An Inconvenient Remark: The Al Gore Presidency

Presidential Debate, October 17, 2000

MODERATOR: Governor Bush, what will be your foreign policy in this administration?

BUSH: Well, I think we need to pull back a bit. We're too involved in other nation's affairs, and I'd like to focus on domestic policy if elected President.

Election experts would look back at this exchange as what cost George W. Bush the presidency - his remark alienated hawks and moderates alike, who deemed him too isolationist, especially with terrorism on the rise.

Election Night, November 7, 2000

6:00 PM EST
TOM BROKAW: Hello, I'm Tom Brokaw, and you're watching NBC News. Tonight, we're covering the election results. Polls have just closed in Indiana and Kentucky. We can forecast that Governor Bush has won both states.

7:00 PM EST
BROKAW: Polls have just closed in Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia. Presidential races are too close to call in Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, and Virginia. We can project that Governor Bush has won South Carolina, and that Vice President Gore has won Vermont.

7:25 PM EST
BROKAW: We can forecast that Governor Bush has won the state of Virginia.

7:30 PM EST
BROKAW: Polls have now closed in North Carolina, Ohio, and West Virginia. All three states are too close to call.

7:32 PM EST
BROKAW: We can forecast that Governor Bush has won the state of Georgia.

7:58 PM EST
BROKAW: We can forecast that Governor Bush has won the state of North Carolina.

8:00 PM EST
BROKAW: Polls have now closed in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas. Alabama, Maine, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee are too close to call. Vice President Gore has won the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Jersey, as well as the District of Columbia. Governor Bush has won the states of Kansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas.

8:25 PM EST
BROKAW: Governor Bush has won the state of Alabama.

8:30 PM EST
BROKAW: Polls have now closed in Arkansas, although the state is still too close to call.

8:35 PM EST
BROKAW: Vice President Gore has won the state of Maine.

8:49 PM EST
BROKAW: Vice President Gore has won the state of Pennsylvania.

9:00 PM EST
BROKAW: Polls have now closed in Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Vice President Gore has won the states of New York and Rhode Island, while Governor Bush has won Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. The states of Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Wisconsin are too close to call.

9:17 PM EST
BROKAW: Governor Bush has won the states of Ohio and Tennessee.

9:36 PM EST
BROKAW: Vice President Gore has won the state of Minnesota.

10:00 PM EST
BROKAW: Polls have now closed in Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Nevada, and Utah. Governor Bush has won the states of Idaho, Montana, and Utah, while Iowa, and Nevada remain too close to call.

10:05 PM EST
BROKAW: Vice President Gore has won the state of New Hampshire.

10:07 PM EST
BROKAW: Governor Bush has won the state of Missouri.

10:11 PM EST
BROKAW: Governor Bush has won the state of West Virginia.

10:21 PM EST
BROKAW: Vice President Gore has won the state of New Mexico.

11:00 PM EST
BROKAW: Polls have now closed in California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington. Vice President Gore has won the states of California and Hawaii, while Oregon and West Virginia remain too close to call.

11:12 PM EST
BROKAW: Governor Bush has won the state of Colorado.

11:20 PM EST
BROKAW: Governor Bush has won the state of Nevada.

11:46 PM EST
BROKAW: Governor Bush has won the states of Arizona and Arkansas.

November 8, 2000 12:00 AM EST
BROKAW: Polls have now closed in Alaska. We can project that Governor Bush has won that state.

12:09 AM EST
BROKAW: We can now project that Vice President Gore has won the state of Washington.

1:15 AM EST
BROKAW: We can now project that Vice President Gore has won the state of Oregon.

1:47 AM EST
BROKAW: We can now project that Vice President Gore has won the state of Wisconsin.

2:04 AM EST
BROKAW: We can now project that Vice President Gore has won the state of Iowa. Just one state remains too close to call - the state of Florida.

2:17 AM EST
BROKAW: This just in, we have breaking news. NBC News can now project that Vice President Al Gore has won the state of Florida, and thus the presidency.

