Former Vice President Al Gore will not attend the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia this week, citing “obligations in Tennessee.”
Gore’s spokesman told The Tennessean Sunday, and then Politico Monday, he will not attend the convention where his former boss’ wife will accept the Democratic nomination for president.
“We always welcome him but completely understand his busy schedule and prior engagement,” Tennessee Democratic Party spokesman Spencer Bowers told The Tennessean.
Gore was a featured speaker at the 2004 and 2008 Democratic conventions, but missed the convention in 2012. This is the second time in a row Gore will miss the DNC. Politico reports Gore is focusing less on candidates this election and, instead, making global warming a top-tier issue this election.
Gore has not endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton despite serving as VP for her husband Bill Clinton during the 1990s. Gore told Politico Magazine in 2014 it was “premature” to back her.
Gore said he will wait until Democrats officially nominate a candidate before he endorses anyone. Clinton will certainly be nominated later this week, so Gore’s endorsement could come after that.
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