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Election 2000: Gore Awaits U.S. Supreme Court Decision; Bush Continues Work on Possible Transition

Aired December 12, 2000 - 1:32 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: Another day of waiting and the vice president is staying out of the public eye today, while the nation's highest court decides his future.

CNN's Patty Davis joins us with the latest on Al Gore's waiting game -- Patty.

PATTY DAVIS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That is right, Natalie, Vice President Al Gore is inside of his residence here, waiting for word on the U.S. Supreme Court decision. He is surrounded by members of his family, we are told.

Now aides, meanwhile, say that their mood is anxious. One aide saying that everyone has butterflies in their stomach, waiting for this to come down.

They do, however, think that the U.S. Supreme Court -- that their lawyers made a good case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Florida Supreme Court really did have jurisdiction in this case, and they acted constitutionally.

As for the Florida Republican Legislature, working towards naming a likely Bush slate of electors, the Gore campaign is saying that the Florida Legislature will do pretty much anything to get George W. Bush elected.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

DOUG HATTAWAY, GORE CAMPAIGN ATTORNEY: I think that everybody knows what the legislature is up to. The Bush supporters there are trying to guarantee that he get elected, even if the count of the vote shows that the people of Florida just thought otherwise. That would be unprecedented in our history. I know that it's raised a lot of concerns here and around the country from people who think that the politicians should not be stepping in to overturn people's votes.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

DAVIS: Now, at this point, since we don't know what the decision by the Supreme Court will be, aides say that Al Gore is not yet thinking about concession. He is waiting and watching.

Aides, however, his speech-writers have drawn up, you know both sides of this -- they are looking at different versions here, but they haven't given him anything yet at all. And in fact, in the end, they say, it is totally up to Al Gore what he decides to do. And that's assuming that he loses this. In the eventuality, that he does win this, the recounts of course would go forward and there would be no concession.

Now we go to CNN's Tony Clark in Austin.

TONY CLARK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Patty, busy morning for Texas Governor George W. Bush. He is currently at the mansion. We haven't seen him so far today. But this morning, he received his intelligence briefing from the CIA. He took a phone call from his adviser in Florida, Jim Baker and Don Evans, his campaign chairman. Around mid- morning or so, he was scheduled to talk with Dick Cheney and Clay Johnson, who are heading up the transition in Washington. He met with Andrew Card, his chief of staff designate. They presumably talking about transition. He is moving in that direction continually, and aides say he has been patient, in a good mood, calm, waiting for the Supreme Court decision.

The Supreme Court has a variety of options. Among the options before the high court, the possibility of sending the decision back for a recount, resuming the recount, but under certain standards, uniform standards.

The Bush spokeswoman Mindy Tucker said this morning, that the campaign has all along wanted all ballots in Florida to be treated equally.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

MINDY TUCKER, BUSH CAMPAIGN SPOKESWOMAN: That we feel strongly that any -- any -- any law that's used be a law that was in place on election day. You can't change the rules in the middle of the game, and we also feel that it's important that there's a uniform standard, that you can't use a different standard in different counties, and that if they go back and count part of the ballots after this, they are going to have to go back and count all of the ballots because they all need to be used with the same standard.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

CLARK: If the Supreme Court comes down with a decision today, the governor has indicated he may have something to say about it.

Tony Clark, CNN, live in Austin, Texas.

ALLEN: I would imagine he would. Thanks so much Tony and to Patty.

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