President Bush won the second closest race of his life early
“America has spoken and I am humbled by the trust and the
confidence of my fellow citizens,” Bush said in his victory speech
at 3 p.m. Wednesday Eastern Standard Time at the Ronald Reagan
building in Washington D.C. “With that trust comes a duty to serve
all Americans and I will do my best to do the duty every day as
Final results released from key battleground state Ohio
solidified the Bush/Cheney victory over Democratic challengers
Sens. John Kerry and John Edwards.
Ohio State University junior David Feroz said he and his peers
knew their votes were important but didn’t realize just how
“We knew we were a crucial state, I mean, we knew we were a
swing state, but I don’t think we knew our votes would basically
decide the president,” Feroz said. “Voting was mentioned in almost
all my classes. This election year especially, every vote
President Bush delivered his victory speech an hour after his
“We had a long night and we had a great night,” Bush said during
his speech. “The voters turned out in record numbers and delivered
an historic victory.”
Kerry called Bush to concede the race Wednesday morning.
“We had a really good phone call. He was very gracious,” Bush
said. “I want to thank the thousands of our supporters across our
country … And because you did the incredible work, we are
Edwards introduced Kerry during the senator’s concession speech
at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time at Boston’s Fanuil Hall.
“We will honor each one of you who stood with us and who stood
in line to change our country,” Edwards said as he introduced
Kerry. “We didn’t stop fighting for you when this campaign began
and we won’t stop fighting for you when this campaign ends.”
Kerry took the microphone after Edwards and began amid cheers
from unfaltering supporters.
“Earlier today I spoke with the president and I offered him and
Laura (Bush) our congratulations on their victory,” Kerry said. “We
spoke about the desperate need for unity in America. Today I hope
that we can begin the healing.”
Kerry continued by thanking his running mate, family, friends
and volunteers. He continued on with Edward’s theme of not giving
up the fight and graciously accepting defeat.
“I would not give up this if there was a chance that we would
prevail but it is clear that even when all the provisional ballots
are counted, which they will be, there won’t be enough outstanding
votes for us to win Ohio and therefore we cannot win,” Kerry said.
“In an American election there are no losers because whether or not
our campaigns are successful we all wake up in the morning
Kerry concluded by urging supporters not to give up.
“The time will come, the election will come, when your vote,
your ballots, will change the world.” Kerry said.
Bush’s victory themes echoed those during his presidency and his
campaign: the economy, winning the war on terror, strengthening
Social Security and family and faith values within public
Bush also designated a portion of his speech to Kerry
“Reaching these goals will require the broad support of
Americans, so today I want to speak to every person who voted for
my opponent. To make this nation stronger and better, I will need
your support and I will work to earn it,” Bush said. “A new term is
a new opportunity to reach out to the whole nation. We have one
country, one Constitution and one future that binds us. And when we
get together and work together, there is no limit to the greatness
Republicans closer to home rejoiced along with the
“I’m feeling great. What a wonderful day here in Colorado.
There’s just no question who won the election,” said Chuck Fogland,
president of CSU College Republicans. “The tone that John Kerry
gave through his speech and the tone that George W. Bush gave
through his speech goes a long way to bringing the Democrats and
Josh Metten, CSU Young Democrats vice president, said Democrats
in Colorado still had something to celebrate despite the
“The way I’m feeling right now is that we did everything we
could. The Colorado State University campus was obviously in
support of John Kerry and it’s very disappointing when you work so
hard to get an entire campus behind you,” Metten said. “It’s really
baffling to me because I thought Colorado would go blue.”
This election ended relatively quickly, compared to the 2000
presidential election, which was not concluded until more than a
month after Election Day. CSU political science Professor John
Straayer, was not surprised by the Kerry’s early concession.
“I think it was pretty clear. If you had been talking about a
few hundred or even a few thousand votes that would have been
something different. (Kerry) had time to look it over and he did
look it over,” Straayer said. “Where you’re reasonably sure it’s
better just to be done with it.”
As different as the two races, speeches and candidates were,
both the president and the senator said the same three final
“God bless America.”