Gore: Still Not Running…

Al Gore appears on Tuesday night before the Writers Bloc in Beverly Hills in a conversation with Harry Shearer, and you can all but guarantee that he’ll be quizzed in some form or another about whether he is running, has plans to run or can foresee running. That is after Larry King interviews him at 6 p.m. for “Larry King Live.”

On the eve of the release of his new book, “The Assault on Reason,” Gore dismissed one scenario posed by ABC News’ “Nightline.” From a preview on ABC News’ The Note: “Asked what he would say if a “sufficient” number of Democrats were to come to him this fall and say, ‘This is your moment. We need you. The country needs you,’ Gore says: ‘That hasn’t happened in the last century or so, and that’s just not the way our political system works now’ while once again not being fully Shermanesque.”

Although he says that “The Assault on Reason” is not a political book, Gore does step up his criticism of President Bush, stopping short only of Jimmy Carter’s superlatives.

Gore did mock Diane Sawyer on “Good Morning America” — one of the points of his book is how difficult it is to stage a real debate over the issues while the media focuses on the horse race aspect of things.

From Media Bistro: “After promising to “dig deeper” later, in an as-yet-unaired segment, Sawyer looked off-camera and said “to dig not very deep, at my peril here, I just want to say one more time. Donna Brazille, your former campaign manager, says ‘if he drops 25 to 30 pounds, he’s running.’ Lost any weight?’

“Gore laughed heartily. “I think millions of Americans are in the same struggle I am on that one,” he responded. “But listen to your questions. The horserace, the cosmetic parts of this — look, that’s all understandable and natural. But while we’re focused on Britney and K-fed and Anna Nicole Smith and all this stuff, meanwhile, very quietly, our country has been making some very serious mistakes that could be avoided if we, the people, including the news media, are involved in a full and vigorous discussion of what our choices are.”

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