06/16/cafferty-historians-say-little-chance-for-mccain-in-nov/
[f] The Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080617/NEWS06/806170368/1008/NEWS06


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