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Gore Goes Crying to Liberal Media Again
© CNSNews.com Thursday, Nov. 30, 2000
Al Gore went on national television yet again Wednesday morning to claim that, in his opinion, the race for president is not over until all the votes have been counted, again. He said he was sure the Florida courts would agree with him.
In a taped interview on NBC's "Today" show, Gore told reporter Claire Shipman, "I certainly believe that I won this election," although he admitted "there's considerable doubt about that."
NBC, of course, is the network that refused to air a speech by President-elect Bush on Sunday night but has repeatedly given Gore air time.
As usual, Gore made no mention of Democrat efforts to exclude the military vote and Democrat vote fraud nationwide on Election Day. Instead he merely repeated many of the things he has said before:
That a majority of the people who went to the polls on Election Day intended to vote for him and Joe Lieberman, "but the votes have not all been counted yet."
That in a close election, ballots left uncounted by machines could make a difference and therefore should be counted.
That under Florida law and Texas law, "If the voter has expressed a clear intent to vote and the machine has fouled up – and some were – then that should not deprive the voter of the right to vote. And if the voter has made a clear mark expressing 'intent' to vote, then it ought to be counted."
That Florida law was clear that all votes must be counted.
That this post-election challenge won't last forever. "I think it will be over by the middle of December. I think it is unlikely it will go beyond that."
That "ignoring votes means ignoring democracy itself. Silencing the voice of a voter silences the American spirit in a very real way."
That "no matter how close an election is, the outcome must be decided by the people." Asked if the Gore campaign was cherry-picking for votes in heavily Democrat counties, Gore said he did not agree.
He said he thought the courts would rule in his favor: that the manual recounts should be finished and included in the final vote totals.
'Like a Baby' – Exactly
Gore said that after the rigors of the campaign trail, it was nice to spend a lot of time with his family and be able to sleep in the same bed every night. For the record, he says he was "sleeping like a baby."
"I'm not tortured by what-ifs at all. In fact, I believe we're going to win this election." He put the odds at 50-50.
Gore hasn't given much thought to what he'll do if he doesn't win the election, he said.
"But the first thing I would do is turn my attention to trying to help Gov. Bush unify the country behind his leadership and make sure that there was no question about the legitimacy of his win. That's one of the reasons I'm focused now on this insistence that every vote be counted."
He said he was sure that his family and the Bush family were going through the same ordeal, "in being prepared to win [and] being sort of prepared, if it didn't go the right way, to deal with that."
Count All but the Military Vote
Gore described his legal challenge in Florida as "a test of our democratic principles. Will we count all the votes or not? Or will we allow those who are in charge of the electoral machinery to simply set aside thousands of votes that might determine the outcome?"
Gore refused to say whether he would consider running for president again in 2004. He said he wanted to get the 2000 election over with first.
-- Uncle Bob (email@example.com), November 30, 2000
Gore refused to say whether he would consider running for president again in 2004.
heheh -- thinks he's got a snowballs chance in hell of winning any office in the future :-)
Regardless of my opinion of him BEFORE the election, he has deteriorated into a whining child, stomping his feet, since the election.
Pretty sad that Bush/Gore is the best this country could come up with for president elects, but Bush out classes Gore by a long shot. The election call was CLOSE before the election, doesn't take a rocket scientist to believe it would be close after.
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 03, 2000.
Just curious: I know that some of the major networks didn't carry Lieberman's big speech either. Was NBC one of them?
-- cin (cin@=0.)), December 03, 2000.