Politics aside, Al and Joe still friends
A lot has happened since the 2000 presidential race, when two Senate Democrats headed their party’s ticket in a losing campaign for the White House.
Al Gore, the former vice president and 2000 Democratic presidential nominee, went on to win a Nobel Peace Prize, an Oscar and a Grammy after his documentary on climate change.
His running mate, Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, left the Democratic party to become an independent, which put him in a position of power player in the Senate. And now he’s a pivotal force as the congressional healthcare debate inches toward resolution.
Lieberman says he’ll join Republicans and block a final vote on a healthcare reform bill if it includes the public option.
Despite their political split, Gore told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Tuesday that he and his former running mate are still pals.
Any regrets about the “turbo boost” you gave to Lieberman’s career by picking him as your running mate — given that he’s changed his political affiliation and his current stance on healthcare? Maddow asked .
“The short answer is ‘No.’ We were very close friends in the Senate. We’re still friends,” Gore responded before proceeding on to the long answer.
“He was right and forceful on many of the issues that I felt were central, including global warming. He was one of the leaders on that issue. Women’s rights. On a whole range of issues,” Gore said. “I disagree with him on a lot of the issues that have become more prominent since then,” he added.
“But I would urge people to wait until the denouement of this healthcare debate to see where it falls out because I do believe that (Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid is going to be successful in passing it (healthcare reform) fairly soon.”
Photo Credit:Reuters/Win McNamee (Gore, Lieberman on a call with party leaders Nov. 27, 2000)