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Bush Campaign Spokesman Discusses the Tallying of Florida's Presidential BallotsAired November 20, 2000 - 1:50 p.m. ET
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NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: There you see the recounts under way. Let's go to CNN's Jeff Flock, who's in West Palm Beach, to tell us more about what's going on in that county -- Jeff.
JEFF FLOCK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Natalie, you said it, everyone waiting for the decision in Tallahassee. But you know, the recount here continues, and some people say it will continue no matter what happens.
Let's take a quick look inside there. As you can see, the effort continues. They're about 50 percent done. That's not really necessarily good news to Tucker Eskew, who speaks for the Bush campaign. You really would just assume see this recount end, and you'd like to see the judge -- the judges, the justices put an end to this today, yes?
TUCKER ESKEW, BUSH CAMPAIGN SPOKESMAN: Well, the judges, the justices are in a position to uphold the very sound ruling by a lower court judge, but I won't prejudge their decision. We await it, and we expect a fair and full hearing.
FLOCK: Do you think you're any closer to your finality today, or will be once these oral arguments are made?
ESKEW: I think it's another step closer. We've all learned here not to expect finality until the law is fully upheld. We expect that to happen today.
FLOCK: Now, I want to take you inside this room behind us back here in the emergency operations center. You have been watching this today. You have said all along your fear is that this is not a fair process. Tell me why.
ESKEW: Well, first of all, let me say, when I said we expect finality today, we expect a step toward it.
FLOCK: I hear you.
ESKEW: The process in that room, well, there's confusion. Sometimes it's quiet. There are chads falling. Sometimes they're not visible. There's training that occurs. Sometimes it's inconsistent.
It's a process that is prone to human error, a lot of fatigue, and some very inconsistent procedures.
FLOCK: Is your main problem that this is just taking place in the Democratic counties? What about a full hand recount of all of Florida's vote? The Democratic senator for Florida today called for that full statewide manual recount. Why not?
ESKEW: Well, we've indicated all along that the process is inherently flawed. We said that even before it began to come into focus whether or not Al Gore -- Al Gore or Governor Bush were benefiting from the count. So regardless of the count, the process is flawed. If it's flawed in three Democratic counties, you can certainly believe that statewide it would be flawed.
FLOCK: Do you think there's any hope that this ruling from the Supreme Court will put an end to this? Some of these people here say they will continue to count regardless.
ESKEW: Well, let's let the court rule and let's let the court's ruling stand as to law.
FLOCK: Are you ready to get off this roller coaster?
ESKEW: We'll get off it when it's come to a complete stop.
FLOCK: It sounds like you're ready for another go-around if necessary.
ESKEW: Only if necessary.
FLOCK: Tucker Eskew, I appreciate it. Thanks very much. I know you're on a bit of pins and needles here, as we all are, as we await the ruling to the north in Tallahassee.
For now, I'm Jeff Flock, CNN, reporting live, West Palm Beach, Florida.
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