In an interview at the 92nd Street Y, Charlie Rose asked Al Gore about the 2000 election and Gore's decision to stop fighting after the Supreme Court ruled against him. Gore joked that he had limited options: “In the U.S. system, there is no intermediate step between a final Supreme Court decision and violent revolution.”
Gore continued: “If we as Americans honor the rule of law, then we obey the law ... The fact that it was taken up by the Court and decided by the Court in those circumstances meant that it had the force of law. And ultimately that is not an easy choice, but it's a choice to which there is no viable alternative. And I decided to honor the rule of law.”
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