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Al Gore: 'Take It From Me, Every Vote Counts'

| by Robert Fowler

Former Vice President Al Gore has urged voters to cast their ballot for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for the sake of the country's ability to combat climate change. Referencing his own unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2000, Gore stated that every vote counts.

On Nov. 7, Gore spoke during a Clinton campaign event in Colorado, urging any undecided or complacent voters to feel a sense of urgency for Election Day, Politico reports.

“Take it from me, every vote counts,” Gore said. “Trust me on this. You can consider me an exhibit A of that proposition. Every single vote counts.”

Gore narrowly lost the 2000 election, which was so historically close that the U.S. Supreme Court had to intervene and halt a recount of the Florida results. Several election autopsies have pointed to Green Party nominee Ralph Nader’s campaign as a pivotal factor in Gore’s defeat.

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In 2001, political scientist Gerald Pomper wrote in Political Science Quarterly that there was empirical evidence that Nader peeled away votes from Gore that cost him a win in the crucial state of Florida, according to the University of Vermont.

Pomper wrote that exit polls indicated “approximately half (47 percent) of the Nader voters said they would choose Gore in a two-man race, a fifth (21 percent) would choose Bush, and a third (32 percent) would not vote. Applying these figures to the actual vote, Gore would have achieved a net gain of 26,000 votes in Florida, far more than needed to carry the state easily.”

Nader has consistently pushed back against accusations that he was a spoiler in the 2000 presidential race.

Gore urged Colorado voters to not take their votes for granted.

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“Do not, please, put yourself in a position where you look back on this election, years from now and say, ‘That was the hinge of history, and I could have potentially made all of the difference,” Gore said.

Aggregating the last 11 national polls released since Nov. 6, Real Clear Politics found that Clinton currently leads a four-way race with an average of 45.5 percent support while GOP nominee Donald Trump is right behind with 42.2 percent support. Meanwhile, Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson has 4.7 percent support while Green Party nominee Jill Stein has 1.9 percent support. 

Gore then pivoted to climate change, a key issue that has defined his career after leaving the White House. Praising the Paris Climate Agreement, Gore told voters that the difference between Clinton and Trump on climate change could have a decisive impact on the environment.

“You could say, actually, this election means the world, because in a real sense, it does,” Gore said “[Clinton] understands that we can change and she has put forward a smart and ambitious plan to greatly increase the momentum of renewable energy and shift us toward that net emissions-free world that we’re aiming toward.”

Clinton has pledged to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement and take measures to reduce carbon emissions. Trump has vowed to discard the agreement and to lift the majority of environmental regulations on energy, according to Business Insider.

On Nov. 6, 2012, Trump described climate change as a hoax invented by Chinese officials.

“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive,” Trump wrote on his Twitter.

Sources: Business InsiderPolitico, Real Clear Politics, Donald Trump/Twitter, The University of Vermont / Photo credit: Campus Party Brasil/Flickr

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