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Gore Campaign Prepared to Fight in Court to Stop Florida Election From Being Called Official at 5:00Aired November 14, 2000 - 10:40 a.m. ET
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DARYN KAGAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: We want to check in on the Gore campaign.
CNN's Jonathan Karl is handling that for us once again.
Jonathan, good morning.
JONATHAN KARL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Daryn.
The Gore campaign, all eyes on the Leon County courthouse; waiting for that decision on the motion to prevent the Florida secretary of state from calling it official -- calling the election official at 5:00 today. That decision, as we've been saying, expected sometime around noon. But what the Gore campaign is doing is already looking ahead to the next step.
That anticipate that, regardless of what that judge decides, this will be appealed to Florida state Supreme Court and they have called in David Boies to handle their case. David Boies is one of the most prominent trial attorneys in the United States. He is the man who headed up the Justice's Department antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft. He also handled the case for Napster and last year he was declared lawyer of the year. Very prominent guy, very prominent trial attorney. He will be handling oral arguments in the appeal that is almost certain to happen once the decision comes down in Leon County courthouse.
Meanwhile, from the vice president himself, no word. The vice president's last public comments came yesterday late at the White House, where he said that he is looking forward to a speedy conclusion to this; but more important than getting this done quickly is getting it done right.
Also one other development here; here in Washington, Bill Daley, the chairman of the Bush -- of the Gore campaign is in Washington today. He's up on Capitol Hill meeting with congressional leaders in both the House and Senate -- meeting with the Democratic leadership. He's meeting with them, basically, just to keep them apprised of the latest developments in this very fast-developing story -- Daryn.
KAGAN: What about word of this potential deal that has been discussed, maybe, between the Gore and Bush camps? The Gore people would be willing to drop their lawsuits, if -- what have you heard on that?
KARL: Well, there was a report today by Ron Brownstein in "The Los Angeles Times" talking about one potential scenario, which is where the Gore campaign would agree to drop its lawsuits in places like Palm Beach County if they could have a deal where there would be hand counts in all 67 counties in Florida. It must be said that is something that has been talked about by lawyers on the Gore team, but it is not something that they are moved moving towards right now.
Right now that is several steps down the road -- all eyes, again, waiting on that decision in Leon County. And there has been no communication, by the way, between the two campaigns that we know of on such a deal. That is definitely something that is several steps down the road, but not something that is ruled out by the Gore campaign.
KAGAN: But no takers so far.
Jonathan Karl, in Washington, thank you very much.
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