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Powell to Accept Cabinet Post Tomorrow; McAuliffe Favored as Next DNC Chairman; Bush Hopes to Achieve Agenda With Bipartisan Cooperation

Aired December 15, 2000 - 5:00 p.m. ET



GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT-ELECT OF THE UNITED STATES: I can't wait for you to find out who is going to agree to serve in my Cabinet. I think you'll -- I think America will be pleased.


JUDY WOODRUFF, CNN ANCHOR: You can count Democratic Senator John Breaux out of a Bush Cabinet. But within 24 hours, Colin Powell's long-expected nomination should be official.

Plus: a revolving door at the Democratic National Committee. We'll have the latest on the comings and goings at the top.



CHILDREN (singing): Santa Claus is coming to town.

(END VIDEO CLIP) WOODRUFF: Find out what Santa and the President-elect have in common.

ANNOUNCER: From Washington, this is INSIDE POLITICS, with Bernard Shaw and Judy Woodruff.

WOODRUFF: Thank you for joining us. Bernie is on assignment.

We begin with George W. Bush, the Cabinet builder. As the President-elect mulls his choices, a somewhat unlikely prospect said, thanks, but no thanks today, while an all-but-certain candidate prepared to publicly say yes tomorrow.

CNN's Candy Crowley is with Bush in Texas.


CANDY CROWLEY, CNN SR. POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The President-elect wants a Democrat or two in his Cabinet. Senator John Breaux, a Louisiana Democrat, came to Austin for a visit. But in this case, one and one does not make two.

BUSH: We've had a great discussion over lunch. And one of the things the senator made it clear is he wants to stay in the Senate and work with -- to work to get something done.

CROWLEY: Even as one name faded, another near certainty is soon to be official.

BUSH: I would hope people would give me the benefit of allowing me to name the person on our own timetable. And so I would ask that the folks wait until tomorrow when I name the person.

CROWLEY: Too late: Sources tell CNN that President-elect Bush will tap retired General Colin Powell as his secretary of state, with an announcement Saturday. It will be Bush's first Cabinet choice and his least surprising.

Bush's meeting with Breaux was also his first exchange with reporters since becoming President-elect. Within the to and fro, Bush signaled that education and health care would top his agenda.

BUSH: And, yes, these ought to be. In my judgment, education is to be discussed about, or the health care issues ought to be our priorities. And I would like to get them done as quickly as possible.

CROWLEY: And despite complaints from his own party that his tax plan is too big to take on all at once, this President-elect understands you don't give up anything before you sit down at the table.

BUSH: And so I look forward to going to Washington to make the case that the plan that the people heard in America is the plan that I hope to get passed.


CROWLEY: Bush adds that one of the reasons he feels so strongly about a reduction in the marginal tax rates is continuing concerns about an economic slowdown -- Judy.

WOODRUFF: So, Candy, what -- when are we going to know exactly how much and how fast the President-elect is going to move on issues like the tax cut?

CROWLEY: Well, I think we got a pretty good signal here in the totality of that sort of mini news conference. The President-elect said that he had learned from John Breaux about timing in the U.S. Senate. And much of what we've heard about concerns from the Bush campaign and also on Capitol Hill is the need to show quickly that something can be done.

And I think you heard him say education, which has always been the thing that George Bush said he wanted to do first, and then health care -- in particular, Medicare. So I think you will see those things right out of the box. The tax cuts and what they are and how big it is obviously is going to be a much more difficult hurtle. But it's something that he's determined to do. But, again, while there is leeway for bargaining, he is going to start out with a tax plan that he campaigned on.

WOODRUFF: All right, Candy Crowley in Austin, Texas, thanks.

Bush took part in a conference call today with Vice President- elect Dick Cheney. Cheney is here in Washington overseeing the transition and, apparently, getting an earful of advice.

CNN's Eileen O'Connor has the latest from transition headquarters.


EILEEN O'CONNOR, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It's up and at 'em early in the morning for Vice President-elect Richard Cheney. The focus of meetings and conference calls: mainly personnel picks. Any outreach to Democrats, they say, is indicative of the way President- elect Bush will govern.

ARI FLEISCHER, BUSH TRANSITION SPOKESMAN: In Texas, he appointed Democrats to very important positions. He led and he governed in a bipartisan fashion.

O'CONNOR: But it isn't just Democrats coming by to give advice. RNC chair Jim Nicholson was here, and moderate Republican Governor John Engler, who says, with so much to do in so little time, it's also efficiency that counts.

GOV. JOHN ENGLER (R), MICHIGAN: If you're a conservative, moderate or a liberal and a lousy manager, you probably don't need to apply. In other words, you've got to run these agencies and departments. And I think what they want are talented people.

O'CONNOR: In the processing center, they sort the resumes by areas of expertise. In the policy area, they set up policy- coordination groups to help write legislation and assist Cabinet nominees in preparing to govern and get the legislation passed. Top priority: improving education and helping the poor seniors to pay for their prescription drugs.

Another focus: that souring economy, which they believe cries out for tax cuts.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We've got a lot of, you know, sobering news I think that's out there in the economy. And so taxes, I think, always have played a role.

O'CONNOR: Being too bipartisan may not sit well with those who like their politics neat and conservative, like some of President- elect Bush's fellow Republicans in Congress.

(on camera): Aides say they are aware of the pitfalls, but feel the agenda they are trying to build can be made to measure to fit the political needs of both sides on Capitol Hill. After all, it's a compassionate-conservative one, but it is still conservative. Eileen O'Connor, CNN, at the Bush-Cheney transition headquarters in McLean, Virginia.


WOODRUFF: Well, as the Republicans prepare to reclaim the White House, the defeated Democrats are looking to shake things up at party headquarters.

And for the latest on that, we turn to our senior White House correspondent John King -- John.

JOHN KING, CNN SR. WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Well, Judy, if you are a betting man or a betting woman, put your money on Terry McAuliffe to be the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee. We told you yesterday about several people maneuvering to get this job.

Well, the president and the vice president were asked to intervene today. That is quite extraordinary just after an election like this: White House officials angered because the current chairman Joe Andrew had been floating a proposal under which he would stay and they would bring in the Energy secretary, Bill Richardson, as the general chairman, who would serve as the spokesman of the party, a very important role now that you will have a Republican president heading into the 2002 midterm elections.

When White House officials got wind of that, the president, we're told, was angry. He had senior officials, senior aides call Joe Andrew and say: No, that's not your job. We will help pick the new chairman. So the president has thrown his backing behind Terry McAuliffe -- Dick Gephardt, the House leaders behind Terry McAuliffe. Tom Daschle, the Senate leader, is now behind Terry McAuliffe. First lady and now senator-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton is behind Terry McAuliffe. And just moments ago, as we were preparing to come on air, Terry McAuliffe left the vice president's residence.

