Jeb Bush worries post-election battle may project image of instability
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (CNN) -- Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday he worried that the protracted battle over Florida's 25 electoral votes -- and with them the White House -- may project an image of instability around the world and hurt financial markets.
"We're a resilient nation. I don't think there's any damage to our
country. I worry about the world a little bit," said Bush, the brother of Republican presidential nominee. "I worry about the instability that this may send, the perception of instability. Clearly we have a president. We are not in a constitutional crisis or anything like that."
The Florida governor has kept a low profile since the fury erupted over the state's presidential ballot. He even recused himself from playing any role in certifying the final state tally.
"I think over time that this has some impact, probably, on the financial
markets and on the world, but the good news is we are reaching a conclusion.
This is going to come to an end and the rule of law will prevail and we'll move
His comments echoed similar concerns about financial markets voiced a week ago by James Baker, a former treasury secretary who is the chief adviser in Florida for the campaign of George W. Bush.
Jeb Bush spoke to reporters following an induction ceremony at the
Florida Women's Hall of Fame ceremony.
The governor took a subtle shot at Democrats. Without mentioning Vice
President Al Gore by name, Bush said he hoped his campaign's goal was not to
"determine how many votes you need and then change the rules."
"I am confident that people will do the right thing," he said. "Call me
naive, but I do believe in the end people will do what's right.