Al Gore says Democrats should run on the Green New Deal

Al Gore says Democrats should run on the Green New Deal
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Former Vice President Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreWould Kamala Harris be disloyal if she were VP? Congressman John Lewis: A champion for civil rights and environmental justice Dancing with no rhythm: Republican candidates resemble Elaine on Seinfeld MORE has said that Democratic presidential candidates should run on the Green New Deal. 

Gore told Politico that the concept of a Green New Deal is a "broad brushstroke, bold proclamation, the details of which are designed to be filled in later." 

He also said he had met with candidates, but declined to name them. 

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The Democrat and environmentalist, who ran for president himself in 2000, told the news outlet that "the prospects are excellent" that a Democratic president would prioritize climate change. 

He added that he thinks health care and climate change are the top two issues in the primary contest. 

"Conventional wisdom on this point is correct in my experience — you have to pick two or three priorities and emphasize them when the mandate from the election is fresh and push as hard as you can as quickly as you can," Gore said.

Gore was in Madrid this week for the United Nations climate conference. 

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Gore has been a longtime advocate of environmental issues and narrowly lost his presidential race to George W. Bush.