Former Vice President Al Gore towed the party line today by endorsing Bob Tuke, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.
Tuke is a Nashville attorney challenging incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander in the November General Election.
In a statement released today by the Tuke for Tennessee campaign, Gore cited Tuke's stance on energy issues as the reason for his endorsement.
Gore stated, "I am pleased to endorse my friend, Bob Tuke, to be the next U.S. Senator from my home state of Tennessee. Bob's plans to immediately and aggressively produce alternative energy in Tennessee will help solve the climate crisis, clean our air, create new jobs, and relieve the heavy burden of energy prices across America.
"But Bob is more than a candidate with timely solutions to pressing problems facing our nation and our planet. He is also a man of great honor and integrity. Bob has the life experience that we need to turn our country around. As a Marine combat veteran in Vietnam, Bob led troops in battle. The U.S. Senate would be well served to have his perspective as we finally bring an end to the mismanaged war in Iraq. These are just a few of the reasons that I am proud to give him my full support and endorsement."
When asked for reaction to the Gore endorsement, Jeremy Harrell of the Alexander campaign stated, "Senator Alexander is proud of the broad support he has from Democrats, Independents and Republicans across Tennessee. He will continue working across the aisle in the U.S. Senate to find solutions to the most pressing problems facing our country."