He is trying to enlist Mr. Gore's support as well. That would be key. The one question, we're told by senior Gore aides, that he has: Mr. McAuliffe used to raise money for Dick Gephardt before he went to work for President Clinton: little tough to follow. Mr. Gore wants assurances that if he becomes chairman, Mr. McAuliffe would be neutral when it comes to the 2004 presidential race -- but a major power play here as all this maneuvering takes place. And it looks very much like Mr. McAuliffe will be the next party chairman, some even saying he could be over there before Joe Andrew's term runs out officially in January.

WOODRUFF: But the fact that Mr. Gore was involved means he is already thinking about -- in his concerns being expressed, he's already thinking about four years from now.

KING: At one point today, they were prepared to call Joe Andrew to the White House to meet with the president directly. And the president was prepared, we're told, to tell him: Stop this. Terry McAuliffe will be the next chairman. At that point, they decided to go to the vice president first, because it was the vice president who brought Joe Andrew to Washington. And, again, Terry McAuliffe, a prolific fund-raiser: That's one of the party's big issues heading into the midterm elections. And they're hoping the vice president, within the next day or so, will throw his backing behind Mr. McAuliffe.

And yes, great sensitivity there from Terry McAuliffe and others in the party to make sure Al Gore is OK with this. But Mr. McAuliffe has lined up a lot of support and is prepared to go for the chairmanship even if the vice president is against it. But most people think he will get his support as well.

WOODRUFF: John, why do all these people like Terry McAuliffe so much. What is it that he has, that he can do that appeals to them?

KING: Well, he has very important friendships with the key Democrats. He's close to Mr. Gephardt, who, essentially, will be the leading spokesman for the party, depending on what role the vice president wants to play. But most people assume the vice president will fade -- at least temporarily. The president will fade -- at least temporarily, some believe. That might be a tough thing to keep up. But Mr. Gephardt will be the senior elected Democrat in Washington.

He has a good relationship with him. And, look, he has proven he can raise money by the millions: for the party, for the president's library. And they believe they are in very good position to take the House and Senate in two years from now. He's well spoken. He's well liked around the country. They believe he's the right man to build the party. And they believe he can attract dedicated, talented, experienced political staff.

One their big concerns after losing the election: that many Democrats would go off, either to work in Congress or to go make money lobbying. They believe he can bring in a serious staff that can help him prepare for the midterms.

WOODRUFF: All right, John King, not your typical post-losing- the-presidential-election situation here.

KING: Bit of a power play.

WOODRUFF: All right, John King, thanks very much.

And still ahead on INSIDE POLITICS: the third-party candidate who may have changed the outcome of the presidential race. Jeff Greenfield looks at Ralph Nader's place in history.


WOODRUFF: The election may be over, but the discussion about what might have been is just beginning. Some in Washington are looking at how Green Party candidate Ralph Nader affected the presidential race. During interviews with CNN's Larry King, Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman and later, Nader himself, addressed the issue.


SEN. JOSEPH LIEBERMAN (D), CONNECTICUT: Look, I think in a lot of states, if he hadn't been in there, Al Gore and I would have won and probably, therefore won the Electoral College. But, you know, that's America, that's democracy and Ralph did what the system allows him to do.

RALPH NADER, FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: The regret is that I didn't get more votes. I mean, after all, if you're building a new party, you want to take as many votes away from all the other candidates as possible and bring nonvoters -- half of the voters are nonvoters -- back into the political and electoral process.


To put Ralph Nader's candidacy and his effect on the presidential outcome into some historical context, we turn to our senior analyst Jeff Greenfield.

Hi, Jeff.


And, you know, before we let this election pass into history, there is this one intriguing fact about the campaign that's been largely overlooked in all the furor. For the first time in almost 100 years, and maybe longer, a third-party candidate has directly, unambiguously, changed the outcome of the presidential race.


GREENFIELD (voice-over): You have to go all the way back to 1912, when ex-president Theodore Roosevelt ran as a Bull Moose progressive Republican to find a third-party campaign that even arguably had as much impact as the Nader campaign.

That year, Woodrow Wilson won the White House with about 42 percent of the popular vote, while Teddy Roosevelt came in second, with 27 percent. Republican incumbent William Howard Taft won 23 percent, and only won eight electoral votes -- so it's not completely clear that Teddy Roosevelt even cost Taft that second term.

And since then? Well, in 1924 Wisconsin's Bob LaFollette won 16 percent of the popular vote, but he carried only Wisconsin and President Calvin Coolidge won in a landslide.

In 1948, South Carolina's Strom Thurmond -- yes, the same one -- ran as a states' rights segregationist and won four Southern states while on the left, ex-vice president Henry Wallace pulled about 2 percent of the popular vote. Both candidates were supposed to hurt President Truman, but Truman won in that classic upset.

Twenty years later, another Wallace, Governor George of Alabama, won 13 percent of the popular vote and carried five Southern states. His goal? To deprive both Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey of an Electoral College majority and bargain for an end to civil rights laws; but it didn't work. Nixon won a narrow victory.

Well, what about Ross Perot in 1992? Didn't his 19 percent of the vote cost George Bush a second term? Not according to the exit polls. They showed the Perot vote would have split just about evenly between Bush and Bill Clinton.

But Ralph Nader? Well, he did not cost Gore the states that were thought to be strong for Nader: Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota all went for Gore. But look at Florida, where Nader got 97,000 votes. Gore lost that state by 537 votes.


GREENFIELD: Here the exit polls are compelling, even discounting the Naderites who wouldn't have turned out at all, the Nader voters would have gone to Gore by a margin of more than two to one. In Florida, that would have meant a net gain of more than 20,000 votes, enough to give him a comfortable margin of victory, making Gore president-elect today.

Another reason why this election really is one for the history books.

WOODRUFF: Indeed; Jeff Greenfield, thanks very much.


WOODRUFF: And there is much more ahead on this edition of INSIDE POLITICS. Still to come: Examining the postelection anger of Florida's African American voters. Plus, an international relationship in the making: what the new president of Mexico and our president-elect have in common. And later: Bill Schneider with the -- Bill Schneider with the political play that ended the presidential stalemate.


WOODRUFF: We'll have more of the day's political news coming up, but now a look at some other top stories.

Parts of the nation are being hammered today by severe weather. Winds gusting up to 90 miles an hour knocked out electrical power to some 100,000 homes and businesses in western Washington state. Snow snarled traffic in other parts of the state. Forecasters say another storm will bring wind, rain and snow to the area tonight and tomorrow.

