Former Vice President Al Gore offered a blistering critique of Republican nominee John McCain, arguing today that the Arizona Senator would be an extension of the Bush administration who would worsen his signature issue: global warming.
The same policies all over again? Gore said at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver. Hey, I believe in recycling, but that’s ridiculous.
Gore charged that in spite of John McCain’s past record of open-mindedness on the climate crisis, he has now allowed his party to browbeat him into abandoning his support of mandatory caps on global warming.
Obama, on the other hand, represents a clean break from the politics of partisanship and bitter division.
Gore is trying to knock down the main Republican line of attack against Obama — that he isn’t ready to lead — by likening the Democratic nominee to another Land of Lincoln politician who had limited experience in federal government before winning the White House: Abraham Lincoln himself.
In 2008, once again, we find ourselves at the end of an era with a mandate from history to launch another new beginning, Gore said. And once again, we have a candidate whose experience perfectly matches an extraordinary moment of transition.
Gore was welcomed by a standing ovation in the enthusiastic crowd of thousands, who waved American flags and stamped their feet as he took to the podium. Cameras flashed throughout the stands to capture a snapshot of the former vice president, who was the Democratic nominee in 2000.