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West Virginia Gov. Cecil Underwood Addresses GOP Electors

Aired December 18, 2000 - 1:30 p.m. ET

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

STEPHEN FRAZIER, CNN ANCHOR: The events in West Virginia, as Bob Franken described it, were interesting enough for us to go back there. Now let's listen in as the governor addresses electors. This is Gov. Cecil Underwood.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

GOV. CECIL UNDERWOOD (R), WEST VIRGINIA: ... came to West Virginia to address issues of particular concern and interest to our people. One side clearly was more interested in our state and more effective in reaching voters than the other. As a result, our voters defied historical tendencies and stereotypical expectations. Consequently, our collective decision in the presidential race had an impact on the entire nation. In fact, if our state had voted differently, the outcome in Florida would not have held the balance.

(APPLAUSE)

During the campaign, I heard from many people across the state who were genuinely excited about how West Virginia was receiving well- deserved attention from national candidates. I think that attention motivated more of our people to vote.

Finally, the problems with the ballots in Florida taught us another lesson valuable to all voters. Voting is an important right and should be done with great care and purpose. Perhaps the silver lining from this cloud of controversy will be that all voters will take the time and care to double check their selections, make sure they voted as they intended. I'm fairly sure the electors assembled here today will do just that.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

On Dec. 11, I signed the certificate of ascertainment to certify the these five electors. And the ballots they cast today are the ones that have the final constitutional authority.

FRAZIER: The comments of Gov. Cecil Underwood of West Virginia. These are comments in advance of the electors there casting their ballots.

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