Al Gore (photo), former US Vice-President, has endorsed Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate, on the presidential election.
After avoiding takin sides throughout the primary season, the beaten Democratic candidate in 2000 urged all Democrats to unite behind the party’s ticket, during a speech at a rally in Detroit, Michigan.
Mr Obama was the man to bring about change after “eight years of incompetence, neglect and failure” he said.
Even though Mr Gore has added his weight to Mr Obama (photo, from 20minites.fr), his support would have been more significant if he had done it before the Democratic nomination contest was decided.
However, Mr Gore remains a powerful voice in the Democratic Party. His appearance on the stage with Mr Obama will help unite Democrats for the general election in November.
Al Gore almost won the White House in 2000, when he ran against George W. Bush, and before that, he was former President Bill Clinton’s deputy.
In recent years, he led an international campaign on climate change, which improved his reputation.
During the rally at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mr Gore likened Mr Obama to former President John F Kennedy as a young leader who inspired.
“After eight years of incompetence, neglect and failure, we need change”, he said. “After eight years when our constitution has been dishonoured and disrespected, we need changes.”
Mr Gore also praised his stance in opposing the Iraq war.
Barack Obama said this endorsement meant a lot, because Mr Gore was a visionary, not just for the Democrats, but for the country as a whole.