Carville Touts a Convenient VP

Nobel-winner would signal US is getting serious about energy policy, says he
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2008 6:22 AM CDT
In this file photo originally provided by Paramount Pictures Classics, Al Gore is shown in a scene from his documentary "An Inconvenient Truth."    (AP Photo/Paramount Classics )
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(Newser) – Democratic strategist James Carville thinks Barack Obama should consider someone with a little experience for the vice presidency: like, say, former VP Al Gore. Carville told CNN that choosing the Nobel Peace Prize-winner would drive home the message that America is serious about a new energy policy. A third term would make Gore the longest-serving veep in history, but he's said he'll only run for top spot.

"If I were (Obama), I would ask Al Gore to serve as his vice president, his energy czar, in his administration to reduce our consumption and reliance on foreign energy sources," the former Clinton aide said. “That would send a signal to the world, to American people, to Congress, to everybody, that America's getting serious about this horrendous problem that we face.”