Begins Transition Plans
By Randy Sojourner; Political reporter
In a brief ten minute speech, George W. Bush all but declared himself the
winner in the Presidential election tonight.
After receiving the certification from the State of Florida earlier
this evening, Gov. Bush attempted to lay the ground work for what he
hopes will be a bipartisan effort to smooth his would be transition
into the Oval Office. Speaking briefly about policy plans and his
transition team, Gov. Bush asked Vice President Gore to discontinue
the legal challenges on the Florida recount, stating emphatically,
"It is time for the votes to count."
Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris declared the state's 25
Electoral votes to Gov. Bush after the Florida Supreme Courts
arbitrary deadline had passed. The certified count had Gov. Bush
leading Al Gore by a slim 537 votes. This certification included the
original recount numbers from Palm Beach County, but not the roughly
10,000 disputed ballots that were considered under-votes.
Vice President Gore plans to speak tomorrow about the certification
and to outline his camp's legal approach for the coming weeks.
Shortly following the certification, Vice Presidential candidate Joe
Lieberman denounced Harris' decision, stating that it was premature to
certify without all of the contested ballots counted. Senate Majority
leader, Trent Lott, also issued a statement calling for an immediate
concession by Vice President Gore.
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