"It would be irresponsible for Governor Bush to walk into the White House unprepared to assume the most difficult and demanding job in the world," Taft said in the tape-recorded speech.
Taft repeated the GOP contention that the election results in Florida have been fairly counted and recounts of the votes should end. Taft, who as secretary of state was Ohio's chief elections officer from 1990-98, said more counting would only "prolong a constitutional impasse that could prevent the timely transition of presidential power."
Florida's strong open-government statutes mean we'll eventually know for sure who got the most votes in the state's presidential election -- and it might not be the person who gets sworn in.
"What is needed in this overheated (presidential) contest is some common sense. To count a vote, there must be clear indication of a voter's intent. It cannot be guessed at or divined from an unclearly marked ballot," the governor said in his address.
Taft, the great-grandson of President (and Republican) William Howard Taft, was chosen to deliver the GOP response to President Clinton's weekly radio speech by Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, chairman of the Republican Governors Association. It was his second such appearance in three months. On Sept. 9, he spoke about reading proficiency in elementarschools.
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