In Arkansas, more than 80,000 people are without power after this week's ice storm. More than 100 schools remain closed. Freezing rain fell in parts of the state today and more rain is expected.

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant, site of the world's worst nuclear disaster, was closed today for good. Ukraine officials shut down the facility with a flip of a switch. The disaster occurred when a reactor blew up in 1986, contaminating vast areas in the former Soviet Union and sending a radioactive cloud over Europe. Thousands of cleanup workers have died since the accident and thousands of other people suffered radiation poisoning.

In a city that is no stranger to protest, the nation's capitol witnessed an unusual one today. Some 500 current and retired FBI agents marched to the White House to express their opposition to any presidential clemency for an American Indian activist who was convicted of killing two FBI agents.

Carl Rochelle has the story.


CARL ROCHELLE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The FBI agents carried pictures of the two men, Jack Coler and Ron Williams, who were killed during a standoff with Native American activists on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in June of 1975.

Prosecutors say the two agents were shot at close range, execution style, after being wounded. Leonard Peltier, sentenced to two life terms for the killings, admitted in an interview with CNN last year that he had fired shots at the agents, but denied killing them.


LEONARD PELTIER: I didn't kill those people. I didn't kill them. I don't know how else to say it. I didn't kill them.


ROCHELLE: The FBI says the case was tried fairly, and noted appeals of the decision have all been denied.

SEAN MCWEENEY, SOCIETY OF FORMER AGENTS OF THE FBI: There's absolutely no question about this. This was a horrible act that occurred, and the current FBI agents themselves feel very, very strong about this.

ROCHELLE: Peltier's attorney called it a human rights issue.

JENNIFER HARBURG, PELTIER'S ATTORNEY: He cannot get parole unless he admits to a crime he did not commit. And we feel that it's time for the United States government to take some acts toward reconciliation with Native American people.

ROCHELLE: FBI agents say it's not about human rights, it's about justice. To make their point, they gathered more than 9,000 signatures from agents around the U.S. and put them in a book, which they delivered to the White House. FBI Director Louis Freeh is known to be outraged that the president is considering clemency.

Leonard Peltier made a formal request for his sentence to be commuted in 1993. President Clinton said last month that he would give the request serious consideration. (on camera): But during his presidency, Mr. Clinton has granted clemency to only about 200 requests and denied some 3,000. Before he leaves office, Mr. Clinton is also expected to review the cases of Whitewater figure Susan McDougal and Web Hubbell and financier Michael Milken.

Carl Rochelle, CNN, the White House.


WOODRUFF: When INSIDE POLITICS returns, we will talk with Congressman J.C. Watts and Harold Ford, Jr. about the presidential election and the concerns of African-American voters.


WOODRUFF: More than five weeks after the election, with the winner finally chosen, some Florida voters are still outraged. At issue: allegations that African-Americans were disenfranchised.

CNN's Mark Potter reports.


MARK POTTER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Fred McClendon runs an auto customizing business near Miami. He says the presidential election was a fiasco in which African-Americans were disenfranchised.

FRED MCCLENDON, MIAMI BUSINESSMAN: Like you were spitting in my face, and that bothered me more than anything.

POTTER: He is most angry about what he calls the arrogance of the Republicans, who fought against manual recounts and in his view cost George W. Bush the support in the black community.

POTTER: No one considers Bush their president. We really don't -- as far as we're concerned, we have four with not having a president.

REP. CARRIE MEEK (D), FLORIDA: This is Carrie Meek calling.

POTTER: From the calls she's been getting, Florida's Democratic Congresswoman Carrie Meek is convinced McClendon's views are widespread among African-Americans.

MEEK: They're angry. They're disappointed. They're disgusted, and they feel they've been cheated.

POTTER: On Election Day, an estimated 90 percent of black Americans voted for Al Gore, and many are convinced that if all votes were counted, he would have won. They also allege that some African- Americans faced discrimination at the polls, and that an inordinate number of faulty voting machines were placed in poor communities.

MEEKS: People in my community are calling the Florida situation -- they're calling Florida the new Selma. WILLIE SIMS, BLACK AFFAIRS ADVISORY BOARD: Based upon your skin color.

POTTER: Willie Sims, the director of Miami-Dade County's Black Affairs Advisory Board, says he, too, has been swamped by angry African-American callers. And he agrees with them, considering the hard-fought battle for black voting rights.

SIMS: America, as the champion of democracy, ought to be dressed in black on January 20th when they inaugurate a president who clearly did not win.


POTTER: Reverend Mack King Carter runs the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Ft. Lauderdale, which sponsors a youth motivational group. He and many other African-Americans say they will organize to correct problems at the polls.

CARTER: We're going transfer our pain into productivity, because there is still room for victory. President Bush -- President-Elect Bush will only be in office four years, and, of course, his brother only has two more.

POTTER: And black leaders say they have been galvanized now to get out even more voters next time.

Mark Potter, CNN, Miami.


WOODRUFF: In a moment we will talk with Democratic Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. of Tennessee, but first, I sat down earlier today with GOP Congressman J.C. Watts.

I started by asking the congressman what he would say to the Miami businessman Fred McClendon, who you just say in Mark Potter's report, when he says that blacks were disenfranchised and it was like someone spitting in his face.


REP. J.C. WATTS (R), OKLAHOMA: Well, Judy, there's a lot of questions that's come up since November 7th. Around the country there were two million votes that was not counted for whatever reason, and I think Governor Bush there in Florida has started an initiative to look into these matters, why votes were not counted, why the military votes were not counted, why black votes were not counted, Hispanic votes.

There were red, yellow, brown, black and white votes that were not counted, and I think Governor Bush is right to look into this. And Judy, I'll go further to say, this isn't to be concerned about just in Florida, we should be concerned about this all over the country. WOODRUFF: So, do you believe the complaints of these mostly African-Americans in South Florida who say they were, some of them turned away from the polls, discouraged from voting. They talk about the voter rolls in Florida having been purged, they talk about inferior voting machines in their area. Do you believe that all of this is true?

WATTS: Well, these are the things that Governor Bush's initiatives will be looking into. I also know that there were some Cuban-Americans there in Miami-Dade, Florida, that I understand their vote did not get counted. And so I don't want to say that we should just look at the black vote. If there were some irregularities in the black community, yes, we should look into that. But if there were irregularities with white votes, with Cuban-American votes, with military votes, I think this thing goes beyond the black community.

There are many people, 2 million people around the country, their votes did not count for whatever reason. And this is -- this should be of concern to all of us.

