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Gore in Florida for fundraiser on anniversary of concession

©Associated Press
December 13, 2001

MIAMI -- Al Gore returned to Florida on Wednesday to speak at a Democratic fundraiser on the first anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that ended his quest for the White House.

The former vice president was filling in for Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota and New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who are in Washington while the Senate is in session.

The overtime 2000 election concluded when Gore conceded Dec. 13, 2000, ending the closest election in modern history. His final concession came a day after the U.S. Supreme Court shut down further recounts of disputed ballots in Florida.

The fundraiser, expected to raise $500,000 for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, was being held at the neighboring homes of lawyer Chris Korge and businessman Stuart Cauff in the Miami suburbs.

"He's taking the opportunity to meet with people who helped him and say thank you," said Korge, who helped organize the $5,000-per-person event.

Gore did not have any public events on his schedule and planned to meet privately with supporters. The evening reception was closed to the media.

Gore met with backers at a Miami Beach hotel during the afternoon. Greg Ullman, who attended the hourlong gathering, said Gore did not directly discuss the 36-day recount, speaking instead about the economy and his travels.

Ullman said Gore said he had not made any decisions about the 2004 race.

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