June 4, 2006

Biden says Gore would be viable US contender

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Vice President Al Gore, who
narrowly lost the 2000 presidential vote, would be a viable
contender if he ran again in 2008, said Sen. Joseph Biden,
himself a likely candidate, on Sunday.

"I think he'd be viable and I think he would be welcomed,"
said Biden, a Delaware Democrat, on NBC's "Meet the Press."
"I'd welcome him getting involved."

"I think it (a Gore campaign) would add to the debate that
this party has to have," said Biden, who has said he intends to

But Gore again insisted he had no intentions of making
another White House bid, though his failure to rule out the
possibility has allowed speculation that he may do so.

Appearing on ABC's "This Week," Gore said he was focused on
alerting people of the threat of global warming, most recently
with his new movie, "An Inconvenient Truth."

"I honestly believe that the highest and best use of my
skills and experience is to try to change the minds of people
in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world about this planetary
emergency," said Gore, who lost the 2000 election to Republican
George W. Bush.

Asked about another White House bid, Gore said, "I can't
imagine any circumstances in which I would become a candidate
again. I've found other ways to serve. I'm enjoying them."

Biden, asked if he expects Gore to run for president again,
said: "I have no idea. I truly have no idea."