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Election 2000: Bush Plans Transition, Gore Hopes for Florida Supreme Court Victory

Aired December 5, 2000 - 1:19 p.m. ET

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

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: George Bush steps up his preparations for presidency and the Gore supporters insist the fight isn't over yet.

Jeanne Meserve has been covering the Bush campaign. Jonathan Karl is watching the Gore team.

Let's start with CNN's Jeanne Meserve, who remains in Austin, Texas -- Jeanne.

JEANNE MESERVE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Lou if there's anything the Bush campaign has learned over the last month, it's that things change; and so their optimism today is very restrained, despite yesterday's court decisions, which appear to make a Bush administration more probable.

Governor Bush arrived at the state capitol today and was asked if it was time for Al Gore to concede. He refused to answer that question -- said that was a decision for Mr. Gore to make. However, he did say the principal order of the business today is getting on with business -- specifically, transition business.

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GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I've been taking the transition very seriously. I've been in constant contact with people on my team who are in Washington, D.C. I think it's going to be important to show some -- once the election is over -- to show the American people that this administration will be ready to seize the moment.

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MESERVE: Bush had been scheduled to meet this afternoon with a player from his father's administration, Condoleeza Rice. She has been an international policy adviser to the Bush campaign and it would surprise no one if she was named national security adviser. However, there were some travel snafus -- she will now meet with Governor Bush tomorrow.

Transition also on the agenda of Bush's running mate Dick Cheney. He was on Capitol Hill today, meeting with key Republican leaders.

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DICK CHENEY (R), VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Hopefully we will be able to get on, in fairly short order, with the business of preparing for governing; and the transition is up and running and operational now and we look forward to working with members of Congress of both parties.

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MESERVE: And another note: Governor Bush received his first national security briefing this morning from the CIA. It lasted about 45 minutes. Andrew Card, his designee for White House chief of staff also participated. He will get those briefings regularly -- as often as daily if world events and his schedule allow that. Another indication that business is moving on with the Bush campaign.

Now on to my colleague Jonathan Karl in Washington.

JONATHAN KARL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Jeanne, here in Washington we are awaiting word from the vice president himself. We're expected to hear a statement from the vice president sometime before 3:00. We're told to expect no surprises, the vice president expected to reiterate what he has been saying in terms of appealing his case to Florida state Supreme Court and saying that the end of this matter is in site, but saying he still fights on and believes he has a chance to get this done. But whatever the Florida state Supreme Court says, the vice president expected to reiterate he will abide by.

The vice president arrived at White House office about an hour and a half ago. We're told one thing different today from other days where he has come to the White House is there are no transition meetings on the schedule today. He will not be meeting, has not been meeting with his transition team, we are told.

But there is another matter; there are two very important tracks that the vice president is working on: one, his legal case in Florida, preparing that appeal. And then, up here in Washington, very much trying to work to keep the Democratic Party unified behind his appeal effort. Taking that task today was Joe Lieberman up on Capitol Hill, meeting with Democrats, meeting with members of both the House and the Senate, telling them that the end is in sight and asking for them to maintain their level of support for the vice president through this appeal.

One thing the vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman saying is that the vice president will abide by whatever the Florida state Supreme Court says.

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SEN. JOSEPH LIEBERMAN (D-CT), VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: We, therefore, go to the final arbiter, the Florida Supreme Court, the system of justice, the rule of law for a judgment in this case which we think will be the final judgment, and we hope and sincerely believe will be a favorable judgment for us. We're also confident that this can be done expeditiously -- both the judgment of the Florida Supreme Court and the count of the ballots that we hope and believe will result from that judgment.

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KARL: And now that there is a schedule from the Florida state Supreme Court -- they'll be taking briefs tomorrow, oral arguments on the appeal will be held on Thursday starting at 10:00 in the morning. Now that they have that schedule, the Gore campaign very much hoping that they can change the subject from last night's very bad news for the Gore campaign -- their loss in Judge Sanders Sauls' courtroom -- change the subject from that to the merits of their appeal before the state Supreme Court -- Lou.

WATERS: All right, Jonathan Karl in Washington; and Jeanne Meserve in Austin, Texas.

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