Al Gore switched his endorsement from Howard Dean to John Kerry last week. He did it in a very backhanded way. It's funny how I can't find this quote anywhere in the major media. Or anywhere else for that matter. I can find the sentence after the sentence I'm looking for:
In one of the more dramatic moments of the primary campaign, Gore endorsed Dean over Kerry. But Thursday night, he gave a passionate speech in support of the new nominee.
"John Kerry earned the nomination of this party. He won it the hard way. He got out there and fought for it," Gore said. "He did it in a way that earned the respect of all of his opponents and earned the respect of everyone in our party."
That's not the good part though and it’s not how it really happened. I heard this on the radio and just before he said, "John Kerry earned the nomination of this party...," he said, and I'm paraphrasing but I'll be as close to exact as I can (I can't remember the order he mentioned the names in but everything else is right): President Carter did not support John Kerry. I did not support John Kerry. President Clinton did not support John Kerry. Senator Kennedy did not support John Kerry. "John Kerry earned the nomination of this party..."
What Gore was really saying was that not one of them really thought Kerry had a chance, that they all backed Dean, the inevitable winner, and when Dean imploded they were stuck with Kerry. So we’ll all have to make the best of it. Everybody smile.
Thanks to reader Todd Underiner we have Al Gore's exact quote:
I didn't support John Kerry. President Carter didn't support John Kerry. President Clinton didn't support John Kerry. Terry McAuliffe didn't support John Kerry - - in the primaries. John Kerry earned the nomination of this Party! He won it the hard way! He got out there, and he fought for it!