'Gore 2008' Buttons Greet Former Veep At Book Tour Start

Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP) -- Al Gore launched his national book tour Tuesday night in Beverly Hills, California, with an event that seemed more like a campaign stop than a book signing.

Attendees wore "Gore 2008" buttons and some held signs that read "Re-Elect Gore 2008."

Gore lost the 2000 presidential election to President Bush despite winning the popular vote. He has said he is not running for the White House in 2008.

The former Vice President joked with actor-satirist Harry Shearer during a discussion on "The Assault On Reason" that preceded a book signing at the Wilshire Theatre.

When asked about the timing of the book's release, Gore's response was drowned out by chants of "run, run, run."

In his book, gore rips the Bush administration and laments what he describes as America’s diminishing political discourse and eroding democracy.

The tour is one of several events in the coming weeks that will boost Gore's visibility and inevitably invite questions about his political plans.

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