tv Gov. George W. Bush Victory Speech CSPAN November 16, 2020 8:12pm-8:26pm EST
>> next in american history tv, republic and george w. bush victory speech from december 13th, 2000. a texas governor defeated vice president all go, or in the general election, in one of the highlights contested races in u.s. history. the outcome was not decided until five weeks after voters went to the polls, when the u.s. supreme court stopped the florida recount. ultimately a warning the state and electoral votes to the presidency to president bush. this event took place in the texas house of representatives chamber, in often.
thank you very much. good evening my fellow americans. i appreciate so very much the opportunity to speak with you tonight. mister speaker, you can and governor, friends, distinguished guests, our country has been through a long and trying period. with the outcome of the presidential election not finalized for any of us could ever imagine. vice president gore and i put our hearts in hopes in our campaigns. we both gave it our all we shared similar emotions, so i understand how difficult this moment must be. for vice president gore and his family. he has a distinguished record to her service as a congressman, a senator, and a 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. tonight, i want to thank all the thousands of volunteers and campaign workers who worked so hard and might be have. i also salute the vice president and his supporters, for waging a spirited campaign. and i thank him for a call but i know it's difficult to make. lauren i wish to vice president and senator liebermann and their families the very best. 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. i am thankful to the american people for the great privilege of being able to serve, as your
next president. i want to thank our daughters for their love. it they have made texas a better place, and she will be a wonderful first lady for america. [applause] >> i am proud to have dick cheney by my side america will be proud to america will be proud to have him as our have him our next vice next vice president. [applause] president. tonight i chose to speak from the today i spoke to chamber of the chip texas the house of representatives because it has
been chamber of house of representatives because it's been a home to a home bipartisan to cooperation bipartisan. here cooperation. in a place where democrats have the majority you're in a place, republicans and where you are in the democrats have work together to majority, republicans do what is right for the a democrats have work people we together to work for the represent people who they represent. . we have had spirited we have had disagreements and in the spirited end disagreements, we found at the and we constructive found constructive consensus consensus. . it's an it's an experience i will always experience i will always carry with carry with me, me an and an example i will example i will always always follow. follow. i want to thank i will my think my friend, friend how speaker pete lane, how speaker, pete a democrat who leni, introduced me today a democrat who. i want to introduced me today. thank the i'm not to legislators for both thank the legislators from political both political parties with whom parties with i have worked whom i've worked. her across the hall in our the hall in our texas texas capital as the capital is the texas state senate. senate. i can't help but think of our mutual friend, the former democrat lieutenant governor bob. his love for texas, and his ability to work in a bipartisan way, continue to be a model for all of us.
the spirit of cooperation i have seen in this hall is what is needed in washington d.c.. it's 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. i'm optimistic that we can change the tone in washington d.c.. . i believe that things happen for a bit of a reason and the long last few weeks will -- business of the party news and shipped of the past. our nation must rise above a house divided. americans share goals and values much more important than
any political disagreements. republicans want the best for our nation. and so democrats. our votes me differ. but not our hopes. i know america wants reconciliation and unity. i know americans want progress. 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. tonight, we will work to make all our public schools excellent, teaching every strength of every background and every accent, so no child is left behind. together we will save social security and renew its promise of a secure retirement for generations to come. together we will strengthen medicare and offer prescription drug coverage to all of our seniors. together we will give americans
the broad, fear, and fiscally responsible tax relief they deserve. together we will have a bipartisan foreign policy, true to our values and true to our friends. and we will have a military equal to every challenge and superior to every adversary. together we will address some of society's deepest problems. one person at a time, by encouraging and empowering the good hearts and good works of the american people. this is the essence of compassionate conservatism, and it will be a foundation of my administration. these priorities are not merely republican concerns or democratic concerns. they are american responsibilities. during the fall campaign, we deferred about the details of the proposals, but there was remarkable consensus about the important issues before us. excellent schools, retirement
and health security, tax relief, a strong military, a more civil society. we have discussed our differences. now it is time to find common ground, and build consensus to make america a beacon of opportunity in the 21st century. i'm optimistic this can happen. our future demands it. our history proves. it 200 years ago in the election of 1800, america faced another close presidential election. a tie in the electoral college put the outcome in the hands of congress. after six days of voting and 36 ballots, the house of representatives elected thomas jefferson, the third president of the united states. that election brought the first transfer of power from one party to another. , certainly after the election
jefferson signed reconciliation and reform wrote this. >> the steady character of our countrymen is a rock twitch mixed anymore. unequivocal and reasonable, and manner, we should hope to do a great deal of good in the cause of freedom and great harmony. 200 years have only strengthened the steady character of america. so as we begin the work of healing our nation, tonight i call upon that character. respect for each other. respect for our differences. generosity of spirit. and a willingness to work hard, and work together to solve any problem. i have something else to ask you, to ask every american. i ask free to pray for this great nation. i ask for your prayers for leaders from both parties. i thank you for your prayers for me and my family, and i ask you to pray for vice president
gore and his family. i have faith that with god's help we as a nation will move forward together as one nation, indivisible. and together we will create an america that is open, so every citizen has access to the american dream. an america that's educated, so every child has the keys to realize that dream, and an america that's united in our diversity, and our shared american values that are larger than race or party. i was not elected to serve one party, but to serve one nation. it the president of the united states is the president of every single american, of every race and every background. whether you voted for me or not, i will do my best to serve your interests, and that will work to earn your respect. i will be guided by president jefferson's sense of purpose to stand for principle. law to be reasonable in manner.
law and above, all to do great good for the cause of freedom and. hermit's the presidency is more than an honor. it is more than an office. it is a church to keep, it and i will give it my all. but thank you very much, and god bless america. [applause] weeknights this month we're featuring american history tv programs as a preview on c-span 3, tuesday night u.s. senator sam none reflects on the cold war 75 years after it occurred. -- as a democrat from georgia, and as armed services committee chair from 1977 to the 1970 -- he founded the nuclear threat initiative. senator nun talks about his