Alternative History


Election Results 2000 (President Gore)

Electoral results for the United States presidential election of 2000. Blue denotes those states won by Al Gore and Joe Lieberman (292 Electoral Votes). Red denotes those states won by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney (246 Electoral Votes).

  • November 2:

In a very close and bitter presidential election Al Gore is elected President of the United States of America. Due to the close result, George W. Bush refuses to concede and calls for an immediate recount.

  • November 14:

After weeks of bitter recounts the results stands and Al Gore is declared president-elect while Joe Lieberman is declared vice president-elect. George W. Bush finally and graciously concedes the election.


  • January 20:

Just before noon, Joseph Isadore Lieberman III is sworn in as the 46th Vice President of the United States by Associate Justice John Paul Stevens. At noon Albert Arnold Gore Jr. is sworn in as the 43rd President of the United States by Chief Justice William Rehnquist, succeeding Bill Clinton. In his inaugural address Gore, calls for a greater America in the twenty-first century. Early polls show Gore with a 56% approval rating while his predecessor has a 66% approval rating.

  • January-February:

The Senate confirms all of Gore's nominees.

  • February 8:

President Gore delivers his first joint congressional speech.

  • February 20:

Exactly one month after Gore taking office, the Republican-controlled House blocks passage of a bill requiring that the United States should remain in the Kyoto protocol.

  • March 4:

Before a televised address to the nation, Gore announces tax increases on the wealthy to both speed the growth of the budget surplus and pay for social security over the long term.

  • April 1:

The Hainan Island incident occurs when a U.S Navy EP-3E signals reconnaissance aircraft and a People's Liberation Army Navy J-8II fighter jet collide over Hainan Island, resulting in an international incident between the United States and China. Gore asks that China forgive the incident and release U.S prisoners. They are later released and returned to the U.S.

  • June 6:

Republican U.S. Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords, switches his allegiance to the Democrats of the Senate as an Independent. The Senate majority shifts from the Republicans to the Democrats.

  • June 16:

President Gore visits London to meet with European leaders and discuss the challenges facing NATO and the European Union in the twenty first century.

  • Late June:

United States Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens announces his retirement from the Court.

  • July 4:

President Gore nominates United States Seventh Circuit Judge Diane Wood to the Supreme Court as Justice Stevens' successor.

  • July 27:

In a show of bipartisan goodwill, Gore signs the Oil Independence Act investing $236 billion in development and research of Renewable Energy sources mainly wind, solar, nuclear, clean coal, natural gas and ethanol. A Gallup poll is released showing Gore with a 52% approval rating.

  • August 8:

Diane Wood is confirmed to the Supreme Court by a 61-35 Senate vote. She is sworn in as the new member and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court since 1994.

  • September 1:

Gore signs an executive order that commands the removal of U.S troops from Turkey. The move is seen as the first of Gore's attempts to create better relations with Russia.

  • September 11:

Al Qaeda terrorists fly two commercial jets into the World Trade Center in New York City, specifically the Twin Towers. Minutes later a similar scene is repeated at the Pentagon. From an undisclosed location, Gore declares war on Al Qaeda and Afghanistan.

  • September 12:

Congress unanimously votes to declare war on Afghanistan. In a televised address to the nation, President Gore declares the need for unity and cooperation amongst the American people in a time of crisis.

  • September 15:

Al Qaeda leader Osama bin-Laden, accepts responsibility for the September 11 terrorist acts.

  • September 16:

A Gallop poll shows Gore with an 93% approval rating.

  • September 27:

Diane Wood is confirmed to the Supreme Court as the third female justice in a 61-35 Senate vote.

  • October 2:

Operation Enduring freedom begins marking the beginning of the invasion of Afghanistan.

  • October 6:

U.S and UK special forces supported by the Afghan Northern Alliance captures Mazār-e Sharīf, thus opening supply routes and providing an important airstrip for U.S planes and helicopters.

  • October 10:

100,000 U.S soldiers begin the ground campaign, most of them by the captured airport in Mazār-e Sharīf.

  • October 22:

U.S forces, supported by the Afghan Northern Alliance, captures the Afghan capital Kabul.

  • October 24:

Kunduz is captured by the Northern Alliance.

  • October 26:

Jalalabad is captured by the U.S forces and men of the Northern Alliance.

  • November 2:

Kandahar is captured by the U.S forces and men of the Northern Alliance. The head of the Taliban regime, Mullah Omar, manages to escape, but the Taliban is severely crippled with over 60% of its former combat strength reduced.

