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An Al Gore Run Is 'Almost Unthinkable'

Former Vice President Al Gore listens during a panel discussion at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York in September.
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Former Vice President Al Gore listens during a panel discussion at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York in September.

Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize today, sparking speculation that he might enter the Democratic field in the presidential race.

Earlier this week, a self-described "grassroots" group of Democrats placed a full-page ad in The New York Times calling for him to run.

Gore served as vice president in the Clinton Administration and made two runs for president himself, in 1988 and 2000.

Newsweek White House correspondent Richard Wolffe says that if Gore is thinking of another run, he appears not to be giving even a hint of it to his inner circle. "They say that he doesn't have a game plan," Wolffe reports. "If he does have any inkling, any secret plan in his head, he hasn't shared it with the people who've worked with him politically."

Wolffe says that if a crisis arose for the eventual Democratic nominee, then Gore might enter the race. "That scenario is so extreme right now that it's almost, almost unthinkable." Wolffe pointed out that Gore does have a committed group of supporters, but hasn't done well in recent polls.

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