Special Report: U.S. presidential election 2008
April 2 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama
suggested on Wednesday that he would consider offering former Vice President Al
Gore a cabinet-level post should he be elected president.
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate
Sen. Barack Obama speaks during an appearance at the 38th constitutional
convention of the Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 2,
2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
His Republican counterpart, John McCain, said that he
has concluded a list of potential running mates with nearly 20 names, and would
narrow it down in the next "weeks if not months."
"It's not an unusual thing," the 71-year-old Arizona
Senator said. "You put the list together and then you just could do a cursory
kind of a look that I guess you could do on Google."
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore waves
to journalists as he arrives at the side event of the U.N. Climate Change
Conference 2007 in Nusa Dua, on Bali island, December 13,
2007. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
McCain said that he would not rush the process to
avoid repeating the mistakes made by several past nominees, but he hopes the
name would be released before the party's convention in early September.
Asked by a female attendee to a campaign rally in
Pennsylvania whether he would recruit Gore in his administration, Illinois
Senator Obama said that he would tap the vice president who narrowly lost the
2000 presidential race to George W. Bush for his cabinet or even higher level
office to address the global warming issue.
"Not only will I, but I will make a commitment that
Al Gore will be at the table and play a central part in us figuring out how we
solve this problem," he said, adding he consulted with Gore on a regular basis.
Gore, who has refused to come back to the presidential race, committed to the climate change course that earned him a Nobel Prize in 2007. So far, he has not officially endorsed any Democratic presidential candidate.
Obama narrows Clinton's lead in Pennsylvania poll
WASHINGTON, April 2 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has managed to narrow his rival Hillary Rodham Clinton's lead in Pennsylvania, the next key state to hold the primary, according to a poll released on Wednesday.
The poll conducted by the Quinnipiac University from March 24 to 31 shows that Clinton beat Obama by 50 percent to 41 percent in the state, eroding from two-digit-percentage lead last month. Full story
Democratic leaders leave Obama, Clinton to decide on Florida convention delegates
WASHINGTON, April 2 (Xinhua) -- It would be up to two Democratic presidential candidates whether Florida could seat their delegates at the party's nomination convention, the Democratic National Committee announced on Wednesday.
The chairman, Howard Dean, said that he met with the state's lawmakers in a discussion on ways of allocating delegates to Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, who are currently tied in a close presidential nomination race. Full story