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Gore Trying to Steal Election, Bush Campaign Says

Monday, 13 November 2000 12:00 AM

Texas Gov. George W. Bush's communications director, Karen Hughes, lashed out at Gore for trying to "overturn" the results in Florida, where 25 electoral votes will determine who is the next president.

"Today, the vice president essentially said we should ignore the law so that he can overturn the results of this election," she said.

The manual recounts Gore aides demand have no uniform standards and amount to election officials "trying to read voters' minds," Hughes said. She said the latest recount, which shows Bush leading by more than 300 votes, should be enough, CNN reported.

Gore held a news conference Monday afternoon outside the White House.

"I would not want to win the presidency by a few votes cast in error or misinterpreted or not counted, and I don't think Gov. Bush wants that either," he said.

``What is at stake is more important than who wins the presidency.

``What is at stake is the integrity of our democracy, making sure that the will of the American people is expressed and accurately received,'' said Gore, repeatedly referring to the United States as a "democracy" – which it is not; it is a republic.

"It is important that every vote is counted, and counted accurately," said a grinning, nervous-looking Gore. "That's what I'm focused on."

He made no reference to reports of widespread Democrat vote fraud across the country, from Miami to Philadelphia to Milwaukee to St. Louis to California.

Nor did he mention widespread public anger that pro-Democrat TV networks wrongly called Florida for Gore early in the evening on Election Day, seeming to ensure a Gore victory and thus discouraging Bush supporters in the Central, Mountain and Pacific time zones from voting.

He refused to answer any questions.

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