Do you think Al Gore should enter the 2016 presidential primary contests? He would be a formidable candidate. He’s an experienced man, a wise man. But, you ask, Isn’t he the same guy who said he invented the internet? Actually, Gore never claimed that the internet was his invention. It was a claim sold the the general public by then Congressman Dick Armey’s office. It is well-documented, however, that since the 1970s Gore is seen as someone who was instrumental both as a Congressman and Senator for promoting the potential of high-speed computers and communications.He is recognized as a strong and knowledgeable proponent of the internet.
His candidacy could be a game-changer in many ways but especially so if the 2016 elections turn out to be a populist election. Gore will have a decided edge - after all he did win the popular vote in 2000 before losing the presidency by the Supreme Court decision to give Florida’s 25 electoral votes to George W. Bush. Moreover, with the nation fed-up with years of war he is capable of changing the subject by running on his record as an environmentalist and technologist. The coming revolution in both sciences will have global repercussions and consequences for the world’s future.
Al Gore has accomplished much since leaving public office in 2001. But first as public servant he was a member of the US house and senate from 1976 to 1993, with a run for president in 1988. He was Bill Clinton’s Vice President from 1993 to 2001 He is a Vietnam veteran and he was against the Iraq invasion in 2003. An environmentalist since 1976, he is a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
As a private citizen he has won an Emmy, a Webby, and an Academy Award for best documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. He has a Grammy for best spoken album. He is the author of many books and a former owner of Current TV which he recently sold to Al Jazeera.
In 2004, Gore started the venture capital firm Generation Investment Management which specializes in promoting green technology policies and serves as its chairman. He is a partner in the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers which focuses on technology start-ups such as Square, Nest and Uber. Gore sits on the board of Apple Computer and is senior advisor to Google.
Should Al Gore seek to return to public office he would do so as his own man. A southerner who need not pander to the extreme elements of political discourse. I hope that influential voices are calling out to him asking that he enter the 2016 presidential primary as a popular choice with two monumental issues: the environment and our technological future. He could have a tremendous impact.
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