  • November 10:

The Battle of the Tora Bora begins. Heavy fighting between U.S, British, German and Northern Alliance forces on one side and Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters on the other continues for another month.

  • November 20:

Danish Parliamentary Election: Anders Fogh Rasmussen of the centre-right Venstre is elected Prime Minister with 31.2% of the votes and winning 56 seats in the Folketing. He forms a coalition with the Conservative People's Party, relying on the vote of other right wing parties such as the Danish People's Party, which polled better than ever before. The election saw a dramatic change in the political composition of the Danish parliament, when the Social Democrats for the first time since the 1924 Folketing election did not win the most seats.

  • November 24:

After days of heavy fighting on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border 80% of al-Qaeda's forces are dead or captured. Ayman al-Zawahiri is seriously wounded by Coalition air strikes, but is evacuated.

  • November 26:

The leader of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, is killed in a firefight with U.S forces supported by airstrikes and mortar fire. As a result, Gore's approval ratings continue to stay above 90%. Meanwhile, Ayman al-Zawahiri, referred to as either being bin Laden's "lieutenant" or the "real brains" of al-Qaeda, succeed bin Laden as the leader of al-Qaeda.

  • December 3:

Ayman al-Zawahiri's wife and three of his children are killed in an U.S airstrike. Al-Zawahiri whereabouts remains unknown.


  • January 17:

George W. Bush announces his candidacy for a Texas Senate seat.

  • January 24:

In his State Of The Union Address President Gore announces "An Era Of Unilateral Security" for the United States and its allies. Meanwhile Gore's approval remains over 90%.

  • February:

After talks with Pakistani officials U.S forces are granted permission to commence airstrikes within Pakistani territory. Over the course of several weeks many senior Al Qaeda officials are killed. By the end of the month Zawahiri is unofficially reported dead by Pakistani intelligence officials. However staunch Taliban and minor Al Qaeda resistance remains on both sides of the Afghan border.

  • April 1:

Gore announces plans to create a proposed "Department Of Domestic Security". The department proposed would create an agency responsible for the defence of U.S citizens at home and would manage most Terror related issues on the U.S homeland.

  • April 21:

President Gore receives a letter from John Bolton, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and CIA Director George Tenet strongly advising him to move towards placing high pressure on Iraq over an alleged nuclear arms program.

  • May 5:

Congressional debate regarding U.S stance on Iraq begins. From the outset the Gore Administration takes a neutral stance on the issue.

  • May 7:

The Gore Administration announces that the U.S. will not use military force against Iraq.

  • May 19:

In a televised speech from Houston, Texas President Gore announces the need for complete American energy independence in the age of terrorism and uncertainty.

June 6: President Gore and Secretary of Defense John Kerry announce the deployment of an additional 80,000 troops to Afghanistan. The move is part of an effort to provide additional support and security for the Afghan people as well as create a larger opposing force to the Taliban.

  • June 15:

Congress passes the Afghanistan Reinvestment Act of 2002. The bill sets out plans to invest American aid in Afghanistan infrastructure redevelopment projects.

  • July 5:

One day after Independence Day U.S officials announce the successful disruption of a terrorist plot to detonate explosives on the Brooklyn Bridge.

  • August 12:

During an interview with CNN, Vice President Lieberman announces the nearing defeat of the Taliban announcing "the Taliban's demise should be complete within a matter of months. The statement soon proves to be a major gaffe for the Gore administration.

  • September 11:

On the first anniversary of 9/11, President Gore visits ground zero in New York City to honour the loss of Americans.

  • October 15:

With congressional elections looming President Gore begins campaigning for several struggling Democrats. Meanwhile his approval hovers at 82%.

  • November 3:

In the mid-term elections Republicans lose eight seats in the House of Representatives and lose two seats in the Senate. Thus, the Democrats win control of both Congressional chambers for the first time since 1992. In a foot note, Texas Governor and 2000 Republican Presidential nominee George W. Bush is elected to the Senate.

  • November 7:

Following the conclusion of the mid-term contest pundits and reporters eagerly report the results of a recent straw poll for the G.O.P nomination. Meanwhile, Gore's approval sits at 80%.


