Vice President Joe Biden praised former Vice President Al Gore, who was present during a fundraiser for Massachusetts Senate Candidate Ed Markey, asserting that Gore had actually won the the 2000 presidential election.
With characteristic hyperbole, Biden introduced the former Vice President while praising his political career.
“This man was elected president of the United States of America,” Biden said according to the pool report. “No, no, no. He was elected president of the United States of America. But for the good of the nation, when the bad decision in my view was made, he did the right thing for the nation.”
Biden, a potential 2016 candidate for president, praised Gore’s decision to accept the Supreme Court’s decision and walk away from the presidency.
“I can’t think of very many who would put his country first like that, at a really, really, really difficult time,” he said. “There’s an awful lot of folks Al and I both know who have run for president and still haven’t gotten over it.”
Biden insisted that history would favor Gore rather than George W. Bush who went on to win the presidency.
“Al, you set an example for this country that is going to live as long as recorded history, about the man who won by a decision that I think constitutional scholars now and in the future will conclude was an ill fated decision,” Biden said. “The way you stepped up, it was amazing.”