DNC Chairman Backs Away from Call for Gore to Concede
July 7, 2008
(CNSNews.com) - The Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Wednesday urged Vice President Al Gore to explore any and all possible options for continuing his fight for the White House.
"It is incumbent upon the Vice President that he has the right, and I think the obligation for those who have supported him, to see if the door has been left ajar in any way, shape or form," said Ed Rendell on ABC's Good Morning America.
"If there is a legal avenue to pursue to try to validate the votes of 64,000 Floridians who never had their votes counted, we should pursue that."
Rendell's Wednesday morning comments came in sharp contrast to what he said Tuesday night - that Gore "should act now and concede." On Wednesday, Rendell said the "concede" comment was misunderstood and taken out of context.
"If [the Supreme Court decision] is a final determination, I think we should concede," he clarified on Wednesday morning. "I believe the Vice President is going to speak to the country and I believe he will say the things that are necessary to bring the country back together, but only if that final determination is made."
Rendell said Gore's lawyers need to explore why the U.S. Supreme Court decision wasn't more definitive and what the justices intended by remanding the decision back to the Florida Supreme Court.
He called the Justice's ruling "wrong," and he said the justices who gave the dissenting opinion speak for most Americans.
"The dissent speaks for the majority of Americans who would have liked to have seen an effort made to count every vote. That is the opinion most Americans would agree with," Rendell said.