2000 Election December 13 World News Tonight


>>>ON “WORLD NEWS TONIGHT” — THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS OVER. GEORGE BUSH PREVAILS — BY ONE VOTE IN THE SUPREME COURT. AL GORE PREPARES TO CONCEDE. THE HIGH COURT’S DECISION CAUSES FURIOUS DEBATE. CAPTIONS MADE POSSIBLE BY
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AND ABC, INC.>>>GOOD EVENING. BOY, THAT WAS ONE HELL OF AN ELECTION NIGHT. VICE PRESIDENT GORE HAS NOT LOST HIS SENSE OF HUMOR. HOWEVER, HE MIGHT FEEL THAT WAS WHAT HE SAID TO HIS LEGAL TEAM IN FLORIDA THIS MORNING, WHEN HE CALLED TO SAY HE WAS GIVING UP THE FIGHT. AND INVITING THEM TO A CHRISTMAS PARTY AT HIS RESIDENCE IN WASHINGTON. DOWN THE BLOCK, HE SAID, NEAR ALL OF THE PROTESTERS WHO WERE SHOUTING — “GET OUT OF CHENEY’S HOUSE.” SO THE COUNTRY PREPARES TO BEGIN AGAIN. MR. GORE WILL TELL THE COUNTRY IN PERSON TONIGHT THE ELECTION IS OVER. GOVERNOR BUSH WILL SPEAK SHORTLY AFTERWARDS AS THE SOON TO BE 43rd PRESIDENT-ELECT BY THE NARROWEST MARGIN IN THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE SINCE 1876 AND IN THE SUPREME COURT BY ONE VOTE. WE’LL START WITH REPORTING WITH ABC’S TERRY MORAN. TERRY?>>Reporter: PETER, AIDES DESCRIBED THE VICE PRESIDENT TONIGHT AS CALM, AT PEACE WITH HIMSELF AND HIS DECISION, CONFIDENT IN HIS BELIEF THAT HE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT IN THIS ELECTION AND VERY FOCUSED ON HIS TASK TONIGHT TO DO HIS PART IN UNITING THE COUNTRY AFTER THIS TUMULTUOUS ELECTION. THE VICE PRESIDENT SPENT ALL DAY SEQUESTERED WITH HIS FAMILY IN HIS HOME, WHERE HE CALLED SUPPORTERS AND WORKED FOR HOURS ON THE ADDRESS HE WILL GIVE LATER TONIGHT. AIDES SAY GORE WAS GIVEN AN OUTLINE OF HIS SPEECH EARLIER IN THE DAY BUT THE FINISHED PRODUCT WILL BE HIS WORDS IN HIS VOICE AS ONE PUT IT. GORE’S TOP STAFFER SAYS THE VICE PRESIDENT AIMS TO ACHIEVE TWO THINGS — SALUTE GOVERNOR BUSH AS THE NEXT PRESIDENT AND CALL ON THE COUNTRY TO UNITE BEHIND HIM AND CHAMPION THE PRINCIPLE GORE SAYS HE’S BEEN FIGHTING FOR SINCE THE ELECTION — THE RIGHT TO VOTE AND THE RIGHT TO HAVE EVERY VOTE COUNTED. BUT GORE WILL NOT ACKNOWLEDGE DEFEAT, AIDES SAY. HE DOES NOT BELIEVE HE LOST, THEY ADD. RATHER HE WILL SAY THE PROCESS WAS BROUGHT TO AN END BY A SUPREME COURT RULING HE WILL ABIDE BY EVEN IF HE DOES NOT AGREE WITH IT. GORE MAY ALSO REITERATE THIS PLEDGE MADE LAST MONTH TO MEET WITH BUSH.>>SHORTLY AFTER THE RESULTS ARE KNOWN, WE SHOULD BOTH COME TOGETHER FOR ANOTHER MEETING, TO REAFFIRM OUR NATIONAL UNITY. IF I TURN OUT TO BE SUCCESSFUL, I’LL BE READY TO TRAVEL TO GOVERNOR BUSH’S HOME. IF I AM NOT, I’LL BE READY TO MEET HIM WHEREVER HE WISHES.>>Reporter: THIS TIME, IT WILL BE BUSH WHO CALLS THE TUNE. OUTSIDE THE VICE PRESIDENT’S RESIDENCE, A LONE PROTESTER STOOD ON THE CORNER WHERE FOR WEEKS THE PASSIONS OF THE ELECTION PLAYED OUT IN RAUCOUS CROWDS FROM BOTH CAMPS. THE TONE OF GORE’S REMARKS ONE TOP SAID SAID, IS EXPECTED TO BE UPBET, EVEN PATRIOTIC, AS A MAN WHO SERVED THE COUNTRY IN VIETNAM AND IN A QUARTER CENTURY OF PUBLIC SERVICE, AL GORE HAS DEVELOPED A STRONG SENSE OF DUTY, WHICH HE WILL HAVE TO CALL ON TONIGHT. PETER?