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Bush Plans Administration

Friday, 10 November 2000 12:00 AM

"We will be prepared'' to take office on Jan. 20, Bush said.

Speaking to reporters before his meeting began, Bush said: "I'm in the process of planning, in a responsible way, a potential administration. So that should the verdict that has thus far been announced be confirmed, we'll be ready. I think that what the country needs to know is that this administration will be ready to assume office and be prepared to lead."

Bush then said he and his running mate, Richard Cheney, would meet today at the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas, to further discuss the assembling of a future administration.

Bush would not take questions about the Florida recount, referring those questions to former Secretary James Baker III, who is observing the recount for the Bush campaign. The only thing Bush would say is that he was pleased with his lead in that recount.

Bush would not answer whether Al Gore should concede the election.

"Each candidate and each team is going to have to do what they think is in the best interest of the country. I think it is in our country's best interest that we plan, in a responsible way, a possible administration," he said.

The Gore campaign was not happy about Bush's plans. Democrat legal experts "feel strongly'' that the ballot used Election Day in one Florida county was unlawful, said Gore campaign chairman William Daley. "We'll see what actions follow out of that,'' he said.

Bush would not say when he would resign as governor of Texas, because votes were still being counted from Tuesday's election. He also said it is too early to contact the outgoing Clinton administration about a transition.

When asked if he would be taking office illegitimately, Bush responded: "I would say that we have a Constitution, and I live by the Constitution. We have two vote counts already, and I am pleased with what's happened. I'm sure there are going to be some people that are going to be disappointed that their man didn't get in.

"There are also going to be a lot of people very happy, and our job will be to unite the country. I'm confident that a Bush-Cheney administration will be able to do so in a dignified way."

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