  • January 3 The 108th Congress begins, Dick Gephardt is elected the new Speaker of the House of Representatives, succeeding Dennis Hastert. Nancy Pelosi is elected the House Majority Leader.
  • January 22: President Gore urges Congress to pass a permanent federal gun control package which includes a permanent ban on assault weapons and stronger background checks.
  • February 2:

The Republican Presidential nomination contest kicks off with the announcement by Steve Forbes that he intends to seek the Republican Nomination for President.

  • February 8: The House passes the gun control package by a party-line vote. Tom Daschle announces the nuclear option for the Senate votes on future bills.
  • February 12: The Senate passes the gun control package in a party-line vote.
  • February 15:

Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson declares his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President.

  • February 21:

Representative John Kaisich of Ohio declares his candidacy for President Of The United States.

  • February 25: President Gore signs the gun control package into law.
  • Early March: The Democratic Congress passes the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol, requiring the United States to permanently remain in the Kyoto Protocol. The ratification is signed by President Gore.
  • March 31:

Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee announces his candidacy for President of the United States. His announcement is viewed with skepticism in conservative circles due to his relatively liberal positions and voting record.

  • April 17:

Fred Thompson announces his candidacy for the Republican nomination.

  • May 3:

A Time/CNN poll finds Gore with a 74% approval rating.

  • May 21:

To the dismay of many George W. Bush announces that he will not be a candidate for the Republican nomination in 2004.

  • June 1st:

To the applause of many Republicans New York Mayor known as "America's Mayor" Rudy Giuliani announces his candidacy for the G.O.P's nomination.

  • July 1st:

Dick Cheney announces he will not be a contender for the G.O.P nomination.

  • July 3rd:

Newt Gingrich announces he will not be a candidate for president.

  • July 7th:

Kansas Senator Sam Brownback announces his candidacy for president.

  • July 15th:

John McCain announces he will seek the Republican nomination before a crowd in Nashua, New Hampshire.

  • August 1st:

Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee declares his candidacy for President.

  • Late August:

Congress passes The Energy And Security Investment Act Of 2003. The bill calls for the investment of billions of dollars of millionaires' and billionaires' taxpayer money in projects aimed to create green jobs, energy efficiency, clean and renewable energy, and promote energy independence. Additionally, this bill includes cap and trade, the implementation of a carbon tax, acceleration of the production of 300 million electric vehicles, expediting the installation of over 600 million charging stations for electric vehicles, establishment of 500 billion solar panels and wind turbines, electric grid modernization, retrofitting of buildings (especially hospitals), construction of strong new infrastructure (including sea walls, solar farms, storm surge barriers, repairing all antiquated sewer systems, curbside gardens, forest pavements, and green roofs), increasing access to clean water, reducing carbon emissions and greenhouse gas emissions by 70%, eliminating methane release, permanently banning fracking and offshore drilling, and transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable clean energy all by the end of 2004. The Energy And Security Investment Act Of 2003 is signed into law and enacted by President Gore.

  • September 1st:

President Gore officially announces the beginning of his re-election campaign with a kick-off fundraiser in Tennessee. A Gallop poll officially shows Gore with a 70% approval rating.

  • September 11th:

President Gore visits Ground Zero for the second consecutive year.

  • September 22nd:

President Gore orders U.S troops to begin Operation Archimedes- a military operation aimed at rooting out Taliban holdouts on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border.

  • October 3rd:

U.S intelligence confirms Mullah Omar killed in Operation Archimedes.

  • October 30th:

Florida Governor Jeb Bush announces that he will not seek the G.O.P's nomination for president.

  • November 9th:

A Republican candidates debate takes place in Iowa. The general consensus of the post debate polling reveals that Giuliani remains the narrow frontrunner with McCain in second and Thompson and Huckabee in third and fourth place respectively.

December 19th

While in Kill-Devil Hills North Carolina commemorating the Wright Brothers in a celebration of 100 years of flight. He faces an assassination attempt at the hands of fisherman Nayard Daniels, Al Gore is shot in the shoulder during his speech "The Legacy of the American Mind" and is evacuated by helicopter back to Washington. To the relief of the nation, Al Gore survives and soon recovers, his approval ratings sour and he is given the title Old Hickory.


  • January 19th:

In the Iowa caucus Huckabee emerges victorious by a wide margin with 39% of the vote.

  • January 24:

In the New Hampshire Primary McCain repeats his luck in 2000 and wins the primary.

  • January 28:

Huckabee wins the South Carolina primary by a wide margin.

  • February 4th:

Rudy Giulani pulls off two large wins in Michigan and Florida allowing him to regain momentum in the race.

