The last words
By Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times, published December 14, 2000
All across the Tampa Bay area Wednesday, supporters of Vice President Al Gore struggled with their emotions. Their candidate was about to make the concession speech that could finally bring an end to an election battle that has been riveting, frustrating and downright bizarre from start to finish.
The Times asked several Gore supporters: Would they be able to put it behind them and support Texas Gov. George W. Bush as their president?
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"I didn't like it. Every vote should count. It's in the best interests of the country to just accept it."
"I still think Gore was robbed, but at this point I don't think it's good for the country to have any more big battles.
"Every vote should count. You're taking people's rights away. I don't think Bush will be there more than one term, anyway.
"I'm upset about the whole thing. The whole time they were making this decision they could have been counting ballots.
"I think a lot of things went on that were wrong. But that's our president.
"I'm sick and tired of this going on forever. I really don't care who is president now."
"Oh, yes. I think he's (Bush) a good man. I liked his dad.
"Bush basically shouldn't have won . . . That man couldn't run Texas."
"I really don't want Bush to become the president. I feel he thinks hate crimes don't exist."
"If there was a vote tomorrow I wouldn't vote no more. Bush'll be a good president, I imagine."
". . . if they can't come to an agreement , why not just leave Clinton in there?"
"The vote was by far the most mixed up thing I've ever seen. I hope they get it straightened out.
"I'd have no trouble at all. I was actually on the borderline.
"I don't have trust or faith in the system. I'm not even sure my vote counted.
I have no faith in Bush whatsoever. Gore is far superior to him.
" I don't think he was elected by the people. I think the Supreme Court elected him."
"I'll say he's the president. But I won't say he's my president.
"We have no choice because he is the president of the U.S. But overall Gore's the dude."
"I'm disappointed with the Florida process from start to finish.
"I'll always have it in the back of my mind that the guy I voted for did not get in. "
"I'm just sick over it. I think it's a disgrace and they should have done the hand counts.
"I don't think Gore should have dropped out, but I have to accept it."
"I think the deck was stacked from the beginning. And the courts didn't help things ."
"After watching Saturday Night Live, I don't (think I can support Bush). "
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