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New Yorkers, Los Angelinos Sound off on Presidential Election

Aired November 15, 2000 - 2:49 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, as the legal battles continue to pile on in Florida, we want to continue to check in with other Americans outside the state of Florida to see what they think about all of this.

Right now, we'll hear what some New Yorkers have to say.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think that it's -- we should let the democratic process proceed, but I think it's about time that it came to an end.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It shows democracy at work. The country is not going to be hurt for any extended length of time. And we're still the country that is most envied in the world and we will continue to be.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I really think it's a big joke. This thing by 5:00 last night was decided that Bush was ahead I think by 300 points, if he's the winner, God bless him. I am sure the American people will stand behind him and that's the way it should be.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They should recount the ballots. It's the only way we're going to know for sure.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think it's making the country a laughing stock. I think that they're laughing at us in Europe and I think our forefathers are probably turning in their graves.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The real problem is that electoral officials are partisan. So, eventually it would have to go to the Supreme Court.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's amazing that something like this occurred in the first place, but, also, it's a blessing in a way that we live in a society where we can correct errors and we have the opportunity to let the process take place. And I think that's very important. It rectifies itself. Let the better man win.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

WATERS: And California is getting in its two cents worth. Here is CNN's Jennifer Auther in Los Angeles. JENNIFER AUTHER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Lou, we are at the farmer's market here in Los Angeles. It's a favorite haunt of people who live here as well as a real tourist attraction.

And here we find Dunston Henry (ph). He is from Philadelphia, been living there 11 years. We just hear that out of the courts in Florida that it in fact it may take two to four days but those manual recounts will go on.

Your views?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think they should give the people enough time to count. Let them count over. I mean, I don't see the problem. Let them count so we get the people's president.

AUTHER: We are going to move along pretty quickly here. We're going to talk now to Jerry Bender (ph).

Jerry, if we could just ask you, quickly. Do you think that there will be a mandate for either candidate?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What do you mean by mandate?

AUTHER: In the end, when this comes to a conclusion and we find out who our president is, do you think either man will have a mandate?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think what happens, really, in the long run, the loser is really going to be the winner. Probably the winner will be the president, but the loser will be the winner. That's what I think.

And probably in four years from now, the loser now will be the winner of the president in four years from now. That's what I think.

AUTHER: Thank you very much.

We're going to move right along now to Marshal Stewart (ph).

I wanted to ask you specifically, if you think that Florida is holding up this election just a little bit too long for you out in California. We're pretty sure of what we wanted to do as far as the popular vote for president.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, I think that the whole country is being held up by this decision. But I think that every vote should be counted. Or else we won't know who won, really.

AUTHER: All right. Thank you very much.

We're going to toss it back to you. I am Jennifer Auther reporting live, CNN, from the Farmer's Market in Los Angeles.

ALLEN: Thank you, Jennifer.

WATERS: All right, Jennifer.

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