The list of presidential candidates during the 2000 primary season was mentioned in the previous chapter. The Republican side of the race came down to Senator John McCain of Arizona and Governor George W. Bush of Texas. A nasty and decisive South Carolina primary in which rumors of Senator McCain’s frail mental health due to being held as a North Vietnamese prisoner, that he fathered an illegitimate black child, and that he was the “homosexual” candidate was circulated. McCain’s defeat in the South Carolina primary propelled George W. Bush, son of George H. Bush the forty-first president, to become the eventual Republican nominee. Governor Bush would square off against the vice president of the United States then, Al Gore Jr.
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