Former Vice President Al Gore, who ducked calls from Democrats wanting to draft him into the presidency, tonight will make a long-awaited endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner told supporters in an e-mail he will appear with Obama at a rally at the 20,000-person Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, and noted he has never previously asked his e-mail list to back a candidate.
Here’s Gore’s note to supporters:
A few hours from now I will step on stage in Detroit, Michigan to announce my support for Senator Barack Obama. From now through Election Day, I intend to do whatever I can to make sure he is elected President of the United States.
Over the next four years, we are going to face many difficult challenges — including bringing our troops home from Iraq, fixing our economy, and solving the climate crisis. Barack Obama is clearly the candidate best able to solve these problems and bring change to America.
I’ve never asked members of AlGore.com to contribute to a political campaign before, but this moment and this election are too important to let pass without taking action.
That’s why I am asking you to join me today in showing your support for Barack Obama by making a contribution to his campaign today:
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.
With the help of millions of supporters like you, Barack Obama will bring the change we so desperately need in order to solve our country’s most pressing problems.
If you’ve already contributed to Barack Obama’s campaign, I ask that you consider making another contribution. If you haven’t, please join the movement right now:
On the issues that matter most, Barack Obama is clearly the right choice to lead our nation.
We have a lot of work to do in the next few months to elect Barack Obama president and it begins by making a contribution to his campaign today.
— Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter,
The Washington Times