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How Florida 2000 nearly broke US politics – and why it’s crucial in the 2020 election

It was 249 v 246 on election night and it all came down to one state: Florida.

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The networks said Al Gore had won it, then it was too close to call, then George W. Bush had won it – before rowing back once more.

The Florida recount saw American democracy tested to the limits, leaving the parties and the country divided – for years to come.

With the 2020 election a week away and mail-in ballot rules being debated in court, will there be another contested result this year?

We speak to George W. Bush’s trial lawyer, Barry Richard, along with The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty and Protect Democracy’s Jon Steinham.

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    Karezza Kundalini Kenosis

    Impeach President Biden.

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    Corrupt failed state.

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    :::::::::: ::::::::::::

    Why give credit to Biden that he can handle the virus better when he hasn't even done anything yet.. wake up
    They are on the safe side for criticism as they are not on the stake in doing so.
    Not even time have allowed them to handle this situation

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    Donald Trump’s psychosis is on full display for everyone to see, day in and day out, on TV and on Twitter. Esteemed psychologists, such as John Gartner, Lances Dodes, and Justin Frank diagnose Trump as a “malignant narcissist,” a classification that has four components: Narcissism, Paranoia, Antisocial Personality Disorder, and Sadism. These qualities are thoroughly displayed in his interviews, press conferences and rally speeches. Justin Frank says “Trump is a sociopath. A sadist. A con artist. A racist. A misogynist. and A sexist in general. And I think it is a problem,” after having probed Trump’s mind and found only arrogance, selfishness, greed, a hunger for power, and a total disinterest in his fellow man—or knowledge about the world. 2020

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    America is a failed state.

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    Remember when Joe Biden supported Native Americans being put in DOG CAGES AND NUMBERED LIKE WAR CRIMINALS?? I DO!!😡👎#NODAPL #NODAPLATTACKDOGS

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    NPVIC 🗳️✔️

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    Stolen by the supreme court

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    Not a mess…Corrupted Democrats and Judges, voter fraud by China. Clear out the Swamp!

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    Romanes eunt domus

    It won't be like 2000, it will be worse!!! The giant baby will most likely throw a tantrum if he loses

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    This is a bias report in favor of the Democrats

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    And the cost of this was America's withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol, setting climate change action back for at least a decade. The invasion of Iraq, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives lost, destabilization of the Middle East, eventually the Syrian refugee crisis arguably contributing to the populist sentiment that led to Brexit. While Trump is a terrible president, he at least has isolationist instincts that limit the damage he does to the rest of the world.

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    We need an independent, nationalized elections bureau

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    My home state – the laughing stock of the world. Here we go again 2020

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    Bleach cures covid, which also doesn't exist.

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    How do you tell this story without mentioning that Jeb Bush was governor of Florida??? America's first stolen election gave trillions spent on two wars instead of dealing with climate change.

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    Fascinujúce dejiny Uhorského kráľovstva

    Very nice reportage, as usual, thanks!

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    I’ve been predicting that this Election will be a lot like the 2000 Election

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    News networks are meant to report the news not make the news.
    Among the many farcical elements of the US electoral system is the way election results are called while voting is still taking place. Bad enough that in 2000 Florida was called when Floridians were still voting but that meant the whole election was called hours before the West Coast finished voting and Hawaiians were still having lunch!
    In European Union elections, different countries vote on different days over a four day period. Not a single vote is counted until the last ballot is cast. Seems a basic tenet of democracy.

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    Channel 4 lying again.
    How do I know? Their headlines lie all the time,
    and the headlines are more interesting than the actual footage.

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    How is declaring a victor by a national media company before the polls have closed not illegal?! On what planet does that make sense?

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    Robert J. Williamson

    Florida literally designed the voting cards to get some voters to vote incorrectly. It's utterly disgusting and this is why the USA isn't considered a "full democracy," by the world democratic index. They are a corrupt "flawed democracy" alone with some failed states.
    There are 22 FULL DEMOCRACIES – The USA isn't one of them – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy_Index

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    Ch4 working hard for Biden as usual…..

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    Ah' the old pregnant Chad scam.

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    I have a feeling that the election won't be decided until the actual electors from the electoral college meet to cast their votes on December 14th.

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    Yeah a repeat of 2000 is the most likely, it will be decided in the courts and votes will be thrown out.

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    Dream Pop Television

    This Channel 4 News report is FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN A U.S. ELECTION

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    Every time the media go to a different state, they always say how crucial it is, and this state is the one that will definitely make the difference…
    It's getting a bit predictable and repetitive now 😉

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    With a bit of luck, Biden/Harris will win Pennsylvania , Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Arizona and Florida, at a minimum. Less likely but possible are Georgia, Iowa, Texas and South Carolina, and then there are long shots like Kansas, Alaska and Montana. Dare to dream!

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    Why is a British news service so biased in its reporting of a foreign election? No wonder it's bankrupt. Keep digging your own grave. No one cares.

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    A few more votes and the Iraq and Afghan war wouldn't of happened… Comes to show every single vote counts…

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    basically we don't live in a true democratic country.

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    To the World I say this: if Joe Biden loses, this is why. Republicans will stop at nothing to hold on to power.

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    Imagine how different the world might be had Gore won in 2000…

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    So it all happen because of Fake News NBC prematurely calling Florida , crazy if it was intentional tho.

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    I kinda wish Gore won

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