Al Gore to appear with Obama at Detroit rally
FLINT, Mich. - Former Vice President Al Gore, a highly respected figure in the U.S. Democratic party, was set on Monday to appear at a Detroit rally with presidential candidate Barack Obama, where he will pledge to do all he can to help Obama win the White House.
“Over the past 18 months, Barack Obama has united a movement. He knows change does not come from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue or Capitol Hill. It begins when people stand up and take action,” Gore said in a letter to his supporters, asking them to help him raise money for Obama.
“From now through Election Day, I intend to do whatever I can to make sure (Obama) is elected president of the United States,” Gore said in the letter, which was made available to reporters by the Obama campaign.
The letter marked the first time that Gore has said publicly he was supporting Obama.
The former vice president, who served with former President Bill Clinton, remained neutral as Clinton’s wife, Hillary Clinton, and Obama battled for the Democratic nomination.
Since losing his own bid for the White House to President George W. Bush amid the disputed Florida voting in 2000, Gore has become a hero to many in his party. He has been a vocal advocate of actions to combat global warming and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in that area.
Obama said in April that he consulted regularly with Gore and also said he would strongly consider inviting the former vice president to serve in his administration should he win the White House.
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Photo credit: Reuters/Denis Balibouse (Al Gore at news conference in Geneva, March 11, 2008)