- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 21, 2000

Vice President Al Gore faces mounting pressure from key Democrats to let Florida's Supreme Court decide the unresolved presidential election.
Senior Democrats are urging a quick resolution to the election drama as two new polls point to growing impatience among the electorate.
A CNN-USA Today-Gallup poll released yesterday showed 48 percent of Americans think the election dispute "has gone on too long already."
In a new CBS News poll, 46 percent of respondents said the uncertainty is "hurting the country."
On Sunday, three prominent Democrats Sen. John B. Breaux of Louisiana, Rep. Charles B. Rangel of New York and former Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia urged Mr. Gore to abide by the Florida Supreme Court's ruling on whether to allow or prohibit hand recounts in three counties.
"I would like to see that be the final decision. It's called the Supreme Court for a reason," Mr. Breaux told "Fox News Sunday."
"Our Constitution envisions that the states will make these decisions," Mr. Nunn told CBS' "Face the Nation."
Mr. Gore "got pretty lucky picking the districts where he did pretty well for the recounts," Mr. Rangel told the Wall Street Journal.
"I think he ought to take that and accept whatever comes out of it."
Last night, Rep. Peter Deutsch, Florida Democrat, called for a statewide hand recount a proposal Texas Gov. George W. Bush rejected last week.
Democratic support for further wrangling might dwindle if the high court allows hand recounts and Mr. Gore does not gain enough votes to prevail.
Mr. Gore canceled a trip to Nashville, Tenn., yesterday to stay in Washington and monitor arguments before the Florida Supreme Court.
The vice president addressed an annual "Family Re-Union" conference at Vanderbilt University by satellite from the Old Executive Office Building.
"I appreciate this chance to speak to the Florida Supreme Court," Mr. Gore cracked at the outset with his trademark deadpan humor.
Mr. Gore noted that the conference usually is set in the summer.
"We decided to move this one out of the heat of the election to late November so we could be sure that it was well after the conclusion of the election," Mr. Gore said.
"And you know, I just assumed that by November 20th, the election would be over with. But I guess not," he said.
At this point, Mr. Gore is not talking about giving up, Sen. Bob Graham, Florida Democrat, said yesterday.
"I suspect that he's doing as I'm suggesting, waiting until each step is completed before deciding where to go from here," Mr. Graham told CBS' "Early Show."
Mr. Gore's running mate, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, said Sunday that Mr. Gore is preserving his options.
"It's not for me to say at this point that any option is off the table," the Connecticut Democrat told ABC's "This Week."
But "if the Florida Supreme Court allows a hand count to go forward, it is much more likely that we will accept the result as the last word," Mr. Lieberman said.
Mr. Gore trails by 930 votes, according to a machine recount in Florida's 67 counties and the tally of overseas absentee ballots.
Gore campaign Chairman William M. Daley and former Secretary of State Warren Christopher reportedly told Democrats on Capitol Hill last week that Mr. Gore should give up if he loses on manual recounts.
As of yesterday afternoon, Palm Beach County had recounted 103 of 531 precincts by hand. Mr. Gore had gained a net of three votes.
Mr. Gore reportedly gained 108 votes in Broward County with 70 percent of its manual recount completed.
With pressure building, Mr. Gore closed his remarks to the family conference by paying tribute to his own family.
"It's been my greatest source of strength all my life and especially during the last week and a half," Mr. Gore said.

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