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Time to invent the internet again. Shame though, I always like to root for Gore winning Tennessee and West Virginia given 2000 was the last time those states were seriously in play.
 
Time to invent the internet again. Shame though, I always like to root for Gore winning Tennessee and West Virginia given 2000 was the last time those states were seriously in play.
Nah, Gore has a lot to do. I'll give y'all a hint as to one thing that's in store: multilateralism. Make of that word what you will.
 
As for the Senate, Democrats decreased the Republican majority from 54 to 51 (temporarily 50 from January 3 to January 20). Governor John Rowland of Connecticut announced he would appoint Lieutenant Governor Jodi Rell as Senator to fill the vacancy left by Vice President-elect Joe Lieberman.

Meanwhile, incumbent Republican Senators William Roth of Delaware, Spencer Abraham of Michigan, Rod Grams of Minnesota, John Ashcroft of Missouri, and Slade Gorton of Washington lost reelection, while incumbent Democratic Senator Chuck Robb of Virginia was unseated by Republican Governor George Allen. Meanwhile, Republican John Ensign of Nevada won the open seat vacated by retiring Democratic Senator Richard Bryan, Democrat Bill Nelson of Florida won the open seat vacated by retiring Republican Senator Connie Mack III.

Democrats retook the House, winning 223 seats, while Republicans won 212 seats.

More good news came on November 12, as Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle negotiated a deal with Republican Senator Richard Shelby. In exchange for Shelby returning to the Democratic Party (he had switched parties in 1994 following the Republican takeover of both chambers of Congress), he would retain his position as Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and would not be required to vote in line with the party on budget issues, which had been the reasoning for his initial party switch. Republicans derided the deal, as expected, while Senate Democrats welcomed regaining the majority again.
 
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(Who would be House Majority Whip if Democrats retake the House? Who was third in the leadership behind Gephardt and Bonior?)
 
(Who would be House Majority Whip if Democrats retake the House? Who was third in the leadership behind Gephardt and Bonior?)

John Lewis, Ed Pastor, and Maxine Waters were the three Chief Deputy Minority Whips. However, Pelosi was selected as the new Minority Whip when Bonior left leadership, so she might be chosen over them.
 
