Presidential Election Of 2000 Essay

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The United States of America is divided on many issues. This country’s main issues, which the divide the people, usually revolve around the president and the presidential elections. There are two main parties that have presidential candidates; the Democrats and the Republicans. Most Democrats are more liberal than Republicans. They want to help the people that live in the country more than Republicans and are pro-abortion, usually. Republicans are more conservative, on most occasions. They want to keep the government out of personal lives as much as possible and are anti-abortion. These characteristics of the two major parties usually make people vote either one way or the other. During the election of 2000 the Democrats had Vice President Al Gore run for the presidency against Republican Governor of Texas, George W. Bush. To go along with the normal controversial issues, this election was also controversial because of the way Republican Governor George W. Bush won the presidency.
The year was 2000 in the month of November. It would be the first time since 1888 that a president would win the electoral vote without winning the popular vote. Vice President Al Gore led Governor George W. Bush by more than 500,000 popular votes while Bush led Gore by only four votes in the Electoral College. To make matters even more dramatic, the deciding state, Florida, was governed by George W. Bush’s brother, Jeb Bush. Florida was probably the most campaigned state by both candidates because the polls there were so close, showing Al Gore with a slight lead over Bush in the state. The real issue with this election was the media declaring that Al Gore had won the state of Florida which would give him the presidency. After they told Gore he had won, they took it back, later declared Bush the winner, only to take it back yet again. At first, Bush was leading Gore in Florida by seventeen hundred votes. After a machine recount, required by Florida state law, Bush led by only five hundred votes. Gore protested and wanted a hand recount. He wanted the hand count because some of the voters in Florida complained they were confused by the ballots. People also thought that the piece of paper punched in the ballots, called the “chad,” could still be attached and the machines couldn’t read the candidate the people meant to vote for. Also in question, the Secretary of State’s motives since she was the co-chair of the Bush campaign in Florida. They believed she was blocking the hand recount from being conducted.
The Florida Supreme Court stepped in and got close to what the entire country wanted, which was a hand recount of the whole...

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