>>TERRY, NONETHELESS, ONE HAS THE FEELING DESPITE THE PUBLIC STATEMENTS, INSIDE THE INGER CIRCLE, THEY MUST BE FURIOUS.>>RIGHT THROUGH THE RANKS. THE ANGER AND RESENTMENT AND BITTERNESS IS BOILING. IT IS NOT TOO MUCH TO SAY INSIDE THAT INNER CIRCLE, THEY BELIEVE THAT THE PRESIDENCY WAS STOLEN FROM THEM BY THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES.>>THANKS, TERRY, VERY MUCH. I WONDER IF WE WILL HEAR IT IN PUBLIC.>>>NOW FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE GOVERNOR IS THE PRESIDENT-ELECT. MR. BUSH ALSO HAS TO MAKE A GOOD IMPRESSION ON THE COUNTRY TONIGHT, PERHAPS EVEN A BETTER ONE THAN MR. GORE. ABC’S DEAN REYNOLDS IS IN AUSTIN. DEAN, I WONDER IF THERE IS ANY SENSE OF HISTORY THERE TODAY.>>Reporter: YOU BET THERE IS A SENSE OF HISTORY THERE TODAY, PETER. THIS IS A SPEECH BEFITTING A PRESIDENT-ELECT BY A CANDIDATE WHO’S WAITED A VERY LONG TIME TO GIVE IT. THOSE WHO KNOW HIM SAY WHEN THE GOVERNOR SPEAKS FROM THE TEXAS HOUSE CHAMBER TONIGHT, HE WILL ACKNOWLEDGE THE CLOSENESS OF THIS RACE AND BE CONCILIATORY.>>HE’LL BE HUMBLE. I THINK THAT’S APPROPRIATE. NO MATTER WHO WON IN THIS SITUATION, IT WAS GOING TO BE APPROPRIATE TO SHOW HUMILITY. HE’LL DO IT, AND HE’LL MEAN IT.>>Reporter: HE WILL USE THE POINT TO REPEAT A POINT HE’S OFTEN MADE. PETE LANEY WILL INTRODUCE BUSH TO USE HIM TO REPEAT A POINT HE OFTEN MADE.>>I HAVE WORKED WITH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS IN TEXAS, AND I WILL DO SO IN WASHINGTON>>Reporter: AT THE U.S. CAPITOL TODAY, REPUBLICANS, AT LEAST, WERE OFFERING ADVICE.>>HE NEEDS TO REASSURE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I THINK HE NEEDS TO ASK FOR THEIR HELP AND THEIR SUPPORT.>>HE WILL ISSUE A CALL FOR BIPARTISANSHIP AND WORKING TOGETHER.>>Reporter: THAT MEANS COMPROMISE, AND THE REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS WHO MET WITH BUSH’S RUNNING MATE DICK CHENEY TODAY HAVE BEEN SENDING THAT SIGNAL FOR WEEKS.>>IT MAY NOT NECESSARILY BE A LONG AGENDA, BUT IT WILL BE A VERY IMPORTANT AGENDA.>>Reporter: BUSH HIMSELF HAS NOT TRIED TO SELL HIS $1.6 TRILLION TAX CUT PLAN SINCE THE CAMPAIGN, PREFERRING TO STRESS LESS CONTROVERSIAL EDUCATION REFORMS BACKED BY BOTH PARTIES. BUSH WILL SOON GO TO WASHINGTON, WHERE HE HOPES TO MEET THE DEMOCRATS WHO HAVE SO FAR AVOIDED HIM AND SEE PRESIDENT CLINTON AS WELL. CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN ESPECIALLY ANNOYED BY BUSH’S OFTEN TRIUMPHALIST STAFF AND THE GOVERNOR’S REPEATED CLAIMS OF VICTORY WHEN NO VICTOR WAS CLEAR.>>SECRETARY CHENEY AND I HAVE CARRIED THE STATE OF FLORIDA. SECRETARY CHENEY AND I ARE HONORED AND HUMBLED TO HAVE WON THE STATE OF FLORIDA.