Posted by: maboulette | October 5, 2016

Gore Will Be on the Road Campaigning


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They’re getting the gang back together.

Former Vice President Al Gore will hit the trail for Hillary Clinton, the Daily News has confirmed, reuniting him with a family he’s long had a strained relationship with after serving as President Clinton’s running mate.

3rd party voters

Gore will be deployed to help try to persuade skeptical liberals from voting third-party — both by reminding those weighing a Jill Stein or Gary Johnson vote of what happened to him when 100,000 Floridians voted for Ralph Nader in 2000, and by using his cache as a climate change warrior to try to woo environmentalists for Clinton.

Millennial voters

It’s an open question how much Gore will be able to energize millennial voters, a key group Clinton is struggling with as many consider third-party votes. Anyone under age 34 was too young to have voted in the 2000 election. But Democrats are hopeful that he can use that election as a cautionary tale, while selling young environmentalists on voting for his old running mate’s wife.

Not at Democratic Convention

Gore and the Clintons have had a sometimes-strained relationship. Gore angered Bill by keeping him at arm’s length during the 2000 campaign, a move that many Democrats have cited as hurting more than helping Gore’s chances, and didn’t attend this year’s Democratic National Convention.

Endorsed on Twitter

But he made a point to endorse Clinton via Twitter as speculation mounted about renewed tensions.

“I am not able to attend this year’s Democratic convention, but I will be voting for Hillary Clinton,” Gore tweeted then. “Given her qualifications and experience — and given the significant challenges facing our nation and the world, including, especially, the global climate crisis, I encourage everyone else to do the same.”

 

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