Gores' Divorce: Blame Bush?

Family friend Sally Quinn says they 'never got over' 2000
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2010 7:26 AM CDT
Updated Jun 2, 2010 7:43 AM CDT
In this Aug. 17, 2000 file photo. then-Vice President Al Gore kisses his wife Tipper as he steps onto the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Stephen Savoia, File)
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(Newser) – How to explain the unexpected divorce of Al and Tipper Gore? Here's the No. 1 theory: George W. Bush did it. Family friend Sally Quinn tells CBS News that the couple simply never recovered from losing the 2000 election. “He's obviously suffered a lot,” Quinn said. “He'll never get over that, and neither will she.” Conservatives are predictably outraged.

But beyond “blame Bush,” there aren't many theories out there. Friends of both vigorously deny that either took a hike on the Appalachian Trail, according to Time. The couple has been saying they just grew apart. “I know people are feeling surprised, but there’s just not a lot of drama behind this,” one adviser told the New York Times. “They remain very close friends.”

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