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Public Interested in a Legitimate and Legal Recount in FloridaAired November 9, 2000 - 4:54 p.m. ET
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NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: And we want to go now CNN's Greg LaMotte. He's at the Los Angeles International Airport again today talking with people about the twists and turns of this election 2000 -- Greg.
GREG LAMOTTE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Natalie the majority of people that we've been speaking to say their interest in Florida is making sure that the election there is fair, legitimate and above all else, legal. Forget who specifically wins, these people say that whenever a winner is announced, they just want to make sure that that winner is indeed legitimate.
Joining me, among others, is Muriel Ellis from Arizona. Thank you very much. What do you make of what's going on in Florida?
MURIEL ELLIS: It's driving everybody a little crazy. I just hope that once it gets settled that people who decide, neither extreme way as won anything and try to get together. Otherwise, we're in a big mess and I was primarily concerned about the Supreme Court going into this one. I still am. But all we can do is hope for the best and try to keep it out of the court and dragging it for weeks and weeks and weeks or we're in big trouble.
LAMOTTE: If I put you charge of the process, what you would do in Florida?
ELLIS: If I thought it was legal, I would say have a new election, do it very quickly, which can be done with modern technology. But I'm afraid whichever side lost would immediately file suit that this wasn't legitimate and so I don't -- damned if I know what I would do.
LAMOTTE: Thank you very much.
Phil Ricotto is from Colorado. What do you make of all of this?
PHIL RICOTTO: It's pretty much a mess. You know, with the ballots that they look a little confusing to me, even, that all of the counties should revote. That you know, it's just a mess and needs to be straightened out and until they get it all tallied up that they should wait and hold off before they make any decisions on the president.
LAMOTTE: Today, it's been reported that Governor Bush of Texas has been at least in part putting his transition team together. Do you think that that's premature on his part?
P. RICOTTO: I do. I don't think that he should be doing it. I think he should wait out if has made president. And it's just kind of tacky.
LAMOTTE: If I put you charge of the election now down in Florida, what would be your remedy?
P. RICOTTA: Probably to have them revote, at least in the counties throughout the state that are in question or possibly the whole state and do it as soon as possible and when the results come in, then make your decision from that.
LAMOTTE: Very good.
P. RICOTTA: Thank you.
LAMOTTE: And his wife, Kathy, what do you make of what's going on in Florida?
KATHY RICOTTA: I think that Bush's people probably have something to do with the way it's mixed up. He doesn't want to lose that state. It's a big slap in the face, if he doesn't, you know. And I think that this whole process of showing it on TV, you know, from state to state is wrong. I feel that they should wait until all the votes are counted and then the next morning, you wake up and find out who's the president.
LAMOTTE: Thank you very much. Just the opinion of three folks that we have talked to. Earlier today, I spoke with some folks who were heading back to Korea. They're Koreans and they say they are mystified of what's going on in the United States. They say in Korea who wins the most votes wins. So they were saying they were very confused. It makes me wonder if there are people living outside of the United States elsewhere that are very confused by this electoral college vote -- Natalie.
ALLEN: All right, Greg LaMotte, thank you. Perhaps they want to check out the electoral colleges.
LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: We are all getting a civics lesson here.
ALLEN: Indeed we are. And as you see there on your screen, four more counties in this recount yet to be tallied. Bush ahead by 341. We'll continue to watch it come in. I'm Natalie Allen.
WATERS: I'm Lou Waters. A special edition of "INSIDE POLITICS" next. I guess you know what they'll be covering.
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