by David Jackson, USATODAY
In some ways, the dispute over the 2000 presidential election will never end.
Witness Vice President Biden's comments Wednesday about predecessor Al Gore.
"This man was elected president of the United States of America," Biden said at a fundraiser that Gore also attended. "No, no, no. He was elected president of the United States of America. But for the good of the nation, when the bad decision in my view was made, he did the right thing for the nation."
George W. Bush was declared the winner in the deciding state of Florida in 2000 after an (obviously) still-disputed ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that essentially stopped a recount in the Sunshine State.
Biden and Gore appeared at a Massachusetts fundraiser for U.S. Senate candidate Ed Markey.
"I can't think of very many who would put his country first like that, at a really, really, really difficult time," Biden said. "There's an awful lot of folks Al and I both know who have run for president and still haven't gotten over it. Al, you set an example for this country that is going to live as long as recorded history."
Biden also joked about Gore's success in the business world since 2000.
"I want to make a direct admission here," Biden said. "I've been talking with Al for a while. I'm, quite frankly, just lobbying for a job when I leave with Al."