That's The Ticket:
A Parade of Presidential Elections
|Presidential candidate:||GEORGE W. BUSH, Texas Governor|
|VP candidate:||DICK CHENEY, former Secretary of Defense|
|Popular votes:||50,455,156 (47.9%)|
|Presidential candidate:||Al Gore, Vice President|
|VP candidate:||Joe Lieberman, Connecticut Senator|
|Popular votes:||50,992,335 (48.4%)|
- This election was characterized as a popularity contest between the experienced, liberal Gore and the "compassionate conservative" Bush.
- The race touched on gun control, abortion rights, education, welfare, Social Security, and the legacies - good and bad - of the Clinton administration.
- Gore won the popular vote but the electoral victory depended on contested Florida ballots.
- It was the first time a presidential election was contested in the courts. The nation came close to a constitutional crisis.
- The Supreme Court halted a recount. The election went to Bush 36 days after the votes were cast.