NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Former Vice President Al Gore got the
same question at a hometown book signing Friday that he gets all
over the world when pitching his documentary and book on global
Will he run for president in 2008?
"I'm not planning on it, but thanks for encouraging me," was
the pat answer given by Gore at the first signing for the book in
his home state of Tennessee.
The Democrats' nominee for the White House in 2000, Gore says he
has all but ruled out running for president in two years - saying
the best use of his time is to educate people about the urgency of
global climate change.
The movie, "An Inconvenient Truth," debuted at last winter's
Sundance Film Festival and opened in U.S. theaters last month, when
the book of the same title also went on sale.
Gore, who served as Tennessee senator from 1985-93 after eight
years in the House, renewed his ties to the Volunteer State
following the 2000 presidential election - buying a home in
Nashville and teaching courses at Middle Tennessee State
Nearly 800 people lined up at the Davis-Kidd bookstore, store
manager Tony Mize said. Some waved old Gore campaign placards while
others took pictures of the former vice president with cell phones
and digital cameras. Almost 1,200 copies of the book were sold.
"Whether you agree with him or not, you have to be fascinated
by the topic. He has really deep roots in this community," Mize
He said the last time the bookstore had a signing "with this
kind of affection" was about 10 years ago, when country legend
Johnny Cash signed copies of his memoir.
Andra McDowell, 39, a teacher from Nashville, said she worked on
Gore's presidential campaign in 2000 and asked a photographer with
a local newspaper to get a picture of Gore signing her copy of his
"I'm excited to see him. I'm a big fan of Gore and his issues.
My dad was a soil conservationist, so I grew up as a tree-hugger,"
McDowell said. "I would like to see him run again. I would vote