Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Wednesday that the 5-4 decision that delivered the Presidency of the United States to George W. Bush in 2000 was the most controversial ruling of his career at the nation’s top court.
“I guess the one that created the most waves of disagreement was Bush v. Gore,” he told CNN’s Piers Morgan. “That comes up all the time, and my usual response is: get over it.”
“Get over the possible corruption of the American presidential system?” Morgan asked, as Scalia laughed. “Justice Scalia?”
“Look, my court didn’t bring the case into court,” Scalia responded. “It was brought into the courts by Al Gore. He is the one that wanted courts to decide the question. When Richard Nixon thought he had lost the election because of chicanery in Chicago, he chose not the bring it into the courts, but Al Gore wanted the courts to decide it.
“The only question in Bush v. Gore is whether the presidency would be decided by the Florida Supreme Court or the United States Supreme Court. That was the only question and that’s not a hard one.”
Scalia insisted that Gore would have lost the election anyway, even if the Florida recount had continued.
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