Agence France Press:
LOS ANGELES - US former vice president-turned-climate campaigner Al Gore said today his son was getting treatment after being arrested on drug charges when police stopped him speeding in his low-emissions car.
"We’re glad that he’s safe and that he’s getting treatment and we’re going to leave it as a family matter," Gore said in an interview on NBC news.
The ex-vice president Gore told NBC that family concerns were not behind his insistence that he will not run again for president in 2008.
He stressed that he was focussing on his campaign to ease damaging global warming.
"I don’t have any plans or intentions to be a candidate again and really the main reason is I’m involved in a different kind of campaign," he said, adding that global warming is "the most serious crisis our civilisation has ever faced."
While he denies planning to run, opinion polls have shown that Gore, bested by President George W. Bush in 2000, is not too far behind Democratic hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, with about 15 percent of support.