Former Vice President Al Gore hearkened back to his own failed Presidential campaign during a Hillary Clinton campaign event in Miami, Florida, Tuesday, warning supporters that their votes were crucial in helping the Democratic nominee avoid a similar fate.
Gore, who previously served as Bill Clinton‘s VP for eight years, lost to President George W. Bush in the 2000 election after a lengthy recount in Florida, falling short ultimately by only an incredible 537 votes.
“Your vote really, really counts a lot,” Gore told the gathered crowd during a joint speech with Clinton on climate change. “You can consider me as an Exhibit A of that truth. For those of you who are younger than 25, you might not remember the election of 2000 and what happened here in Florida and across the country… take it from me it was a very close election.”
The comment was met with chanting from the audience, who reacted with yells of “You won! You won! You won!”
Gore, 68, added, “I don’t want you to be in a position years from now where you welcome Hillary Clinton and say ‘You did win, it just wasn’t close enough to make sure.’ Elections have consequences, your vote counts. Your vote has consequences.”
Clinton’s speech centered on opponent Donald Trump’s denial of the climate crisis and outlined her plans to focus on clean energy, among other things, should she be elected. The Former Secretary of State said Gore would serve as an advisor on climate change.
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“We need a President who believes in science and has a plan,” she asserted, adding, “We’ve got to lead the world to confront the climate challenge, if we don’t do it no one will do it.”
Gore closed out his speech by pushing hard at the audience to exercise their right to vote — and sign up to do so before registration closes in Florida, Tuesday.
“The stakes in this election simply could not be higher. You will often hear people from podiums like this one say something like that at election time,” he said. “But honestly, to those of you here and to those that can hear my voice by whatever means: this election really matters.”
The former Presidential candidate also stands as a reminder of the small but crucial impact of third party candidates in the wake of news that some former Bernie Sanders supporters or #NeverTrump Republicans might be considering a protest vote for one of the minor-party nominees or else a write-in. Gore, himself, lost decisive votes to Green Party candidate Ralph Nader in 2000.
He continued on Tuesday, “The consequences for not just our children and grandchildren and future generations but for all of us are really quite significant. Please take it from me: every single vote counts. Every single vote counts. If you are not registered to vote do so today. If you are on the fence about whether to vote, remember what is at stake in this election. If you think your vote does not matter, take it from me: your vote can make all of the difference.”