Gore: 'I believe in recycling,' but McCain recycling Bush 'is ridiculous'
DENVER -- Al Gore delivered a stirring endorsement of Barack Obama, comparing his experience to Abraham Lincoln's and saying the country could not afford another four years of Republicanism from a candidate who has been "browbeat" into backing pollution industries and would continue President Bush's disastrous foreign policy.
"Today we face essentially the same choice we faced in 2000, though it may be even more obvious now, because John McCain, a man who has earned our respect on many levels, is now openly endorsing the policies of the Bush-Cheney White House and promising to actually continue them," Gore said, taking on an air of feigned shock. "The same policies? Those policies? All over again?
"Hey, I believe in recycling, but that's ridiculous," he zinged.
Addressing head on criticisms of Obama as lacking the experience to be president, Gore invoked another famous former Commander in Chief who shared a similar pre-presidential biography.
"Before he entered the White House, Abraham Lincoln's experience in elective office consisted of eight years in his state legislature in Springfield, Illinois, and one term in Congress -- during which he showed the courage and wisdom to oppose the invasion of another country that was popular when it started but later condemned by history," Gore said.
The former vice president turned environmental activist accused John McCain of supporting policies that were exacerbating global warming and endangering national security, all on behalf of a party that's been co-opted by polluting industries.
"In spite of John McCain's past record of open mindedness on the climate crisis, he has apparently now allowed his party to browbeat him into abandoning his support of mandatory caps on global warming pollution," Gore said.
He said only Obama would provide an energy policy that invested in alternative fuels that cause less pollution and are already available.
"We already have everything we need to solve the climate crisis -- everything, that is, except a president who inspires us to believe, 'Yes we can,'" he said.
"So how did this no-brainer become a brain-twister?" he asked. "Because the carbon fuels industry -- big oil and coal -- have a 50-year lease on the Republican Party and they are drilling it for everything it's worth."