Former Vice President Al Gore joined Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail on Tuesday. He offered up himself and the 2000 election as proof of how much “your vote really, really, really counts.” In response, the crowd began to chant “You won!”
Speaking at a rally in Miami, Bill Clinton’s former vice president told of his own experience running for president.
Your vote really, really, really counts — a lot. You can consider me as an exhibit A of that truth. Now, 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 said as the crowd began to boo.
“For those of you onlder than 25 I heard you mumuring just now. But take it from me, it was a very close election.”
At this point, the crowd began to chant, “You won! You won!” even as the former vice president tried to quiet them. When the chants finally died down, he continued.
“Here’s my point,” Gore said before offering a warning. “I don’t want you to be in a position years from now where you welcome Hillary Clinton and say, ‘Actually, you did win, it just wasn’t close enough to make sure that all the votes were counted or whatever.'”
“Elections have consequences,” Gore declared emphatically. “Your vote has consequences.”
Gore began campaigning on Clinton’s behalf with the hope that he will serve as a living reminder to Democrats of exactly why it is vital to vote. Think of where America would be today if we hadn’t ended up with eight years of a George W. Bush presidency. Gore is also a strong advocate of taking drastic action on climate change, which will hopefully help to energize younger voters.
Gore’s message on Tuesday was clear. Liberals cannot be complacent. We must turn out in droves in November and make sure that Donald Trump never gets anywhere near the White House. And there is no better example of how important this is than the 2000 election.
WATCH: “Your vote really, really counts – a lot,” Al Gore tells young Florida voters while campaigning with Clinton. https://t.co/b6JQ2JSiEV
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