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Campaign 2000 (Bush vs. Gore: Florida Recount / Legal Battles) #391753

CBS Evening News for Friday, Dec 08, 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 reviewed.

(Tallahassee, Florida: Byron Pitts) The Florida supreme court ruling ordering immediate hand counts of disputed ballots reported; details given of the refusal of Florida courts to throw out 25,000 absentee ballots in Seminole and Martin counties and of the beginning of a special session of the Florida legislature. [Florida supreme court spokesperson Craig WATERS - announces the state court ruling.] [Gore campaign attorney David BOIES - comments.] [Florida Republican Party chairman Al CARDENAS - says Bush will win.] [Bush campaign advisor James BAKER - accuses Gore of trying to overturn the election in the courts.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Tallahassee, Florida: Jim Axelrod) The announcement that Florida Circuit Court Judge Sanders Sauls has recused himself from more legal activity involving the post-election battles reported. [Leon County chief deputy clerk John STOTT - talks about preparing to count ballots.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(White House: John Roberts) The Gore campaign's response to the legal rulings reported. [Gore campaign chairman William DALEY - calls the court ruling a victory.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Austin, Texas: Bill Whitaker) The Bush campaign's response to the legal rulings reported. [BUSH - says he is prepared to go back to the United States Supreme Court.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Interview held with CBS News legal analyst Jonathan Turley. [TURLEY - says the battles could still go on beyond Inauguration Day because of unanswered questions about Florida and its electoral vote.]

(Washington: Bob Schieffer) The reaction in Washington to the legal battles out of Florida examined. [Senator Patrick LEAHY - comments on the state court rule.] Statement from Democrats Senator Tom Daschle and Representative Richard Gephardt quoted. [Senator Tim HUTCHINSON - says he hopes the United States Supreme Court will overturn the Florida supreme court ruling.] [Senator Robert BENNETT - says Congress may ultimately decide the election.]

Axelrod, Jim;
Pitts, Byron;
Rather, Dan;
Roberts, John;
Schieffer, Bob;
Whitaker, Bill

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