Here’s what Albert Gore III has to say about his father’s political ambitions:
“As far as I know, he is definitely not running for President.”
Speaking on his cell phone from a hotel room in New York City, the 24-year-old son said, “He’s dedicated to the environment, and he’s having a blast focusing all of his attention on it.”
Mr. Gore—who is the former Vice President’s best friend and confidant, and who now works as associate publisher of GOOD magazine—was explaining reports that his father was still leaving the door open for a late entry into the race, and that supporters were even now reaching out to influential donors about the possibility.
“I wish I had something startling for you, but I’m positive that any money that’s being raised is being raised for the climate project,” he said. “I think he’s really focused on the Live Earth concerts coming up this summer, and I know all the money for that is also going to the Climate Project.”
Al Gore himself said as recently as last week that he has “no intention of running for President again,” but he has yet to come up with the sort of definitive denial that would put the rumors (and the flattering attention from the national media) to rest. As he said to The Hotline, “I’m involved in a different kind of campaign.”
The former Vice President was referring to his international crusade to raise awareness about global warming, and to An Inconvenient Truth, his Oscar-nominated documentary on the subject.
Albert Gore III expanded on the theme.
“He likes working on behalf of something he’s really passionate about, and a lot of times in politics, you really can’t do that,” he said.
For both him and his father, Albert said, the focus right now is on Oscar season and the environment.
“He’s thrilled the film was nominated, and he’s thrilled that the issue he’s dedicated a good part of his life to is getting a lot of attention—and a lot of productive and positive things are starting to happen because of that attention,” he said. “It’s hard not to get excited about the Oscar nomination. At the same time, he’s certainly not losing sight of the real issue, which is the environment.”
And that, he said, was all he could say.