Campaigning with Hillary Clinton in Miami, Gore highlighted two messages he wanted to share with the former secretary of state’s supporters.
“No. 1, when it comes to the most urgent issue facing our country and the world, the choice in this election is extremely clear. Hillary Clinton will make solving the climate crisis a top national priority,” Gore said. “Very important.”
Donald Trump, whom Gore referred to as “her opponent,” would take America “toward a climate catastrophe,” he said.
“Here’s my second message: Your vote really, really, really counts — a lot. You can consider me as an exhibit A of that group. Now, for those of you who are younger than 25, you might not remember the election of 2000 and what happened here in Florida and across the country,” Gore said, prompting boos from the crowd.
“For those of you older than 25, I heard you murmuring just now. But take it from me, it was a very close election,” Gore said, as supporters began to chant “You won! You won!”
I was watching this on TV yesterday and I am not ashamed to admit to the wave of emotion I felt when the crowd started chanting "You won!"
In fact I even tweeted about it.
I reference the 2000 election fairly frequently here on IM.Crowd chanting "You won" to Al Gore concerning the 2000 election and @HillaryClinton is just nodding her head in agreement.— Gryphen 2009 (@Gryphen2009) October 11, 2016
And the reason is that it was when I really had my political awakening.
I was not necessarily the biggest fan of Al Gore back then, but it was clear to me that he was a vastly superior choice than George W. Bush, and when he had the elections stolen from him I was apoplectic.
And then everything that happened afterward kept pouring salt in to that wound.
To this day it is why I cannot stand third party candidates and have no patience for idiots who "vote their conscience."
When there are only two viable choices you man up (I would say "woman up" but you ladies really seem to have your shit together this election cycle.) and make the best choice for the country.
THAT is how you keep a George W. Bush out of office, and save thousands of lives, and that is how you keep a Donald Trump out of office and save the future of this country.