Al Gore at the Rose Garden

Next month, on October 24, former Vice President Al Gore will bring his global warming discussion to Portland -- in the Rose Garden. Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at RoseQuarter.com (scroll down to Oct 24).

When Al Gore was in Portland a year ago, thousands turned up to see him.

Previously on BlueOregon, economist Eban Goodstein talked about what global warming might do to Oregon's economy if left unchecked.

And, of course, BlueOreogn regular Steve Novick has made the case that Al Gore ought to run for president.

The floor is yours. Discuss.

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    And, of course, BlueOreogn regular Steve Novick has made the case that Al Gore ought to run for president.

    Uh, didn't Al Gore already run for President?

    And didn't he, after the American people had an election stolen from them, proclaim "God bless the President (Bush) of the United States?"

    I'll go see him, and I'll go cheer him on with his crusade against global warming...but run for President again? That's a tough sell for me. And, I suspect, the American people.

  • spicey (unverified)
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    Michael Franti for President :) October 14th can't come too soon for this Spearhead fan. Ooops, wrong blog.

    Kind of. His new albumn, Yell Fire! Very political. Recommended.

    That would be kind of cool to see Al Gore in a big arena. Wonder if he'll have a musical act, too. Like Nadar did when he was campaigning in 2000. A little Pink Martini... a little food. Lots of tables for the Sierra Club and National Wildlife Federation and local candidates. Why not get the Dem Party in on the action and make it a voter reg. event and GOTV event while we're at it? I mean, the guy's still a democrat, no?

    thinking out loud. It's like living in a dishwasher today. Go Autumn, Go!

  • Jackie (unverified)
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    I hope he runs again.

  • steve s (unverified)
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    Gore has as much of a chance of becoming president as Kyoto does being enacted

  • Fred Astaire (unverified)
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    I'd rather see Al on Dancing with the Stars.

  • Frank Carper (unverified)
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    Jack Bog, political genius. Be sure to give our regards to Commissioners Dave Lister and Amanda Fritz.

  • Mister Tee (unverified)
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    Not to mention President Gore and President Kerry.

  • Anne Dufay (unverified)
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    Frank Carper (is that really your last name? Sorry, I can't seem to get past the vision of the big-mouth bass... Sorry, used to fish. How 'bout you, Carp?)

    Anyway, not to speak for Jack, but I too, endorsed Amanda. So I'll just jump in to remind you of a little political reality that all good dems know like we know the backs of our hands -- endorsing someone doesn't mean you are saying they WILL win. Just, that they SHOULD win.

    And, yeah, Bush won. And, Bush won. And, Ronald won. Yup. Aaannnd, who's stupid, now????

  • noccrawler (unverified)
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    David Brower, the great environmentalist who was three times nominated for the Nobel Prize, once said famously, "Gore and Clinton have done more harm to the environment than Reagan and Bush combined." It's worth checking out "Dime's Worth of Difference", "Left Out! How Liberals Helped Reelect George W. Bush", and /or Al Gore:A User's Manual", all available at the public library.

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    endorsing someone doesn't mean you are saying they WILL win. Just, that they SHOULD win.

    And when they DO win, but have that election stolen from not just them, but from all of us who us who put our hopes and trust and faith in them, as I did Al Gore...and then its "God bless?" Give me a break.

    Sorry, I have trouble believing in a God who would bless George Bush, and even less faith in an opportunist Al Gore who lacked the cajones to stand up for us, and this country, when it counted.

  • Kristi (unverified)
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    Excuse me - but didn't Gore technically win that last time he ran for President? Wasn't that BEFORE Bush screwed the Republicans with his crappy policies and horrible job performance? Wasn't that also when a certain Mr. Nader was running and pulling votes away from Gore? Tell me again why he has as much chance to win as Kyoto has of being enacted?

  • Garrett (unverified)
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    Yes Gore did win. Every independant study after the election said so. That election was kind of like the Oregon/Oklahoma game. Where Gore (Oklahoma) should have won but got screwed by the Supreme Court and Katherine Harris (Replay officials and on the field officials).

  • Kristi (unverified)
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    So why is everybody talking smack?

  • Jennifer W. (unverified)
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    Uh-huh. And then John Kerry won the next time aroung, and he named Elvis to be his Secretary of Health and Human Services, and D.P. Cooper to be the Treasury Secretary.

    Y'all are delusional if you think officiating is always perfect. Sometimes you are the windshield, and sometimes you are the bug.

  • JerryS (unverified)
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    Dear Jennifer W,

    I see you're attempting to use humor to make your (non existant) point. Unfortunatley, you are not funny.

    Do you even remember that election? Of couse Gore won.

