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Several House Democrats Support Bush

Tuesday, 28 November 2000 12:00 AM

Some are even vowing to vote for President-elect Bush if the election is eventually decided in the U.S. House.

According to Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., who spoke to Mississippi television station WLOX-TV: "I will vote the way the majority of my constituents in the 5th Congressional District voted. And in this case, Governor Bush carried the district."

Another Democrat, Texas Rep. Ralph Hall, would also vote for Bush if the election were decided in the House.

"Congressman Hall for a year and a half has been a supporter of George Bush. He's a longtime friend of former President Bush and said he would always continue that support.

"However, in Texas, there are 17 [House] Democrats, so it would take more than Congressman Hall's vote to make Texas go for Bush. Other Democrats would have to switch their votes as well for that to happen. But, yes, Mr. Hall is a definite yes for Bush," Hall spokeswoman Janet Poppleton said.

Hall was one of five House Democrats who voted in favor of all four articles of impeachment against President Clinton in 1998.

On Sunday, Rep. Julia Carson, D-Ind., told the Indianapolis Star that Gore could help heal a "torn nation" by quitting the fight.

Carson said: "I should underscore my belief that the legal challenges are valid, yet I don't hold out much hope in the outcome. But I do know miracles do exist."

Carson also told the newspaper that the courts, including the conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court, made her believe that Gore is at a disadvantage.

"I still support Gore. No one should misinterpret. I don't want that to be misunderstood. I think Gore won, but they are going to give it to Bush. But it's been distressing watching and listening to citizens fight over the contested election. I do think Gore should maintain the high road and exhibit the highest degree of statesmanship," Carson said.

Rep. Diana De Gette, D-Colo., said that if the U.S. Supreme Court "rules against" Gore, he should "think long and hard about conceding" to Bush.

Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., believes more Democrats will be calling on Gore to concede.

"I think that it's just a matter of time – and a short time – before the dam bursts and [there are] a lot of objections," Specter said in an interview published in the National Journal's Hotline.

"When you see 60 percent of the American people – 60 percent to 35 percent think that the vice president ought to give it up – elected officials are not going to stay with him too long in the face of that kind of public groundswell," Specter said.

But Gore still has some congressional Democrat supporters. The head of the House Democrat caucus reacted sharply to Specter's comments.

"Members of the House Democratic Caucus had a conference call today, and members voiced strong support. Now, Senator Specter may know one or two Democrats someplace. They haven't come forward publicly. But I can tell you, members of the Democratic caucus in the House strongly support the vice president's insistence that all the ballots be counted," Rep. Martin Frost, D-Texas, said in an interview with MSNBC.

Rep. Mark Udall, D-Colo., told the Denver Post, "Let's make sure each candidate has a chance to exhaust his possible steps."

Gore may have been further encouraged by the recent comments of Maryland Republican Rep. Connie Morella, who told the Baltimore Sun in an interview several weeks ago she would vote for Gore if the election were decided by the House.

Morella's congressional district is Montgomery County, a heavily Democrat district that voted for Gore. It is a suburb of Washington.

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