From the Staff For the story behind the story.... Friday, June 8, 2007 2:33 p.m. EDT Former Vice President Al Gore is acting in a very "Nixonian" way, a top political expert says. Appearing Thursday night on CNN's "Glenn Beck" show, savvy Republican political pro Roger Stone told guest host Michael Smerconish that Gore carefully parses his words when he ducks the question about running for the presidency. "He's preserving his political options: 'I'm not planning to run; I have no plans to run; it is highly unlikely that I would run,'" Stone said. "Nowhere does he say, 'if nominated I won't run; if elected I won't serve.' And I don't think he's going to say that." Gore, Stone said, "is a giant compared to the Democrats who are running for president. His popularity is at an all-time high; he has turned out to be right as far as his party is concerned about the two major issues of the day -- the war, where he's been the most articulate critic, and global warming, which is his signature issue that he was in the wilderness on and now everyone thinks it's true." Stone doubted that there is "enough room in this race for both Vice President Gore and Barack Obama." He said, "Gore is the real anti-war candidate -- right on the war from the beginning and with the stature to end the war. Barack Obama would kind of suction-off anti-war votes, and I'm not sure Gore can afford that. But he can afford to watch and see how Obama develops his opinions. If it looks like he can't take Hillary, there's only one person alive who can beat her for the nomination and that's Al Gore." Stone also zeroed-in on the astonishing similarities between Gore and former President Richard Nixon, noting that both men served two terms in the House before moving to the Senate. As sitting vice presidents, both Nixon and Gore lost presidential elections by razor-thin margins after charges of fraud and vote stealing, and Stone noted, both were criticized for not utilizing the campaign services of their presidents, Eisenhower and Clinton respectively. Stone noted Nixon's ability to come back after suffering defeat in the 1960 election, which he called the "greatest political comeback in American political history, perhaps surpassed by Al Gore in 2008." Gore, he said, "has handled himself extremely well in these years out of office. He's pacing himself." © NewsMax 2007. All rights reserved.