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Crisis at the White House

The Story

Election Day 2000 has come and gone in the United States, but 23 days later there's still no new president. Despite a popular vote favouring Vice President Al Gore, the country's complicated voting system means whoever wins in Florida will take the White House. So far, it looks like Governor George W. Bush of Texas will triumph, but given the voting irregularities in the Sunshine State, Gore's lawyers aren't giving up. In this CBC-TV documentary, Terence McKenna hears legal arguments on both sides as the case lands in the United States Supreme Court.

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Nov. 30, 2000
Guest(s): Lanny Davis, David Maraniss, Barbara Olson
Reporter: Terence McKenna
Duration: 13:41

Did You know?

• On Dec. 12, 2000, the United States Supreme Court halted a recount underway in Florida, rejecting it as unconstitutional. With Bush declared the winner in Florida, the state's Electoral College voters accordingly turned over their votes - and the presidency - to Bush. • Al Gore failed to win his home state of Tennessee. Had he won it, that state's electoral votes would have been enough to win him the election.


• According to the U.S. Federal Elections Commission, Gore won 48.38 per cent of all votes to Bush's 47.87 per cent.


• One year after the election, a review of the ballots in Florida determined that Bush would have been declared the winner even if the Supreme Court did not halt the recount.


• Bush went on to win a second term after another tight race in the 2004 election, this time against Senator John Kerry. While campaigning for Kerry, Gore revealed a sense of humour about his loss in 2000. "Hi, I'm Al Gore," he'd tell audiences. "I used to be the next president of the United States."


• Gore went on to make the Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, a call to action on climate change. 



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