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Al Gore Will Not Appear at Democratic National Convention

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Former US Vice President Al Gore (Photo by George Calvelo/NurPhoto/Sipa via AP Images)

By    |   Monday, 25 Jul 2016 09:01 AM

Former Vice President Al Gore will not be attending the Democratic National Convention, where Hillary Clinton will be accepting the Democratic presidential nomination, according to Politico.

A spokeswoman told Politico he had "obligations in Tennessee."

Gore has not endorsed Clinton — sources in the Politico story said that the Clintons and Gore are apparently not close friends.

"They have a lot of history," a source said.

Politico report pointed out that tensions between the two might have started when then-president Bill Clinton assigned health-care reform legislation to Hillary Clinton, a role usually reserved for the vice president.

Gore has spoken publicly about Clinton, but has come short of an endorsement. In a Bloomberg TV interview, he said Clinton was "extremely capable."

"Their paths haven't really crossed," said a former Clinton White House aide.

Gore missed the previous Democratic convention, too. In 2012, he was anchoring coverage of the convention for Current TV, a network he later sold to Al Jazeera.

The former vice president appears to have left the political realm behind. When he has done interviews, he has called himself a "recovering politician," according to the Midland Daily News.

A Politico article from 2015 said that Gore was aiming to make sure that discussion of climate change was a primary topic on the Democratic platform.

"We're far from where we need to be, so there is certainly no room for celebration, but I feel a sense of joy that we've made a lot more progress than many thought was possible," he told The Tennessean about climate change.

Gore was Bill Clinton's vice president for both of his presidential terms and ran unsuccessfully against George W. Bush for the presidency in 2000. He took on the cause of fighting climate change, including producing a documentary, "The Inconvenient Truth," which won an Oscar.

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