Al Gore declares his support for Obama

AL GORE says he is backing Barack Obama and will do whatever he can to help him get to the White House.

In a letter to be emailed to Obama supporters, Gore says Obama has united a movement over the past year and a half.

The former vice-president also asks for donations to help fund Obama’s effort — the first time he’s asked members of his website to contribute to a political campaign. Gore is one of the most popular figures in the Democratic party, but he kept a low profile in the primary campaign. He appeared with Obama at a rally in Detroit, Michigan, last night.

Meanwhile, Obama’s campaign envisions a path to the presidency that could include Republican leaning states such as Virginia and Colorado, but not necessarily the battlegrounds that decided the last two elections — Florida and Ohio.

In a private pitch late last week to donors and former supporters of Hillary Clinton, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe, outlined several alternatives to reaching the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House, that runs counter to the conventional wisdom of recent elections.

At a fundraiser held at a Washington brewery, Plouffe told a largely young crowd that the electoral map would be fundamentally different from the one in 2004.

Wins in Ohio and Florida would guarantee Obama the presidency if he holds onto the states won by Democrat John Kerry, Plouffe said, but those two battlegrounds aren’t required for victory.

Asked about his remarks, Plouffe said Ohio and Florida start out very competitive — but he stressed that they are not tougher than other swing states and said Obama will play “extremely hard” for both. But he said the strategy is not reliant on one or two states. “You have a lot of ways to get to 270,” said Plouffe.

“Our goal is not to be reliant on one state on November 4.”


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