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James Carville plops Al Gore's name on Obama's VP plate

June 11, 2008 |  5:22 pm

Here's what Democratic strategist and former Clinton aide James Carville says:

"If I was Sen. Obama, I would say the biggest economic problem we face is the biggest national security problem and the biggest environmental Former vice president Al Gore now mentioned againt as a Democratic vice presidential candidate by Hillary Clinton supporter James Carvilleproblem. And if I were him, I would ask Al Gore to serve as his vice president, his energy czar, in his administration to reduce our consumption and reliance on foreign energy sources.

"That would send a signal to the world, to American people, to Congress, to everybody, that America's getting serious about this horrendous problem that we face."

Here's what Al Gore said last winter:

"I haven't ruled out the idea of getting back into the political process at some point in the future. Don't expect to. But if I did get back, it would be as a candidate for president, not in any other position.  But I don't expect to ever get back into the political..."

To which Carville, a self-described "Capt. Cueball," responded today on CNN's "Situation Room:"

"Well, I'm not suggesting he's just any vice president. I'm suggesting that Sen. Obama as president would give him a lot of authority to deal with our consumption of oil."

James Carville supported, contributed to and wrote fundraising letters for the unsuccessful campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Here's another problem: Gore hasn't even endorsed Obama yet, raising some political eyebrows. He could be awaiting a grand televised entrance at the national convention in late August. And, actually, Gore has not expressed any interest in joining yet another Democratic ticket in the No. 2 spot.

--Andrew Malcolm

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