Gore Campaign Chairman William Daley
Friday, December 8, 2000
is the transcript of Gore campaign chairman William Daley's reaction to the
Florida Supreme Court decision ordering manual recounts.
DALEY: Today's ruling
by the Florida Supreme Court is an important victory for what has been Al Gore
and Joe Lieberman's basic principle since Election Day, and that is a full and
a fair count of all the votes.
This decision is not just
a victory for Al Gore and his millions of supporters. It is a victory for fairness
and accountability and our democracy itself.
Let the count begin, not
just of the votes yet to be counted in Miami-Dade, but, as the court wisely
ruled, in every Florida county where undervotes have yet to be counted. Then
Florida, and America, will know with certainty who has really won the presidency.
We urge everyone to let
the counting, supervised by the independent judiciary, proceed without interruption
to a speedy conclusion.
All of these matters should
be resolved by the Florida's judiciary, not by the politicians.
Al Gore and Joe Lieberman
pledge to respect the results of this court-supervised vote counting. We urge
everyone to respect the will of Florida's voters and honor the results of the
I want to thank our legal
team for their great job, our supporters for their hard work, and especially
the American people for their patience as our nation makes sure that every vote
Thank you very much.
QUESTION: Are you
confident this will withstand a Supreme Court appeal?
DALEY: We feel very
good about this decision.