Columbia group joins effort to recruit Gore for presidential bid

Thursday, August 30, 2007 | 6:05 p.m. CDT; updated 6:00 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — As Lee Eames took his seat at the front of the Friends Room at the Columbia Public Library on Saturday afternoon, he was stricken by the low attendance for the first meeting of his Citizens for Gore campaign.

“I’m a little disappointed in the turnout, but when I started this project I hadn’t broken my hip,” Eames told a group of four supporters of former vice president Al Gore.

Inspired by the 220 regularly meeting Gore groups across the country, Eames hopes to assemble a Columbia group that will help influence the 2000 presidential candidate to run for the presidency again. At last Saturday’s meeting, the group discussed Gore’s environmental stance and what they can do to gain support for Gore in the area. Eames cited quotes in Gore’s “The Assault on Reason” as an impetus for his support of Gore.

“Many scientists are now warning that we are moving closer to several ‘tipping points’ that could — within as little as 10 years — make it impossible for us to avoid irretrievable damage to the planet’s habitability for human civilization,” Gore wrote in his new book.

Eames encouraged the group to sign online petitions in support of Gore, and he plans to speak to the Muleskinners, a local Democratic Party luncheon club that meets every Friday at noon in the Stamper Commons cafeteria on the Stephens College campus.

Though Gore has not said whether he will run, his supporters nationwide are committed to showing him that he has the necessary backing to win.

Asked why she is supporting Gore, California resident Monica Friedlander of in an e-mail cited “the sense that 2008 may be the most crucial election in our nation’s history, and after the devastating crises created by the Bush administration, we are in desperate need for a qualified candidate with the courage of conviction and who is electable. Al Gore is clearly the only one who fits the bill.“

Gore Web sites help connect the national grass-roots movement. has gathered more than 110,000 signatures on a petition urging Gore to run. Another Gore Web site,, is working to include Gore in the “Democracy for America” straw polls for the Democratic primary nomination.

“His lead is astounding in all online polls, leading the declared candidates by as much as 5 to 1,“ Friedlander said. “And he leads in a number of states in scientific polls as well.”

According to a Detroit News/WXYZ-TV poll earlier this month, Gore led in his party’s poll, beating declared candidates in a survey of 400 likely Democratic voters in Michigan. Gore received 36 percent of the votes compared to the runner-up, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., who received 32 percent.

“That’s without any campaigning!” Eames said Saturday.

Though Gore hasn’t indicated his intentions, his supporters are hopeful.

“He is the only person who has the gravitas (to serve),“ said Kay Callison, a local Democratic Party activist who attended Eames’ meeting.

The movement isn’t futile. Undeclared candidates, especially as popular as Gore, still have time to get on state primary ballots. In New Hampshire, which has the first scheduled primary, they have until mid-November.

According to an Associated Press report late Thursday afternoon, formerly undeclared Republican candidate Fred Thompson, partially inspired by grass-roots conservative support, announced his intention to declare himself a candidate for president on Sept. 6.

Gore supporters hope that their man, like Thompson, will eventually be persuaded to run.

“There are some efforts to put Gore’s name on ballots in various states, such as California and New Hampshire,” Friedlander said.

In the meantime, Eames will be ready if or when Gore does declare. Eames seemed confident that Gore will announce over Labor Day weekend.

“If he does that, we’ll be swamped. If he doesn’t, I’ll stick with it,” Eames said.

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J Moore August 30, 2007 | 10:24 p.m.

And these same people stated that 2004 was the most crucial election in our nation's history and that Al Gore was the "only one".... until they then went with the party pick. Same old song and dance. All they want is to have their names attached to Al Gore to get publicity. If they were anywhere near effective they would have been able to persuade him in 2004 when it really did matter. Too bad they never comment in these articles as well about supporting his environmental efforts now and telling what they are doing to be climate messengers instead of trying to divert him from his chosen mission. Political operatives who only exemplify the political rhetoric he excoriated in his book The Assault On Reason with their soundbites and polls... that's all they are to me.

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Bruce Little August 31, 2007 | 3:33 a.m.

Regarding comment by Jan Moore's (AKA LadyinBlack from

I can speak for myself and many of those in the nationwide draft Gore movement that I have become acquainted with over the last six months. We are very dedicated people. Not just dedicated personally to the man, and a single mission as your writings at beg, but to a wide spectrum of efforts to put this country back on track -- not the least of which is addressing global warming and the energy crisis.

Without meaningful, effective leadership all our goals may be put on hold. America needs someone that can soundly defeat the Bush clones, hit the deck running, and not be beholding to any special interest. I challenge you to name someone more qualified than Al Gore.

Do we support the environmental initiatives that Al Gore and others embrace? Yes. Do we act on them. Yes. Do we talk about them. Yes. I've been an environmentalist for over 40 years and write about environmental issues on my blog and 'walk the talk'. I trust you do to. But don't lump draft Gore supporters into some dark, diversionary group that only exists in your narrow mind.

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J Moore August 31, 2007 | 2:34 p.m.

And don't you assume my mind is narrow. Flying a CO2 pollution spewing airplane over his Live Earth environmental concert at Giants Stadium last month (I was there, BTW) just to give a plug for "" when it was a day for this planet told me much about their environmental values.

And we do have effective leadership on this issue now if only the grassroots would see it and stand with him as he asked them to. Just because he isn't where you want him doesn't mean he is not a leader. And unless you demand that "leadership" on ALL levels and not just political (in a system BTW, not run by a military/industrial complex you all seem to forget exists,) but by corporations and individuals, it will be for naught.

Thirty years of political stonewalling is something we cannot afford anymore of, and that is why Al Gore is out here now doing this HIS WAY… because he went that route in there and nothing got done regardless of party because of the system, and that won’t change with just one person being expected to do it nor will it change with just one election in this touchscreen voting world.

Polls show still that only 38% of Americans see global warming as an urgent global matter. Don't tell me this political system of unreasoned sound bites and media driven rhetoric and drivel would support Al Gore's passion for this yet on the level it should be without going about it the way he is going about it first.

Just cheerleading for him on a website to run isn't going to bring the system about that we need in order for this message to resonate with enough people FIRST to bring that number up to where they DEMAND change and make it happen themselves. If you think it can be done by the same status quo political methods, then I think you need to look up the meaning of the words narrow minded.

Oh, and thanks for the plug. Much appreciated.

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Mac Hathaway August 31, 2007 | 7:16 p.m.

I started following the situation with Al Gore in 2001, during the recount. It ultimately got me on the parallel tracks of getting better elections (the Election Integrity movement - you can follow it at, and, and the effort to get Al Gore back to the White House. (BTW, there's lot's of things happening in MO right now regarding honest elections...just google Thor Hearne and "Lathrop and Gage"...)

This has led to an effort in the northeast called DraftGore New England ( Turns out we're getting inquiries from all over the place, and we're redirecting folks from other areas to groups that are local to them. If anyone can't find a group to work with to get Al Gore his rightful office, send an email to

For any number of reasons, most of which are obvious, Al Gore is the president we need right now, and we have very strong confidence that if WE show our support, everywhere we live across this land, he WILL answer the call.

Never give up. This time we're going to win.


Mac Hathaway

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J Moore September 1, 2007 | 6:06 p.m.
On the front page as well.

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