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Al Gore Visit to Memphis Prompts Discussion

(Memphis) Former Vice-President and former U.S. Senator from Tennessee, Al Gore, hosted a book signing Monday afternoon at the Booksellers store at Laurelwood.

News Channel 3 was not allowed inside; instead we camped out in front and spoke with people who were leaving the book signing.

Inside, the crowd feared protesters might show up, upset over Gore’s recent sale of Current TV to the Al Jazeera network.

“They did not, we didn’t see anybody inside the crowd that was against him,” said Geneva Simpson-Moore.

Mom, Cledythe Wright even praised the sale, believing it will show different parts of the world how others live.

“They have a pre-conceived notion that we are all fat and lazy capitalists with loose morals and all we care about is money,” said Wright.

She hopes the sale will bridge the gap between the U.S. and that side of the world.

“I don’t think that gap can be bridged,” said Thomas Kennedy. Kennedy used to watch Current TV and just happened to be at the bookstore Monday. He feels the sale is a conflict.

“He was preaching and speculating climate change and all of a sudden he sold it to people who peddle fossil fuels. It makes me question everything he said he stood for,” said Kennedy.

But support or not, Gore’s visit prompted parents to talk about the future.

Parents say it’s their children who will control it.

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