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Sen. Dashle, Fmr. Secretary Daley Hold News Briefing on Florida Recount

Aired November 14, 2000 - 12:28 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

FRANK SESNO, CNN ANCHOR: We have got some activity happening on Capitol Hill. We want to take you away from there. We apologize for that abrupt departure from Jeff Flock and his interview, but we want you to hear Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle, and from the Gore campaign, William Daley.

They are approaching the mikes. They are at the mikes now, and they have got some comments. Let's listen in.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

WILLIAM DALEY, GORE CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN: I think we -- I don't want to say anything about anything like that, because the court is ruling right now on a TRO to block the secretary of state's decision of yesterday. And I think what we want is what's going on right now, I think in a number of the counties, and that is a continuation of the hand count to try to bring this to conclusion in those counties where the citizens of Florida have raised an issue, as stated previously, after my friend Secretary Baker's comments that, you know, this misconception and miscomments that are made all the time about four counties.

The fact is that there were seven other counties that used a form of hand counts in their determination as to the votes. Six of those counties went for Governor Bush, and obviously, in their opinion, those were appropriately done.

And if the hand counts that the four counties of Volusia and Palm Beach and Broward and Dade plan to go forward with can move forward without interruption, they can be done quickly and finished. And then, in addition to the absentee ballots, that phase of this can be completed. But that's what we all hope for.

SEN. TOM DASCHLE (D-SD), MINORITY LEADER: That's the most important thing, is to allow that hand count to be continued, and that's the essence of what we're trying to do right now.

QUESTION: Former Secretary of State Baker said this morning, this is destabilizing. Your response?

DALEY: I believe to indicate that this is somewhat destabilizing to the markets, the markets, as Secretary Rubin -- former Secretary Rubin used to say, go up and go down, and that's the function of markets. And I think most nonpolitical observers of the market believe that if there is any effect on the market recently, it's because of the earning reports, having nothing to do with this last week.

QUESTION: Earlier today Secretary Baker suggested as a compromise they'll let you do the manual recount so long as no votes counted after 5 today count.

DALEY: Well, that was not a proposal, that was basically a reiteration of what Secretary of State Harris in Florida stated yesterday was her opinion of the law, and that's what's in court right now to be decided momentarily. So I think that's really not a proposal, that's just a reconfirmation of what the secretary of state said yesterday, which is in question right now in the courts of Florida.

DASCHLE: Thanks, everybody.

SESNO: Once again, you were hearing William Daley there and Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle, up on the Senate, after a meeting on the Senate side conducted by Secretary -- former Secretary Daley. He had been on the side of the House of Representatives, meeting with Democrats there as well. One participant telling CNN: No talk of blinking or backing down whatsoever. Enthusiastic support for the vice president in their course.

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