'My fellow Americans, we have work to do' Clinton accepts victory with call to come together

Election 1996

November 06, 1996|By FEDERAL NEWS SERVICE

Here are excerpts from President Clinton's remarks last night: "Today the American people have spoken. They have affirmed our course. They have told us to go forward. America has told every one of us -- Democrats, Republicans and independents -- loud and clear: It is time to put politics aside, join together, and get the job done for America's future.

"In the last four years, we've made remarkable progress; but in our schools, our families, our workplaces and our communities, our journey is not done. My fellow Americans, we have work to do, and that's what this election was all about.

"I want to say to all of you here and to all of the American people, no words can convey the gratitude I feel tonight for the honor that has been given to me. It is an honor that belongs to many. First, to my family, to my wonderful wife of 21 years who, from the day I first met her, began teaching me that it does take a village to raise our children and build our future. To our daughter Chelsea for understanding the work we have done together, the burdens it has imposed.

"Today I went down to the train station to vote in the last election in which I will appear on the ballot. And as I have done in every year since she was born, I took Chelsea to the ballot with me.

"And as we looked at the ballot together and discussed the issues there, I thanked God that I was born an American."

"I thank the people of my beloved native state.

"I would not be anywhere else in the world tonight.

"In front of this wonderful old capital that has seen so much of my own life and our state's history, I thank you for staying with me so long, for never giving up, for always knowing that we could do better."

"I would like to say a special word of thanks to Senator Dole, and I ask you to join me in applause for his lifetime of service to the United States.

"And I thank Jack Kemp for his service to America and his devotion to the proposition that this is a country in which everyone should have a chance to live free and equal and to have a chance at success.

"Let me say I had a good visit with Senator Dole not too long before he went out to speak. I thanked him for his love of our country, for his years of service. I applauded the campaign that he fought so bravely to the very last minute. I thanked him for the work we did together to advance the common cause of America. And on behalf of all Americans, I wish him well and Godspeed."

"We have worked hard to end the politics of who is to blame and instead to ask, 'What are we going to do to make America better?' Tonight we proclaim that the vital American center is alive and well. It is the common ground on which we have made our progress. Today our economy is stronger, our streets are safer, our environment is cleaner, the world is more secure, and thank God, our nation is more united."

2-term presidents

Presidential candidates who have been elected president at least two times:

George Washington (F) --1789, 1792

Thomas Jefferson (DR) -- 1800, 1804

James Madison (DR) -- 1808, 1812

James Monroe (DR) -- 1816, 1820

Andrew Jackson (D) -- 1828, 1832

Abraham Lincoln (R) -- 1860, 1864

Ulysses S. Grant (R) -- 1868, 1872

Grover Cleveland (D) -- 1884, 1892

William McKinley (R) -- 1896, 1900

Woodrow Wilson (D) -- 1912, 1916

Franklin D. Roosevelt (D) -- 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944

Dwight Eisenhower (R) -- 1952, 1956

Richard M. Nixon (R) -- 1968, 1972

Ronald Reagan (R) -- 1980, 1984

F=Federalist

DR=Democratic-Republican

D=Democrat; R=Republican.

Pub Date: 11/06/96

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