Al Gore endorses Biden for president

Al Gore endorses Biden for president

Former Vice President Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreProfessor with history of correctly predicting elections forecasts that Biden will defeat Trump Would Kamala Harris be disloyal if she were VP? Congressman John Lewis: A champion for civil rights and environmental justice MORE (D) endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Trump outraises Biden in July, surpasses billion for the cycle Duckworth: Republican coronavirus package would 'gut' Americans With Disabilities Act MORE's (D) presidential candidacy on Wednesday during a climate change-focused livestream discussion on Earth Day. 

"We need policy changes, and that means we need to change some of the policymakers, particularly the one in the White House," Gore said. 

He added that he would tell an undecided voter, "This is the most consequential choice in a presidential election that we've ever had in American history. Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE is the face of climate denial globally. He is lifting the constraints on polluters." 

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Biden is the presumptive Democratic nominee following Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersProgressives soaring after big primary night 'Absolutely incredible': Ocasio-Cortez congratulates Cori Bush on upset victory over Lacy Clay Sanders supporters launch six-figure ad campaign explaining why they're voting for Biden MORE's (I-Vt.) recent exit from the nomination contest. 

Gore said later that people should vote for Biden to "put us on the road to solving the climate crisis and creating a brighter future."

Gore's endorsement comes on the same day that Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeInslee, GOP's Culp advance in Washington governor's race Governors call for Trump to extend funding for National Guard coronavirus response Washington state officials confirm federal officers leaving Seattle MORE (D), whose 2020 presidential campaign was largely centered on environmental issues, also threw his support behind Biden. 

Some Sanders-aligned environmental advocates have called for Biden to take on bolder climate plans. The presidential candidate has expressed willingness to do so, saying in a statement this week that "in the months ahead, expanding this plan will be one of my key objectives. ”

Gore, who served as Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonA political hero is born in Ohio: America needs more Tyler Ferhmans Presidents, crises and revelations Biden needs to bring religious Americans into the Democratic fold MORE's vice president, ran for president himself in 2000. He narrowly lost to former President George W. Bush. 

Since then, Gore has won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to draw attention to climate change.

--Updated at 3:43 p.m.