Al Gore will skip DNC, but endorses Hillary Clinton

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Al Gore Sure Took His Time to Endorse Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump's nomination at the Republican National Convention made headlines because of all the people who didn't make a speech on his behalf. But Hillary Clinton isn't getting full participation from her party, either.

Al Gore tweeted that he won't be attending the Democratic National Convention, but he is planning to vote for Clinton in November.

Gore's tweets read, in part, "Given the significant challenges facing our nation and the world ... including, especially, the global climate crisis, I encourage everyone else to do the same."

The endorsement might be coming a little bit later than many in the party expected. Gore declined to support Clinton several times during the primary process.

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Gore hasn't always been reluctant to support a candidate during the primaries. In 2004, he passed on a second election bid and endorsed Howard Dean.

Gore's silence seemed odd, considering that he served as vice president under Bill Clinton for eight years. But Gore and Hillary Clinton reportedly weren't on very good terms.

The animosity dates back to Bill Clinton's attempt at health care reform. He tasked his wife with spearheading the reform, which was unsuccessful.

A former Clinton White House staff member told Politico: "Usually you give your vice president something of that level. You don't give it to the first lady. People forget that sort of started the relationship on a downward spiral early on."

The relationship between Hillary Clinton and Gore is reportedly still rocky. But Gore has made combating climate change his top priority. Considering that Trump promised to repeal the Paris climate agreement if elected, endorsing Clinton seems like a logical choice for him.

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ASPEN, CO - JUNE 30: Hillary Rodham Clinton, David Gergen and Al Gore speak during Afternoon of Conversation at the Aspen Institute on June 30, 2014 in Aspen, Colorado. (Photo by Riccardo S. Savi/Getty Images)
ASPEN, CO - JUNE 30: Al Gore and Hillary Clinton speak during Afternoon of Conversation at the Aspen Institute on June 30, 2014 in Aspen, Colorado. (Photo by Riccardo S. Savi/Getty Images)
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, left, speaks as professor David Gergen listens during the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado, U.S., on Monday, June 30, 2014. The festival gathers some of the foremost thinkers in the world with civically-minded leaders in business, the arts, politics, philanthropy to share ideas and questions and drive thought to action. Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore arrives to speak during the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado, U.S., on Monday, June 30, 2014. The festival gathers some of the foremost thinkers in the world with civically-minded leaders in business, the arts, politics, philanthropy to share ideas and questions and drive thought to action. Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images
ASPEN, CO - JUNE 30: Al Gore speaks at Afternoon of Conversation during the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival at the Aspen Institute on June 30, 2014 in Aspen, Colorado. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07: Producer Lawrence Bender (L) and Former United States Vice President Al Gore inside the 13th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball sponsored by Audi, Kayne Anderson and Stella Artois on June 7th, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Chrysalis)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07: (L-R) Honoree Jim Berk, former United States Vice President Al Gore and Honoree Jeff Skoll inside the 13th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball sponsored by Audi, Kayne Anderson and Stella Artois in Los Angeles, California on June 7th, 2014. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Chrysalis)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: Al Gore and Karenna Gore Schiff attend the 12th Annual James Parks Morton Interfaith awards dinner at Hilton Hotel Midtown on June 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: Rev. Chloe Breyer, Rev. James Parks Morton, Al Gore and Karenna Gore Schiff attend the 12th Annual James Parks Morton Interfaith awards dinner at Hilton Hotel Midtown on June 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
Former US Vice President and Climate Reality Project Chairman, Al Gore gives a speech during Abu Dhabi Ascent event, a ministerial meeting to prepare for a September 23 climate change summit in New York on May 4, 2014 in Abu Dhabi. Ban Ki-moon urged 'bold' actions by countries around the world to reduce greenhouse emissions and fight global warming. AFP PHOTO / MARWAN NAAMANI (Photo credit should read MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA MARCH 13: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Former US Vice President Al Gore addresses Climate Reality Leadership trainees at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 13, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Al Gore urged South Africa to cut back on coal-generated electricity and urged a new dialogue about the use of renewable sources and greener technology. (Photo by Denzil Maregele/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA MARCH 13: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Former US Vice President Al Gore addresses Climate Reality Leadership trainees at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 13, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Al Gore urged South Africa to cut back on coal-generated electricity and urged a new dialogue about the use of renewable sources and greener technology. (Photo by Denzil Maregele/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Former US Vice President Al Gore listens during a session in Davos on January 24, 2014. Some 40 world leaders gather in the Swiss ski resort Davos to discuss and debate a wide range of issues including the causes of conflicts plaguing the Middle East, and how to reinvigorate the global economy. AFP PHOTO ERIC PIERMONT (Photo credit should read ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images)
Former US Vice President Al Gore speaks during the Center for American Progress(PAC) 10th Anniversary Conference in Washington, DC, October 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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