Al Gore has won the Nobel Peace Prize, sharing it with the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The former vice president said he would donate his half of the $1.5 million prize to The Alliance for Climate Protection, a U.S. organization founded by Gore that aims to persuade people to cut emissions and reduce global warming.
Does this mean that Gore will reconsider throwing his hat into the 2008 presidential race? Many are hopeful this will happen. An organization called draftgore.com is one of several trying to persuade Gore to run. The group ran a full-page ad in The New York Times on Wednesday described as "an open letter to Al Gore." Monica Friedlander, founder of www.draftgore.com, said after the Peace Prize was announced that it would now "be very difficult for him to say no."
I for one would like to see former Vice President Gore shake things up a bit and get into the race. I think he would bring with him something that is currently missing from the current democratic presidential candidates. We already know Gore's position on global warming and the environment, and some feel this is one of the greatest challenges for the very existence of mankind. Gore is a very strong supporter of those less fortunate than he. I checked on some of Gore's feelings on gay rights from his position in 2000. Gore supports "civil union" but not "gay marriage." He would fight to stop any discrimination against same-sex unions. Gore would eliminate "don't ask, don't tell." Perhaps he has evolved in some of his views since 2000, but that would be known more if Gore begins a run for the White House.
Mr. Gore, if you read this, GO FOR IT!