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Albert Arnold Gore, Jr., commonly known as Al Gore (born March 31, 1948) is an American politician, teacher, businessman, and environmentalist who was the 45th Vice President of the United States in the Clinton administration from 1993 to 2001. Previously, he had served in United States House of Representatives (1977-85) and United States Senate (1985-93) for Tennessee.

Gore was the Democratic nominee for President in the 2000 election. He won a plurality of the popular vote, with over half a million more votes than the Republican candidate George W. Bush, but was defeated in the Electoral College by a vote of 271 to 266.

Gore currently is president of the American television channel Current TV, chairman of Generation Investment Management, a director on the board of Apple Computer, and an unofficial adviser to Google's senior management. He lectures widely on the topic of global warming, which he calls "the climate crisis", including on the August 31 2006 MTV Video Music Awards.

Although speculation about a possible Presidential run in 2008 continues, he said as recently as June 4, 2006, "I have no plans to run for President again", but hasn’t ruled out a future in politics.

Gore's popularity has increased among grassroots Democrats, with Gore getting 68% of support among potential 2008 Democratic presidential candidates on a May 2006 Daily Kos poll, and 35% on July 13, 2006 AlterNet poll. A Gallup poll of August 2006 showed that nearly half of Americans view Gore favorably (48 percent to 45 percent). CNN telephone poll conducted by the Opinion Research Corporation of registered or independent leaning Democrats in November 2006 has Gore with 14% support.