Alternative History


Electoral results for the United States presidential election of 2000. Blue denotes those states won by Gore/Lieberman (292 Electoral Votes). Red denotes those states won by Bush/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 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.


  • January 20:

At noon Albert Arnold Gore is sworn in as the 43rd President of the United States, 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 20:

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

  • March 4:

Before a televised address to the nation, Gore announces tax increases 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 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.

  • August:

In a show of bipartisan good will, 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.

  • 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 747 aircraft into the World Trade Centre in New York City. 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 87% approval rating.

  • 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, 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 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 Defence 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 Afghan Reinvestment Act of 2002. The bill sets out plans to invest American aid in Afghan 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 gain eight seats in the House of Representatives and lose two seats in the Senate. In a foot note, Texas Governor and 2000 Republican Presidential nominee George 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 79%.


  • 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 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.

  • 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 10: President Al Gore vetoes a 1.35 trillion dollar tax cut to the highest earners, the bill was sponsored by George Bush of Texas, the republican house passed it through reconciliation.

  • May 21:

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

  • 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.

  • August 26th:

Congress passes The Energy And Security Investment Act Of 2003. The bill calls for the investment of billions of dollars of taxpayers money in projects aimed to create green jobs and promote energy independence.

  • 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 Afghan/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 Afghan cities 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 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 and Senator Barbara Boxer of California.

  • August 15th:

Before a large crowd in Miami, Gore announce Florida Bob Graham 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 Guiliani from attaining the nomination. After five ballots Giuliani decides to compromise by promising to take Huckabee as his running mate if his delegates support him. On the seventh ballot Giuliani is confirmed and as promised takes Huckabee as his running mate. Giuliani'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 Giuliani trailing Gore 43-48%. A report released by the department of energy show that 43% of the United States energy comes from renewable sources.


  • The Gore/Graham ticket defeats the Giuliani/Huckabee ticket by 10.9% winning the key states of Ohio, Florida, Tennessee, and Missouri. The Democrats gain one seat in the Senate and lose 15 seats in the House of Representatives


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


January 20th:

  • Al Gore is re-inaugurated as President, his approval rating hovers around 69% according to Gallup Polls.

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 2:

  • On a visit to Los Angeles, California, President Gore is assassinated by an unknown assailant. The time of death is 2:36 PM (PST). At 3:15 PM on-board Air Force One, Vice President Graham is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.

March 5:

  • The state funeral of President Gore takes place in Washington, D.C. He is laid to rest at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.