WOODRUFF: Well do you believe that some black Democratic leaders, organizations like the NAACP, are overreacting?

WATTS: Well, I think it's important, Judy, that we allow local officials to look into this before we jump to any conclusions. I have called people in Florida, I have done, you know, my own investigation. I've heard different things. I heard that not only did police officers stop black voters for whatever reason, but there were white voters who were stopped for whatever reason. Why did they?

I understand people went to different ballot precincts that, you know, if you go to the wrong precinct -- I'm in precinct 51 in Norman. If I go to -- in Norman, Oklahoma. If I go to precinct 53, my name's not going to be on that role, and I'm not going to be able to vote.

Now I don't know what all the circumstances are other than I found out by making a few phone calls down there, but this is what Governor Bush is talking about and saying, let's find out why so many votes were not counted.

WOODRUFF: Let me ask you specifically about this comment from the gentleman we just heard in this report, Mr. McClendon. He talks about the arrogance of Republicans, he said, because they fought against finishing the manual recount. And he said -- he went on to say, no one here considers George Bush their president. So far as we're concerned, we have four years of not having a president.

WATTS: Well, Judy, you -- in, you know, in this election, if Governor -- if Vice President Gore would have won, you would have had people that wouldn't have accepted him as their president or would have said he's not our president. Just as Governor Bush is the president-elect, you've got people that's going to say he's not their president. I'm saddened by that.

But Republican arrogance, to say that it was arrogance to have a standard for a manual recount, I think we should have had a standard. Seven out of nine Supreme Court judges said there should have been a standard. There were some constitutional problems without -- by not having a standard. So I don't think that's arrogance, I think that's fairness.

WOODRUFF: Finally, Congressman Watts, why do you believe that George W. Bush got 8 percent of the black vote in the United States, the lowest percentage of the African-American vote of any Republican candidate since Barry Goldwater.

WATTS: Well, Judy, I think, you know, people are going to try to give their analysis of why he did. I heard -- last night I have heard several times that George W. got fewer votes than Bob Dole did in 1996. I think many people saw George W. as a real threat, as someone that's going to break up the good ol' boys' club, that's going to circumvent the gatekeepers in many communities.

So they had to pull out all the stops to finally get him elected. But the fact is -- trying to get him defeated. The fact is, he's elected. He's won on November 7th, he ran -- he won the recount. He won the count in selective areas down there in the state of Florida, which put him over the top, 271 electoral votes. He has a tremendous challenge going forward to say to all Americans, you know, in spite of the fact that you might not have voted for me, I am still the president for the red, yellow, brown, black and white people in America, Republicans and Democrats. And I think that he will accept that challenge and if people will give him a chance will do very well.

QUESTION: Representative J.C. Watts of Oklahoma, we thank you very much...

WATTS: Thank you.

WOODRUFF: ... for joining us. We appreciate it.

And now to Democratic Congressman Harold Ford Jr. of Tennessee and he joins us here in Washington.

First of all, Congressman Ford, is -- do you consider George W. Bush, once he's inaugurated to be the president of everybody, despite the angry feelings of some in the African-American and other communities?

REP. HAROLD FORD JR. (D), TENNESSEE: Thanks for having me, first off.

Sure I do. He's the president. I don't believe all the votes were counted. I find the Supreme Court decision to be objectionable, but I respect the rule of law, as do many in my party. He will be -- George W. Bush will be inaugurated on January 20 and will hopefully have the opportunity to serve four years and serve effectively and ably.

And I hope to be able to do all that I can to ensure that he's responsive to the needs of people throughout my great state and throughout this nation. I would take issue with something that my friend from Oklahoma, Mr. Watts, had said. I think he has confused a bit the issue here. You don't justify disenfranchisement of one community by saying that another community was disenfranchised as well. Without a doubt, there were votes in Florida that were not counted. The Supreme Court agreed with that.

What was so embarrassing and so hurtful, and I think damaging to the credibility of the court is that even though they agreed that votes had not been counted they suggested that a remedy was just too tall an order at such -- at such a late time. It will be one of the first times, if not the first time, in our nation's history, in which we will have a president inaugurated, or sworn in, who might not have received all of the votes or a majority of the votes.

We know he didn't win the popular vote, and it's questionable if he won the vote in Florida. I understand the ruling in Florida, but I would hope that my friends this nation would recognize that we're Americans first and George W. Bush deserves the chance to try to win our confidence.

But George W. Bush ought to understand that there are many in this nation, a majority in this nation, that did not vote for him to be president, and there might be a majority in Florida. We'll find that out soon, as "The Miami Herald" and other reputable organizations and academic organizations seek to get a full count, an accurate count, of what happened in Florida.

WOODRUFF: Well, Congressman Ford, you heard your colleague, your Republican colleague, Congressman Watts say let's...

FORD: He's my friend too.

WOODRUFF: ... let's wait until the governor of the state of Florida and the people who are investigating it look into this and see what happened. And he did go on to point out there were irregularities everywhere and in his words it's wrong to just point a finger at black Americans.

FORD: You know, and I'm not doing that. My point is, just because there's reciprocity in terms of voters being disenfranchised doesn't make one community's disenfranchisement any worse or any better than the other. All votes should be counted.

The effort on the part of Democrats and effort on the part of even some Republicans and independents and including the vice president was to have all of the counts voted. When you put tour name up for office, as J.C. Watts and I have done -- and again, he's my friend. I just think he's wrong on this one -- when you put your name up for office, you do it for the right reasons. And you can accept a win or loss if all the votes are counted. We know for a fact the Supreme Court stipulated all the votes had not been counted in Florida.

I would have this message for President-elect George Bush: If you want to help erase some of the doubt and reservation that many in this nation may have about you, bring to the floor immediately, propose for Congress to deal with an electoral system reform bill, which will allow us to provide money for states to make all voting machines uniform. And, two, bring to the floor the McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill to remove the vast amounts of special interest money that I believe corrupt our political system today.

If you do that, you'll gain the confidences of many members of Congress, and I think you'll help ease some of the concern and angst and outright anger that you saw expressed with many friends throughout Miami and this great nation.

WOODRUFF: I still hear, I think, Congressman Ford, and straighten me out if I'm wrong...

FORD: Yes, ma'am.

WOODRUFF: ... some contradiction in what you're saying. Because on the one hand you say that the Supreme Court made a mistake, that all of those votes should have been counted, the suggestion being that if they had been counted Al Gore would have won...

