Senate says no to Gore statue

Senate says no to Gore statue

June 16th, 2009 by Andy Sher in Local Regional News

NASHVILLE - A resolution urging that the state Capitol Commission erect a statue on the Capitol grounds in honor of former Democratic Vice President Al Gore for winning the Nobel Peace Prize failed on the Senate floor today.

The resolution, which also urged a statue be erected for Nobel Peace Prize winner Cordell Hull, failed on a 15-14 vote with most Republicans voting no. It needed 17 votes to pass.

Earlier, the sponsor, Sen. Andy Berke, D-Chattanooga, said the measure had "broad bipartisan support in the House."

In the Senate, Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, removed an amendment he had previously attached to the resolution that would have included the name of libertarian economist James Buchanan Jr., who won a Nobel Prize for economics.

Sen. Yager also noted that Mr. Gore had not actually been born in Tennessee.

Mr. Gore, Democrats' unsuccessful 2000 presidential nominee, won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for "informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change." That was based in large part for his documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, for which he won an Oscar.

The late Mr. Hull, a one-time U.S. secretary of state, won the Nobel Peace Prize for helping found the United Nations.