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Election 2000: Pastry Shop Patrons Wish for Clarity in Florida Presidential Vote

Aired November 15, 2000 - 8:51 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LEON HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: Also known as the campaign that wouldn't end. And though we've -- hopefully, we're coming to an end sometime soon here, we've been gauging public reaction to this story as it unfolds in Florida.

CAROL LIN, CNN ANCHOR: That's right, we've put Frank Buckley, in fact, on the front lines of a pastry shop in Long Island.

What are you hearing, Frank?

FRANK BUCKLEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, this is my favorite place in the world to be, in a kitchen where I can sample all kinds of food. We're at the Seven Seas Diner. Let me take you inside to talk to some of the people in here.

One of the people we want to talk to is Peter Solace (ph), who is the owner.

Has everyone been talking about this election this year?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, a lot of people have been talking about it and have been a little bit nervous, too.

BUCKLEY: Nervous about the outcome?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: About the outcome, exactly.

BUCKLEY: OK, well, thanks, Peter. Let me move on and talk to as many people as I can. We want to talk to Stu (ph) over here.

Stu, you've been talking and hearing about this. What are you thoughts on the election?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think it's amazing that something like this occurred in the first place, but also it's a blessing, in a way that we live in a society where we can correct errors and we have the opportunity to let the process take place, and I think that's very important -- it rectifies itself. Let the better man win.

BUCKLEY: OK, thanks very much, too.

We have Ruth over here.

Ruth, you voted, and now you've been waiting for more than a week. What are you thoughts?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Well, I think that the efficiency reputation of the United States has been damaged. However, we should be grateful we don't live in a third-world country: no violence, no demonstrations -- we just need patience.

BUCKLEY: And you were telling me that you got calls from friends around the world?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.

BUCKLEY: What were they saying?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What's wrong with your country? I said I don't know, don't ask me.

BUCKLEY: I see, OK, thank you very much, Ruth.

One more person we'd like to talk to here.

Darryl, what are your thoughts, what have you been hearing?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, I've been hearing a lot of concern about the economy being on hold right now. And that's a major problem. I do truly believe that this election should be finalized as soon as possible, and what is more important here is that the true president, that we will elect, should be counted and counted right, and we should not have any fuzzy figures here anymore, and the exact account should be maintained.

BUCKLEY: OK, thank you very much. Fuzzy figures, one of the terms that many people heard during the debates. And there you go from Great Neck.

Frank Buckley, CNN, reporting live, from Great Neck, New York.

LIN: Thanks, Frank.

HARRIS: Thanks, Frank.

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