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Leading Democrats Tell Gore Not to Sue

Friday, 10 November 2000 12:00 AM

Speaking at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., Bradley said, "It wouldn't be wise for a candidate to mount a drawn-out legal challenge once the final votes are counted. If you appear as a sore loser and draw this thing out and out, you won't have a political future."

On Thursday, Sen. Robert Torricelli, D-N.J., chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, urged Gore not to turn the Florida ballot dispute into a rancorous court battle, because it could spark a court fight that could harm the American political system.

Torricelli told reporters at Princeton University in New Jersey that America would be best served by bringing the election to a timely and definitive close, because Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush seems poised for what Torricelli called a "retaliatory strike."

"I want Al Gore to win this election, but more than that, I want somebody to win this election. I would urge both Al Gore and George Bush to think of the country, the continuity of government, its stability and avoid any collateral attacks on the process," Torricelli said.

Torricelli continued: "There is going to have to be a very compelling case for anybody to take this into a court of law. It's a downward spiral. It may begin in Florida, but it can go to other states, and ultimately the presidency of the United States should not be decided by a judge."

Meanwhile, former Florida gubernatorial candidate and the current President of the Family Research Council, Ken Connor, said Friday that the people should decide elections and not the courts.

"This presidential election should be decided by a recount, not by a re-vote. Voter error happens in every election, but mere error does not amount to fraud. The design of the ballot in Palm Beach, as elsewhere, was published in advance and approved by local authorities. Sample ballots were available to voters," Connor said.

Connor continued, "The absurd demand that Palm Beach voters alone be permitted to cast their votes in a new election would wreak havoc with justice. The recount of Tuesday's actual vote must rule."

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