Al Gore Speech
Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore conceded his 2000 election run last night in a televised speech broadcast from his office in the vice presidential mansion.
After five-week-long Supreme Court proceedings granted the presidency to Republican nominee and now President-elect George W. Bush, Gore spoke about the results of the decision, his future and the future of the nation.
“Let there be no doubt. I strongly disagree with this decision but I accept it,” he said. “I accept the finality of this outcome, but for the sake of our unity and the strength of our democracy, I offer my concession.”
Moments before the concession speech, Gore congratulated President-elect Bush and offered to begin mending the resulting severances from divisive campaigns, Gore said.
“I will discharge unconditionally to honor the new president,” he said. “And do everything possible to help him bring Americans together in fulfillment of the great vision that our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution define.”
Gore spoke about the joint front in forward progress, calling for the end of such polarization between parties and for the emphasis on national growth together.
“Now the political struggle is over and we turn again to the unending struggle for the common good of all Americans,” he said. “And for those multitudes around the world who look to us for leadership and the cause of freedom.”
With the world stage set, Gore denounced any perceptions of weakness within the American system. The election’s challenges served as opportunities to showcase America’s ability to overcome adversity through democratic means and historied institutions.
“I know that many of my supporters are disappointed, I am too but our disappointment must be overcome by our love of country,” he said.
The tones of national pride continued in his visions for a Bush term in office.
“President Bush will inherit a nation whose citizens will be able to assist him in the conduct of his responsibilities,” he said.
Gore thanked his supporters for their efforts and later, shared a single regret from his run for office.
“I didn’t have the chance to stay and fight for the American people over the next four years. Especially those who need burdens lifted and barriers removed, especially for those whose voices have not been heard,” he said.
As for near plans, Gore said he looks forward to spending the holidays with family and friends. For the future, he declared to keep fighting for the nation he’s grown to know more intimately.
“I have seen America in this campaign and I like what I see. It’s worth fighting for and that’s a fight I will never stop,” he said.