Obama Wins Gore Endorsement, Plans Iraq Visit Former Vice President Al Gore announced that he is backing Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination Monday, highlighting Obama's opposition to the Iraq war. Obama now says he'll visit Iraq and Afghanistan before the general election.
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Obama Wins Gore Endorsement, Plans Iraq Visit

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RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

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STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

Al Gore stayed out of the Democratic primaries but will not be silent in the general election. The one-time presidential candidate recalled the months before the war in Iraq when President Bush won widespread support.

AL GORE: But I remember that an eloquent legislator in Springfield, Illinois named Barack Obama spoke up boldly and clearly with the force of reason and logic to join in opposition to that blunder.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

MONTAGNE: Gore was talking about Barack Obama, the man he's endorsing for president. Obama favors an early withdrawal from Iraq, though his critics ask if he's keeping his views up to date.

INSKEEP: Supporters of Republican John McCain say the Democrat is overlooking improvements in that situation. It may be with that criticism in mind that Obama now says that before the election he will visit both Afghanistan and Iraq.

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