Al Gore 2016? Not so likely,
Much of the internet descended into a frenzy recently after BuzzFeed released a report suggesting a Gore campaign was in serious talks.
“Supporters of Al Gore have begun a round of conversations among themselves and with the former vice president about his running for president in 2016, the latest sign that top Democrats have serious doubts that Hillary Clinton is a sure thing,” BuzzFeed’s article read.
To make the article appear even more convincing, the story also cited an anonymous senior Democrat. As BuzzFeed documents, this source claimed, “They’re getting the old gang together. They’re figuring out if there’s a path financially and politically. It feels more real than it has in the past months.”
However, since the rumors flew out, several people have come forward to dismiss the notion.
“It’s extremely unlikely,” Roy Neel, a former advisor to Gore, said of the campaign, according to Inquisitr. Additionally, CNN reports that an associate of the former Vice President told the network that the rumors were simply “groundless.”
Hillary Clinton’s latest stumbles with her own campaign may be the fuel for these reports of a Gore run. The presidential hopeful came under fire after classified emails were discovered in her private stash, reports Newsweek.
Moreover, Bernie Sanders passed Clinton in the latest poll for New Hampshire. The Vermont senator leads with 44 percent, seven percent higher than his female contender. The Franklin Pierce/Herald poll also revealed that a majority of New Hampshire Democrats don’t have a lot of enthusiasm for Clinton: While 51 percent of voters said they would support her, they said she does not excite them as a candidate, according to the Boston Herald.
Yet, despite the Gore rumors and lapses in her campaign, Clinton did have one major success recently. Former Sen. Tom Harkin, a favorite among progressives, declared his endorsement of Clinton in the Des Moines Register.
"As Democrats, we're fortunate to have a slate of candidates that are all fine individuals, but we need a fighter who has a record of getting things done and the vision for the future that will build on the progress we've made," Harkin wrote, NBC News documents. "For my wife, Ruth and I, that candidate is Hillary Clinton."