A small group of Iowans calling themselves "Citizens for a Great Presidential Candidate" has formed, hoping Al Gore might run again. Gore has repeatedly said he does not plan to run "at this time," but Peter Ryder of Cedar Rapids says that leaves a "glimmer of hope" Gore might change his mind.
"He applies hard thinking to the issues of the day rather than, you know, ideological posturing if you like," Ryder says. "Obviously (Gore is) most well-known since the 2000 election for his work on global climate change and climate warming."
Ryder is a native of Great Britain, but he’s now a U.S. citizen and 2008 is the first presidential election in which he will vote. And he wants to vote for Gore.
"When I started this, it was not so much that the other candidates weren’t particularly good. I think they’re all reasonably good, but it was just that none of them really had the stature and weight that Al Gore brings to these issues," Ryder says.
Ryder and his group are planning to hold a rally on November 11th in Des Moines in support of a Gore candidacy.