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Florida Lawmakers Consider Special Session to Pick Electors

Aired November 29, 2000 - 11:02 a.m. ET

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

BILL HEMMER, CNN ANCHOR: At this hour, that is indeed the news of the hour, whether or not that special session may convene or not. Let's bring in Mike Boettcher, who is watching this quite closely as well. As we go back into our live coverage here, what should we be listening for? what should we be watching for?

MIKE BOETTCHER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: What's coming up right now is a public hearing. The public can speak for two hours. But what to look for is, if they allow the 65 to 70 people, who were flown up here by the Democrats, if they allow them open access to speak.

They came up to talk about what was the original intent of this hearing, which was to look at election irregularities. It has been changed to calling the special session. And there's a chance they could be cut off.

The interesting, though, is what to look for. They really need a political trauma unit in there, kind of an EKG, an election- cardiogram, because all the Republicans there are not of one mind. There is a lot of trauma going on there. There is a lot of concern that some of them might be committing political suicide. Some of them want to run for statewide races, and if they are associated with this very divisive issue, one side or the other, they will never win a statewide race.

And there is back and forth when to start this special session. Does it start Monday or does it start Friday?

Let's listen in briefly, Bill.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

TIM ROSSIN (D), FLORIDA STATE SENATE: ... yesterday, and rather than asking another constitutional expert to come up with, perhaps, the different views than were presented, in order to save time of the committee, I would ask that a portion of the brief, which deals with the issues that we discussed yesterday, which was filed with the Supreme Court by the counsel for Vice President Gore, be entered into the record for anybody who's interested in reading the different points of view than what was addressed here yesterday, and I have that document. I also have the entire brief, if we want to use that, but I thought the portions that just dealt with those constitutional issues were probably what was relevant. BOETTCHER: That is Tom Rossin, a Democrat, from the state Senate. And he has been asking questions, Bill, in opposition to the special session, saying why do we need it?

HEMMER: And you were just talking about the members of the public that were about to speak. This is what we beginning is the beginning of that part of the session.

BOETTCHER: That is the beginning, that will carry on for about two hours.

HEMMER: All right, Mike, many thanks. We'll watch it. Come on back, OK.

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