Al Gore reportedly considering a run for the White House

How That Al Gore 2016 Rumor Spread

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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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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