WASHINGTON (AP) _ Lawyers for George W. Bush and Al Gore argued their cases in the solemnity of the Supreme Court on Monday, urgently pressing rival claims about the suspended manual recount in Florida and the nation's overtime presidential election.

``I am keeping my emotions in check,'' Bush said in Texas a short while before his attorney, Ted Olson, stepped before the nine justices to argue the recount should be shut down _ and Bush's certified victory allowed to stand.

Gore was in Washington, pinning his hopes on attorney David Boies and his ability to persuade a majority of the court to resume the recount.