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Opposing Counsels In Bush v. Gore Still Clashing Over Outcome

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Ted Olson and David Boies made history when they teamed up to overturn Proposition 8 in 2013, but what made their joint effort surprising was their past of working against each other. The two lawyers argued opposite sides in Bush v. Gore, and in a Thursday HuffPost Live interview, articulated their continued loyalty to the party each represented in the 2000 case.

"I think the Supreme Court felt that there had to be a stop," Olson, lead counsel to George W. Bush, told host Josh Zepps. "There are federal statutes that put a timeline on [the recount]. You can't postpone the inauguration of a new president. It's required in the Constitution -- you cannot not not have a president on January 21 of the next year, so something had to stop at some point."

But David Boies, Al Gore's lead lawyer, doesn't agree that the deadline served as valid reasoning.

"We would've had a president if they just let the votes get counted," he said in response.

Watch the rest of David Boies and Ted Olson's conversation with HuffPost Live below:

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