Gore to Bush on Iraq: It’s Not About You

By Erica Anderson

Dec 6, 2006 7:34am

ABC News’ Teddy Davis Reports: Calling the Iraq war "the worst strategic mistake in the entire history of the United States" and "worse than a civil war," former Vice President Gore urged President Bush to find a way to get U.S. troops out of Iraq "as quickly as possible without making the situation worse" while appearing this morning on NBC’s "Today."

"I would urge the President to try to separate out the personal issues of being blamed in history for his mistake and instead recognizing that it is not about him. It’s about our country," Gore said in an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer.

When asked if he would pull U.S. troops out of Iraq even it was seen as a defeat for the U.S., Gore dodged the question, saying if he were president, he would have "the full flow of information" and he would be able to test these ideas.

On the question of whether he would run for president in 2008, Gore once again said he is involved in a different kind of campaign – to educate people about climate change – and that he isn’t planning to do so but he hasn’t completely ruled it out.

When asked if Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) is the man to beat on the Democratic side in 2008, Gore said once again, "I think it’s too early to evaluate the candidates who look like they are planning to run." Gore gave a similar answer about Obama when he was interviewed last month by ABC Radio’s David Blaustein.

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