FORD: No, we would know who the winner is. It might not have been Al Gore. It could have been George W. Bush again. And again, I respect the rule of law. I'm not going to criticize or assail personally the judicial branch. I think Justice Stevens did a good job of that when he said the clear loser in all of this -- we may not ever know the winner, the identity of the winner in all this, but we do know the identity of the loser, which is the credibility and confidence that we have in our judicial system. And I hope that we're able to repair that and restore that confidence in the coming years.

I accept George Bush as my president, but I think it's important for J.C. and other Republican friends, Tom DeLay and Dick Armey and even Senator Majority Leader Trent Lott, that there are many Americans who believe that if you counted all the votes you might have had a different outcome. The reality is, Miss Woodruff, we'll never know.

WOODRUFF: All right, Congressman Harold Ford Jr. from the state of Tennessee, we...

FORD: Merry Christmas to you and happy holidays. Thanks for having me.

WOODRUFF: Thank you, and we appreciate your coming on. Thanks very much.

And still to come on INSIDE POLITICS this Friday, Mexico's high hopes and great expectations over George W. Bush's White House victory.



KOFI ANNAN, U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL: I hope that President-elect Bush will realize a natural leadership role the U.S. has in this building and in the world. And, hopefully, agree with me that if the U.S. were to pay its way and work constructively with other like- minded states, it can get a lot done in this organization and around the world. And I hope that is what is going to happen.


WOODRUFF: United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan earlier today, congratulating George W. Bush on his election victory. His reference to the United States "paying its way," of course, was a subtle reminder of the $1.7 billion in back dues that Washington owes the U.N.

Well Mexico is one of many countries that have warmly congratulated President-elect Bush. Mexico has its own new president and the two men share much in common. But they face issues that have plagued relations between the two countries for years.

Mexico City bureau chief Harris Whitbeck reports.


HARRIS WHITBECK, CNN MEXICO CITY BUREAU CHIEF (voice-over): Mexican newspapers heralded George W. Bush's presidential victory. People talked about it on the streets. This man said it was incredible that it took so long for the most powerful country in the world to chose its president.

Mexico's interest in the long-awaited election outcome is high because the relationship between the two countries is extremely important. Mexico is the U.S.'s second-largest trading partner, and they share one of the longest borders in the world. On Thursday, the Mexican government officially congratulated Bush, and called for closer ties.

"Both our countries are linked by geography, history, economy and culture," she said. "And both countries should work to build on all aspects of the relationship."

Mexico is hoping for a quick one-on-one meeting between the two presidents in the next several weeks at Fox's ranch in the town of San Cristobal to discuss migration, drug trafficking and trade. The idea?

JORGE CASTANEDA, MEXICAN FOREIGN MINISTER: To establish a new era in U.S.-Mexican relations, a spirit of San Cristobal, if the meeting takes place in President Fox's hometown ranch at San Cristobal in (SPEAKING IN SPANISH), whereby all of these issues are addressed in a different framework; and also in a sense where the economic policies and the stability of the democracy that is now emerging in Mexico be part of a broader historical process of convergence.

WHITBECK: The fact that both presidents share backgrounds as ranchers and businessmen has many thinking the new relationship will get off to a good start; plus the fact that, as governor of Texas, Bush understands, like few others, Mexico's problems and potential.

Some analysts say a Republican president in the White House will concentrate more on trade and commerce, which would please President Fox, who wants to expand trade between the two countries.

REYNOLD ORTEGA, POLITICAL ANALYST: I think, in the case of the Republican administration, the emphasis would be more on the topic of commerce and investment more than environment and labor issues.

WHITBECK: But the basic structure of the relationship should remain the same.

(on camera): That is because the relationship has been dominated by the same issues for years: drug trafficking, migration and trade. Any change would come in how those issues are addressed.

Harris Whitbeck, CNN, Mexico City.


WOODRUFF: Still ahead, George W. Bush prepares for a move to the White House thanks to the political "Play of the Week."


WOODRUFF: After five weeks of legal and political battles, the presidential contest is finally over. As George W. Bush prepares to announce his first Cabinet appointment tomorrow, we turn to our Bill Schneider for a look at the events of the week -- Bill.

WILLIAM SCHNEIDER, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL ANALYST: Well, Judy, the country was divided. It couldn't pick a president. The Supreme Court was divided. But it went ahead and picked the president anyway.

Was that an outrage? To some people it was. But it was also "The Political Play of the Week."


SCHNEIDER (voice-over): Former Justice Felix Frankfurter once cautioned the U.S. Supreme Court not to venture into what he called "the political thicket." This week, the court did just that. Why? Because it had to. The U.S. Supreme Court was the only institution in a position to bring the situation to a close.

But at a cost: a cost to the new president.

REV. JESSE JACKSON, RAINBOW/PUSH COALITION: He'll be the president legally, but he does not have moral authority, because his crown did not come from the people. It came from the judges.

SCHNEIDER: And a cost to the court.

SEN. TOM HARKIN (D), IOWA: This court could go down in history, will go down in history as the most interventionist court ever in deciding a political matter, the most interventionist court in this regard since the Dred Scott decision.

SCHNEIDER: The court's ruling exposed a deep political division. The ruling said: "Seven justices of the court agree that there are constitutional problems with the recount ordered by the Florida Supreme Court that demand a remedy. The only disagreement is as to the remedy."

But what a disagreement. Only five justices thought the appropriate remedy was to stop the Florida recount: a bare majority, but a majority.

The justices insisted their ruling was the only way to stop an unconstitutional procedure. It had nothing to do with partisanship.

JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMAS: I plead with you that, whatever you do, don't try to apply the rules of the political world to this institution. They do not apply.

SCHNEIDER: Do they? A majority of the public thought the court's decision was based mostly on the legal merits of the case; about 1/3 said it was driven by a desire to see George W. Bush win; 2/3 said the decision did not cause them to lose confidence in the Supreme Court. Nearly 1/3 said it did.

Most Americans accepted the decision for the same reason the court felt compelled to make it: political necessity.

JOHN YOO, FORMER U.S. SUPREME COURT LAW CLERK: It's better for the Supreme Court to intervene, perhaps, and decide a case than for having this going into Congress.

SCHNEIDER: Even critics of the decision conceded that point.

LAURENCE TRIBE, GORE CAMPAIGN ATTORNEY: We will always, I think, have to realize that the judicial process, even when we disagree with it, even when it's divided five to four, is our surest path toward making a real basis for the rule of law to reinforce a constitutional democracy.

SCHNEIDER: "The Supreme Court follows the election returns," Finley Peter Dunne's Mr. Dooley once said. In this case, the Supreme Court created the election returns; and the country seems more relieved than angry.

Quite a play -- the political play of the week.


