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Former Vice President Al Gore and his wife Tipper — who kissed so passionately at the Inaugural Ball in 1993 — have decided to separate.

“We are announcing today that after a great deal of thought and discussion, we have decided to separate,” the Gores tell friends via email, which has been posted on several news sites

]]> from 1993-2000. He lost his own bid for president in 2000. A political insider tells The Dish Rag that the democratic party elite has held a grudge against Tipper since that time. They blame her for her husband losing the 2000 presidential race because she disliked Bill Clinton (that Monica Lewinsky business) and would not permit Al to let Clinton campaign for him. The Gores recently purchased a $8.875 million home in Montecito, California. Wonder who will live there? So far, no possible extra-marital affairs for either Tipper or Al have come to light. But sadly, you can bet everyone’s sniffing around for names now. Follow Zap2it on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook  for the latest TV, movie and celebrity news.