By Dan Shapley
Al Gore is on tour, shaking hands, talking about big themes like American democracy, corporate media and how to overcome the toughest problems facing the country and make America a respected leader in the world. But he's not running for president, at least not yet. His whistle stop tour is to promote his latest book, "The Assault on Reason," which is a tome about what prevented the country from tackling climate change sooner, how the country got into a war in Iraq and what we can do to prevent mistakes of that magnitude in the future. Audiences are quick to pick up the "draft Gore" mantra, but the candidate -- er, author -- says he isn't running, according to a story in the May 24 San Francisco Chronicle.