Just in case Floridians needed reminding, 16 years ago Al Gore lost the presidency by just 537 votes in the state — in part because more than 97,000 people voted for third-party candidate Ralph Nader.
Hillary Clinton wants no Floridian to forget: She’s bringing Gore to Miami with her Tuesday as a not-so-gentle hint that in a tight election, protest votes can have grave consequences.
The state purpose for his appearance is to emphasize the climate-change threat to young voters. His 2006 documentary on the subject, “An Inconvenient Truth,” won an Oscar.
Clinton plans to share the stage with the former vice president for the first time Tuesday, on the next-to-last day to register to vote in Florida. They’re scheduled to appear at 3 p.m. at Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus.
“Gore will discuss the urgent threat posed by climate change and lay out the high stakes of November’s election,” Clinton’s team said in a statement.
But if seeing Gore happens to remind a few of those young voters about what can happen if they cast their ballots for third-party candidates — well, that’s a little bonus.
“Gore is also a reminder of the stakes, of how close the 2000 election was,” said Fernand Amandi, a Democratic pollster not working for Clinton who has polled about climate change in Miami-Dade County. “‘Don’t pull a Ralph Nader.’”
Photo credit: Doug Mills, AP via Miami Herald file