March 9, 2000 – In case you forgot, it was an election year and it was a race to the White House. And on this day, candidates were dropping out – from the Democrats came Bill Bradley. The former Senator of New Jersey began when he formed an exploratory committee on December 1998, with a formal announcement in January 1999. He ran in the 2000 presidential primaries, opposing incumbent Vice President Al Gore for his party’s nomination. Bradley campaigned as the liberal alternative to Gore, taking positions to the left of Gore on a number of issues, including universal health care, gun control, and campaign finance reform. On this day he decided to call it quits, not even entertaining the notion of being Gore’s veep.
On the other side of the political spectrum, John McCain delivered his emotional decision to quit the race as a GOP contender from his home in Sedona, Arizona. “I announce today, on this fine Arizona morning and in this beautiful place, that I am no longer an active candidate for my party’s nomination for president,” Mr. McCain said, his wife, Cindy, at his side.
The marathon race known as Election 2000 was two candidates shorter and closer to making Al Gore the candidate for the Democrats and Texas Governor George W. Bush as the candidate for the GOP. Even though Bush was a shoe-in for the nod, McCain was unwilling to give an endorsement. But it was still months to go before Convention time.
In other news – A six year old boy who shot and killed a classmate in Mount Morris Township in Michigan was deemed too young to stand trial, but officials announced the boy had been expelled from school for at least 90 days for bringing the gun to school.
And that’s just a small slice of what happened, this March 9, 2000 as presented by the CBS World News Roundup: Late Edition