Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore gave
60 Minutes viewers -- and, apparently, interviewer Leslie Stahl -- a
surprise Sunday night by informing the nation that he would not be a candidate for
president in 2004.
The interview took place Sunday afternoon, a few hours before it aired and
less than one day after Gore did a star turn as host of Saturday Night
60 Minutes spokesman Kevin Tedesco said major newspapers were given a
heads-up on Gore's revelation prior to the program's airing.
While Gore's SNL take on embattled Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) may have been
a bit caustic, the former VP's recent media blitz had left many
believing he was trying to change his image in preparation for another run.