ABC News’ Teddy Davis and A’Melody Lee Report: Former Vice President Al Gore tells ABC News that if he were still in the United States Senate, he would have voted "no" on a war funding bill without a timetable for U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq which passed both house of Congress last week and was signed into law by President Bush.
Gore staked out his position for ABC News after speaking about his new book, "The Assault on Reason," at The George Washington University on Tuesday evening.
While Gore’s position puts him out of step with 80 of 100 United senators, it puts him in line with votes cast last week by Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn. — three sitting senators actively seeking the Democratic Party’s 2008 presidential nomination. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is alone among the Democratic senators seeking the White House in 2008 who voted in favor of the bill which would fund U.S. troops without a timetable for U.S. troop withdrawal.
Gore, who opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq before it began, argues in "The Assault on Reason" that the "degradation of the public sphere" gave rise to an unnecessary war which he dubbed "a big mistake" on Tuesday.
The former vice president who won the popular vote for president in 2000 says that he has no plans to run for the White House in 2008 but he has stopped short of completely ruling out another presidential bid.