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Watching Al Gore

As any loyal Fix reader knows, we continue to believe former vice president Al Gore might decide to run for president in 2008 despite his repeated assertions to the contrary.

Al Gore
Al Gore isn't categorically ruling out another White House run. (AP Photo)

The latest piece of evidence? Gore will join Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean and former president Bill Clinton in New York City tonight for a fundraiser expected to raise $1.3 million for the national committee. Gore will also attend a VIP reception prior to the larger event.

Gore is featured on the cover of this month's "Green Issue" of Vanity Fair, which describes him as the "unlikely 'It Boy' of this year's Sundance Film Festival." Gore's quest to focus attention on the dangers of global warming is the subject of "An Inconvenient Truth," a documentary by Davis Guggenheim due out in May (along with a book by the same title).

Gore has also traveled the country in recent months to push for action on global warming -- he was in Oakland, Calif., for a speech on April 6, and Madison, N.J., on April 2. Gore was in Las Vegas in mid-March to screen "An Inconvenient Truth."

Gore has dabbled in campaign politics as well -- especially in Florida where he has helped raise money for Sen. Bill Nelson's (D) reelection campaign. Gore stumped in the state on March 12 and more recently sent an email appeal for Nelson just after Rep. Katherine Harris (R) announced she would spend $10 million of her own money on her challenge to Nelson.

Although he continues to play possum about his interest in another presidential bid, Gore has picked up at least one backer in Congress -- Virginia Rep. Jim Moran. During a recent appearance on C-Span, Moran said Gore was "even stronger and more committed" than in 2000.

And remember, Gore has not been even close to Shermanesque when asked about another presidential bid. In one breath he says, "I'm not planning to be a candidate again," but in the next adds: " I haven't reached a stage in my life where I'm willing to say I will never consider something like this."

To be continued...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 10, 2006; 11:56 AM ET
Categories:  Democratic PACs , Eye on 2008  
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