Did Al Gore Accept The 2000 Election Results?

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Al Gore said he strongly disagreed with the results of the 2000 election, but accepted it. (Getty)

Donald Trump‘s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway responded to debate criticism over Trump saying he might not accept the results of the 2016 Presidential election by likening the Republican’s response to Democrat Al Gore’s concession during the 2000 Presidential election.

During Wednesday’s debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump if he would accept the election results on Nov. 8. Trump didn’t clearly respond, saying, “I will look at it at the time.” When pressed by Wallace for a clearer answer about conceding, Trump responded, “What I’m saying is that I’ll tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense.”

Following the debate, Conway said Gore contested the 2000 election:

Gore won the popular vote, but lost the election by electoral votes — the fourth time that has happened in American history. Gore and then-Gov. George W. Bush went to court over recounting votes in Florida, which the Supreme Court decided was unconstitutional.

On Dec. 13, 2000, Gore made his public concession speech: “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. I accept the finality of this outcome which will be ratified next Monday in the Electoral College.”

Hillary Clinton called Trump’s comments “horrifying.”

“You know, every time Donald thinks things are not going in his direction, he claims whatever it is is rigged against him,” Clinton said. “The FBI conducted a year-long investigation into my e-mails. They concluded there was no case. He said that the FBI was rigged. He lost the Iowa caucus; he lost the Wisconsin primary. He said the Republican primary was rigged against him. Then Trump University gets sued for fraud and racketeering. He claims the court system and the federal judge is rigged against him. There was even a time when he didn’t get an Emmy for his TV program three years in a row and he started tweeting that the Emmys were rigged.”

A number of Republicans and conservatives reacted to Trump‘s answer. South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham said if Trump loses, it isn’t because of a “rigged” election system, but because “he failed as a candidate.”

The Republican National Committee responded by saying it will accept the election results.

In Gore’s concession speech, he quoted Sen. Stephen Douglas, who lost to Abraham Lincoln in a hotly contested 1860 election, saying, “Partisan feeling must yield to patriotism. I’m with you, Mr. President, and God bless you.”

Gore added: “Well, in that same spirit, I say to President-elect Bush that what remains of partisan rancor must now be put aside, and may God bless his stewardship of this country. Neither he nor I anticipated this long and difficult road. Certainly neither of us wanted it to happen. Yet it came, and now it has ended, resolved, as it must be resolved, through the honored institutions of our democracy.”

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Hound

Only thing the hypocrite accepted was his army of lawyers couldn’t change the results. Nice try but gore challenged the election in a very scornful manner.

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Texas Ranger

Gore didn’t accept and the democrats questioned the legitimacy of Bush’s presidency for all eight years. Gore didn’t accept the first recount either so they went to court to count pregnant Chads then hanging Chads. The American media is disgraceful. So biased.

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Esmehmanestevenhast (@Estevenhast)

Publicly, yes. Politicians try to save face while having different private views all the time (ex: repubs publicly fought ACA to the end but actually liked it once single payer was taken off and privatization replaced). You need to look up the ‘2001 electoral ballot meeting’ (broadcast by c-span) where Gore presided over. The Congressional black caucus went up one after another calling foul play and demanded recounts and Gore didn’t do anything but scoff. All the senate were paid off by their donors to accept the results. To think Dems fought Bush after the Supreme Court decision is laughable, they are weak and roll over to the repubs at every impass. Corporate donors mean to do that, fund weak dems and strong repubs

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Anonymous

He won the popular vote and a much later very carefully done recount of the Florida ballots showed he won Florida also. (that’s why the ballots were saved) But I have no complaints about the result, it simply hastened the day that all thinking Americans came to the realization that the Republican Party is played out. If they can’t field a candidate who would win against Hillary, they are done for. I look forward to the new party that will replace them.

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Anonymous

Do a little bit of research on this. You will find that all the studies show that Bush still won Florida even in all the Hand Counts that were done. Even the Clinton News Network said that (CNN).

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George Sandrock

What is missing from this conversation is the very loose representation of the word “democracy” in our country and ever since its inception. When our forefathers did not trust the judgement of the common man (mankind). This out-dated institution needs to abolished by legislation or by force. So that no longer will a monarchy like the bushes or Clintons be able to steal elections. And we once again be able to be respected by the rest of the world.

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Anonymous

until the Supreme Court and/or Congress all agree to keep or eliminate the Electorial College; we HAVE TO ACCEPT rulings.
Like it or not, let things play out. I personally feel the USA’s economic future will be brighter than ever with Trump.

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