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When Al Gore challenged the results of the 2000 presidential race, his mantra became “Count all the votes!”
Gore rally draws few (photo: The Tennessean)
More than two years later, it became much easier to count the number of supporters who showed up for a Draft Gore rally in Gore’s home state of Tennessee yesterday – just over 100.
Despite a slate of musical entertainment and a host of speakers planned, some rally attendees left the Nashville event early, reports the Tennessean.
Nevertheless, Gore supporters who remained said they were not discouraged by the sparse turnout, and they’ll continue to try to persuade the former vice president to jump into the campaign.
”I believe Al Gore can see what’s going on in this country, and he knows it’s not a pretty picture,” Nancy Moynihan of Elect Gore ’04 told the paper. ”This has gone beyond whether Al Gore wants to run or not. This is a call to arms.”
Gore won the popular vote in 2000 but failed to win a majority of electoral votes as mandated by the Constitution.
”We’re fighting a war based upon a lie and Bush got into this office illegally,” said John Claybrooks of Nashville, according to the report. ”The country can’t afford four more years of this.”
Ironically, former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, a key figure during the 2000 voting controversy, was in Nashville the same day as the Gore rally.
Now a member of Congress and author for WND Books, Harris was meeting with U.S. and Mexican leaders, unaware of the event for Gore.
”We welcome [Al] to the race,” she said with a laugh at a luncheon, according to the Tennessean. ”I think history will show we followed the law. I wouldn’t have done anything differently.”
Regarding allegations that Gore lost Florida due to bad ballot-counting, Harris told the paper ”That’s just an urban legend. The votes were counted and recounted and recounted again. The Democrats wanted to recount until they had a win.”