Former Vice President Al Gore will be hitting the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton in the coming weeks. According to sources close to the campaign, Clinton should be announcing his appearances on Wednesday.
The Inconvenient Truther will attempt to reach out to millennials who may be considering voting for third party candidates, voting behavior that many Democrats blame for Gore’s loss to George W. Bush in 2000. Indeed, Clinton aides have been using the 2000 election to warn young voters against voting for Green party candidate Jill Stein or Libertarian party candidate Gary Johnson.
Recent polling shows that millennial voters disproportionately favor third party candidates. In a Quinnipiac survey released in September, 44% of voters ages 18-34 said they would vote for either Johnson or Stein.
Gore, who served as vice president during Clinton’s husband’s administration, has long been at the forefront of the debate about climate change, an issue that is important to millennial voters. Gore endorsed Clinton this summer, citing climate change as an important reason for his support. “I am not able to attend this year’s Democratic convention, but I will be voting for Hillary Clinton,” he tweeted in July. “Given her qualifications and experience — and given the significant challenges facing our nation and the world, including, especially, the global climate crisis, I encourage everyone else to do the same.”