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Election 2000: Bush Team Files Response to Gore Recount Appeal

Aired November 23, 2000 - 1:18 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: Even though it is a holiday, the election 2000 story just keeps going on. And we have developments in Tallahassee right now. Let's go to CNN's Kate Snow with that.

KATE SNOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, good afternoon, Natalie.

You will recall the Democrats filed something here earlier today asking for the court to force the Miami-Dade Canvassing Board to continue with its recount. I have in my hand something from the Bush campaign. This is now simply a motion to intervene on behalf of George W. Bush. What it says is: If the court chooses to address Mr. Gore's petition on the merits, Mr. Bush respectfully request that he be allowed to submit a brief urging denial of the petition before the court decides the issue.

We can tell you that -- I've just spoken a few moments ago with the public information officer for this court. He tells me, this is as much of a logistical battle, as it is a legal battle today, It is Thanksgiving Day, they had to round up the justices of the Supreme Court. He tells me six of the justices have now been able to look at Mr. Gore's initial filing from this morning, or the filing of behalf of Mr. Gore. So six of the justices have talked about it. Now they need five justices as a quorum.

So with six of them discussing it, they could go ahead and issue some kind of -- either decide that they are going to take this petition from this morning or deny the petition on its face, and then at that point, again, what George W. Bush is asking is that his attorneys then be allowed to file some kind of response, some kind of a brief urging denial of the petition.

Again, just to outline what this petition is. The Gore legal team saying that the canvassing board of Miami "should be ordered by this court to now return to the work of counting the people's ballots before time runs out." They say determining the will of the voters cannot be frustrated by -- this is a quote -- "the whim of local officials."

Attorneys for the vice president also arguing that it wrong for Miami-Dade to simply ignore the 388 additional votes for both Bush and Gore that they had already counted before yesterday. Yesterday they decided to go back to an earlier count and ignore some of those recounts. So the Gore team asking the Supreme Court to intervene and order Miami-Dade to continue its recount. We are told that they think that might happen by tomorrow morning if the Supreme Court so orders. But to this point, we have not heard word yet from those Supreme Court justices -- Natalie.

ALLEN: All right, Kate Snow, and with the clock ticking on, because Sunday is the deadline. Even if Miami-Dade County is told to recount again, it has a lot of work to do.

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