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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.

On Al Gore not endorsing Clinton for president

Excerpt from a Politico article speculating on Al Gore’s failure to endorse Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination:

According to one source close to the former vice president, Gore simply hasn’t gotten to it. He has been in China this week and they have not met in person since she secured the delegates needed for the nomination.

It’s an unusual, situation given not only the state of the race but also Gore’s ties to Bill Clinton. Almost every prominent Democrat at Gore’s level has endorsed either Clinton or Sen. Bernie Sanders, or at least weighed in on the primary. And with Warren backing Clinton, the risk of backlash from the liberal wing of the Democratic party is minimal.

Multiple times throughout the cycle, he has been pressed about endorsing a candidate and demurred. In late May during an interview with NBC’s “Today” show, Gore once again declined to say which candidate he favored but suggested that both campaigns were nudging him to decide. That was before Clinton had secured the 2,383 delegates needed to win the nomination and a flood of holdout endorsements came through.

Previously, a Gore aide told POLITICO he would endorse after the Democratic Party picked a nominee. Officially, that won’t be until the July convention.
“So I don’t have anything for you on this one,” Gore Director of Communications Betsy McManus said in an email on Friday.

There’s a sensitivity around Sanders that might be motivating Gore as well, said Democratic strategist Bob Shrum, who advised the former vice president during his run for the presidency in 2000.

“He is sensitive to giving Sanders room and respect…it’s made sense to him to not push Sanders,” Shrum said of Gore. “You have to understand, Gore won the nomination —although he lost it once before— but he won the nomination, he got elected president but didn’t get inaugurated. So I think [Gore] understands what Sanders is going through and is sensitive to it.”

Al Gore now only TN superdelegate not backing Clinton

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore is the last uncommitted Democratic superdelegate in Tennessee after Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini confirmed over the weekend that she is supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid.

Gore was President Bill Clinton’s running mate in 1992 and served as vice president for two terms.

Gore spokeswoman Betsy McManus, in a Monday email, declined to elaborate on Gore’s reasons for delaying his decision.

Mancini issued a statement about her decision. It reads, “Hillary Clinton’s combined experience as an activist, attorney, U.S. senator and secretary of state is why I have pledged my super delegate vote to her.”

The state’s six other Democratic superdelegates all support Clinton.

Al Gore balks at endorsing Hillary Clinton

Former Vice President Al Gore Jr., who will be a Tennessee delegate to the Democratic National Convention, is refusing to make an endorsement in his party’s presidential primary, reports Politico as part of a review of Gore’s long history in dealing with Hillary Clinton, her husband and presidential politics Seems Gore and the former secretary of state are not enemies, but they’re not exactly friends either.

The Hillary Clinton-Gore rivalry started when the two baby boomer policy wonks arrived in the White House in 1993. Gore got the new administration’s environmental and technology portfolios. Bill Clinton raised eyebrows by assigning his wife what would become an ill-fated attempt to pass comprehensive health-care reform legislation.

“Usually you give your vice president something of that level. You don’t give it to the first lady,” recalled a former Clinton White House staffer. “People forget that sort of started the relationship on a downward spiral early on.”

…”It’s still too early, in my opinion, to endorse a candidate or pick a candidate,” Gore told People magazine in an interview published last week ahead of a planned 24-hour webcast from Paris to raise awareness about climate change.

In an email Monday to POLITICO, a Gore spokesperson went a step further, saying the former vice president wouldn’t be endorsing in the primary at all. “[Gore] has great respect for and long-standing relationships with all of the candidates running for the Democratic nomination for president,” this person said. “He appreciates the emphasis each of the candidates has placed on advocating for solutions to the climate crisis and will do all that he can to ensure that climate change remains a priority throughout this debate. However, he has no plans to endorse a candidate in the Democratic primary.”

Close associates also note that Gore has burned bridges before when he has spoken up about other Democrats running for the White House. In 2004, he sat out a rematch with President George W. Bush and instead gave his endorsement to the surging anti-war candidacy of Howard Dean, snubbing his former Senate colleague and fellow 1985 freshman classmate John Kerry. Not only did Dean’s bid fade in the Iowa cornfields, Gore also left some feelings hurt because he didn’t back his own 2000 vice presidential running mate, Sen. Joe Lieberman, either.

