Gore Wows Bloggers at Austin Show
Surprise visit sparks talk of green issues, White House post
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2008 6:54 PM CDT
Former Vice-President Al Gore and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi embrace before he speaks during a meeting held by Netroots Nation Saturday, July 19, 2008, in Austin, Texas.   (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)
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(Newser) – Al Gore surprised a crowd of liberal bloggers today by showing up at the Netroots Nation conference in Austin, Texas. He wowed the 3,000 progressives by emerging after Nancy Pelosi and giving a speech on the importance of grassroots organization for green issues. When asked about sharing a spot on the Obama ticket, he once again demurred, the Austin-American Statesman reports.

“I am really honored by the suggestion that some have made that I consider taking a position of some kind in the next administration," he said. "I want to convey my respect for the idea even as I explain to you I don’t think that is the best thing for me to do. I could be wrong."