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The winner is Bush, again

Hindsight wouldn't change the outcome of the 2000 presidential election if 285 Daily readers were voting.

These readers responded to a two-day, unscientific poll that ended Friday at Anybody could vote from anywhere.

"If we could rerun the 2000 presidential election, whom would you vote for?" the poll asked.

A total of 157 (55.1 percent) said they would vote for George W. Bush, who narrowly defeated Al Gore that year; 128 said they would vote for Gore.

Bill Newton of Decatur, who voted for President Bush in the poll, criticized Gore based on a report from an advocacy group, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research.

Gore recently won an Oscar for his documentary movie raising alarms about global warming. But his Nashville mansion "consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year," the group said.

In an e-mail, Newton commented that if this is correct, "Mr. Gore needs to get his own house in order before he starts to tell others what to do."

Reader Grant Thompson of Decatur said reconsidering your vote doesn't call your patriotism into question.

"With access to more than six years of hindsight, anyone who wouldn't at least reconsider a vote for President Bush in the 2000 general election is either blindly stubborn, domestically and internationally unaware, or both," he said.

- Steve Stewart

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