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Election 2000: Partisans Gather, Chant Outside U.S. Supreme Court

Aired December 1, 2000 - 10:37 a.m. ET

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

FRANK SESNO, CNN ANCHOR: We have got -- and shortly and I believe, if not already -- Roger Cossack, who was in the courtroom. He is going to be talking to us very shortly. But first to Bob Franken outside.

Bob, for atmospherics outside and in.

BOB FRANKEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, first of all, inside, there is all the quiet dignity that you expect, the ceremonial matters that Roger Cossack will describe in a moment, and the arguments over the issues of state's rights and the separation of powers, perhaps some discussion about the involvement of Florida Legislature. All of that being discussed in hushed tones almost, the debate between the justices and the lawyers that goes on in any Supreme Court matter.

Outside, it's a carnival atmosphere, several hundred people, probably a thousand or so, chanting. There are Gore campaign supporters and Bush campaign supporters. We are located where the Bush campaign supporters are being kept by police. They are separated by a phalanx of police. There is a heavy, heavy police presence here. But mainly, what we are having is a lot of people who are enjoying themselves chanting.

And to give you some idea just how festive it is, one of my network colleagues to my left, started munching on a bagel a few minutes ago and the chant went up: We want a bagel! We want a bagel! So tensions are not high out here Frank.

SESNO: As far as the jovial atmosphere outside, inside, again, and to recap, especially for viewers just joining us, what this is all about?

FRANKEN: This is about the Bush campaign's lawsuit that the Supreme Court took with accelerated process to decide whether the Florida Supreme Court erred by allowing a hand count to go ahead. That is the issue, that is what the justices will decide -- Frank.

SESNO: Thanks, Bob.

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