Former Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Lieberman told CNBC on Thursday that President Donald Trump’s campaign has the right to file a lawsuit challenging the results of the state election. However, the former US senator from Connecticut said he hopes Trump draws lessons from how Al Gore handled the controversial 2000 election that went to the Supreme Court if the lawsuit did not unfold. he meant.
“You have the right to take your case to court. Let the judges decide. But above all, as Al Gore did in 2000, it has to end at some point for the sake of the country.”; , Lieberman said on “Squawk Box.” “You have to have a transfer of power and put it together.” Lieberman endorsed Democrat Joe Biden in his 2020 race against the incumbent Trump.
Trump’s campaign is pursuing vote count legal action in a number of closely watched states, including Michigan, Georgia, and Pennsylvania. NBC News predicted Biden as the winner of the Michigan presidential election, but they have yet to make calls for Georgia and Pennsylvania. Trump’s campaign also wanted a recount in Wisconsin, where Biden was the clear winner, according to NBC News.
Biden had 253 electoral votes, compared with Trump’s 214, in a fight for the 270 needed to win the presidency, according to a tally of votes from NBC News.
Lessons from the 2000 Bush-Gore election
Lieberman was Gore’s running friend in the 2000 election, which included Vice President Bill Clinton against the Republican challenger, then Texas Governor George W. Bush. The race between Gore and Bush has come to a razor-thin voting margin in Florida. A protracted legal battle over the state recounting effort ensued. It took more than a month after Election Day until the Supreme Court, in Bush v. Gore, overturned the Florida Supreme Court’s decision to demand a recount.
The decision from the nation’s highest court effectively won Bush with 537 votes in Florida and, by extension, enough electoral votes to become president. “While I totally disagree with the court’s position, I accept it,” Gore said at the time, according to the AP news agency.
On Thursday, almost two decades later, Lieberman recalls what happened next. “After the decision that night, our lawyers had a disagreement. Some of them said, ‘That’s it. There is no more legal way left.’ And some people say, ‘You can go back to Florida Supreme Court and have them do the statewide review they ordered just a few days ago.’ “
While calling the Supreme Court’s decision “very painful, shocking, disappointing”, Lieberman said that Gore at the time was deeply concerned about the impact of further legal warfare and had ability to complicate the time of power transfer. Gore formally conceded the election to Bush on December 13, 2000.
“I told President-elect Bush that what remains of the party owner must now be put aside, and pray to God for his managerial role in this country,” said Gore. said later, according to a record from The New York Times.
“I hope that the litigants, the candidates, the parties will now remember that lesson. It is a very powerful lesson, from the real Al Gore. I trust him,” Lieberman told CNBC. on Thursday.