Indecision 2000

The election of 2000 was one the most interesting and strange elections in American history, not so much for the nomination and general election phases, with were rather unremarkable, but for the extraordinary post-election battle.  For the first time since 1876 and certainly the first time in the age of electronic media, Americans did not know on election night or at least by the following morning who was going to become their new president.  Instead the United States endured a month long post-election crisis as George W. Bush and Al Gore battled in the courts over how to count the votes in the state of Florida.  The election was so close nationally that the electoral votes of one state would decide the outcome, also the first time since 1876 that an electoral vote was so close. Click below for archived coverage of the 2000 campaign and the post-election battle.


Another anomaly of the 2000 election is that the man who got the most votes did not win the presidency.

The Issues in the 2000 Election

What difference does it make who won the election anyway?  Clues to answering that question can be found in the platforms and personal webpages of the candidates.

Republican Party platform
Republican Party website
George W. Bush website

Democratic Party platform
Democratic Party website
Al Gore website

Green Party platform
Green Party website
Nader 2000 website

The major news organizations also carried summaries of candidates' positions on key issues, but most erased them soon after the election.  The most comprehensive of these issue summaries is still available at PBS Online Newshour.  Another is on CBS.  For a political analysis of the Bush agenda's prospects see MSNBC Curry.