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Campaigns Seek Quick – but Favorable – Recount

Sunday, 12 November 2000 12:00 AM

Speaking on "Face the Nation" on CBS, former Secretary of State James A. Baker III reiterated a Republican proposal whereby both sides would accept the recount of votes already conducted by machine only, plus the tabulation of still-incoming absentee ballots.

"We would agree to abide by the results of the count of those overseas absentee ballots provided they are counted in an appropriate and legal way, if the other side would agree to do that." Pundits speculate that soldiers who tend to vote Republican cast the majority of overseas ballots.

Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher rejected Baker's proposal on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"We are not prepared to do that, frankly," Christopher said. "This is the procedure called for by Florida law." The manual recounts in four Democrat-dominated Florida counties, if allowed to proceed by a federal judge at a hearing Monday, would likely increase Gore's total.

Christopher said the Gore campaign had not ruled out legal options to challenge the outcome of the Florida vote in the courts. "A final decision has not been made yet on further lawsuits."

Private citizens - with ties to the Democrat party - have filed eight lawsuits in Florida to challenge alleged election irregularities that supposedly could have pulled votes away from Gore.

But while Baker called for a quick and orderly end to the debacle in Florida, he warned that Republicans could call for recounts in any number of other states that leaned Democrat in Tuesday's election, potentially dragging out the process indefinitely.

"I can't say that we will, and I can't say that we won't," Baker said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Bush's lawyers went to court Saturday, asking a federal judge to stop the manual recounts. Baker said on "Face the Nation" that such hand counts were subject to "human error" and "mischief." During the night, Palm Beach election officials voted 2-1 to begin a full manual recount of the county's votes Monday, based on a sample manual recount that showed Gore gaining 19 votes out of 4,000 examined.

The spiraling logistical and legal wrangling comes as leaders from both parties urge caution over the process getting out of control.

Democrat leaders warned Gore Sunday to keep the battle to Florida and fight it out through ballot counts and not through the court system.

Former Democrat Sen. Sam Nunn from Georgia released a statement saying that "Vice President Gore should make it clear that he would concede the victory to Governor Bush if he loses Florida after the more scrupulous recount and the counting of the absentee ballots." Nunn also called on Bush to let the hand recount go forward under Florida law.

Senate Minority Leader Thomas Daschle from South Dakota said on "Face the Nation" that Gore should stay away from the courts. "I think we should be very cautious about taking this matter to the courts," Daschle said.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said the entire process could damage the prestige of the White House. He said on "Face the Nation" that either winner would ultimately receive a "rapidly diminishing mandate."

"What we really need to do here is both sides should agree that whatever the voters say in the state of Florida is it," McCain said.

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