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Jackson: 'We Want to Win by the Count, Not by the Clock'

Aired December 6, 2000 - 11:11 a.m. ET

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

DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: Right now, we are going to switch gears a little bit. We are going to go back to Florida. This time we are listening live to the Reverend Jesse Jackson speaking at the state capitol.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

REV. JESSE JACKSON, RAINBOW/PUSH COALITION: ... in process, some suggestion that Dole make Gore may want to win by negation. The reality is, looking at Seminole looking through a keyhole. Look through the door. You will see a pattern of racial targeting, you will see a pattern of intentionality, schemes, plan, you're going to see corruption, tainted ballots in Seminole, in Martin, and in the Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County.

In the end, this is on Jeb Bush's watch. He did not recuse himself, he reclused himself, and let Baker become the spokesman for Florida. When it got hot, he skipped town. He should be here monitoring the process because he is governor of the state. He is in exile now, and Florida is being run out of Texas because of this mess.

If we were in Yugoslavia, and Milosevic was losing a race, and there was one contested state and his brother, the governor, was over that state, and the machinery of state broke down, and he became the winner by a virtue of the breakdown of that machinery, we would say that race does not pass a smell test of transparency.

That's what has happened in Florida. Mr. Bush and Mrs. Harris are very much involved in the chaos of this state. And they cannot shift even to Seminole. It's really about Tallahassee. Yes, ma'am?

QUESTION: Where -- you are saying that there was a lawsuit filed today?

JACKSON: Suit filed last night, lawyers seeking to get an emergency quick hearing on it. It's the suit in Duval County, in Duval, where 27,000 ballots that were thrown away, 16,000 were inner city Jacksonville, a 6,000 vote under vote. Corrine Brown, the congresswoman, got more votes than Gore at the top of the ticket, and Nelson got more votes than Gore at the top of the ticket, and she could not file because they intentionally withheld the count, which is illegal. You are supposed to file within 72 hours your protest. But if you withhold the data, you cannot file in 72 hours, and if you withhold it, that is illegal holding of information that is -- in the public domain.

So we are filing a civil rights, and we hope the judge will hear that case, and the attorneys filed it last night, and they are now trying to get an expedited hearing.

QUESTION: Reverend Jackson, what are you asking for in that suit? What remedy are you asking for?

JACKSON: Count the votes.

Our case remains clear. We want to win by the count, not by the clock. If Mr. Bush's premise is leave no American behind. Then count the votes in Miami-Dade.

KAGAN: We've been listening to the Reverend Jesse Jackson. He is appearing in Tallahassee this morning with members of the Black Caucus of the Florida State Legislature, talking about yet another lawsuit that has been filed, contesting this election, this one in Duval County, where the reverend claims, about 27,000 ballots were thrown away.

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