America's Choice 2000: Entering a New Millenium by William Crotty

By William Crotty

America’s selection 2000 makes an attempt to make experience of the longest operating, so much fiercely contested and, eventually, closest race within the heritage of presidential elections. What were an earnest if predictable basic election crusade morphed right into a post-election day sequence of controversies that established the nation’s electoral strategies, its courts, and its democratic tradition. finally, in fact, a winner used to be declared and the kingdom went approximately its company, even though now not ahead of basic questions have been raised as to the character of the vote and voter purpose and either the factors and methods used to determine elections. those concerns could be with us for years yet to come. through any average, it was once a historical election whose complete outcomes are but to be appreciated.America's selection 2000 conscientiously sifts during the competing claims and methods, stories what happened and gives a few exams as to the standard of the crusade, the character of the ultimate selection and the which means this has to the kingdom. Crotty contains chapters dedicated to the Courts’ unparalleled function in Election 2000, an exam of the general public opinion throughout the key occasions of the final crusade, in addition to a bankruptcy detailing the result of key kingdom and native elections in addition to the congressional races.

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If the Democrats could prove this, they would win Florida and the presidency; if they could force a recount their chances of victory would increase. Surprisingly perhaps, Buchanan agreed with the Democrats that the votes were not his and should have gone to Gore. Ralph Nader was another story. Nader, a consumer advocate with a national reputation for four decades, ran as the Green Party's nominee. At first, his campaign attracted little attention. He appealed to a liberal constituency, railed against both major parties as being in the pocket of corporate interests, and claimed that they provided little real choice for Americans.

It was an issue raised by John McCain in the primaries and both presidential candidates in the campaign. Gore promised campaign finance reform, including the elimination of soft money contributions, would be the first piece of legislation to be sent by his administration to the Congress. Bush was less specific. Regardless of who was elected, serious reform would be difficult The Congress is not sympathetic and the forces that would mobilize against it are the same ones that fund current presidential and congressional races.

He wanted the process to end by the deadline imposed by state law as applied by the secretary of state, {Catherine Harris. The Secretary of State was co-chair of Bush's Florida campaign, a member of his brother Governor jeb Bush's cabinet, and a member of Bush's national advisory board. The secretary of state's sympathies were clear. She was to become a major player in the drama and in the process applauded or demonized according to one's political dispositions. She emphasized the finality of formal deadlines and had to be directed by the state's Supreme Court to extend the deadlines to allow some recounts.

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