Campaign 2000.

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Campaign 2000

Democratic candidate Al Gore should have defeated republican candidate George W. Bush in the 2000 Presidential election, but failed because of a weak campaign. Al Gore's political experience and vast knowledge of America's economy should have given him a commanding lead in the election. Gore's campaign did not show his positive qualities to the public causing American voters to favor Bush during the election.

Gore is a consistent man, yet his campaign focused primarily on being liked and accepted by the American public while Bush's campaign portrayed his knowledge on current issues to the public. Both candidates had different views on the major issues affecting America today. Al Gore opposes outlawing abortions while Bush is in favor of outlawing it. Gore and Bush both had different opinions on education. The Quinnipiac polls reported that the public opinion on which candidate would do a better job on education was fifty-three percent Gore as opposed to the thirty-seven percent favoring Bush.

During the 2000 presidential election Gore won the Popular Vote 50,996,862 to 50,456,062 but lost the Electoral Vote 267 to 271. Controversy arose throughout the United States due to a large number of ballots that were not counted in the state of Florida. The United States Supreme Court decided that it was unconstitutional to have a recount and they decided to choose a winner. Since the electoral votes have such a drastic effect on the outcome of the election, Gore's win in the popular vote did not matter.

Al Gore should have won the 2000 Presidential election but did not leave a good lasting impression on the public as to the difference he can make in America. Gore's views should have been the key focus of his campaign since many American's share his same beliefs. The minor mistakes...