Grassroots supporters -- one of them from North Carolina -- are stepping up efforts to convince Al Gore to run for president in 2008.
The Draft Gore Committee launched its first radio ad on Monday in Iowa. The 30-second ad, dubbed "You Who," will go national in July. It features a chorus of voices seeking Gore's attention and urging him to seek the Democratic presidential nomination.
Eva Ritchey, treasurer for the Draft Gore Committee, is from Hendersonville. In a telephone interview, she says drafts have been successful in the past and pointed to one that persuaded Dwight Eisenhower to run for president in 1952.
Ritchey thinks the nation needs Gore as president to make policy changes and appoint the appropriate people who can combat global warming.