  • noccrawler (unverified)
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    I believe that the proper relationship between Gore and Kyoto is drawn by Joshua Frank, who recalled in his recent article, How the Kyoto Protocol was Gored, that Gore declared the U.S. would not support the agreement because, "It did not ask enough of developing nations, even though the U.S. is the leading pollutor in the world." Gore and Clinton had just come off an electoral victory, and "...it was time to pay back the big oil and gas companies who had handed over $6 million to their party the prior year."

  • Mister Tee (unverified)
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    Somebody has to win and somebody has to lose. That's why Al Gore eventually threw in the towel. At least Al knew he lost, even if the rest of you are still living in a parallel universe.

    Oregon won, Oklahoma lost. Deal with it.

  • Katie (unverified)
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    Mister Troll, Your comments only get more annoying and inane. You do realize this, yes?

  • demionhesse (unverified)
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    Gore won alright, and not because of Nader, but he apparently didn't believe that his victory was worth fighting for. His fellow Skull and Bones-er may not exactly have won, but the gentleman-Yali wasn't going to make a big deal out of a little extra-curricular gamesmanship in Florida, was he?

  • Jacksoncounty (unverified)
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    "Mr. Troll!" That's a good one! Mr. Troll does get more and more annoying every day.

  • Mister Tee (unverified)
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    Y'all didn't hear about the 2000 Florida recount that was published on November 12, 2001?

    That bastion of conservative trolls, the Washington Post, carried the story under the the banner headline Florida Recounts Would Have Favored Bush.

    The recount also showed that the only way that Al Gore could have tallied more votes was by using counting methods that were never requested, and which included "overvotes" — spoiled ballots containing more than one vote for an office. While some of these ballots recorded votes for two separate candidates, a significant number (20% in Lake County, for example) were cases of a voter voting for a candidate and then also writing in that same candidate's name on the write-in line.

  • Harry (unverified)
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    "Do you even remember that election? Of couse Gore won." "Gore won alright,..." "Yes Gore did win. Every independant study after the election said so." ============

    BWWWAAAAA, HAAAAAA, HAAAAA. Now that is some funny stuff!!

    The ONLY thing Gore won was the popular vote....which don't mean much if you LOSE the Electoral College, which Gore did lose. And he did not lose it by the US Supreme Court 5 to 4 vote, nor by Katherine Harris, Gore lost it by losing the popular vote in Florida, and even his home state.

    How many Favorite Sons lose their HOME state? Ouch!

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    Oregon won, Oklahoma lost. Deal with it.

    I didn't hear the Oklahoma coach say "God Bless the U of O." When I hear that, I'll know its really over.

  • Where's Tenskawatawaco? (unverified)
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    I was hoping Tenskey could explain how the Washington Post lied?

  • Shannon Floyd (unverified)
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    Well, y'all, I'm from Oklahoma and I graduated from OU. From what I hear, there isn't going to be a chorus of "God Bless U of O" in the near future. My home state takes its football seriously, and I have a couple of older male relatives who are lucky they avoided an emergency room visit when that call was not revised.

    About Al Gore, Brouwer was right: Clinton/Gore had some very disappointing moments. In addition to environmental losses, we had NAFTA, welfare "reform" and a large expansion of the (Civil) War on Drug(User)s. But then we had 6 years of Dubya and all of a sudden Clinton/Gore are looking very good indeed. Everything is relative.

    I don't tend to be very realistic when I start dreaming of the next Democratic ticket. I know one has to think strategy, war chest, polling, but I too often wind up daydreaming about Bill Moyers, Barbara Boxer, Russ Feingold, Barack Obama, etc. However, I wouldn't rule out voting for Gore.

    He didn't fight hard enough when the Supreme Court took away his presidency, but the deck was stacked against him. And I like the way he's tackling global warming, which is nothing if not a genuinely important issue.

    The question for me is, which Al Gore shows up to a 2008 or 2012 election: wooden, scripted Al Gore or impassioned, funny, right-on-the-money Al Gore?

  • Yo Bubba (unverified)
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    If I had told you in 1966 that Milhouse Nixon would be the candidate of the Republicans in the next Presidential electiom, you would have said I'm crazy. Sure he had lost in 1960 and in 1962 he lost again as a candidatew for Governor of California. But the Republicans were desperate. They were seeking a middle of the road person after the landslide against AuH2O in 1964. I don't have a clue who the Dems can run who can win. Hillary or Kerry are just not main steream enough. Personally, I like Evan Byah, a Senator and former Governor of one of the reddest states of all, but he gets about 03% on name recognition. I'm not giving up hope that somehow Sam Brownback will get the nomination of the Republicans. If so, Dems win.

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