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The Florida Recount: Both Campaigns Begin to Coordinate Efforts in Response to Miami-Dade County's Decision to End Manual Tally

Aired November 22, 2000 - 1:55 p.m. ET

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

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: With developments this hour about Miami-Dade County stopping its recount, let's go back to CNN's John King in Washington.

John, even though there is going to be an appeal by the Gore team, it just seems that time is not on their side at this point.

JOHN KING, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Natalie, this, both a legal and a political setback. The celebration of the Gore camp last night over winning the state Supreme Court ruling, now this decision in Miami-Dade County, if it stands, takes 10,700 votes out of the pool available to the vice president as he tries to make up roughly 1,000 votes -- Governor Bush has a 930-vote lead right now.

So they will appeal this afternoon in court. A, now they face a court challenge; and B, they also lose some of the political argument. They believe they came out ahead last night at the state Supreme Court level and the pressure was now on Governor Bush to fight further in the courts. They believed that gave them the high ground -- now they're running back to court. Secretary Daley saying it was hypothetical to say if they could make up the votes without those from Miami-Dade. Most in the Gore campaign, though, believe it would be very difficult to do so -- Natalie.

ALLEN: And we've also heard that the Democrats were concerned that Republicans might try tactics to slowdown or stop the counts as they proceed -- now we have Miami-Dade stopped. What kind of pressure, now, does this put on the other two counties as far as the Gore team and its efforts are concerned?

KING: Well, the other two counties believe they can meet the deadline. The question is, what standard will they apply in looking at those dimpled ballots, and will they take an indentation to mean a vote for Al Gore or for George Bush, for that matter. That is the Gore campaign's focus now: Count the ballots not counted by the machines, those under protest; and, hopefully, in the Gore campaign's view, make up some ground. But, again, those 10,000 votes in Miami were the biggest trove for them available as they try, again, to make up that ground.

ALLEN: John King, thank you again.

This is good news for the Bush team, who's been fighting these recounts.

Let's get a little more on that from CNN's Frank Sesno -- Frank.

FRANK SESNO, CNN WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF: Well, I'm told by Republican sources, Natalie, that there was another conference call from the Bush campaign -- senior members of the Bush campaign -- to their loyal supporters out in the land to include many United States senators here in Washington and beyond. It was a rally-the-troops kind of call; the word, they're trying to steal the election -- that expression was used, not by the campaign, but by a number of senators who are especially outraged by this.

Now the Gore -- the Bush campaign, rather, trying to make sure that it can both put together its public relations offensive and make sure that its foot soldiers in this battle have the marching orders that they need to go forward. Word is that the Gore forces will go to whatever court they can to win this election, however they can, and you're going to be hearing a lot of outrage from the Republican side about this in the hours and days ahead.

ALLEN: And we'll be covering it all. Frank Sesno, thanks; and John King as well.

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