  • March 2nd:

On Super Tuesday Republican candidates compete in many states across the nation. Giuliani comes out on top by winning large liberal states, McCain manages further wins in moderate states while Huckabee amasses wins easily throughout the south and great plains. Chafee manages to win his home state of Rhode Island as well as Connecticut. President Gore officially gains enough delegates to receive the Democratic nomination.

  • March 15:

President Gore begins a twenty state campaign tour throughout the South and Mid West.

  • March 27th:

A Gallop poll shows Gore with with a 67% approval rating. A similar poll shows Gore defeating any Republican candidate by a 52-47% margin.

  • April 4th:

Rudy Giuliani wins the Pennsylvania primary over Huckabee and McCain.

  • May 5th:

Congress passes the Environmental Sanctuary And Preservation Act. The bill aims to secure and expand American National Parks and wildlife sanctuaries.

  • May 27th:

After a victory in the Washington and Oregon primaries Giuliani holds a large lead in the delegate count but lacks the number needed to achieve the Republican nomination.

  • June 25th:

Gore orders U.S troops to begin securing cities in Afghanistan with stronger blockades aimed at preventing the infiltration of Taliban insurgents into metropolitan areas.

  • July 9th:

In a shocking announcement before the press, Vice President Lieberman announces that he will not be seeking re-nomination on the Democratic ticket. Media speculation begins stirring regarding Lieberman's politically souring relationship with President Gore.

  • July 21st:

The White House announces a shortlist of possible running mates for President Gore. The list includes Secretary John Kerry, Senator Bob Graham of Florida, General Wesley Clark, Senator Hillary Clinton of New York, Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana, and Senator Barbara Boxer of California.

  • August 15th:

Before a large crowd in Miami, President Gore announces that former New Hampshire Governor Jeanne Shaheen will be his new running mate

  • August 30-September 2:

At the Republican Convention the opening mood is one of uncertainty with a large deadlock preventing McCain from attaining the nomination. After five ballots McCain decides to compromise by promising to take Tom Ridge as his running mate if his delegates support him. On the seventh ballot McCain is confirmed and as promised takes Ridge as his running mate. McCain's acceptance speech focuses heavily on themes of terrorism and national security while criticizing Gore and promoting a policy of increased aggression towards rogue states. A post convention poll shows McCain trailing Gore 43-48%. A report released by the department of energy show that 43% of the United States energy comes from renewable sources.

November 2:

  • The Gore/Shaheen ticket defeats the McCain/Ridge ticket by 10.9% winning the key states of Ohio, Florida, Tennessee, and Missouri. The Democrats gain two seats in the Senate and win 15 seats in the House of Representatives


  • Al Gore proposes to re-enact the Wind Fall Tax Act on Oil Companies initiated by Jimmy Carter but repealed by Ronald Reagan.


January 20th:

  • Al Gore is re-inaugurated as President by Chief Justice Rehnquist, his approval rating hovers around 69% according to Gallup Polls. Additionally, Jeanne Shaheen is sworn in as the next Vice President by Associate Justice David Souter.

February 25th

  • The Democratic-held House votes to re-instate the Wind Fall taxes,

February 26th

  • The Senate votes to re-instate the Wind Fall taxes

February 27th

  • Al Gore signs Wind Fall back into law, 17 years after being repealed. The Liberal Media celebrates this as a landmark accomplishment. Exxon-Mobil and Chevron publicly protest this decision. "An appalling move by Micro-Managing Big Government" Lee Raymond, CEO of Exxon-Mobil

March 2nd:

  • Gore visits Lieberman in Connecticut.

August 1st:

  • Gore announces the establishment of a natural disaster preparedness task force and committee to prepare for Hurricane Katrina and other potential natural disasters.

September 3rd:

  • Chief Justice William Rehnquist, an ultra-conservative, dies of advanced thyroid cancer.

September 4th:

  • Gore nominates Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to be the 17th Chief Justice of the United States. To succeed Ginsburg as Associate Justice, Gore nominates United States Court of Appeals judge for the Second Circuit Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

September 24th:

  • The Senate confirms Justice Ginsburg to be Chief Justice in a unanimous Senate vote. She is immediately sworn in by Senior Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

October 1st:

  • The Senate confirms Sonia Sotomayor as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in a 62-38 vote, becoming the nation's first Hispanic justice and fourth female justice.

October 3rd:

  • Sonia Sotomayor is sworn in as the 110th justice of the Supreme Court by Chief Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.