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GOP's Foley: 'This election should be over'

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Rep. Mark Foley, R-Florida, said Saturday that voters in contested counties in Florida are caught in the "epicenter of an incredible war over the presidency" and called for a speedy end to the legal battles over the recount process that may determine who is the next president of the United States.

The representative from Palm Beach County, one of three Florida counties where votes are being recounted by hand, said his constituents "have been caught in the middle of a chaos created by outsiders who will not take defeat for an answer, and by a ballot-counting process that is impossible and inconsistent."

Foley called for a quick end to the wrangling. "By any standards other than those used by political operatives, this election should be over," he said in the weekly Republican radio address.

He criticized the manual recount in Palm Beach County for its "selective enforcement" of examining chad and determining the votes on punch cards. And each time a ballot is inspected, he said, it runs the risk of being torn or damaged, and then misread.

Foley also called for an end to the welter of lawsuits and appeals that have been filed since Election Day, saying the country was "in limbo." Foley, elected to a fourth consecutive term in Congress, urged a quick end to the vote counting, no matter the result.

"It would be a sad commentary if this election ends up being taken out of the hands of the American people and decided by the courts," he said. "Florida's secretary of state will eventually certify this election, as she is required to do under Florida law. Whatever the outcome, we need to respect it."


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