St. Petersburg Times Online: Election 2000
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather

printer version

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?

* * *

"I didn't like it. Every vote should count. It's in the best interests of the country to just accept it."
-- Terry Fedder, 41, Venice

"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.
-- Mary Arment, 49, Land O'Lakes

"Every vote should count. You're taking people's rights away. I don't think Bush will be there more than one term, anyway.
-- Charles Ashe, 30, Tampa

"I'm upset about the whole thing. The whole time they were making this decision they could have been counting ballots.
-- Vicki Anderson, 46, Tampa

"I think a lot of things went on that were wrong. But that's our president.
-- Herbert Bates, 61, St. Petersburg

"I'm sick and tired of this going on forever. I really don't care who is president now."
-- Dorothy Gay, 69, Palm Harbor

"Oh, yes. I think he's (Bush) a good man. I liked his dad.
-- Homer Anderson, 63, Land O'Lakes

"Bush basically shouldn't have won . . . That man couldn't run Texas."
-- Willie Roberts, 58, Brooksville

"I really don't want Bush to become the president. I feel he thinks hate crimes don't exist."
-- Latisha Madrey, 21, Brooksville

"If there was a vote tomorrow I wouldn't vote no more. Bush'll be a good president, I imagine."
-- Dick Dickerson, 74, Zephyrhills

". . . if they can't come to an agreement , why not just leave Clinton in there?"
-- Judy Moon, 60, Hernando Beach

"The vote was by far the most mixed up thing I've ever seen. I hope they get it straightened out.
-- Helen Deets, 69, Inverness

"I'd have no trouble at all. I was actually on the borderline.
-- Les Marsden, 57, Largo

"I don't have trust or faith in the system. I'm not even sure my vote counted.
-- Lenox Cooke, 52, Tampa

I have no faith in Bush whatsoever. Gore is far superior to him.
-- Elemer Nagy, 71, New Port Richey

" I don't think he was elected by the people. I think the Supreme Court elected him."
-- Mel Godsey, 64, Seminole

"I'll say he's the president. But I won't say he's my president.
-- George Wilcox, 76, St. Petersburg

"We have no choice because he is the president of the U.S. But overall Gore's the dude."
-- Rhonda Caldwell, 46, Largo

"I'm disappointed with the Florida process from start to finish.
-- James Swenson, 60, Brooksville

"I'll always have it in the back of my mind that the guy I voted for did not get in. "
-- Dale Morris, 40, Largo

"I'm just sick over it. I think it's a disgrace and they should have done the hand counts.
-- Mary Ann LaPorte, 62, Inverness

"I don't think Gore should have dropped out, but I have to accept it."
-- Mardy Warnken, 38, Palm Harbor

"I think the deck was stacked from the beginning. And the courts didn't help things ."
-- Donahue West, 54, St. Petersburg

"After watching Saturday Night Live, I don't (think I can support Bush). "
-- Jean Crampton, 73, Brooksville

Back to Election 2000

Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
Special Links
Tim Nickens
The Presidential race
Florida races
Pinellas races
Hillsborough races
Pasco races
Hernando races
Citrus races

From the Times election desk

Top stories
  • 'We will stand together behind our new president.'
  • 'I was not elected to serve one party, but to serve one nation.'
  • Text of Bush speech
  • Text of Gore speech

  • Columns and analysis
  • Historic battle leaves a changing Florida changed
  • As we talk of uniting, divisions multiply
  • After days of the bad comes time of the good
  • Election showed America TV's strengths, flaws
  • Courts may find little haven from partisan storms
  • In deciding winner, justices lost

  • Around Florida
  • 10 reasons why Al Gore lost Florida
  • Rev. Jackson: Florida is the scene of the crime
  • Change: $200 million
  • Checks reveal thousands of tainted votes
  • The last words

  • More coverage
  • Experts predict ruling to spur more lawsuits
  • Senate waits, guards against surprise
  • A weary world hopes U.S. saga is finally over
  • Democrats wary of cooperating
  • For both, relatives help cushion frantic final day
  • Bush under pressure to name staff, get moving
  • Too long to wait? It was only 37 days
  • Election notebook

  • From the AP
    national wire
  • Bush Pledges Iraq Arms Hunt Will Continue
  • 'Partial Birth' Abortion Ban Passes House