Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Excerpts from Gov. Bush's Speech

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Excerpts from Gov. Bush's Speech

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Our country has been through a long and trying period, with the outcome of the presidential election not finalized for longer than any of us could have ever imagined. Vice President Gore and I put our hearts and hopes into our campaigns; we both gave it our all. We shared similar emotions.

I understand how difficult this moment must be for Vice President Gore and his family. He has a distinguished record of service to our country as a congressman, a senator and as vice president.

This evening I received a gracious call from the vice president. We agreed to meet early next week in Washington and we agreed to do our best to heal our country after this hard fought contest. . . . I thank him for a call that I know was difficult to make. . . .

I have a lot to be thankful for tonight. I am thankful for America and thankful that we are able to resolve our electoral differences in a peaceful way. And I am thankful to the American people for the great privilege of being able to serve as your next president. . . .

Tonight, I chose to speak from the chamber of the Texas House of Representatives because it has been home to bipartisan cooperation. Here, in a place where Democrats have the majority, Republicans and Democrats have worked together to do what is right for the people we represent. . . . It is an experience I will always carry with me, and an example I will always follow. . . .

The spirit of cooperation I have seen in this hall is what is needed in Washington. It is the challenge of our moment. After a difficult election, we must put politics behind us and work together to make the promise of America available for every one of our citizens.

Our nation must rise above a house divided. Americans share hopes and goals and values far more important than any political disagreements. Republicans want the best for our nation. So do Democrats. Our votes may differ, but not our hopes.

I know America wants reconciliation and unity. I know Americans want progress. And we must seize this moment and deliver. Together, guided by a spirit of common sense, common courtesy and common goals, we can unite and inspire the American citizens. …

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