In Detroit, in the home arena of the Stanley Cup championship Detroit Red Wings, in a state that, because of party rules, Barack Obama skipped during the presidential primary campaign, former Vice-President Al Gore endorsed Obama to the delight of an enthusiastic crowd.
Gore, who many believe was rightly elected president in a win that was stripped away by the U.S. Supreme Court, is clearly a Democratic Party favorite. And since he's been out of the business of running for office, involved instead in a slick campaign to promote a cleaner environment in the fight against global warming, he has been a popular figure.
But can this translate into votes for Barack Obama?
Gore compared Obama to John F. Kennedy. Obama promised, if elected, that he and Gore would work together toward cleaning the environment.
Gore is riding on a degree of popularity. Last year he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on informing the public about climate change. An Inconvenient Truth, his documentary on global warming, won an Academy Award.
There were Democrats, and not an insignificant number, who hoped that Gore would, early in the primary campaign, throw his hat into the ring and "save" their party. They saw the "new" Gore as a relaxed, likable guy, not the robot-looking candidate who ran for president. It's an image that can't hurt Obama this November.
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