>>Reporter: TO DEFUSE THE HARD FEELINGS, BUSH MAY TRY SOMETHING ELSE, INCLUDE A DEMOCRAT OR TWO IN THE CABINET HE IS CURRENTLY ASSEMBLING. PETER, THE GOVERNOR’S AIDES SAY THIS EVENT TONIGHT WILL NOT BE A RALLY. IT WILL BE MORE SUBDUED THAN AND THEY SAY THE GOVERNOR WILL EXPRESS HIS UNDERSTANDING FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR HIS FAMILY, AND FOR WHAT THEY MUST NOW BE GOING THROUGH.>>THANK YOU, DEAN, DEAN REYNOLDS IN AUSTIN TONIGHT.>>>ABC’S GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS IS HERE. CAN WE PICK UP FIRST ON MR. BUSH INVITING DEMOCRATS TO JOIN HIM IN THE CABINET. WHICH DEMOCRAT WOULD JOIN HIM?>>THAT’S A VERY GOOD QUESTION. SOME OF THE NAMES FLOATED ARE SENATOR JOHN BREAUX OF LOUISIANA. IT’S VERY FLATTERING TO BE CONSIDERED. ONCE YOU JOIN A CABINET, MOST DEMOCRATS DON’T THINK YOU’RE MUCH OF A DEMOCRAT ANYMORE. IN ADDITION, SOMEONE LIKE BREAUX IF HE WERE TO JOIN THE CABINET, THAT WOULD LEAVE OPEN A SENATE SEAT THAT COULD BE FILLED WE A REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR. SO HE HURTS HIS PARTY DOUBLEY BY GOING IN. THERE’S A HISTORY TO THIS, WHEN DOUGEN DYLAN WAS CHOSEN BY JOHN KENNEDY TO BECOME SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY, EISEN HAUR WAS FURIOUS. SAME THING HAPPENED TO JOHN CONNELLY, WHEN HE WAS PICKED BY RICHARD NIXON. DEMOCRATS HATE TD.>>GEORGE, IN A FORMER LIFE, YOU WORKED ON SOME OF THESE CONCESSION SPEECHES. I SUPPOSE WHAT SOME PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR, THOSE OF US ON THE OUTSIDE, DEPENDS ON WHAT WE THINK OF THE MAN?>>I THINK THAT IS TRUE BUT THE MAN SHOWED MUCH OF HIS CHARACTER IN THE SPEECH. THIS IS, FOR AL GORE, THE MOST IMPORTANT SPEECH OF HIS CAMPAIGN AND PERHAPS HIS NEXT CAMPAIGN. WHEN YOU PREPARE THESE SPEECHES, ACTUALLY COMB THROUGH THE OLD CONCESSION SPEECHES. AND WHAT YOU LOOK FOR IS THESE ACCEPTED CLICHES. NUMBER ONE, THE LOSER HAS TO SAY I WILL SUPPORT THE WINNER IN UNIFYING AND LEADING THE NATION. NO QUESTION AL GORE WILL DO THAT. I THINK THE CLICHE HE’S GOING TO LEAD OUT IS THE ONE THAT SAYS, THTH PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN, OUR SYSTEM HAS WORKED. HE DOESN’T BELIEVE THAT. HIS SIGH PORTERS DON’T BELIEVE THAT. HE THINK IT’S BEEN FIXED. GORE CAN’T SAY THAT BUT I DON’T THINK HE WILL SAY THE ELECTION IS FAIR EITHER.>>ON THE SUBJECT OF THAT, LET’S PUT A LITTLE MORE TENSION INTO THE OVERALL SYSTEM. TALK ABOUT THE FAITHLESS ELECTERS.>>THESE ARE THE ELECTORS, EVERY EE LEKTSER IS SUPPOSED TO VOTE FOR THE PERSON THEY’VE BEEN LEDGED TO BUT IN 24 STATES, THERE’S NO PENALTY IF YOU DON’T. YOU HAVE TO WATCH ESPECIALLY THIS YEAR, NEXT MONDAY, DECEMBER 18th, WHEN THE ELECTORS MEET. IF TWO OWE LECHTERS ABSTAIN OR SWITCH SIDES BECAUSE THEY’RE UPSET WITH THE SUPREME COURT DECISION, GEORGE W. BUSH NO LONGER HAS A MAJORITY AND THIS ELECTION IS THROWN BACK TO THE CONGRESS. THE BUSH CAMPAIGN IS VERY WORRIED ABOUT THIS. DICK CHENEY HAD A PHONE CALL ON MONDAY WITH ALL 271 ELECTORS, PLEDGED TO HIM, HE SAID, IF ANYBODY TRIES TO CALL YOU AND GET YOU TO SWITCH YOUR VOTE, YOU CALL US RIGHT AWAY.