Former Vice President Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Biden unleashes on Trump and GOP A presidential candidate pledge can right the wrongs of an infamous day VP dilemma: The establishment or the base? MORE on Friday declined to say whether he thinks Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat Left laughs off floated changes to 2024 ticket A year into his presidency, Biden is polling at an all-time low MORE will win the White House.
Gore, who served alongside Clinton when she was first lady, was asked during an appearance in France who he believes will become the nation’s next president.
“I wouldn’t refuse to answer that question, I would try to cleverly dodge that question,” Gore said, according to the New York Post.
“I would say it’s actually too early,” he told WPP founder Sir Martin Sorrell at the Cannes Lions festival of creativity in Cannes, France.
Sorrell responded: “I think Hillary will win, and it would be great to have a female president of the most powerful nation on the planet.”
Gore smiled but did add anything further, according to the Post.
The Democrat remained silent on the 2016 presidential race during the rest of his time in Cannes, though he attacked wealthy special interests who he said are dominating Congress.
“The most serious dysfunction in American democracy is now in the legislative branch, in Congress, because they spend most of their time begging rich people and special interests for money,” Gore said.
He argued that the flood of lobbying money is jeopardizing America’s safety by halting action on climate change.
“America democracy has been hacked,” he said.
“Big sources of special interest money are able to prevent the passage of almost any meaningful reform in the public interest, it really pains me to say,” Gore said.
“That has had a cascading impact on the ability of the U.S. to continue providing the thought leadership to the world as a whole,” he added.
Gore is a long-time advocate of aggressive action on climate change. His work on the issue was the subject of “An Inconvenient Truth,” a 2006 documentary.
— This story was updated at 3:45 p.m.