Al Gore is waging a campaign for the elusive and much coveted Oscar for his film, “An Inconvenient Truth.” In the midst of his push for an Oscar nomination, Gore said last week, “I am not planning to run for president again.” He argued that “his focus is raising public awareness about global warming and its dire effects.” But then, he added: “I haven’t completely ruled it out.”
His recent itinerary has been the ultimate in high profile. The former vice president made self-deprecating jokes on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” offered ideas on preserving the environment to Oprah Winfrey and her daytime audience and parried questions on Iraq from Matt Lauer on the “Today” show.
This Saturday Gore is hosting a network of 1,600 house parties across the country to watch and discuss his documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” with the Democrat planning to address the gatherings by satellite hookup. The movie is on the short list of feature-length documentaries being considered for Oscar nominations.
Crisscrossing the country to promote the DVD version of the movie — just in time for holiday gift-giving — Gore insists that he’s not planning a return to politics.
AP notes that Gore “has given plenty of signals that he does not intend to become a candidate.” I’m one who believes he won’t do it.
While Clinton, Obama and other likely contenders have begun courting activists and building their organizations, Gore has steered far from campaign mechanics.
And while many prospective candidates have visited states with early presidential contests such as Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, Gore spends most weekends at home in Nashville, Tenn., training environmentalists to deliver a slideshow presentation on global warming to audiences across the country.
Donna Brazile, Gore’s presidential campaign manager in 2000 said, “I see no signs of Gore organizing supporters right now.”