Al Gore Calls for 'American Spring'

This is a rush transcript from "The Five," August 4, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.


DANA PERINO, CO-HOST: OK, you got to love the country music shout out. I did spend week in Wyoming. I loved it.

Now I came back and, unbelievably, former vice president Al Gore is back in the news. Yesterday he said we needed an Arab Spring here in America, one that resembles one of Tahrir Square in Egypt. Listen to this.


FORMER VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE: -- have an American spring, kind of an American Tahrir Square, nonviolent change, where people from the grassroots get involved again. Not the -- you know, not in the Tea Party-style. There are people who are genuinely upset in the Tea Party. I understand that. But that movement was funded with seed money from right-wing billionaires, the Koch brothers, and promoted on Fox News, and turned into a stocking horse for the right-wing agenda that a lot of people have been trying to push on the country for a long time.


PERINO: So the only person in America that wants him to stop talking more than you is President Obama. Greg Gutfeld, what is he talking about Arab spring in America? Isn't that what we had, representative democracy last week?

GREG GUTFELD, CO-HOST: He is equating countries under oppression with our democracy. And by that comparison, it's a subtle way of comparing the Tea Party to Qaddafi, Mubarak and Assad. It's incredibly insulting, but more than that, it's sad, because you realize how far Gore has fallen in irrelevancy. Just by showing that clip more people have seen Gore than anybody watching Current TV in the last month.

PERINO: So the inventor of the Internet actually moved on to invent his own news channel and he hired Keith Olbermann so he could continue be on the news every day, so I guess, it will provide more fodder. He has been a guest the past two nights.

Andrea, what do you think?

ANDREA TANTAROS, CO-HOST: I mean, the Tea Party, he went after the Koch brothers, Fox News. Part of me wants to look in the camera and just say shut up. This is evidence if he would have talked less, he would have been president. But the other half of me actually likes when he talks because the more he talks the worse it makes the left look.


TANTAROS: Keep going!

PERINO: Do you think President Obama wants him to stop talking?

BOB BECKEL, CO-HOST: I want him on the set because if I could sit next to Al I'd look skinny.


But listen, I happen to agree with a lot of what Al said. And on a serious note, the word "spring" is something used for revolutions across places like Poland and Bavaria --

GUTFELD: We're the greatest country in the world, Bob. We don't need a spring!

BECKEL: Listen, I think the idea of the Tea Party taking their funny hats and their signs and getting out of the square and letting others get in --



BECKEL: Gore gave them credit. They have reason to be angry. I understand that.

TANTAROS: He didn't give them credit.

BECKEL: But can they give us a little room? Take the funny hats and take the signs, get out --


ERIC BOLLING, CO-HOST: First of all, Al Gore going on Current TV talking to Olbermann is like dumb talking to dumber, dumb and dumber. Global warming? We have proven now that the globe goes through warming and cooling cycles. His 15 minutes are up.

BECKEL: Excuse me, Galileo.

BOLLING: In honor of Al Gore, green tea, not Tea Party, but Al Gore green tea. And by the way, it's tree hugger-approved.

BECKEL: Where do you keep coming up with this stuff?


PERINO: One thing that Vice President Al Gore would have loved and kind of started is electric vehicles. Every president has said there will be a future for electric vehicles. Now we have the Chevy Volt, which is the electric vehicle that apparently is not doing so well.

GUTFELD: Incredibly sexy car. So sexy that 125 dorks purchased it. Overall, right?

BECKEL: No, no, no.

PERINO: That was the last month, 125. This year they have only sold 2,870.

GUTFELD: It's like forcing America -- so they give a rebate, right? It's like $7,500 -- which is our money. It's a soft coercion to purchase this thing. It's like forcing Americans to buy broccoli-flavored ice cream. It hurts broccoli and ice cream. You look at this car and go what has happened?

PERINO: George H. W. Bush would really hate broccoli-flavored ice cream.



BECKEL: Hybrid -- I'm sorry. Go ahead. I'll go.

GUTFELD: You kids!

BECKEL: Hybrid cars have become extremely popular and become more popular and the reason that they old sold --


PERINO: This is not hybrid. I'm for the hybrid.


BECKEL: I know that. But I'm saying we are going to move to all-electric. You first.

PERINO: How do you get the electricity?

BECKEL: The reason they sold so few cars is that they were depending on the Japanese auto supply chain which went down because of the tsunami.

TANTAROS: You cannot create a demand that is not there.

BOLLING: Time out. You just said they sold 125 Volts because the Japanese supply? They didn't have enough Volts on the lots to sell them?

PERINO: There is a guy from The Weekly Standard who called up all the dealerships in his area to find out if they have had Chevy Volts in stock? As a matter of fact, we have two. Which would you like?

TANTAROS: You can't create demand not there. It's the government picking winners and losers. And there was a recent poll out that showed people still love their muscle cars. An overwhelming number of Americans like their big trucks and like their SUVs. No matter what Obama says.

BECKEL: It's very tough to make out in the back of a Volt. I understand that.


That is why they like the big cars, right, Eric? Yo!


BOLLING: Can we just point out that GM got $50 billion of taxpayer money that they haven't given back. Meanwhile they're selling 125 --

BECKEL: Can I point out --

BOLLING: As Dana pointed out, the only Volts that are being sold are being sold to the government.

BECKEL: Can we point out that the American automobile industry is back thanks to Barack Obama.

GUTFELD: No, you can't.

PERINO: OK, we'll let Bob have the last word and bring it up another time.

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