Al Gore made his debut stumping for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton Tuesday in Florida, where he once lost the 2000 presidential election by the slimmest of margins.
He came with a message on climate change and how anyone's vote can make the difference in a close election such as this one.
"I can't wait to have Al Gore advising me when I am president of the United States," Clinton told supporters, introducing her husband's former vice president.
Gore came with two messages to the Democratic supporters in the Miami rally:
- Climate change "is the most urgent issue facing our country and the world," he said.
- "Your vote really, really really counts. A lot. You can consider me as an Exhibit A of that truth," he lamented.
"For those of you who are younger than 25, you might not remember the election of 2000 and what happened here in Florida and across the country," Gore added, addressing younger voters the Clinton campaign hope can help decide the election in the battleground of Florida.
The crowd responded with the chant of "You won! You won! You won!" referring to the notorious "hanging-chad" ballot that handed a narrow Florida (and national) victory to George W. Bush as President Bill Clinton's successor.
"Elections have consequences," Gore responded to the chanting crowd, expounding on his No. 2 message above. "Your vote counts. Your vote has consequences. And in this election, the future of Miami and cities up and down the west coast and east coast of Florida are on the ballot as well."
Clinton introduced Gore joining the campaign for the stretch run, starting in Florida with a speech focused on climate change, for which she said Gore is one of the "world's foremost leaders."
"We cannot risk putting a climate denier in the White House," Clinton told supporters, referring to Donald Trump's Republican platform that denounces the impact of climate change and prefers to address national security and the war on terror as the top priorities of his campaign.
"The choice in this election is extremely clear," Gore told Clinton supporters in Miami. "Hillary Clinton will make solving the climate crisis a top national priority. Very important.
"Her opponent, based on the ideas that he has presented, would take us toward a climate catastrophe. That's my first message. The climate crisis is and must be regarded as a top national priority. And a top global priority."
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