Each presidential election overview has always been similar to a three-ring
circus, but in the 2000 Election with Al Gore and George W. Bush, was by far one
of the biggest circuses ever. Democrats had reason to worry about the election.
Republicans held the White House for three consecutive terms from 1980 to 1992,
voters often grow tired of one party after two terms. They were hoping to win
control, yet there was a lot at stake with the election at the time. And even
though it came to be a quite chaotic election, it was by far the closest
election ever in history. The main problem was that the results were so close in
Florida that it became indefinite who the winner was. It took over a month to
finally attain the results. Ultimately it was not the citizens whose votes
counted, but the vote of the Supreme Court for the election case.
Al Gore had a good start to begin with, having high marks on his ability to
handle key issues, including Democratic stands on such as health care, education
and Social Security. But Gore changed all that on the last day of the Democrats’
Los Angeles national convention. Whether it was the highly publicized kiss he
gave his wife or not, Gore changed the public’s view of him. No longer was he a
just a stiff politician. Instead, he was a passionate, loving father and husband
who lacked many of Clinton’s weaknesses. And Gore jumped a few points ahead of
Bush. The Monica Lewinsky scandal Clinton had did not necessarily give him a bad
reputation. On the contrary, people continued to cast their support for the
president since the public thought he had done so much for our nation. Yet in
the 2000 Election Gore seemed to go in the completely opposite direction of
Clinton, or at least try to avoid his name in his speeches at first.
Yet Gore’s luck did not change when he left California. Bush seemed to have
difficulties when asked about his tax cut plan and about his statement that the
U.S. military was not fully ready. While Gore looked relaxed and energetic, Bush
made mistakes in front of the camera. Polls suggested that Gore was far ahead of
Bush by at least a few points. Republicans became much less optimistic about
Bush, while things were looking very promising for the Democrats.
Gore’s campaign was focused on issues that were mostly concerned by women, such
as health care and education. “We’re for the people. Big tobacco, big oil, the
big polluters, the pharmaceutical companies, the HMO’s. Sometimes you have to be
willing to stand up and say no, so families can have a better life,” Gore said.
That same night Gore claimed to protect abortion rights and said: “The last
thing this country needs is a Supreme Court that overturns” a woman’s right to
choose. On the other hand, Bush’s issues were geared more towards getting the
male vote by concentrating on economic issues and tax cuts.
But the race changed yet again before the end of September, when Bush went on
two popular television shows and Gore was hit by the media for exaggerating and
embellishing stories. Gore was being questioned over the issue of his character.
The polls now seemed to favor Bush. Bush did even better in the second
presidential debate. For the third debate television viewers seemed to be split
between Bush and Gore.
So, as the Election Day was closer and closer, it was showing that it was going
to be an extremely close election and an uncertain outcome. It took twenty-five
electoral votes and a little over a month of recounting and the bickering
between each other’s lawyer to finally claim a winner. In the Court hearing of
Bush vs. Gore, the Supreme Court decision gave George Bush the presidency. A
decision that declares a winner cannot be justified legally before every way of
counting every vote. Many felt it was unfair by the termination of the rest of
the vote count. It was like their vote did not matter. Al Gore publicly
surrendered after Supreme Court hearing of Al Gore vs. George Bush.
After Bush vs. Gore was decided many people were outraged and began to doubt
The conservative Justices, who have always been pro-state rights, were suddenly
against state rights. They had ignored Florida’s rights to determine its own
results in the 2000 Presidential election through its own system. This ruling
against state rights just so happened