CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 12, 2000
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(Studio: Dan Rather) The continuing post-election legal battles between presidential candidates Vice President Al Gore and Governor George W. Bush featured.
(Supreme Court: Bob Schieffer) Plans for the United States Supreme Court to announce its ruling concerning the Florida manual vote recounts at any time reported; courtroom sketches shown. [Former United States Supreme Court clerk Bradford BERENSON - says the Supreme Court is nothing like Congress.] [CBS News legal analyst Andrew COHEN - describes three things the court would do.] (Artist: William Hennessy)
(Studio: Dan Rather) Interview held with CBS News legal analyst Jonathan Turley. [TURLEY - says the Supreme Court has its own type of politics.]
(Tallahassee, Florida: Byron Pitts) The refusal of the Florida supreme court to allow 25,000 absentee ballots from Seminole and Martin counties to be thrown out reported; details given of possible standards for a manual recount. [Florida Supreme Court spokesperson Craig WATERS - announces the ruling.] [Leon County, Florida, election supervisor Ion SANCHO - says there are legal votes in the disputed ballots.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Tallahassee, Florida: Jim Axelrod) The selection of the slate of electors by the Florida state legislature reported; details given of the high number of freshman representatives in the Florida legislature. [Florida house speaker Tom FEENEY - announces the passing of the resolution.] [State representatives Dudley GOODLETTE, Paula DOCKERY, Dan GELBER, three other REPRESENTATIVES - address the legislature.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) The responses of the candidates to the day's legal rulings noted.
(White House: John Roberts) The challenges the new president could face due to the post-election battles examined. [Gore campaign chairman William DALEY - comments on the Florida vote.] [Bush campaign advisor James BAKER - comments.] [Political analyst Charlie COOK - says there will be no honeymoon.] [American University Alan LICHTMAN - says the new leader must govern from the center.] [Senator Trent LOTT - says Congress will have to show some restraint.] [BUSH, GORE - comment.]