Al Gore skips Democratic convention, backs Clinton

Former Vice President Al Gore will not be attending this week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia despite being a Tennessee superdelegate, reports The Tennessean. But he’s officially endorsing Hillary Clinton.

Gore, a Tennessee superdelegate who did not endorse a candidate during the recent Democratic primary, announced in a statement that he will vote for Clinton in the November race against Republican Donald Trump.

“I am not able to attend this year’s Democratic convention, but I will be voting for Hillary Clinton,” Gore said in the statement. “Given her qualification and experience — and given the significant challenges facing our nation and the world, including, especially, the global climate crisis — I encourage everyone else to do the same.”

Gore’s pledge of support for Clinton came one day after the Tennessean reported that Gore would not be attending this year’s DNC convention in Philadelphia. He did not attend the 2012 convention either after making speaking appearances at both the 2008 and 2004 conventions.

A spokeswoman for Gore has said the former vice president has “obligations in Tennessee” that have prevented him from being able to attend the convention. She declined to comment on what they are.