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Gore Expresses Confidence, Bush Transition Team Digs In

Wednesday, 29 November 2000 12:00 AM

But a top adviser to Texas Gov. George W. Bush later on the same program outlined steps the Republican Party was taking to shape a possible Bush administration.

In an interview Wednesday with NBC's "Today" show, Gore said he felt the odds of his winning were "still 50-50." Florida officials have certified Bush the winner of the state's 25 electoral votes, giving Bush the election, although the disposition of several outstanding lawsuits have kept Gore from issuing a formal concession. Gore said that the contest would be decided by the middle of December.

NBC interviewer Claire Shipman said she imagined the vice president lying awake at night reconsidering portions of his campaign decisions.

"I don't lie awake at night," Gore said. "I sleep like a baby. I've been getting seven, eight hours of sleep a night. And I am not tortured over what-ifs at all. And, in fact, I believe we're going to win this election."

Asked about whether he believed Bush was trying to "steal" the election, Gore responded, "I have never used that word, that phrase."

He added, "[I] urged my supporters to never use that phrase. I think that both Gov. Bush and I should recognize an obligation, during this time when the votes are still to be counted, to try to restrain the passions of our partisan supporters."

Gore said that if the election does end up against him, "The first thing I would do is turn my attention to trying to help Gov. Bush unify the country behind his leadership and make sure that there was no question about the legitimacy of his win. That's why I – one of the reasons why I'm focused now on this insistence that every vote be counted. And I would expect him to do the same thing if he lost."

Andrew Card, who is heading up the Bush transition efforts, said his team has "spent quite a bit of time talking about a White House [potential] staff."

"We've spent a lot of time going over names," Card said, "looking at resumes, doing some checks, if you will. Lexis-Nexis searches, for example. We've focused on the White House staff. We're talking about potential Cabinet members, Republicans and Democrats, people from all across the country. But these decisions will be made by Gov. Bush after consultation with Secretary Cheney, and I expect some announcements to come over the course of the next few weeks. But I don't expect any major announcements this week."

Card added, "Gov. Bush wants to be ready, should he become the president-elect and when he becomes president on Jan. 20. And we have a responsibility to make sure that he understands all of the workings of the White House and how the Cabinet will have to work. But the American people also should know that on Jan. 20, a President Bush will be ready to take the reins of government and provide the services that they rightfully expect."

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