Six TN Democratic ‘superdelegates’ back Clinton (but not yet Al Gore)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Six of the nine Democratic superdelegates in Tennessee are publicly supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential bid.

One notable uncommitted superdelegate is Al Gore, who was President Bill Clinton’s running mate in 1992 and served as vice president for two terms. Gore’s office did not elaborate on his reasons for delaying his decision.

Superdelegates can support the candidate of their choice at the Democratic National Convention, regardless of what happens in the primaries and caucuses. They make up about 30 percent of the delegates needed to clinch the nomination.

The Associated Press contacted all 712 superdelegates in the past two weeks to ask which candidate they plan to support at the convention next summer. Clinton had the support of 359, while Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders had eight and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley had 2. Meanwhile, 210 superdelegates remained uncommitted.

Clinton’s Tennessee supporters include U.S. Reps. Jim Cooper and Steve Cohen and Democratic National Committee members Gale Carson Jones, John Litz, Myron Lowery and Bill Owen.

Uncommitted superdelegates include Gore, state Democratic Party Chairwoman Mary Mancini and DNC member Will Cheek.

“I plan to wait until the Democratic voters in Tennessee have cast their votes,” Cheek said.

Tennessee is among several Super Tuesday states holding their presidential primaries on March 1.

Clinton easily won Tennessee over Barack Obama in 2008, though she lost in the state’s Democratic cities of Nashville, Memphis and Chattanooga.

She was scheduled to hold her first Tennessee campaign rallies of the 2016 cycle in Memphis and Nashville on Nov. 20.

Al Gore for president? Some ado, apparently about nothing

There’s some talk about former Vice President Al Gore making another try for president in 2016, but apparently it doesn’t amount to much.

From BuzzFeed:

Gore, 67, won the popular vote in the 2000 election and has been mentioned as a possible candidate in every contested Democratic primary since then. He instead spent much of the 2000s focused on environmental campaigning and business ventures. He has largely slipped out of public view in more recent years.

But in recent days, “they’re getting the old gang together,” a senior Democrat told BuzzFeed News.
“They’re figuring out if there’s a path financially and politically,” the Democrat said. “It feels more real than it has in the past months.”

The senior Democrat and other sources cautioned not to overstate Gore’s interest. He has not made any formal or informal moves toward running, or even met with his political advisers about a potential run…. Roy Neel, a former top adviser to Gore, said Thursday he hadn’t spoken to Gore about it and dismissed the idea of a bid. “It’s extremely unlikely,” he said.

From The Tennessean:

Former Vice President Al Gore is not exploring another run for president, said a Gore spokeswoman and two sources close to Gore.

From NBC News:

A high-level Democratic source has poured cold water on rumors that former presidential candidate Al Gore has been considering a second run for the White House… a top source within the Democratic Party told NBC News that there was nothing substantive happening in the Gore camp.

From CNN:

An associate of the 67-year-old Gore told CNN that the speculation was “groundless,” and a spokeswoman for Gore added later Thursday that there was “no truth” to the idea he is considering a White House run.

Al Gore picks a favorite in Nashville mayor’s race

Charles Robert Bone has received a boost from former Vice President Al Gore as his campaign hits the homestretch in Nashville’s mayoral race, according to The Tennessean.

Gore, who has not historically endorsed in Nashville local politics, asks friends in a Monday email to contribute to Bone’s campaign. Gore, who has a home in Nashville, notes that this year’s race has gotten expensive. He also references spending from conservative political action committees that have sought to help other mayoral candidates.

The fundraising deadline for the final reporting period before the Aug. 6 election was Monday.

Bone, an attorney, is a prominent fundraiser for Tennessee Democrats and was a past campaign fundraising bundler for President Barack Obama. His father, Charles Bone, was active in each of Gore’s campaigns for Senate, president and vice president. Gore has known the younger Bone since Bone was a kid.

The subject line of Gore’s email says, “Supporting an Old Friend.”

…”Many of you know Charles Robert already. I have known him since the victory celebration at his home following my first race for the U.S. Congress in 1976 when he was 2 years old. He has been active in every Gore Campaign from 1976 through 2000. In 1992, he surprised all of us when he decided to forego his freshman year in college to join the Clinton/Gore Campaign in Washington — working with Johnny Hayes and many of you. At 18 years of age, he spent the last 10 days of the ’92 Presidential Campaign in the War Room in Little Rock helping us bring about the victory that paved the way for our successful administration.”

