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  •  I haven't missed anything (0+ / 0-)
    How have YOU missed the fact that he hasn't even said "I'm thinking about it," or that he's done nothing to put an organization together or ask people who worked for him the last time to keep their powder dry and not sign on with other campaigns.

    And how have you missed the following from just last month:

    Former Vice President Al Gore said he has "fallen out of love with politics" and has no intentions of running for office again.

    "I'm involved in a different kind of campaign, not for myself not as a candidate, but to change people's minds about the most dangerous crisis we've ever faced, and the greatest set of opportunities we've ever confronted to solve this climate crisis," he told CNN's Larry King on Thursday.

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    Gore has stopped short of closing the campaign door, but he has left little room to expect anything else.

    "I've kind of fallen out of love with politics. ...Whatever experience and talents I've gained over the years -- I think it may well be that the highest and best use of that is to try to bring enough awareness of the solutions to the climate crisis and enough of a sense of urgency that we come together across party lines on behalf of our children," Gore said.

    Why people refuse to simply take the man at his word simply because he hasn't made a "Shermanesque statement" is beyond me.  He didn't make such a statement in 2004, either, but he sure didn't run.

    "Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither liberty nor security." -Ben Franklin

    by leevank on Fri Oct 12, 2007 at 04:25:54 PM PDT

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    •  Why? (1+ / 0-)
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      Because 'his word', as you call it, has never been about running. I'd take him at his word if he indeed made that kind of Shermaneque statement. I sure do believe he's fallen out of love with politics - how you draw the conclusion that this translates to "I'm not running", I have no idea. It's a vague, almost irrelevant statement that works equally well for either decision he could end up making. "I've fallen out of love with politics, but feel compelled by my closest friends and supporters to jump back in, and because I love my country/planet/solar system too much..." - see what I'm getting at here?

      I took issue with the fact that you're telling everyone he's simply not running as if he is not deliberately leaving a window open. There's a reason he's not making a definitive statement, as yes, it's because he is (or was) thinking about it. You're trying to close things up for some reason, maybe it's impatience. We'll find out what he's really up to very soon.

    •  You're wrong on 2004 (0+ / 0-)

      He did make a clear statement that he wasn't running in that election. He made it in 2003 and left no wriggle room or doubt. He told people to stop sites or movements to get him into race.

      So when you said

      Why people refuse to simply take the man at his word simply because he hasn't made a "Shermanesque statement" is beyond me.  He didn't make such a statement in 2004, either, but he sure didn't run.

      you are accusing those who believe he might run of some stupidity based on your erroneous memory.

      Hell it's the difference this time compared to 2003 that makes people so sure he is keeping the door open for a reason, that he's at least considering a run or he's be as clear now as he was 4 years ago.

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