Former Vice President Al Gore will soon be hitting the campaign trail to stump for Hillary Clinton, say sources close to the Democratic nominee’s campaign.
Gore, who was vice president under Bill Clinton, is a well-known advocate of climate change and the Clinton campaign hopes that having him on board will help energize young voters. The former vice president endorsed Clinton in July. He said at the time that he was inspired to throw his support behind the former secretary of state in partly because of the “global climate crisis.”
“I am not able to attend this year’s Democratic convention, but I will be voting for Hillary Clinton,” Gore wrote in the first of a series of three tweets laying out his rationale for endorsing Clinton. “Given her qualifications and experience — and given the significant challenges facing our nation and the world, including, especially, the global climate crisis, I encourage everyone else to do the same.”
Gore also serves as a perfect example of what can happen as the result of a protest vote. The Clinton campaign is hoping his story can help get through to young voters who are considering casting their ballot for third party candidates. In 2000, Green Party candidate Ralph Nader played an important role in helping George W. Bush to become president, and we all know how that turned out.
In case you were too young way back then to clearly remember this election, the chart below gives the results of the 2000 election and illustrates how we could have had a much different outcome if it weren’t for Nader. It is also worth pointing out just how unlikely any of these third party candidates were to ever actually become president. But they clearly helped put Bush in office.
The 2000 election is historical evidence which proves that a protest vote in this election is the same as a vote for Trump. Think of how different things might have been if Dubya had never been in the Oval Office. The circumstances that would have to exist for a successful third party run simply don’t exist this year. Jill Stein isn’t going to win. Gary Johnson isn’t going to win.
Bernie Sanders knew this. He also knew that what does exist is the possibility of a racist demagogue becoming President of the United States. A vote for Jill Stein is a vote for Trump. A vote for Gary Johnson is a vote for Trump. Period. Those considering voting for a third party candidate had better learn from history before they repeat it.
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