The Election of 2000 and the Administration of George W. Bush

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The 2000 presidential election may have been the strangest in American history. For 36 days the nation watched and waited as ballots were counted and recounted in Florida. Ultimately, a controversial Supreme Court decision awarded Florida's 25 electoral votes to the Republican candidate, George W. Bush, giving him just enough votes to win the election. In The Election of 2000 and the Administration of George W. Bush, historian J. F. Watts analyzes and explains the pre- and post-election campaigns of Bush and his ...
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The 2000 presidential election may have been the strangest in American history. For 36 days the nation watched and waited as ballots were counted and recounted in Florida. Ultimately, a controversial Supreme Court decision awarded Florida's 25 electoral votes to the Republican candidate, George W. Bush, giving him just enough votes to win the election. In The Election of 2000 and the Administration of George W. Bush, historian J. F. Watts analyzes and explains the pre- and post-election campaigns of Bush and his Democratic opponent, Al Gore.

A discussion of the presidential election of 2000 and the subsequent administration of George W. Bush, based on source documents.

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In November 2000, Americans went to the polls in what was to become one of the most controversial presidential elections in US history. By the end of Election Day both Vice President Al Gore and Texas Governor George Bush were within a hair's breadth of victory. Results hinged upon who carried the electoral votes of Florida. Eventually, and by the narrowest of margins, Florida was awarded to George Bush. Over the next few weeks, controversy reigned as law suits and counter suits stood in sharp contrast to the usually clear results of American elections. In the end, the United States Supreme Court became involved and stopped the recounts that were being carried out in Florida. By a 5 to 4 vote, the Supreme Court of the land effectively selected George Bush as the President of the United States. The convoluted and controversial election of 2000 is reviewed in this work. Editor Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. provides a rather detailed account of the campaigns running up to election night as well as the controversy that ensued. This review encompasses the initial chapter of the text. What follows, and makes up the lion's share of the book, are a series of historical documents inclusive of legal opinions, presidential papers, and the transcripts of key speeches. Thus, while there is good information in this work, it really is not a very in depth look at the alleged topic. While useful as a research guide, the text lacks adequate coverage of the key topic—the election of 2000. 2003, Mason Crest Publishers, Romaneck
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Gr 8 Up-An exemplary, evenhanded discussion of the election and of the Bush administration, through the Trade Bill of 2002. Based almost entirely on primary-source documents, this volume allows the words and actions of politicians and the courts to speak for themselves and leaves readers to draw their own conclusions. The lengthy essay written by J. F. Watts, professor of history at City College, NY, does a superb job of laying out an objective assessment of the problems and challenges faced by those trying to resolve the mess created by the botched Florida ballots. Readers can clearly comprehend both the issues involved in this most unusual of elections and the history behind it. A "Facts at a Glance" section gives brief biographical information about Bush the younger, lists his cabinet, and details notable events during his administration. An extensive bibliography and excellent index round out the presentation. Attractively laid out, and illustrated with clear, color photographs of campaign memorabilia, the volume has multiple points of access and is easy to use. It is more readable than Richard A. Posner's Breaking the Deadlock: The 2000 Election, the Constitution, and the Courts (Princeton University, 2001). An excellent source for reports.-Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
The Election of 2000 17
Facts at a Glance 42
Bush v. Gore Supreme Court Opinion 47
Remarks by Gore and Bush on December 13, 2000 61
Bush's Inaugural Address 69
Bush Speaks on September 11 77
Reducing Nuclear Weapons 81
On New Palestinian Leadership 95
Bush's Homeland Security Strategy 103
Bush Signs Trade Bill 119
Further Reading 122
Index 124
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