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How That Al Gore 2016 Rumor Spread

News outlets don't really have a consensus about Al Gore's 2016 plans, but even with more questions than answers, the story was trending.

By Kate Grumke | August 14, 2015

When BuzzFeed reported Thursday that people close to Al Gore had begun conversations about a 2016 presidential bid, other media outlets were quick to jump on the story, and many only cited BuzzFeed.

"In U.S. politics what's old may be new again," reported CNBC Anchor Wilfred Frost.

"Could there be competition for Hillary Clinton? Former Vice President Al Gore is reportedly considering another presidential run," reported Fox.

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"Is this a sign the party is not sold on her if Al Gore is considering and Joe Biden is considering?" reported CNN Anchor Don Lemon.

"Drumroll please. Al Gore. Yes. Former Vice President Al Gore. Former Democratic nominee for president, winner of the popular vote, let us recall, in 2000. Al Gore," said MSNBC's Chris Hayes.

But now more Democrats are telling outlets, 'not so fast.'

Soon after BuzzFeed's report, 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."

BuzzFeed did throw some caution in its report, saying, "An adviser pours 'lukewarm' water on the prospect. Not ice cold."

Still, the outlet says Democrats are "getting the old gang together" to consider a run. And at least one outlet did independently confirm that.

An anonymous source told ABC News "friends and former aides are having a 'soft conversation.'"

And even with conflicting reports, Al Gore was trending on Twitter yesterday.

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