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After a highly contested election, Gore was certified winner of Florida's electoral votes, thus tipping the election in his favor. As president, Gore attempted to make the environment his legacy, but history will best remember his cautious and law enforcement-minded approach to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the subsequent attacks that followed. The US-led military campaigns in Afghanistan and against al-Qaeda, Operation Mountain Fury I & II did not produce the results he had hoped for and, in the case of OPERATION MOUNTAIN FURY II, numerous US and Allied casualties. Domestically, Gore's economic polices caused a prolonged recession, highlighted by the highest unemployment rates in two decades. Attempted government stimulus packages did not produce the “economically responsible” turn around his administration advocated.
Gore's attempt to counter the actions of the Republican majority in Congress following 2002 Congressional Election only led to additional attacks on the United States and the beginning of a quagmire in Afghanistan. Gore sought the nomination of his party for reelection in 2004, but was edged out during the 2004 Democratic National Convention by Hillary Clinton; however, the very bitter political and personal attacks between the candidates (commonly known as the Democratic Civil War) set the Democratic Party up for defeat by the Newt Gingrich / J.C. Watts Republican ticket in the 2004 Presidential Election, a year that also saw increased Republican majorities in the House and Senate.
Truth of the matter is, without Bush, we would be far more WORSE off, and quite possibly with a DEPRESSION on our hands instead of a recession