Al Gore’s announcement that he would not run for President in 2004 clearly took 60 Minutes correspondent Leslie Stahl by surprise. Perhaps she was expecting the opposite announcement. The interview sputtered for a few minutes until, apparently, producers got tired of listening to Stahl grope for questions. That she did not mention Gore’s appearance on Saturday Night Live, in which he and the cast clearly pimped his ambitions to be President, tells me the interview took place, perhaps, on Saturday afternoon. Gore would have had to negotiate an embargo. That might explain the unnamed source breaking the news while America was watching football.
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