Gore: 'Too early' to endorse for 2016
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Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreWarren goes local in race to build 2020 movement The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary Krystal Ball hits media over questions on Sanders's electability MORE says he isn't ready to endorse anyone in the 2016 Democratic presidential race, including front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary Manafort sought to hurt Clinton 2016 campaign efforts in key states: NYT MORE.

"It's still too early, in my opinion, to endorse a candidate or pick a candidate," Gore, who served as Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Biden, Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg, Harris lead Trump in Georgia: Poll Keep your eye on essential facts in the unfolding impeachment circus MORE's vice president, told People magazine in an interview published Tuesday.

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"Everybody can look at how the presidential campaign is developing and get some pretty clear ideas about how they think it's going to turn out, but I still think it's premature," Gore added, noting the general election is still a year away. 

"I think I'll wait to wade into it."

In June, Gore also said that he wasn't ready to endorse a candidate. 

Three Democrats are in the 2016 race with three months before the Iowa caucuses: Clinton, her chief rival Bernie Sanders, and Martin O'Malley. Vice President  Biden declined to run last month.

Since losing the 2000 election to George W. Bush, Gore has focused on environmental issues, in particular drawing attention to climate change.

Reports in August said Gore insiders were chatting about him launching a potential 2016 bid.

Gore laughed off those reports in the interview with People.

"I have taken no steps whatsoever in the direction of a candidacy, and my answer has been the same [for years]," he said.

"I'm a recovering politician, and the longer I go without a relapse, the less likely one becomes."