Al Gore’s staff is denying a report he has canceled all scheduled appearances for the next six months while he ponders an entry into the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The Taipei Times reported in a news brief Gore had been invited by a Taiwanese lawmaker to come to the island nation and give an address on global warming.
But Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tien Chiu-chin, according to the paper, told reporters Tuesday she received an e-mail from the Harry Walker Agency, which arranges Gore’s speeches, saying Gore had canceled all of his scheduled events for the next six months.
The visit to Taiwan had been postponed to next year, Tien said, because Gore was considering a presidential bid.
Gore’s spokeswoman, Kalee Kreider, told WND “there is no truth to the matter.”
“The former vice president is heavily booked throughout the fall with engagements and has no intentions of a presidential bid,” she wrote in an e-mail.
Don Walker, president of the Harry Walker Agency in New York City, could not be immediately reached for comment.
Kreider told WND there was no cancelation of any speech in Taiwan because Gore had not accepted an invitation.
Gore’s official position, she said, is that “he has no intention of running.”
Nevertheless, talk of his entry into the race has increased amid an enthusiastic grass-roots campaign to draft him. With Sen. Hillary Clinton’s negatives reaching 50 percent among the electorate in some major polls, oddsmakers see Gore as a favorite.
Online sportsbooks are offering 6-1 odds Gore will win the presidency.
A poll this week of Democrats in New Hampshire shows they prefer Gore over Clinton by 6 percentage points.
Without Gore, Clinton has an 18-point lead over Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, according to the survey by Suffolk University and WHDH-TV in Boston.
Independent websites urging Gore to run include AlGore.org and DraftGore.com, which declares he’s “eloquent, passionate, relentless, undaunted. The first political figure to oppose the Iraq war, Al Gore is also the lead champion in the fight against global warming, a passionate defender of our Constitution, and an unyielding voice against the Bush Administration’s abuse of power. Given his unmatched experience and leadership on issues of moral imperative, Gore is increasingly seen as Democrats’ best bet to win back the White House.”
Gore’s new book, “Assault on Reason,” is also seen as laying the foundation for entry into the race.
He seemed to leave the door open in an interview June 18 with the UK’s Sun newspaper.
“I have not ruled it out entirely, because I’m only 59, and 59 is the new 58, you know,” Gore said. “But I don’t expect to be a candidate again.”