Former US Vice President Al Gore appeared on BBC television today, and thanked Apple CEO Steve Jobs for proposing him as the next President of the United States.

In May Jobs stated that Gore - also an Apple board member - would win the presidency if he ran for election.

"If he ran, there's no question in my mind that he would be elected," Jobs told Time magazine. "But I think there's a question in his mind, perhaps because the pain of the last election runs a lot deeper than he lets most of us see."

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Today, appearing on the BBC's Breakfast programme, Gore answered a viewer's emailed question about whether he'd consider standing again for the post of US President.

He didn't categorically refuse to stand but said that today he is more interested in "moral" rather than "political" issues, referring to his popular environmental campaign started with his movie 'An Inconvenient Truth'.

Gore did however thank Steve Jobs for his "kind" words, and said that he was a "good friend".

A Gallup poll of August 2006 showed that 48 percent of Americans currently view Gore favourably. In a recent California Field poll, Gore is second at 25% - behind Hillary Clinton by 6 percentage points. However, in the California Bay Area, Gore is the leading candidate. Gore also has the highest approval rating when compared to other Democratic nominees.