Former Vice President Al Gore stayed out of the Democratic primaries, but he won't be silent in the general election. On Monday, he endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president, recalling the months before the war in Iraq, when President Bush won widespread support.
"I remember that an elegant legislator in Springfield, Ill., named Barack Obama spoke up boldly and clearly with the voice of reason and logic in opposition to that blunder," Gore said in Detroit.
Obama favors an early withdrawal from Iraq, though his critics ask whether he's keeping his views up to date. Supporters of GOP presidential hopeful John McCain say the Democrat is overlooking improvements in the situation.
It may be with that criticism in mind that Obama now says he will visit both Afghanistan and Iraq before the election.