Nearly twenty years ago, former Democratic Vice President Al Gore offered his concession to Republican President George W. Bush.
Prior to the numerous legal challenges that have sprung from the 2020 presidential election, 2000 was the gold standard for contentious partisan battles extending long past Election Day.
But 36 days after Americans went to the polls, the Supreme Court ruled in Bush’s favor — and Gore offered his polite concession, calling for an end to the bickering in the name of uniting the country behind his opponent. (RELATED: Al Gore Tells CNN Trump Is The Face Of Global Climate Denial)
Gore began with a joke, referencing his initial concession phone call to Bush — which he rescinded an hour later when questions were raised about the vote count in the state of Florida.
“Just moments ago, I spoke with George W. Bush and congratulated him on becoming the 43rd president of the United States,” he said, adding, “And I promised him that I wouldn’t call him back this time.”
Gore immediately pivoted to say that his next job was to do whatever it took to heal the divisions of the campaign, citing