Wednesday, November 3
Bush Pledges To Earn The Support Of All Americans, Headlines, November 3, 2004

Less than an hour after Senator John Kerry conceded the 2004 election on Wednesday, President George W. Bush was finally able to say something his father never could:

"A new term is a new opportunity to reach out to a nation," he said. "The voters turned out in record numbers and delivered a historic victory."

Speaking at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., before a raucous, flag-waving crowd on Wednesday afternoon (November 3), Bush thanked Kerry for a "spirited" campaign, calling him "very gracious." He also reached out to those who voted for the Democratic challenger, calling for unity and — as Kerry had mentioned in his concession speech — a need to end the feelings of division in America.

"Today I want to speak to every person who voted for my opponent. To make this nation stronger and better, I need your support, and I will work hard to earn it," Bush said. "I will do all I can do to deserve your trust. ... We have one country, one Constitution and one future that binds us. And when we come together and work together, there is no limit to the greatness of America."

In accepting Kerry's concession and winning a second term in office, Bush brings to a close one of the most contentious, divisive and hotly contested elections in recent history.

As the clock struck midnight on the East Coast Tuesday night, Bush held a slim lead over Kerry in Electoral College votes, several key states remained up in the air, and pundits from coast to coast were declaring that the race for the White House would be coming down to the wire.

What a difference 15 hours can make. ... [...more]

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