OSLO (Reuters) - Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said on Monday he was not interested in serving in a new administration after elections next year, and the only way he would return to politics would be a new run for the White House.
But Gore, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in the Norwegian capital on Monday for his work to raise awareness about climate change, repeated in a live televised interview on CNN that he has no plan to jump into the 2008 election.
“I have no plans to run,” he said in the interview at Oslo’s City Hall. Gore, a Democrat, lost the 2000 election to George W. Bush.
“I haven’t ruled out the idea of getting back into the political process at some point in the future — (I) don’t expect to,” Gore said. “But if I did get back, it would be as a candidate for president, not in any other position.”
Gore shared the 2007 peace prize with the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a body of some 2,500 climate scientists from around the globe.
When the prize was announced in mid-October, it briefly sparked speculation that it could trigger a Gore candidacy, though he has repeatedly said he has no plan to run.
Reporting by John Acher, Editing by Matthew Jones