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Thursday, 9 November, 2000, 17:11 GMT
What Gore said to Bush
Joe Lieberman and Al Gore
Al Gore called to retract his concession of defeat
Details have been emerging of the telephone conversation between Al Gore and George W Bush in which the vice president withdrew his acknowledgement of Mr Bush's victory.

"Let me make sure I understand. You're calling me back to retract your concession?", Mr Bush is quoted as saying.


You don't have to get snippy about it

Al Gore to George W Bush
It was Mr Gore's second call to his rival George W Bush that night, and was made only minutes before the vice president was about to admit defeat officially.

At the governor's mansion in Texas celebrations were already underway and Mr Bush was preparing to thank his supporters.

Mr Gore reportedly said that with less than 600 votes difference between the candidates in Florida, an automatic recount would have to take place.

The outcome of the elections could not be established until the vote in the state of Florida was clear. Whoever won Florida would be the next president of the United States.

George W Bush
Governor Bush is said to have reacted badly to Mr Gore's second call

'Don't get snippy'

Those who heard the conversation say that Governor Bush did not seem happy to receive the vice president's call.

Mr Gore in turn was heard to have said: "You don't have to get snippy about it".

He reportedly went on to say: "Let me explain something, your younger brother [Jeb Bush, governor of Florida] is not the ultimate authority on this".

Moments later, Mr Gore's campaign chairman William Daley announced to a crowd in Nashville that the Democrat's campaign had not ended - Al Gore was still in the running for the presidency.


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