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Election Controversy in Florida Continues to Hold America's Attention

Aired November 14, 2000 - 2:51 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Well, what's going in Florida certainly still holds the attention of this country, if not the world. And we continue to talk with people about it through poll taking and through interviews with microphones.

And that's what CNN's Greg Lefevre is going to do for us now from San Francisco -- Greg.

GREG LEFEVRE, CNN SAN FRANCISCO BUREAU CHIEF: Well, we're here clear across the country. Folks watching with amusement and amazement at what's happening in Florida. We've got two gentlemen from the insurance company, Anthony Alford (ph) and Joel H (ph).

Anthony, first to you. Secretary Christopher seemed to be -- wanted to be diplomatic but it like lawyers versus lawyers. What do you think.

ANTHONY ALFORD: Well, I think that it's good for the American public. I think this is something that engaged people. People are talking about it. I think it's good for us all.

LEFEVRE: Is the system working?

ALFORD: I think it gives the system an opportunity to work.

LEFEVRE: OK. Joel, what about you? Is this lawyer versus lawyer or is it really the American system at work?

JOEL H.: Well, I think ultimately for the American people to live with whatever choice it is I think it needs to be a nonpartisan decision and ultimately, the way to get that is in the court system. That's what courts are for and I think that that will be a decision that we can live with.

LEFEVRE: When you look at the various maneuverings here over the last week or so, either from Bush side or the Gore side, are they doing the right thing by the American public?

JOEL H.: You know, I think anyone in that position would do the same thing. It's a very emotional issue and people are very much -- want to be able to live with whatever decision is made and I think when you are dealing with an emotional issue like this, I think that you have to try and account for as many people as you can. I think that's the constitutional right of Americans. That's democracy and I think we're setting an example that may be a good example for the world. That we do care to look into it and try that hard to get it right.

LEFEVRE: Anthony, let me ask you. When we look at all the actions in the last week or so, is this the right way to do it?

ALFORD: I think it is. Like I said, this is a -- it's a complex issue. I think the American people want to have a say in the process. I think that in order to get a true determination as far as the true count and the American's people's will in terms of their vote, I think this is the purpose way to go.

LEFEVRE: OK, gentleman, thank you very much. Appreciate your time. That's the view from here on the west coast.

Natalie, back to you in Atlanta.

ALLEN: All right, Greg, thank you.

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