And Maybe Al Gore Too?

The Hill reports:

Al Gore’s supporters have started chatting with the former vice president about a potential 2016 presidential bid, BuzzFeed News reported Thursday, citing an unnamed senior Democrat. “They’re figuring out if there’s a path financially and politically,” the Democrat told BuzzFeed, which noted Gore hasn’t made any moves toward running. “It feels more real than it has in the past months.” ABC’s Rick Klein tweeted that a former Gore adviser confirmed that a “circle of his former aides are talking about” a potential 2016 bid though they are still in the very early part of the discussion. Gore starting trending nationally on Twitter shortly after the reports emerged Thursday. The former vice president to Bill Clinton was the Democratic presidential nominee and won the popular vote during the 2000 election to George W. Bush, though he lost the election.

UPDATE: Politico smacks down the rumors:

Despite some hopeful speculation among Democrats that Al Gore might jump into the 2016 presidential race in the face of Hillary Clinton’s troubles, people close to the former vice president and Democratic nominee say he’s not considering it. “There’s no truth to it. He’s laser-focused on solving the climate crisis,” Gore spokeswoman Betsy McManus told POLITICO Thursday evening. In recent days other close Gore advisers have also told POLITICO that they have not heard of any interest from the 2000 Democratic nominee in another run. One likely reason for the current speculation about Gore is that Clinton is facing new iterations of email-gate, flagging poll numbers and still-surging Bernie Sanders-mania, despite a conviction among many Democratic strategists that Sanders is not electable. And strategists know that if Clinton falters, there are probably only two tried-and-true Democratic candidates who can be considered experienced enough to step in: Vice President Joe Biden is one (and is said to be actively considering a run), and the other is Gore, Biden’s Democratic predecessor as veep.

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