>>NOT YET OVER.>>NOT YET OVER.>>MANY THANKS, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS. SEE YOU LATER IN THE EVENING.>>>IT WILL BE A LONG TIME BEFORE IT’S FORGOTTEN MR. BUSH WON THIS AS DID HE IN THE SUPREME COURT. IT WILL TAKE A WHILE TO SORT OUT PRECISELY WHAT THE COURT DECIDED BY SUCH A NARROW MARGIN. IT IS CASE NUMBER 00949. AND IT WILL BE DISSECTED FOR YEARS TO COME. SO HERE’S ABC’S JACKIE JUDD.>>Reporter: THE SUPREME COURT CLEARED THE WAY FOR GEORGE W. BUSH TO BECOME PRESIDENT BY INTERPRETING THE PRINCIPLE OF “EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW” IN A WAY IT HAD NEVER DONE BEFORE. EQUAL PROTECTION CASES OFTEN DEAL WITH DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RACE. HERE, THE COURT APPLIED IT TO COUNTING VOTERS’ BALLOTS.>>IT’S NOW BECOME CLEAR, THAT AS A MATTER OF FEDERAL LAW, THERE HAVE TO BE REASONABLY UNIFORM STANDARDS FOR COLLECTING PEOPLE’S VOTES AND FOR INTERPRETING THOSE VOTES.>>Reporter: IN FACT, EQUAL PROTECTION BECAME THE SINGLE ISSUE THIS DIVIDED COURT COULD FIND A MAJORITY TO SUPPORT.>>THIS WAS A STABILIZING DECISION THAT RESTORED ORDER TO A VERY CHAOTIC SITUATION.>>Reporter: AND WITH THAT IN MIND, THE JUSTICES — IN A HIGHLY UNUSUAL MOVE — SAID THEIR RULING “IS LIMITED TO THE PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES” ONLY. MEANING IT APPLIES JUST TO BUSH V. GORE. NOT LIKELY SAY, SAY MANY LEGAL EXPERTS.>>WHAT THEY’VE DONE NOW AMOUNTS TO, WHAT COULD BE A VERY IMPORTANT GENERAL PRINCIPLE, AND TAKE IT RIGHT BACK AGAIN IMMEDIATELY BY SAYING, “WELL, WE DON’T INTEND TO ENFORCE THIS IN ANY OTHER CASE.”>>Reporter: EVEN THOSE WHO SUPPORT ASPECTS OF THE RULING STILL EXPECT IT TO AFFECT MANY STATES WITH ELECTION LAWS SIMILAR TO FLORIDA.>>THAT RAISES A HOST OF NEW QUESTIONS, NOT JUST ABOUT RECOUNTS, BUT ABOUT DIFFERENT VOTING MACHINES AND DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ONE CITY AND ANOTHER CITY WITHIN THE SAME STATE. EVEN IT RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CITIZENS OF DIFFERENT STATES.>>Reporter: THIS HISTORIC DECISION WILL CERTAINLY BE REMEMBERED AS THE ONE THAT PUT A PRESIDENT IN THE WHITE HOUSE. IT MAY ALSO BECOME A DECISION THAT EXPANDS THE JUDICIARY’S ROLE IN FUTURE ELECTIONS AS WELL. JACKIE JUDD, ABC NEWS. THE SUPREME COURT.>>>WHEN WE COME BACK, ONE MORE THING ABOUT THE SUPREME COURT — TRIING TO SELL IT AS NONPOLITICAL.>>>AND FLORIDA AFTER THE POLITICAL DELUGE. THE STATE HAS HAD A ROUGH MONTH.>>I HAVE HEARD SEVERAL COMMENTS ABOUT PEOPLE SAYING WE’RE THE BUTT OF JOKES ALL OVER THE WORLD AND ALL OF THIS STUFF. MY PHILOSOPHY IS, IF YOU CAN DO>>>FINALLY THIS EVENING, ALL HAIL TO FLORIDA. WOULDN’T FLORIDIANS LOVE TO HEAR IT? FLORIDA’S TAKING QUITE A RIBBING THESE LAST FEW WEEKS. YOU AND ME AND THEY RD ALL OF THE BUMP STICKER JOKES. U KNOWNT FAIR? FLORIDA IS NOT A BANANA REPUBLIC. LISTEN TO THE FLORIDIDARGUMENT FROM ABC’S ERIN HAYES.