Al Gore reportedly considering a run for the White House

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A report from Buzzfeed claiming that people close to Al Gore had begun conversations about a 2016 presidential bid created a firestorm in the political press late Thursday.

According to the report, people close to the former vice president who ran with Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996 are "getting the old gang together" in hopes of mounting a political comeback.

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"They're figuring out if there's a path financially and politically," a senior Democrat reportedly told Buzzfeed. "It feels more real than it has in the past months."

But conflicting reports have also emerged.

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First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton shares a laugh with Vice President Al Gore in the Old Executive Office Building in Washington, July 11, 1995 where they announced Medicare regulatory reforms to reduce paperwork. (AP Photo/Denis Paquin)
Hillary Rodham Clinton sits on the lap of her husband, democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton left, as she jokes with vice presidential candidate Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, during a brief rest on their bus in Durham, N.C., Monday, Oct. 26, 1992. The democratic ticket has spent the last two days touring the state. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Democratic presidential candidate Vice President Al Gore and Senate hopeful first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton talk during the Black and Puerto Rican and Hispanic Association Church Service at the Wilborn Temple Church of God in Christ Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, in Albany, NY. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
WASHINGTON - 1998: (NO U.S. TABLOID SALES) President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Vice President Al Gore (R) sit in the Rose Garden at the White House in 1998 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)
A $2-million gala for the Democratic National Committee in New York City, Monday evening, April 24, 2000, marks the first time this year that President Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton have all campaigned together. Gore, left, with wife Tipper, is the Democrats' presumptive presidential nominee, while Hillary Clinton is running against New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani for the state's open U.S. Senate seat. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Democratic presidential candidate Vice President Al Gore sits next to Senate candidate first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton during a campaign rally at the 92nd Street YMHA in New York on Sunday, March 5, 2000. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)
Vice President Al Gore and his wife Tipper, left, wave to the crowd along with President Clinton and his wife Hillary Rodham Clinton, as they prepare to start their post-convention bus tour Friday, Aug. 30, 1996, in Cape Girardeau, Mo. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
Pres. Bill Clinton, center, waves as Vice Pres. Al Gore talks to him during the congressional dinner, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1993, Washington, D.C. First Lady Hillary Clinton applauds at left. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson)
Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton, left, applauds as Sen. Al Gore (D-Tenn.), speaks at the Arkansas governor’s mansion, July 9, 1992 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Clinton had named Gore as his choice for running mate for the presidential race just four days before the start of the Democratic National Convention. Hillary Clinton peers over the gentlemen’s shoulders. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
From left: Democratic Presidential nominee Bill Clinton, his wife Hillary, running mate Al Gore and his wife, Tipper arrive in Nashville Wednesday afternoon. The group is to take part in several fundraisers and a rally at the Grand Ole Opry House. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 03: SENATE SWEARING IN--Freshman Senator Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Vice President Al Gore pose for photos in the Old Senate Chamber after an official photo. The Senate was sworn in earlier for the 107th Congress in the Senate Chamber. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 23: U.S. President Bill Clinton (R) laughs 23 April 1993 as Vice President Al Gore (C) jokes with White House volunteers attending a reception in their honor. Peeking out (L) from behind Vice President Gore is First Lady Hillary Clinton. (Photo credit should read PAUL RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Politico talked to Gore's spokesperson and his former chief of staff, both of whom told the outlet Gore isn't considering a run, and an associate of Gore told CNN the speculation was "groundless" and a "top source within the democratic party" told NBC "there was nothing substantive happening in the Gore camp."

One outlet did independently confirm the report, as an anonymous source told ABC News "friends and former aides are having a 'soft conversation.'"

Regardless of his plans, one thing's for sure: Al Gore was trending on Twitter Thursday.
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