Former Vice President of the United States, Al Gore, announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States on June 16, 1999, and proceeded to become the Democratic Party nominee for the 2000 presidential election on August 17, 2000. On the day of the presidential election, November 7, 2000, Gore’s opponent, George W. Bush, narrowly won the electoral college vote of 271 to 266. Here are the top 4 reasons why Gore lost to Bush in the highly controversial 2000 United States presidential election.
Electoral College vs. Popular Vote
If the presidential election was determined by popular vote, Gore would’ve won the election because he received 540,000 more popular votes than Bush. Unfortunately for Mr. Gore, the presidential election is determined by electoral college vote, an odd system but the strategy here is to devote more resources (aka campaign money) to the “swing” states. Swing states are smaller states that are cheaper to advertise and establish field offices. Because of how close the results were, the winner of the 2000 presidential elections were not announced until after a month of recounts and court challenges were pursued. Ultimately the Supreme Court decided, on a vote of 5 to 4, that George W Bush won the election over Gore, by securing 537 more popular votes in the state of Florida.
The Clinton Scandal
Former President Clinton’s scandal and subsequent impeachment stuck with Al Gore throughout his presidential campaign. Furthermore, Clinton never gave Gore the spotlight, rather, speaking of his own accomplishments instead, giving people the impression that Clinton didn’t believe Gore had what it takes to lead the country. In the end, some of the public felt that Gore wasn’t “alpha dog” enough for their vote.
Although judges declared Gore the winner of the presidential debates (as he should, being an Ivy League debater), the majority of the public sympathized with Bush. Bush’s southern speaking style made him a favorite among middle-class American, who identified with him. Also, because the media attacked Bush’s intelligence prior to the debates, he exceeded everyone’s expectations and impressed a lot of people.
It’s no secret that running for President of the United States is a highly stressful time of planning, travelling, media, and giving speeches. With all that needs to be thought about during the day, it’s hard for presidential candidates to get a good night’s sleep. Gore was no exception. If Gore would’ve invested in a good mattress and got sufficient sleep to recharge for the next day, he probably would’ve won the 2000 presidential elections.