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Al gore should have been president
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vancam
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Cheated out of the vote


vancam
Feb 28, 2007
Case #1
and a more concerned candidate than Bush!

 
vancam
May 01, 2007
Case #2
you need to be careful when you say that Bush won Florida "fair and square." remember the electronic voting machine scandal? and you shouldn't limit the election results to Florida. other swing states such as Ohio, my state, had serious election breakdowns, mainly 350,000 people were prevented from voting or having their votes counted.

 
vancam
May 01, 2007
Case #3
I made the mistake of moving to Florida where I lived from 1999 to 2004. I was one of those "darkies" that was denied to exercise my right to vote. Bush did not get elected, he was SELECTED. I'll never forget the short visit to his house after 2 of the major networks declared Bush the loser and he told the reporters at his retreat not the electtion was not over, it sho wasn't, Bush knew the fix was in.

Jon Jax 71

 
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Feb 28, 2007
Case #1
I can't believe that you would actually bother to start a debate if you don't want to put in the effort to make your first argument a complete sentence.

In any case, I'm not really sure what you're trying to say here - that Gore actually won the 2000 election and he got cheated out of office by the conniving George W. Bush and his redneck Republican cohorts, or that Al Gore should have won the 2000 election because he would have produced a better Executive than George W. Bush and his redneck Republican cohorts. I'll address each potential case in turn.

First, I don't think even the most die-hard Gore fans or Bush-haters can make a good argument that Gore actually won the election in 2000. There were weeks of recounts and retabulations, and they all came out with the same conclusion: Bush won the state of Florida, fair and square. When Gore's legal action dragged on so long it was actually going to affect Bush's taking office, the Supreme Court decided to put an end to the madness and settled the matter once and for all. It's not unheard of for a candidate to win the Presidency but lose the popular vote - in fact, it's happened four times now in the history of the United States.

Don't let your political persuasions cloud your judgment to the point that you can't deal with the result of a fair election.

I think you would also be mistaken to say that Gore would have been a better President than Bush. It's generally quite easy to trash current policy-makers (no matter their position, they upset someone) and rant and rave about how anyone else could have done the job better. Fact is, while Gore has been gallivanting about crusading against global warming, Bush has had to face some seriously tough situations which I'm convinced Gore could easily have handled far worse.

Gore didn't have a distinguished Congressional career and his years at Vice President were no more impressive. The major quest of his Clinton Administration - healthcare reform - fizzled out when a shrewd Congress shot down Clinton's universal health care plan - which sounds a lot better than it actually would have been. Gore's main activity during the Cinton years was working with the UN on the Kyoto Treaty, which turned out to be a sack of rubbish that the United States Congress has refused to support to this day. It's hard to say what part (if any) Gore had in Clinton Administration policy, which makes the Clinton years poor evidence of what his performance in the White House could have been like.

Al Gore may have a certain "cool" factor going for him after his popular documentary's run, but it takes more than the ability to embrace a trendy environmental issue to be a great President.


 


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