Al Gore for president, 2016??

Al Gore for president? Again? Well, almost surely not. But it’s something to talk about and now we have a Vox.com meditation on the possibility. An excerpt:

The problem with a Gore candidacy, to be blunt, is Gore. He can be a wooden candidate. His relationship with the press is challenging, to say the least. He is an aging politician in a country that loves new faces. His finances are complicated, and he made an insane sum of money by selling his cable network to Al Jazeera. His divorce from Tipper Gore means his personal life isn’t the storybook it once was. He is loathed by conservatives, who find his environmentalism to be rank hypocrisy from a jet-setting, Davos-attending mansion dweller — as politically polarized as concern over climate change already is, Gore could polarize it yet further.

But is that really so different from the list of drawbacks to a Clinton candidacy?

There’s no sign that Gore has even a scintilla of interest in running for president (though he is making a May stop in Iowa…). And I don’t think it particularly likely that even if he did run for president, he would win. Climate change is a threat, but I am far from convinced that doing anything about it makes for good politics.

But as bad as the odds are if a candidate does try to run for president with climate change at the center of his campaign, they’re much worse if the major candidates from both parties largely ignore the issue. And Gore knows it. He’s spent the last decade trying everything he can think of to force Americans to pay more attention to climate change. He’s made movies, written books, given speeches, testified before Congress — he’s even producing a Live Earth concert with Pharrell Williams.

All these venues are poor substitutes for the platform provided by a presidential campaign, and that goes double when one of the major two political parties is in intellectual flux. Gore cares enough about what comes next that he literally titled his last book The Future. But if he is really so obsessed with the future, then running in 2016 is his best chance to change it.

Hat tip, Nashville Post Politics.

Al Gore reports for Nashville jury duty

Former Vice President Al Gore walked reported for jury duty at the Nashville courthouse Monday morning, reports The Tennessean.

He wore a suit and waited in line with 167 other people called to report, jury coordinator Ronny Nollner said.

For a while, the two-term former vice president went mostly unrecognized.

“One gentleman walked by and shook his hand and said, ‘You never get done with civil duty or civic service,’ ” Trial Court Administrator Tim Townsend recalled. Nollner said some jurors caught on when Gore’s name was called, and Townsend made a face of surprise to show how the woman seated next to the former vice president reacted.

Gore and about 30 others in the jury pool went up for screening in a breach of contract trial before civil Judge Hamilton Gayden. He was dismissed because of a conflict in his schedule if the trial ran long, Townsend said.

“Mr. Gore had to be at a meeting (next) Monday, out of state,” he said.

Gore has a home and office in Nashville. He’s not the only high-profile juror to get called.

“When you’re the jury coordinator for Music City USA, you get a lot of musicians,” Nollner said. He mentioned Amy Grant and musicians from Little Big Town. Even Gov. Phil Bredesen was called (he deferred until he left office), Townsend said.

“Today we had an ex-vice president and a Nobel Peace Prize winner,” Townsend said, mentioning Gore’s 2007 prize for his work on climate change.

Gore brought his lunch to jury duty and had cleared his schedule, a sign he was ready and willing to serve, Townsend said.

Al Jazeera sues Al Gore

NEW YORK (AP) – Al Jazeera America is suing former Vice President Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, the former owners of the TV network that became Al Jazeera America.

The parties are fighting over money that is being held in escrow. The former vice president and Hyatt, the founder of Hyatt Legal Services, sued the network last month saying that it was improperly withholding tens of millions of dollars placed in escrow when Al Jazeera bought Current TV for $500 million.

Al Jazeera America says it is entitled to the money because Gore and Hyatt agreed to indemnify the network for claims made against Current TV, but didn’t live up to their promise. It accuses the pair of “misrepresentations” and says they received hundreds of millions of dollars from the sale.

Gore and Hyatt filed a lawsuit against the network in the Delaware Court of Chancery. The two men each owned 20 percent of Current TV.

The Qatar-owned news channel took over Current TV’s signal last August and hired U.S. TV news veterans including Soledad O’Brien and John Seigenthaler. It is available in almost 60 million U.S. homes.