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June 2nd, 2010
09:04 AM ET

Separation Anxiety: Your Reaction to the Gores Splitting Up

Al Gore and his wife of 40 years, Tipper, have decided to separate after 40 years.  "It's one of those things people are scratching their heads about," says CNN Senior Political Analyst Gloria Borger.  "The Gores were this fabulous couple to watch," Borger recalls, remembering the long kiss and embrace they gave each other at the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.

We want to hear from you.  What's your reaction?  Do you even car?  Leave us a comment here and we'll air some of them on CNN NewsRoom from 11amET - 1pm ET.

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  1. Dennis O'Fletcher

    Maybe she grew cold towards him due to global warming.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  2. Butch from Southgate

    Tipper and Al have no reason to explain something so deeply personal. It didn't work out ...I wish them the very best in life and I hope they each find what they are looking for. Life is short...and finding happiness in this world is getting to be a thing that is hard to do. The external pressures on a marriage are intense these days. The greatest strain on families is the money vs bills battle that occurs on a monthly basis. Family occasionally is a strain on a marriage and then along comes Job, health, time pressures, and a long list of other things. It adds up after forty years. My God bless them both and good luck in the future Al and Tipper ...sorry it didn't work out ...

    June 2, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  3. jim

    Life happens and the Gore's have much more pressure on them than the majority of the population. People are starting to make silly jokes, unkind comments, etc. but we still need to wake up and see the great things this man has done. While some folks want to negate global warming, they shouldn't feel comfortable with the pollution, trash, oil spills, etc. We all need to take aciton. I've even heard some conservative Christian groups suggest global warming isn't an issue and our only focus should be on Christ. Do you believe Christ, Buddha, Allah or and other God would want this? We so easliy look the other way until its in our face. When you're eating oil tainted fish, your children are getting sick from pollution or any other incovneience you experience from the problem. Think about it!!!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  4. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    I hope she takes him for every penny he has Al Gore deserves it .

    June 2, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  5. Dan

    So if Global warming is an issue, why was there snow in all 50 states this year, and one of the coldest winters in quite a while? It's because God is still on the throne, and he controls all.
    As far as the Gore's having much more pressure on them, that is the life style they chose.
    As far as Dennis' comments about being difficult to find true happiness, he is right. The ONLY place for true happiness is above in heaven, JC.

    June 2, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  6. Ev Guerra

    I have always admired and respected Al Gore for the intelligent, measured, and proactive man he is. I truly feel that he should have been our president and that he would have made a great one. Who is to say what might have been with another man in the White House prior to September 11, 2001? The debacle that was the 2000 presidential election was a turning point for our nation; however, Al Gore had the grace to overcome what surely must have been a heartbreaking situation and turned it into a powerful opportunity to alert us all to the tragedy of global warming. I wish Mr. Gore and his wife peace and happiness. Perhaps they can overcome what may be a temporary setback in their marriage and regain what they lost.

    June 2, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  7. The View

    I think that down the road we will find out Al has somebody else!

    June 2, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  8. Synthia S.

    There is no way I would allow a man to leave our marriage after 40 years. He can live in another part of the house, but no way in the world would I allow him to leave...after 40 years of marriage it is too late to start over. I was truly hurt by this...not sure why, but I'm sad!

    June 2, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  9. Elaine from Houston, Texas

    Don't care what anyone says, couples do not split up after 40 years without a reason. Bet there's a bimbo behind the scenes. Men never leave a wife without a replacement. They can't live alone. Watch and see it all unfold. Guaranteed. Just saying.......

    June 2, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  10. Priscilla

    RE: The Gores. They announced they were "separating", not that they are divorcing. They seem to be planning to live apart. The news all states they are "calling it quits." This does not appear to me to be quite accurate. Remember, Princess Grace lived in Paris, not Monaco, for many years. The people who were interested knew that, it was not big news.

    June 2, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  11. Joan King

    Some couples grow apart after a number of years, as they change so do their interests change. They grow in different directions. I am speaking from experience having been married over 50 years. I don't think it is uncommon, but most of us are not in the news or limelight.

    June 2, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  12. Joan King

    Some couples grow apart after a number of years, as they change and grow, so do their interests change. They grow in different directions. I don't think it is uncommon, but most of us are not in the news or limelight like these two are. Best of luck to them.

    June 2, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  13. Rita

    I know too many people that were high school sweethearts that marry..and get divorced later on in life, usually AFTER the last child leaves home. WORD: Don't marry your high school sweetheart!!

    June 2, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  14. Jaycie

    I wish Al Gore would get involved in providing leadership to control/manage this disastrous oil spill that has and is destroying our gulf coast and all the wildlife therein. Over and over I have heard people who know about such things explain what was done in the Arabian Gulf to clean up that oil spill. but NO ONE ever tells us WHY this is not being done here! What in the world is our government doing about this other than dithering while the Gulf is destroyed? Where is the leadership? Why isn't our President leading instead of contemplating? When I think that this is the nation that was able to mobilize overnight for WW2, was able to create and complete the Manhattan Project, it makes me want to weep! What has happened to us? Are we now so fat and lazy that we are incapable of accomplishing anything anymore? What happened to that can-do spirit? I just don't get it!

