Friends of Al Gore have secretly started assembling a campaign team in
preparation for the former American vice-president to make a fresh bid
for the White House.
Two members of Mr Gore’s staff from his unsuccessful
attempt in 2000 say they have been approached to see if they would be
available to work with him again.
Mr Gore, President Bill
Clinton’s deputy, has said he wants to concentrate on publicising the
need to combat climate change, a case made in his film, An Inconvenient
Truth, which won him an Oscar this year.
aware that he may step into the wide open race for the White House,
former strategists are sounding out a shadow team that could run his
campaign at short notice. In approaching former campaign staff,
including political strategists and communications officials, they are
making clear they are not acting on formal instructions from Mr Gore,
59, but have not been asked to stop.
of interest in the presidency have been couched in terms of “no plans”
or “no intention” – politically ambiguous language that does not rule
out a run.
One of his former campaign team said:
“I was asked whether I would be available towards the end of the year
if I am needed. They know he has not ruled out running and if he
decides to jump in, he will have to move very fast.
“He hasn’t asked them to do this, but nor has he told them not to.”
One word if true…Huzzah! (as in this would be very interesting…ok it’s more than one word)