The Presidential Election of 2000 Presidential election cycles are always three-ring circuses, and the 2000 election has become one of the biggest circuses ever. With a two-term president unable to seek re-election, the House of Representatives clearly up for grabs, and Democrats counting on major Senate gains -- even hoping to win control -- there is a lot at stake in this year's elections. Republicans' optimism is based on their view that they will take back the White House after an eight-year hiatus. GOP insiders believe that Americans are tired of Bill Clinton, have doubts about Vice President Al Gore and are ready for change. Republican turnout was down in 1998, which helps account for the party's poor showing in the off-year elections.
Bush's victory was also a victory for the Republican Party, but the Democrats received a similar victory in that they retained control of both the House and the Senate. The presidential election as a whole was a negative race, with an abundance of personal attacks (mainly instigated by Bush). The election of Bush in 1988 confirmed the Republican domination of presidential politics for another four years. The Republican Primary was a race between Vice President George Bush and Senator Bob Dole because President Reagan had reached his term limit and could not run again. Bush was Reagan's Vice President, so he started the race as the Republican front-runner.
The founders wanted a strong legislature, however there was a shift in power to the executive branch at the start of the twentieth century. The president gained much power during th... ... middle of paper ... ... party. It is also going to be hard for the George Bush to have confidence in the people to do what he wants to do as president. "This will be the most tenuous new presidency in over a century. Not only did a plurality of Americans nationwide vote for Mr. Bush's opponent, but the Bush victory was due to a flawed ballot system.
The reason for this strange outcome and why Al Gore lost was because of the Electoral College. The Electoral College is voting system where different states are given a certain amount of votes in the election, and which ever candidate wins a state, is given that state’s votes. The Electoral College is out of date, and should be replaced by the Popular Vote system, which declares a president purely on who collects the most votes from the American people. The Popular Vote system is better than the electoral college, because it gives the American people a true say in the presidential election, and doesn’t filter their votes out in so called “mini state elections”. The electoral college is too flawed to continue to run the presedential elections of the united states, it gives an unfair advantage to smaller states in the United States, it promotes the two party system, it restricts campainging process because of the way certain canidates are forced to strategically focuse on certain states, and finally it elects minority presidents into office.
The Changing Face of "Democracy" The nation we knew as the United States is no more. The fair, war-weary republic that we've all known and loved has been replaced by a tired war hungry, that has been so split that it is hardly worthy of being called the "United" States. But what happened, one might ask. When looking into the past, the major turning point occurred in the year 2000. In that year, the dynastic candidate George W. Bush was elected president, and since has reigned with an iron will to turn the United States into the nation that it is today.
Honestly, 99 percent of the time there would be a majority winner, so it really isn't even a factor in why the Electoral College should be kept. The Electoral College was a bad idea from the start. If the country had been run off of a majority or 2/3s decision the US may have been a lot different today. It is much more fair to let the people decide than let the boundaries of states decide who will be in the power of the country for the next four or eight years. Majority rules would make sure that the person who got into office is the president that the people wanted and voted for.
George Bush supports... ... middle of paper ... ...third debate contributed to Gore success. Al Gore won the popular vote defiantly but is missing the 270 electoral votes because of Florida. Bush has been certified the winner in Florida by 537 votes, making him the president elect. However, the Gore campaign in currently contesting Florida's votes and has requested a manual recount due to the irregularities and large number of ballots that were not counted. The legal battle may take some time but hopefully Gore will prevail and a full recount will be granted and Gore elected president.
For example, the presidential election of 2000 with republican George W. Bush and democrat Al Gore were running for presidency ,and Al Gore won the popular vote, yet George Bush was elected for president.This demonstrated debates whether the electoral college system is a fair way to vote for the future leader of this country. We live in a democracy country which means, one vote equals one vote to directly chose the president , not the 538 members of electoral college. Direct democracy will give citizens of this nation a choice and a voice. Having a person’s vote count directly to a candidate will encourage more citizens to go out and vote and this will affect the nation in a good way because the number of voters in The United States will increase massively compared to the number of voters with the electoral college system. The United States develops discerning ideas to make our country a better well
Al Gore, a democrat, ended up with a total of 266 electoral votes. A majority of electoral votes is required to achieve victory in either the President or Vice-President position. (princeton.edu) The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of George W. Bush in a vote of 5-4. The Court’s decision defeated the suspense of who would end up being the 43rd president. The court said there was no way to hold an acceptable recount by the final election deadline, and that the Florida Supreme Court had violated the U.S. Constitution when it ordered recounts in only certain districts.
As we look back at the previous elections, one can see that the Electoral College does not show equal representation of American citizens who participate in voting for presidential candidates. The winner-takes-all system is has its advantages and disadvantages. Popular vote is irrelevant because a candidate can get popular vote, but if majority of the state votes for democrat, then democrat candidate gets all the electoral votes of that state. States such as California do not get equal representation because a big state votes for different parties, but all the votes are going to go to the candidate who has majority of the votes. Individuals battle both sides of the framework, yet the reality of the situation is that in spite of the fact that the Electoral College has been set up in excess of 200 years, the system has not been improved to show equality.