SCHNEIDER: Will this do permanent damage to the Supreme Court's legitimacy? Well, that's unlikely; but it will make it tough for President Bush to appoint anyone controversial to the court or to elevate Justice Scalia to chief justice if that position becomes open.

That would really look like a political payoff -- Judy.

WOODRUFF: Everything has consequences.


WOODRUFF: All right; Bill Schneider, thanks very much. Well, like George W. Bush, another prominent figure now has official standing with the federal government. A certain Mr. Claus was certified today by the Transportation Department to travel across the country on Christmas Eve. The youngsters looking on here in Washington, transportation secretary Rodney Slater personally performed a safety inspection on Santa's sleigh.


RODNEY SLATER, TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: We've inspected the vehicle. I feel very, very good about it, Santa. What do you think?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I feel very good, Mr. Secretary.

SLATER: Do you feel good? Well, let me, then -- we've got a special airworthiness certification for Santa Claus.


WOODRUFF: A heads-up to any prospective transportation chief in a Bush administration. Secretary Slater calls today's sleigh inspection one of his greatest on-the-job tasks. We can believe that.

Stay with us, as INSIDE POLITICS continues at the top of the hour. We will flash back to the ups and downs of the presidential election standoff, the images we will all remember. Plus the pressures George W. Bush will feel in the White House from both his left and his right.


WOODRUFF: Memo to President-elect Bush: They are practically lining up on Capitol Hill to sway you and your agenda. Plus, the economy as a potential headache for Bush; we'll have an up[date from Wall Street. And our election dispute scrapbook: the most memorable moments of those 36 uncertain days.

ANNOUNCER: From Washington, this is INSIDE POLITICS, with Bernard Shaw and Judy Woodruff.

WOODRUFF: Welcome back to this extended edition of INSIDE POLITICS.

As George W. Bush prepares to name his choice for secretary of state, the "who" has never really been in question, just the when. Two GOP officials close to the Bush camp tell CNN that the president- elect will announce his selection of Colin Powell tomorrow in Texas. It will be his first nomination of a Cabinet member. CNN has learned the announcement will be made at 12:30 Eastern time at a high school in Crawford, Texas.

In an effort to reach across party lines, Bush met today with democratic U.S. Senator John Breaux of Louisiana. There had been speculation that Bush might tap Breaux for a Cabinet position, but Breaux told him he wants to remain in the Senate. Breaux and a number of other Democrats and Republicans, apparently are hoping to have influence over Bush from their posts on Capitol Hill.

CNN's Chris Black looks at the messages that they're already sending.


CHRIS BLACK, CNN CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The message from Capitol Hill to George W. Bush: Congratulations, but we have our own ideas. His one-time rival plans to push the campaign finance reform, a contentious issue, but one John McCain says cannot wait.

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R), ARIZONA: ... because the fund-raising begins now, and we've got to stop it now. But the other reason is, from a practical standpoint, the longer we wait the less the chances of successful passage are.

BLACK: Phil Gramm, the Texas senator, says not so fast.

SEN. PHIL GRAMM (R), TEXAS: John McCain ran for president but he didn't win; George Bush won. There are many reforms we could make but, again, the man who was elected president has an agenda and I think we owe it to the country to do his agenda first.

BLACK: And the House speaker has another message: Sell the Bush centerpiece proposal, a $1.3 trillion tax cut slowly and in pieces.

REP. DENNIS HASTERT (R), HOUSE SPEAKER: What I found here -- at least in my own experience -- is you're better off when you do things in an incremental way. People can understand what you're doing, they understand what the issue is. And then you can move through into fruition and finality on that issue before you start something else.

BLACK: The democratic message to Bush is, don't ignore our unfinished democratic agenda.

REP. RICHARD GEPHARDT (D), MINORITY LEADER: But we're hopeful that the Republican leadership and the new president will pick up where we left off with the patients' bill of rights and a Medicare prescription medicine program, trying to improve education through smaller classroom sizes and minimum wage increase, campaign finance reform. They are all things that we could get done quickly and easily.

BLACK: And the leader of the Republican conference is sending a message to the Democrats.

REP. J.C. WATTS (R), OKLAHOMA: The swinging door swings both ways. I think Governor Bush has shown that he has a heart, to reach out; that he wants to make this thing work for everybody. So I'm not just putting the impetus on Governor Bush to reach out, I'm putting the impetus on Democrats as well.


BLACK: All these messages in advance of Monday's meeting between the president-elect and congressional leaders from both parties. Today one senator said to me, quote: "There's all this talk of civility, but I think everybody's getting ready for a war" -- Judy.

WOODRUFF: Well, Chris, you're also following the progress of the budget up there -- the one that they've been dealing with this year.

Where does that stand right now?

BLACK: Well, Judy, we finally have a deal. The one last thing that was holding it up was a dispute over the Steller sea lions, of all things. It's an endangered species and the government was trying to restrict pollack fishing off the coast of Alaska. That was objected to by the senator from Alaska, Ted Stevens, but they cut a deal -- $30 million for the fisherman and roll back the fishing levels to 1999 levels. So they will go sine die, which means they're going home tonight.

WOODRUFF: All right, Chris Black. And that means a lot of other people can go home as well. We appreciate it.

Well, right now we want to welcome our international viewers to INSIDE POLITICS as you join us in progress.

Members of Congress are not the only ones hoping to influence President-Elect Bush. A group of Republican strategists plan to launch a lobbying campaign for a conservative agenda in the early days of a Bush presidency. Former Forbes campaign manager Bill Dal Col is the executive director of that group, called itself the Issues Management Center. He joins us now.

And a little bit later, we'll be talking to a moderate Republican, U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine. But first, we're going to turn to you Bill.

Why do you need this group.

WILLIAM DAL COL, FRM. FORBES CAMPAIGN MANAGER: Well, Judy, some colleagues and I got together and decided that with George Bush we've got a unique opportunity. We control the House. We have a 50/50, one vote majority with Vice President Cheney in the Senate. George Bush put forward a solid during his campaign, a very successful one of tax cuts, education at the local level, health care reform, Social Security reform and we felt that it would be necessary to have a group out there that would act independently that would make sure that his message got carried to the grass-roots and to the media so that we would provide, in essence, a rapid response system to give him support to get his legislation through Congress.

WOODRUFF: So, it's not just that you're concerned he's going to abandon the agenda or that you don't trust him to carry through on what he talked about in the campaign?

DAL COL: Oh, not at all. If you look at the memo that we sent out describing out group we view ourselves as there to be support for his agenda and the programs he'll put through Congress.

