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'Let's look at the record'


To the Editor:

This is in response to the Grosse Pointe News Nov. 14 opinion piece, "View from the sidelines: Dems seeking presidency?"

The article's author states "...Al Gore, who would have been elected last time except for the Supreme Court of the United States." This false statement, repeated so many times by some news media and others, does a disservice to the American voters as well as President George W. Bush.

The statement is undoubtedly based on the Florida vote count in the 2000 election and the subsequent action by the U.S. Supreme Court. As a former U.S. president was often quoted, "Let's look at the record."

George W. Bush received the total 25 of Florida's electoral votes because a majority of Florida's votes were cast for him. He won the original Florida vote count. He won three Florida vote recounts. He won the Florida absentee ballot count. And he even won the year-long recounts of Florida votes conducted after the election by the combined effort of several U.S. newspapers.

I hope this brief review of reality will further convince some of the Grosse Pointe News' good readers that the "sky isn't falling" and didn't fall in November or December of the year 2000.

Paul Murphy

City of Grosse Pointe

Paul Murphy
November 21, 2002

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