Gore a Likely Convention Star

Nobel prizewinner perfectly poised to take spotlight
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2008 3:09 PM CDT
Former Vice-President Al Gore and US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi embrace before he speaks during a meeting held by Netroots Nation in Texas earlier this month.   (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)
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(Newser) – The Democrats haven't finalized the lineup for their upcoming convention in Denver, but one man seems certain to land a central role in the proceedings: Al Gore. Once mocked for his wooden style, Gore now enjoys even higher approval ratings than Barack Obama, Reuters reports. Tickets for a recent Gore lecture were snapped up in less than 24 hours.

Gore's transformed persona has won him new fans in Washington as well. With a Nobel Prize in one hand and an Oscar in the other, he now commands respect from a huge swath of the political establishment. Both presidential candidates have embraced the former VP's challenge on renewable fuels. "There has been no more successful defeated presidential candidate," said one historian.