We believe that there'll be people on the opposite side who'll attempt to dominate the airwaves and the media with a message to defeat him. What we're going to do is provide that rapid response, that instantaneous communication to make sure that his views and his message and his programs have support, build it in the grassroots, and help deliver that victory on whether it's eliminating the marriage penalty, eliminating the death tax, providing local control for education, Social Security reform, health care reform. That's the kind of programs we're going to help, we hope, carry the message and the day for President-Elect Bush.

WOODRUFF: But is it realistic to expect as much of a conservative agenda as you're outlining, Bill Dal Col, when you do have, as we all know by now, a 50/50 Senate, such a close margin in the House and a president who barely won election?

DAL COL: Sure, Judy, because if you look at it in the last Congress, many of the programs that we would support and President- Elect Bush would support got Democratic votes and Bill Clinton vetoed them. Now, the opportunity's there to move these things forward fast, quickly, right up front to show that President-Elect Bush will accomplish things, work in a bi-partisan fashion.

But we view ourselves, more importantly, as helping get that message out, getting the correct information out to the voters so they can help apply the pressure necessary to pass things. I think a good example would be go back to '94, welfare reform. It took three attempts, but finally President Clinton signed that bill. You'd almost thing it was his idea.

But it was through the efforts of bringing that message to the grassroots, constantly applying pressure and support for the program of welfare reform that we got it through. We believe we can do the same thing in a much more sophisticated, stronger manner now with all of President-elect Bush's programs.

WOODRUFF: All right, Bill Dal Col, we thank you very much and we look forward to seeing you as this effort gets underway.

DAL COL: Thank you for having me on, Judy.

WOODRUFF: And now as promised, let's talk with Senator Olympia Snowe, Republican of Maine.

Senator, thank you for being with us. Is this effort a good idea?

SEN. OLYMPIA SNOWE (R), MAINE: (AUDIO GAP) ... this election was a mandate in many ways for the elected officials to governor from the middle, a mandate for the middle. And I am concerned if we sort of vulcanize the political process irrespective of the realities here on Capitol Hill. We need to work with President-Elect Bush, and with Democrats and with Republicans to make sure that we can pass, you know, his initiatives in a way that brings people together and becomes a unifying force. I couldn't help but think back to 1993 and 1994, when President Clinton was elected. He was forced to the left on many issues by the liberal Democrats in his party. They had a devastating loss in 1994, and he was forced to move in 1996. So he moved to the middle, as Bill said, on welfare reform and balanced budget and so on.

But we have to be very careful here. President-elect Bush has a very difficult circumstance. We have a narrow majority in the House and evenly divided the Senate, and obviously the closest presidential contest in history.

So we have to proceed in a delicate way, in a sensitive way to bring people together.

WOODRUFF: But it sounds like -- I mean, you heard Bill Dal Col, as I did, and I know he speaks for many conservatives in your party. I mean, they've been waiting for eight long years to have a president who would push some of these things that are near and dear to their hearts, whether it's massive tax cuts, whether it's choice in education, and some of the other issues that he mentioned.

SNOWE: Well, you know, I think all the Republicans have been waiting for eight years, and one of the things I've noticed in previous elections, including the one in 2000, we have been losing incrementally. We've lost, you know, a number of seats in the Senate. We lost a number of seats in the House of Representatives. And the one lesson to be drawn is that people want us to govern from the center, and that's why this election was a mandate from the middle. So we have to build those bridges if we're going to be successful in future years and not face the devastating loss that President Clinton faced in 1994 that obviously produced a Republican majority. So, that was good for us.

But we will have to face the same kind of challenge in the year 2002 if we don't help President-elect Bush to do what he needs to do, and that's to bring people together.

He said he was going to be a president for all Americans, and so we have to help in that regard, including with tax cuts or anything else. But it's the way in which we do it, to build support, because we don't have overwhelming majorities here in Congress.

WOODRUFF: Well, Senator Snowe, you've been in this city for a number of yours. You know how this place works, and you've obviously observed President-elect Bush over the past year, if not longer.

Which way do you think he's going to go? Is he going to do what you're suggesting, or is -- do you think he's more inclined to listen to the voices of not just Bill Dal Col but the other conservatives, who want him to listen to them?

SNOWE: Well, I think that President-elect Bush, as I know him, and what he has done in Texas is certainly is to be a unifying force. He said he was a uniter and not a divider. He has practiced governance with inclusion, not exclusion. He has been meeting with Democrats, like John Breaux, who's co-leading the centrist coalition with me here in the United States Senate.

I truly believe he wants to bridge those political differences. The American people have entrusted both political parties to achieve success and accomplishments here. And we have to do it if we are to validate that trust in the future.

So I think President-elect Bush is going to work on both sides. He has to: To do otherwise will mean failure. And we are the governing party here in the United States Congress, and therefore, it's going to require us to build those bridges with the Democrats to ensure that we do have success.

WOODRUFF: All right. Senator Olympia Snowe, perhaps he's listening to you at the very moment, or at least he'll get the message.

Thank you very much. We appreciate your joining us today.

SNOWE: Thank you. Good to see you.

WOODRUFF: The last unresolved congressional contest now is settled, and it is a pickup for Republicans. Mike Rogers will represent Michigan's eighth district after Democrat Dianne Byrum conceded today. A recount was under way, but Byrum determined that she could not overcome Rogers' certified lead of 160 votes out of more than 300,000 cast. Rogers will succeed Democrat Debbie Stabenow, who successfully ran for the U.S. Senate.

His victory gives Republicans a 221-to-211 edge in the house, with two independents and one vacancy due to the recent death of California Democrat Julian Dixon.

And when INSIDE POLITICS continues, today's tumble on Wall Street: We'll have a live report from the New York Stock Exchange.


WOODRUFF: The state of the economy was on the mind of President- elect Bush today. In response to a reporter's question after his meeting with Senator John Breaux, the president-elect said he thinks all Americans are concerned about the economy, especially the effect of high energy prices. His comments came as Wall Street experienced another rough day.

For that, we go to Rhonda Schaffler at the New York Stock Exchange.

Hi, Rhonda.


It was a rocky end to a trading week here. We saw the Dow industrials suffer a triple-digit loss. There was also a heavy selling of the Nasdaq. The Dow ending the trading session down 240 points, Nasdaq off 75. It was a broad-market sell-off too, S&P 500 down 28 points. The reason for the losses today were profit warnings. This has been a problem on Wall Street throughout the week. There was a profit warning that came out yesterday from Microsoft, that stock down more than 6 on the day. And it pulled other technology stocks with it.

The other problem here was there were profit warnings from areas other than technology, once again. Clorox, for instance, down nearly $4 on the day. So from an investor's standpoint, there was no safe heaven as far as which stocks to turn to. And that's why we saw the markets suffer as sharply as they did today -- Judy.

