During an Oct. 11 campaign speech for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore urged Floridians not to take their votes for granted, calling his 2000 loss in the presidential election "exhibit A" as to why every vote matters.
"Your vote really, really, really counts -- a lot," Gore told the audience at the Miami rally, reports Politico. "You can consider me as an exhibit A of that group. Now, for those of you who are younger than 25, you might not remember the election of 2000 and what happened here in Florida and across the country."
The crowd then booed and later shouted out "you won!" in reference to the Supreme Court dispute over the close election, in which the court ultimately ruled to end a state recount, handing the presidency to George W. Bush. Gore won the popular vote with 50,996,582 votes to Bush's 50,456,062, notes 270 to Win.
"I don't want you to be in a position years from now where you welcome Hillary Clinton and say: 'Actually, you did win,'" Gore told the Florida crowd. "'It just wasn't close enough to make sure that all the votes were counted or whatever ... Your vote has consequences, and in this election, the future of Miami and cities up and down the west coast and east coast of Florida are on the ballot as well."
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Gore repeated that "every single vote counts" and urged everyone to register to vote immediately if they had not done so already.
"If you are on the fence about whether to vote, remember what is at stake in this election, and if you think your vote does not matter, take it from me: Your vote can make all of the difference in this election," Gore added.
The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner also praised Clinton at length for her stance on climate change, which he called a "very important issue."
"When it comes to the most urgent issue facing our country and the world, the choice in this election is extremely clear," he said. "Hillary Clinton will make solving the climate crisis a top national priority."