>>Reporter: THE WORLD GOT A LOOK BEYOND FLORIDA’S POSTCARD PRETTYNESS FOR A CLOSE-UP OF OU HOW THINGS REALLY WORK — OR DON’T.>>I NEED THIS RECORD.>>NO, YOU DON’T NEED TO MAKE THE RECORD.>>YES, I DO NEED TO MAKE E RECORD.>>Reporter: A MESS, BY EVEN THE MOST GENEROUS INTERPRETATION.>>GOLLY.>>Reporter: BEHIND THE GENTLE SOUTHERN DECADES OF GOVERNMENT HERE — BARE-KNUCKLE BRAWLS.>>EVERY MAJOR PLAYER IN FLORIDA WAS BROUGHT INTO THIS FIGHT. AT THE END OF THE DAY WE LEFT ALL OF THE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT DIVIDED INTERNALLY AND EXTERNALLY.>>Reporter: BANGING THE HECK OUT OF FLORIDA’S IMAGE, AS A LOVELY PLACE TO BE.>>IT WAS SURREAL. IT WAS LIKE YOU WERE OUTSIDE YOURSELF, LOOKING AT ALL THE MEDIA COVERAGE.>>IT BECAME FODDER FOR JOKES.>>I’VE HEARD SEVERAL COMMENTS ABOUT PEOPLE SAYING THAT WE’RE THE BUTT OF JOKES ALL OVER THE WORLD AND ALL OF THAT STUFF. YOU KNOW, MY PHILOSOPHY IS, IF YOU CAN DO IT BETTER, YOU JUST COME ON UP HERE AND DO IT.>>Reporter: AND THAT, ON THIS MORNING AFTER THE NATION’S HIGHEST COURT ZEROED IN ON FLORIDA, IS THE TALK HERE.>>IT’S NOT JUST FLORIDA WHERE THIS EXISTS. IT EXISTS ALL OVER AMERICA.>>I DON’T THINK ANY OTHER STATE IN THIS COUNTRY WOULD HAVE WITHSTOOD THIS SCRUTINY.>>WE HAVE GOOD WEATHER AND BAD VOTING MACHINES.>>Reporter: VOTOMATIC MACHINES AND CONFLICTING RULES ABOUT BALLOTS AND FUZZY RULES ABOUT WHAT IS A VOTE.>>IT’S SLIGHTLY DETACHED.>>Reporter: THOSE EXIST IN OTHER STATES, TOO. AND THAT, FLORIDIANS ARE BEGINNING TO REALIZE, MAY BE THE SALVATION OF THEIR REPUTATION — OPPORTUNITY.>>WE ARE WORKING ON A VERY HARD LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED THIS LAST ELECTION, VOTES AND ALL.>>FLORIDA’S ALWAYS BEEN AT THE FRONT STATE. WE’VE BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT ON HEALTH CARE REFORM, ON WELFARE REFORM. NOW WE’LL BE AT THE FOREFRONT ON ELECTIONS REFORM, GOING TO LEAD ON ELECTION REFORM.>>WE WILL BE THE STARS PROBABLY IN THE ELECTION TWO YEARS FROM NOW.>>Reporter: SO AS AS THEIR POLITICAL LEGAL HURRICANE WINDS DOWN, A RAY OF SUNSHINE AGAIN. THIS ELECTION IS JUST ABOUT OVER. THE BALLOTS ENTER STORAGE FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS, AND INTO THE NATION’S ELECTION LESSON PLANS, THE WISDOM GAINED FROM FLORIDA’S 36-DAY STORY. ERIN HAYES, ABC NEWS, TALLAHASSEE.>>ALL HAIL TO FLORIDA.>>>THAT’S OUR REPORT ON “WORLD NEWS TONIGHT.”>>>WE’LL BE BACK THIS EVENING AT 9:00 EASTERN TIME FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS TO THE COUNTRY AND LATER FOR GOVERNOR BUSH.>>>AND THERE WILL BE MORE ABOUT THE ELECTION LATER THIS EVENING ON “NIGHTLINE” A A ALL THE TIME AT ABCNEWS.COM.>>>I’M PETER JENNINGS. I HOPE WE’LL SEE YOU LATER. HAVE A GOOD EVENING. GOOD NIGHT. — Captions by VITAC —
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