WOODRUFF: All right, Rhonda Schaffler at the stock exchange, thanks very much.

And coming up next on INSIDE POLITICS, the 36 days that captivated and often confused the nation: a post-election snapshots, when we return.


WOODRUFF: Election 2000 is destined to become an entire section in the history books, a once-in-a-lifetime event, we trust, to share with generations to come.

Let's take a look back now at the images that will no doubt be immortalized, from that wild election night to the great chad debate and this week's finale.


WOODRUFF: George W. Bush and Al Gore are indeed locked in a race that may be too close to call for hours.

In Indiana, Pennsylvania, Texas...

BERNARD SHAW, CNN ANCHOR: ... California, Tennessee embarrassing Vice President Gore by snatching his states 11 electoral votes.

WOODRUFF: A big call to make, CNN announces that we call Florida in the Al Gore column.

BUSH: I don't believe they've got enough evidence to be able to call the state.

SHAW: CNN right now is moving our earlier declaration of Florida back to the too-close-do-call column.

At 18 minutes past 2:00 Eastern time, CNN declares that George Walker Bush has won Florida's 25 electoral votes, and this should put him over the top.

KING: We're told he called Governor Bush and congratulated him on winning the election.

CROWLEY: The vice president has re-called the governor and retracted his concession. WILLIAM DALEY, GORE CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN: And until the results -- the recount is concluded and the results in Florida become official, our campaign continues.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A vote count in the state of Florida shows Governor Bush winning that state by more than 1,200 votes. They're still counting -- they're still counting, and I'm confident when it is all said and done we will prevail.

KAREN HUGHES, BUSH COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR: I watched it this morning on television, some excerpts, and I thought that maybe it had all been a dream. Then I realized I was awake the whole time.

BUSH: We have asked former United States Secretary of State James Baker to travel to Florida on our behalf.

GORE: We agreed to ask Warren Christopher to play a key role in the process from here forward.

HARRIS: Governor George W. Bush 2,909,661; Vice President Al Gore 2,907,877. A difference of 1,784 votes.

UNIDENTIFIED CNN CORRESPONDENT: Several hundred protesters gathered outside the Palm Beach County elections office.

JACKSON: This ballot is fuzzy.

JAMES BAKER, OBSERVER FOR BUSH CAMPAIGN: It is a ballot that was approved by an elected democratic official.

DALEY: It appears that more than 20,000 voters in the Palm Beach County who, in all likelihood, thought they were voting for Al Gore had their votes counted for Pat Buchanan or not counted at all.

We'll be requesting a hand count of ballots in Palm Beach County as well as three other counties.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: With due notification to the secretary of state, any pending manual recount and may thereafter file supplemental or corrective returns. The secretary of state may ignore such late- filed returns, but may not do so arbitrarily.

HARRIS: Confirming my discretion in these matters, I'm requiring a written statement of the facts and circumstances that would cause these counties to believe that a change should be made.

I've decide it is my duty under Florida law to exercise my discretion in denying these requested amendments.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The court, on its own motion, enjoins the respondent, secretary of state and respondent elections canvassing commission from certifying the results.

GORE: I'm very pleased that the hand counts are continuing. They're proceeding despite efforts to obstruct them.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: These Democratic counties are no longer recounting; they are reinventing.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hanging chads, pregnant chads.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The swinging-door chad.

UNIDENTIFIED CNN CORRESPONDENT: Chads that fall to the ground.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The court holds that amended certifications from the county canvassing boards must be accepted by the election canvassing commission through 5:00 p.m. on November 26.

BAKER: Today, Florida's Supreme Court rewrote the legislature's statutory system.

UNIDENTIFIED CROWD: Military votes count! Military votes count!

BUSH: Our men and women in uniform overseas should not lose their right to vote.

LIEBERMAN: Al Gore and I want everybody who voted to have the maximum chance to have their vote counted.

UNIDENTIFIED CROWD: Let us in! Let us in! Let us in!

UNIDENTIFIED CNN CORRESPONDENT: Republicans scuffle with police in South Florida; the issue: proposed changes in the Miami-Dade recount.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It is the unanimous decision of this canvassing board that we will not be proceeding further with a manual recount.

DALEY: We will immediately be seeking an order directing the Dade County board of canvassers to resume the manual recount.

UNIDENTIFIED CNN CORRESPONDENT: They've been at this for days and they've been only sleeping four of five hours a night for the days leading up to the marathon they're in the middle of now.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So the secretary of state has apparently decided to shut us down, with approximately two hours, perhaps, left to go.

HARRIS: I hereby declare Governor George W. Bush the winner of Florida's 25 electoral votes.

GORE: I have decided to contest this inaccurate and incomplete count.

BUSH: Now that the votes are counted, it is time for the votes to count.

UNIDENTIFIED JUDGE: ... we propose that the ballots be received in accordance with our emergency motion and that the court review of contested ballots begin.

UNIDENTIFIED CNN CORRESPONDENT: George W. Bush's lawyers called on the court to vacate the ruling of the Florida Supreme Court that extended the manual vote recount.

DAVID M. SOUTER, ASSOCIATE JUSTCE OF THE UNITED STATES: Why should the federal judiciary be interfering in what seems to be a very carefully thought-out scheme?

UNIDENTIFIED JUDGE: The evidence does not establish any illegality, dishonesty, gross negligence, improper influence, coercion or fraud.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The recounts shall commence immediately. In tabulating what constitutes a legal vote, the standard to be used is the one provided by the legislature: "A vote shall be counted where there is a clear indication of the intent of the voter."

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We have stayed the recount at this point until we hear from the U.S. Supreme Court.

SHAW: CNN has just learned that the United States Supreme Court has reached a decision.

CHARLES BIERBAUER, CNN SENIOR WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT: The judgment of the Supreme Court of Florida is reversed.

GORE: Now the U.S. Supreme Court has spoken. Let there be no doubt, while I strongly disagree with the court's decision, I accept it.

BUSH: The presidency is more than an honor. It is more than an office. It is a charge to keep, and I will give it my all. Thank you very much, and God bless America.


WOODRUFF: Thirty-six days -- we've never seen anything like it before and, we trust, we'll never see anything like it again.

That's all for this edition of INSIDE POLITICS. But, of course, you can go online all the time at CNN's

This programming note: Congressman Christopher Shays and former Republican presidential candidate Gary Bauer will be talking about the Bush Cabinet tonight on "CROSSFIRE." That's at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.

I'm Judy Woodruff. The `MONEYLINE' newshour is next.



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