Gore, Sanders, Warren: Vote Clinton, not third-party
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Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe real reason Biden is going to the COP26 climate summit Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 MORE's bad week has ended and her resurgence began Friday. Former Vice President Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreMcAuliffe on 2000 election: 'I wish the United States Supreme Court had let them finish counting the votes' All Democrats must compromise to pass economic plans, just like 1993 Amy Coney Barrett sullies the Supreme Court MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight On The Money — Senate Democrats lay out their tax plans Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — FDA advisers endorse Pfizer vaccine for kids Manchin: 'I think we'll get a framework' deal MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSenate Democrats propose corporate minimum tax for spending package The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Budget negotiators: 72 hours and counting Democrats face critical 72 hours MORE (D-Mass.) are about to escalate their efforts calling on voters to support Clinton and not waste their vote — and help GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day MORE in the process — by voting for Libertarian nominee Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonBiden broadened Democratic base, cut into Trump coalition: study New Mexico lawmakers send recreational marijuana bills to governor Judge throws out murder convictions, releases men jailed for 24 years MORE or Green nominee Jill Stein.


Trump admitted on Friday that his birther attacks on President Obama were always wrong. Now he should call on all other birthers to end their campaign of lies about the president's birth, and as Clinton said, Trump should apologize to President Obama and all Americans for a birtherism that former Secretary of State Colin Powell has called racist.

Clinton's September slump may turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Democrats because the Clinton campaign had fallen victim to overconfidence, but that has ended. The Clinton resurgence has now begun with Democrats rallying around the flag and leading progressives mobilizing to take their case to the country,

As recent stories in The New York Times and The Hill suggest, Gore is about to become a much larger player in the presidential campaign. He will, of course, make it clear that Clinton is the friend of the earth on the great battle against climate change, while Trump stands on the wrong side of that great issue of our age.

Gore is a longtime champion of civil liberties and civil rights and will add his voice to progressives making it clear that Clinton would name a Supreme Court that will defend these core values and overturn the heinous Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision that let loose the corrupting power of campaign money.

Gore, whom I predict will campaign in Florida, among other states, is the most ideal person in the world to warn those who deplore Trump but are tempted to vote for Stein or Johnson that a vote for these two candidates could elect Trump, as votes for Green nominee Ralph Nader in 2000 almost certainly elected President George W. Bush, leading to all of the problems that followed.

Gore has huge moral power and credibility on this subject. He has already given interviews that discreetly made this case; now he is poised for a high-profile campaigning intervention. I have great respect for Johnson and Stein, but a vote for either of them is effectively a vote for Trump. Taking votes away from Clinton could help Trump win a close election.

Sanders and Warren are on the march for Clinton, as well. Both will soon be campaigning for Clinton in Ohio and other states, which will drive home the importance of a Clinton victory to liberal, independent, working-class and undecided voters.

I have long argued that there is a progressive populist majority in America waiting to be born. That is why Sanders topped Donald Trump by large double-digit margins in virtually every poll taken when Sanders was running for president. That is why Elizabeth Warren is such a beloved figure in progressive circles, along with Sanders, which is demonstrated again in her current battle with Well Fargo after more than 5,000 employees apparently ripped off bank customers.

Gore, Sanders and Warren are leading lights for the progressive movement, with great credibility and appeal for huge numbers of working-class and independent voters as well as liberals. Each of them has already made a contribution to the 2016 and now they will all enter the campaign with the full force and power of their ideas, reputation and excitement.

Gore, Sanders and Warren will make their case passionately and credibly for Clinton, and this will have great impact.

Meanwhile, Obama has begun to enter the campaign in full force, which will escalate through October for the final push. And the highly popular first lady, Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObama says change may be coming 'too rapidly' for many YouTube confirms it picked kids featured in Harris video Photos of the Week: Congressional Baseball Game, ashen trees and a beach horse MORE, is now adding her clout and appeal to the Clinton campaign while Trump surrenders to Democrats, and to the truth, and abandons the racist birther lies he has spread in recent years.

The Clinton slump has ended and the Clinton resurgence has begun. The cavalry for Clinton is coming and Donald Trump and his alt-right supporters will be thrown out of the town of presidential politics by election day because of the goodwill and common sense of Americans, with help from Al Gore, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Chief Deputy Majority Whip Bill Alexander (D-Ark.). He holds an LL.M. degree in international financial law from the London School of Economics. Contact him at brentbbi@webtv.net.

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