by Mike Dorning
WALLINGFORD, Pa .-- Would the election of Barack Obama return Al Gore to the White House, too?
Well, the Illinois senator wouldn't quite commit when he was asked this afternoon if he would appoint Gore to his Cabinet.
But Obama said at a town meeting at Strath Haven High School here that Gore would have a place "at the table" for discussions on global climate change within an Obama White House.
A woman asked Obama if he would consider tapping the former vice president for his Cabinet, or an even higher level office.
"I would," Obama said. "Not only will I, but I will make a commitment that Al Gore will be at the table and play a central part in us figuring out how we solve this problem. He's somebody I talk to on a regular basis. I'm already consulting with him in terms of these issues, but climate change is real. It is something we have to deal with now, not 10 years from now, not 20 years from now."
The only position higher than a Cabinet post is vice president. While Obama seemed to dangle that possibility in his answer today, he repeatedly has said it is far too early to discuss potential vice presidents because the nomination has not been won.
Obama also told the audience that he regularly consults with Gore while on the campaign trail.
Gore, a former vice president and 2000 Democratic presidential nominee, has been awarded a Nobel Prize for his work on climate change. But Gore has not endorsed a candidate in the Democratic primary.