    June 2, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
  15. L Adams

    I love the Gores but i hardly think this is earth shattering news, give me a break, as far as your guest and you in regards to the oil spill and the attack on the flotilla why should i believe any of you lying racist.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  16. Shawn Newell

    I have watched many of my family and parents of my friends who were married for over 25 years suddenly hit this point where they suddenly have more time to really look at this person they married when they were in their 20's and go "Who the hell are you? Do I really have anything in common with you?" Sometimes these people could go forward together. Sometimes they couldn't. And it wasn't about another person.
    Usually it is they have grown too far apart.

    I wish Tipper and Al and their children well. Maybe they will rediscover that they do have something in common again.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  17. Dorothy

    I think there were probably problems for quite some time they decided it was enough. I would rather see them apart and happy than together and miserable. I happen to really like Al Gore and I wish them both the best.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  18. Elvia M. Chalmers

    It's sad, it's especially sad to see the lack of compassion from others. We don't know the story, maybe it's not Al......... doesn't matter. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, we're not all in the news.

    I am tired of Americans having nothing to do but stay in other people's business, this all day news has become an issue.

    June 2, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  19. Diane

    I was surprised at my reaction to this news – it was very emotional – I would like to think that a couple married 40 years with 4 children would want to grow old together and have their children and grandchildren by their sides ...

    June 2, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  20. Joanie J.

    After 40 years, there is 100% definitely a bimbo involved - guaranteed–we will read about it soon!

    June 2, 2010 at 7:59 pm |
  21. kate-O

    I hope they are not torn further apart by the media. I pray they reconcile and go for love not fame or silly things of this world. If they are already leading separate lives, why separate? They are already separated. What does separation mean, legally?

    June 2, 2010 at 9:16 pm |
  22. Georgette

    I agree with Elaine from Houston. 40-year marriages have a lot of momentum behind them... they can 'coast' a long way even if the two partners do drift apart somewhat. And they just recently bought an $8 million house in Montecito. Sounds like something pretty significant happened recently in the marriage.

    Too bad.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:43 am |
  23. Lorraine Calzetta

    Its sad that the Gores or anyone has to make a public stateement about something so personal. It is really no one business why, but it does say allot about what captures our attention. For many of us what America and our lives have become, and what could have been if Al had been elected president is brought to the forefront of our imagination. We are fighting two unethical wars and dealing with financial crisis and as we strugglee to make ends meet, for many of us, the end of the Gore marriage is just another reminder of the casualties of the Bush era- It was for me. I am reliving hanging chads and Katherine Harris all over again.Sadly election reform is just a fleeting memory in the midst of all these other crises.I feel lucky to be in Massachusetts where we have the best Secretary of State, and the best voting system with paper trails in the nation.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:44 am |
  24. Cool Onlooker

    I think this is purely personal matter. We respect the way the couple approached the media and it was very professional.
    Leave them alone. All we can do is to wish both of them the best in their life.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  25. Marcella Marshall

    After 40 years of marriage they could have grown apart because they got too comfortable with one another and the marriage became stale because they let the spark 'go out or they were emotionally detached for some time but hid it from the public.

    June 3, 2010 at 11:19 pm |
  26. frishberg

    True heroes are hard to find. Whatever brought the Gores to separate after 40 years of marriage is to regretted. My wife and I will soon celebrate 66 years of marriage which is not to say that there have been no occasions for difficulties.. Whatever caused rough waters, time seemed to heal our misunderstandings.

    Even if there is a " bimbo" in the picture they will due justice to their long affiliation by forgiveness and understanding.. Come on. Makeup if only for your offspring.

    June 4, 2010 at 3:17 am |
  27. Karen

    So sad to hear of a couple, famous or not, that have been together so long and then are seperating.

    June 4, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  28. F. Eagles Pope M.D.

    June 5th, 2010 11:22 am ET

    This has more to do with the 'aging of a relationship' than the specificity of the principal characters problems.
    Like everythinfg else in life, relationships do age and the bonds that formed them are subject to stresses and strains, but also to their own intrinsic form of senescence.

    Relationships can age in concert with the calendar age of the participants, or they may lag behind or jump ahead of chronology. So if the desire to find new pathways, new interests and new social relationships run parallel to the aging process of the bonding, all is well. If not, we do see more separations or outright divorce in older people.

    June 5, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  29. Amanda Walton

    From a woman married for 19+ years I have to say it seems strange to hear if a couple can make it to 40 years and split and not from infidelity or such why? Sometimes I think from my experience a couple can grow together as friends but grow apart as a couple finding out they maybe didn't have as much in common that at first kept them together. I'm thinking with Mr. Gore being in the political limelight for so long kept them together for so many reasons and maybe shared many common interests during his political career, now although I'm sure Mrs. Gore is very interested and involved in the awesome work her husband does in environmental awareness maybe realized they just don't share as much in marriage in common.

    Must be difficult being in such limelight and having to make this decision, but at least it was done as a mutual agreement and not a scandal one.

    I wish them both many blessings and a great new journey in their life

    June 5, 2010 at 9:20 pm |