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Gore to learn whether he'll win Nobel Peace Prize

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  • Norwegian lawmaker said he nominated Al Gore for Nobel Peace Prize
  • Gore film, TV show garnered Oscar and Emmy awards
  • Draftgore.com appeals to Gore to run for president in New York Times ad
  • Poll: Gore in fourth place, just two points behind ex-Sen. John Edwards
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By Paul Steinhauser
CNN Washington Bureau
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Will Al Gore add a Nobel Peace Prize to his Oscar and Emmy honors?

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Film and TV projects associated with Al Gore have won two Oscars and an Emmy award.

"An Inconvenient Truth," a documentary featuring the former vice president captured two Academy Awards in February. The film focuses on Gore and his worldwide travels to educate the public about the severity of global warming.

Last month Gore picked up an Emmy -- the highest award in television -- for "Current TV," which he co-created. The show describes itself as a global television network that gives its viewers the opportunity to create and influence its programming.

On Friday, Gore finds out if he's the winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

Although the secretive five-member Norwegian Nobel Committee does not disclose names of its award nominees, it's been widely reported that Gore is up for the prize.

In February, a Norwegian lawmaker announced he had nominated Gore for the prestigious honor. Gore is in contention thanks to his worldwide campaign to bring attention to the dangers of global warming.

Previous American recipients of the peace prize include former presidents Jimmy Carter in 2002, Woodrow Wilson in 1919 and Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. In 1973, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger shared the award with North Vietnam's Le Duc Tho. The Rev. Martin Luther King received the honor in 1964.

In the United States, Gore is very much a wanted man. A group of Democrats is urging the former vice president to jump into the race for the White House.

Gore, however, has said over and over and over this year that he doesn't "have any plans to be a candidate again."

But draftgore.com apparently isn't listening and hopes to change Gore's mind. The organization, which describes itself as a group of grassroots Democrats, took out a full-page ad in Wednesday's New York Times. Video Watch more on the movement to draft Gore »

Their open letter in the newspaper urges the 2000 Democratic presidential nominee to enter the 2008 race for the White House, saying "your country needs you now, as do your party, and the planet you are fighting so hard to save."

The letter goes on to say that "America and the Earth need a hero right now, someone who will transcend politics as usual and bring real hope to our country and to the world."

The ad also states that 136,000 people have signed Draft Gore's online petition. Eva Ritchey, from the Draft Gore campaign, said the signatures are coming in by the thousands. She also said the group will start a radio campaign in Florida.

Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider said that the former vice president "truly appreciates the heartfelt sentiment behind the ad, however, he has no intention of running for president."

But some Democrats aren't giving up. In the most recent CNN-Opinion Research Corporation national poll, 13 percent of Democrats surveyed supported Gore for their party's presidential nomination. That put him in fourth place in the Democratic race, just two points behind former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and seven points behind Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.

Former first lady Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York leads the poll with 39 percent.

Even if Gore changes his mind and decides to join the fray, the clock's ticking on any run for the White House. "He certainly would shake up the race if he changed his mind and jumped in, but with the Iowa caucuses less than three months away, his window of opportunity to make a serious run for the democratic has probably closed," said CNN political editor Mark Preston.

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Gore served as vice president under President Bill Clinton. In 2000, he garnered the Democratic presidential nomination and faced off against Texas Gov. George W. Bush in the general election campaign.

Gore won the popular vote but lost the electoral vote after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his challenge of voting results in the key state of Florida. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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