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PA-16: Joe Pitts (Republican)
PA-17: George Gekas (Republican)
PA-18: Michael F. Doyle (Democratic)
PA-19: Todd Russell Platts (Republican)
PA-20: Frank Mascara (Democratic)
PA-21: Phil English (Republican)
RI-01: Patrick J. Kennedy (Democratic)
RI-02: James Langevin (Democratic)
SC-01: Henry E. Brown Jr. (Republican)
SC-02: Floyd Spence (Republican)
SC-03: Lindsey Graham (Republican)
SC-04: Jim DeMint (Republican)
SC-05: John Spratt (Democratic)
SC-06: Jim Clyburn (Democratic)
SD: John Thune (Republican)
TN-01: Bill Jenkins (Republican)
TN-02: Jimmy Duncan (Republican)
TN-03: Zach Wamp (Republican)
TN-04: Van Hilleary (Republican)
TN-05: Bob Clement (Democratic)
TN-06: Bart Gordon (Democratic)
TN-07: Ed Bryant (Republican)
TN-08: John S. Tanner (Democratic)
TN-09: Harold Ford Jr. (Democratic)
TX-01: Max Sandlin (Democratic)
TX-02: Jim Turner (Democratic)
TX-03: Sam Johnson (Republican)
TX-04: Ralph Hall (Democratic)
TX-05: Pete Sessions (Republican)
TX-06: Joe Barton (Republican)
TX-07: John Culberson (Republican)
TX-08: Kevin Brady (Republican)
TX-09: Nick Lampson (Democratic)
TX-10: Lloyd Doggett (Democratic)
TX-11: Chet Edwards (Democratic)
TX-12: Kay Granger (Republican)
TX-13: Mac Thornberry (Republican)
TX-14: Ron Paul (Republican)
TX-15: Rubén Hinojosa (Democratic)
TX-16: Silvestre Reyes (Democratic)
TX-17: Charles Stenholm (Democratic)
TX-18: Sheila Jackson Lee (Democratic)
TX-19: Larry Combest (Republican)
TX-20: Charlie Gonzalez (Democratic)
TX-21: Lamar Smith (Republican)
TX-22: Tom DeLay (Republican)
TX-23: Henry Bonilla (Republican)
TX-24: Martin Frost (Democratic)
TX-25: Ken Bentsen (Democratic)
TX-26: Dick Armey (Republican)
TX-27: Solomon P. Ortiz (Democratic)
TX-28: Ciro Rodriguez (Democratic)
TX-29: Gene Green (Democratic)
TX-30: Eddie Bernice Johnson (Democratic)
UT-01: James V. Hansen (Republican)
UT-02: Jim Matheson (Democratic)
UT-03: Chris Cannon (Republican)
VT: Bernie Sanders (Independent, caucusing with Democrats)
VA-01: Jo Ann Davis (Republican)
VA-02: Ed Schrock (Republican)
VA-03: Bobby Scott (Democratic)
VA-04: Norman Sisisky (Democratic)
VA-05: Virgil Goode (Independent, caucusing with Republicans)
VA-06: Bob Goodlatte (Republican)
VA-07: Eric Cantor (Republican)
VA-08: Jim Moran (Democratic)
VA-09: Rick Boucher (Democratic)
VA-10: Frank Wolf (Republican)
VA-11: Tom Davis (Republican)
WA-01: Jay Inslee (Democratic)
WA-02: Rick Larsen (Democratic)
WA-03: Brian Baird (Democratic)
WA-04: Doc Hastings (Republican)
WA-05: George Nethercutt (Republican)
WA-06: Norm Dicks (Democratic)
WA-07: Jim McDermott (Democratic)
WA-08: Jennifer Dunn (Republican)
WA-09: Adam Smith (Democratic)
WV-01: Alan Mollohan (Democratic)
WV-02: Jim Humphreys (Democratic)
WV-03: Nick Rahall (Democratic)
WI-01: Paul Ryan (Republican)
WI-02: Tammy Baldwin (Democratic)
WI-03: Ron Kind (Democratic)
WI-04: Jerry Kleczka (Democratic)
WI-05: Tom Barrett (Democratic)
WI-06: Tom Petri (Republican)
WI-07: Dave Obey (Democratic)
WI-08: Mark Andrew Green (Republican)
WI-09: Jim Sensenbrenner (Republican)
WY: Barbara Cubin (Republican)

Non-voting delegates:
AS: Eni Faleomavaega (Democratic)
DC: Eleanor Holmes Norton (Democratic)
GU: Robert A. Underwood (Democratic)
PR: Aníbal Acevedo Vilá (Democratic/Popular Democratic)
VI: Donna Christian-Christensen (Democratic)
 
On January 20, upon taking office, President Gore outlined his agenda for his presidency - expansion of hate crimes protections to LGBT people, universal healthcare, ensuring that Social Security would remain solvent, and stronger defense mechanisms against terrorism. President Gore requested that Senators come up with a bipartisan proposal for universal healthcare, and they got to work.
 
Long live Jim Traficant - Dem from Ohio who was more of a loose cannon in the House.

Longer live his hair piece !!!!

With Gore winning in 2000, will be interesting to see what he does after 9/11. Perhaps he places more US spec forces in afghan and turns them loose. Result is that bin laden is captured at Tora Bora.

Another result may be that interrogations and tortures are down some. US seen in a better light.

Will see what us relations are with China and Russia. Also, what the economy will be like? Will there be the tech bubble and then the housing bubble if he is elected to second term.

Lastly, looks like POTUS Obama may not happen for a while.
 
Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon and Senator Bob Bennett of Utah came up with a healthcare proposal that interested moderates of both parties greatly - the Healthy Americans Act. It eliminated employer-provided health insurance, having instead individuals choose their health care plan from state-approved private insurers. It established Healthy Americans Private Insurance Plans (HAPIs) and require those who do not already have health insurance coverage, and who do not oppose health insurance on religious grounds, to enroll themselves and their children in a HAPI. The plan passed the Senate with bipartisan support 80-20, but it encountered intense opposition in the House, with the House's most liberal members, led by Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, voting against the bill due to the fact that they desired a single-payer system, while the House's most conservative members, led by Congressman Ron Paul of Texas, voted against it while claiming, nonsensically, that it was a government takeover of the healthcare system. The bill failed in the House in a vote of 203-232. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, who had opposed the bill due to the fact that it was not a single-payer system, suggested the compromise position of adding a government-run public health insurance option to compete with private insurance companies.
 
With the public option added, the majority of the faction opposing the bill on the left abandoned Kucinich, voting for the new bill. The revised Healthy Americans Act passed the House by a vote of 271-164, with Kucinich, California Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and Vermont Congressman Bernie Sanders among those on the left who voted against passage. The bill returned to the Senate amended on February 27.
 
Several conservative Senators switched from supporting the bill to opposing it following the addition of a public option, and the bill passed on March 5 by a vote of 62-38.

President Gore signed the Healthy Americans Act into law on March 7.

However, the feeling of bipartisanship would not last for long...
 
On March 8, breaking news came out of George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. - Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina had been admitted, having come down with pneumonia.

Two days later, it was announced that Jesse Helms had passed away.

Some mourned his death, but most secretly celebrated the death of a lifelong segregationist.

The funeral was held on March 15, and Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott gave a controversial eulogy where he praised Helms, citing "his conservative views, which we should all seek to emulate," and saying "Helms was the epitome of conservatism."

The eulogy did not go over well among people besides the funeralgoers.

The next day, a reporter asked South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond how he felt about Helms's passing, and about Lott's remarks, and Thurmond was visibly upset at the question, exclaiming "those days are over, and Trent didn't need to go and bring them up again!"

On March 19, North Carolina Governor Mike Easley announced he was appointing Lieutenant Governor Bev Perdue to fill the vacancy left by Helms's death until the election would be held in November 2002.

The controversy over Lott's remarks were inflamed further the next day, as the Washington Post broke a story documenting Lott's history of racially charged rhetoric. It recounted how Lott had led a successful effort to bar blacks from joining his fraternity nationwide in 1964. It also exposed the fact that he was a member of the white supremacist organization known as the Council of Conservative Citizens, and in fact was a frequent speaker at events organized by the group.

It appeared that 2001 was not the Republican Party's best year - one Senator had defected to the Democrats, another had died, and calls were growing for their leader in the Senate to resign.

The next day, multiple Southern Senators issued a joint statement about Lott:

We strongly condemn the remarks of Minority Leader Lott, and call on him to resign immediately. Such hateful activity in the year 2001 is utterly unacceptable.

Signed,
Alabama Senator Richard Shelby
Arkansas Senator Tim Hutchinson
Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln
Florida Senator Bill Nelson
Florida Senator Bob Graham
Georgia Senator Max Cleland
Georgia Senator Zell Miller
Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell
Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu
Louisiana Senator John Breaux
Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran
North Carolina Senator John Edwards
South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond
South Carolina Senator Fritz Hollings
Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd
West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller


On March 22, Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott announced that he would be immediately resigning from his position as Senate Minority Leader and would resign altogether from the Senate. Senate Minority Whip Don Nickles would be taking over as Minority Leader.

On March 26, Mississippi Governor Ronnie Musgrove announced that he would be appointing Lieutenant Governor Amy Tuck to the seat vacated by the resignation of Lott.

It was the end of March, and the Senate GOP had been badly damaged. They had lost three members of their caucus, including their leader. It was hard to see how things could get much worse than this.
 
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