Spin: 'Only Ronald Reagan Got More Votes than Al Gore'

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:27 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - Hailing Al Gore's lead in the popular vote, Al Gore's campaign chairman William Daley Thursday noted that "only Ronald Reagan got more votes than Al Gore in the history of presidential elections."

With about 900 votes separating Gore and George W. Bush in Florida - where the official recount was barely half done by Thursday morning - Daley said "there are all sorts of questions being raised about the vote and about what number of Floridians were not counted and what effect this had on this race."

Daley, speaking live on NBC's Today show Thursday, said he'd seen a Xerox copy of the legally contested Palm Beach County ballot and it looked "confusing" to him. The fact that it's the only ballot in Florida laid out that way "must raise a serious question as to the appropriateness of that ballot," he said.

Daley said it's impossible to say how many of the 19,000 ballots nullified in heavily Democratic Palm Beach County would have gone to Gore, but he said the fact that so many were nullified - because people voted for two candidates - "ought to raise a serious question."

Asked what can be done about getting back those votes that were nullified, Daley said legal experts are examining that question "and looking at other possibilities for lawsuits and possible remedies to solve this problem." Daley called it an issue of "great seriousness."

Daley said the Gore campaign is gathering information and looking at all the options, including legal action. But, he added, "There's no need to rush through a judgment here...there is no crisis, there'll be no crisis, those who try to manufacture some great crisis do a disservice to the 96 million Americans who went out and voted on Tuesday and expressed their opinions as to who should be the next president of the United States."