tv Bob Dole Concession Speech CSPAN November 16, 2020 9:07pm-9:22pm EST
online at c-span.org or you can listen live on the free c-span radio app. . to up next on american history tv, republican bob dole's 1996 concessions beach at his campaign headquarters in washington d.c.. democrat bill clinton defeated the cancer senator to win a second term. thank you. we want dole! we want dole! [laughs] we want dole!
we want dole! >> all right. thank you very much. thank you very much. you know i was just thinking on the way down, soft yes, i was thinking on the way downstairs. i was just thinking on the way downstairs, law i was thinking on the way down an elevator, tomorrow will be the first time in my life i don't have anything to do. [laughs]
but i wanted to come down and thank all of you. you've done a great job, and i'm very proud of trent. we're going to keep the senate. we are going to keep the house. [applause] thank you bob! thank you bob! thank you bob! >> thank you. >> thank you very much. >> let me say that i've talked to president clinton. we had a good visit, and i congratulated him. boos.
i said repeatedly, i said repeatedly in this campaign, the president is my opponent not my enemy. and i wish him well and i pledge my support and whatever advances the cause of a better america, because that's with the race was about in the first place. a better america as we go into the next century. and i'm very proud of my teammate, jack kemp. i've talked to jack, and i think jack kemp. i want to thank not only, jack but his, wife joanne, who didn't outstanding job and all the camp family for the work they did in this campaign. and obviously, i want to thank two outstanding women, my daughter, robin, who did a great job. [applause] and of course, my
wife, elizabeth, who's traveled this country. [applause] from one end to the other. in fact, they've both been with me in this 96-hour marathon. and we had a great time, we have great crowds and a lot of enthusiasm. i threw o'clock this morning, i guess it was, we weren't, missouri, and i never saw so many people in one place out said but the republican party. and let me say a special word. let me say a special word to all the young people, the young,
americans and the young people who were involved in my campaign. [applause] you have been a constant source of inspiration for elizabeth and myself, and i might add you're not going to get that tax cut if you don't be quiet. [laughs] and i would say to the young people and all the others involved, it's a lot more fun winning. it hurts to lose an election, but stay involved and keep fighting the good fight. [applause] because you are the ones who will make the 21st century the next american
century. [applause] and i don't want anybody to pass out here, but i also want to thank all the media troubled with me on the plane, and all of my friends. (boos), no, come on. all of my friends, with many friends in the media, and they were there every day, every night, every day and every night as we flora the country. and we met hundreds and thousands and thousands of good people, all across america who want a better america, and will continue to work for a better america. and as i looked around tonight i came in and i saw very special people, who have been helping me for the last ten, 15, 20, 25 years and i, say thank
you for all you've done because i know your support ... i know because of your support, i am still the most optimistic man in america. [applause] and i know that not thousands of you have worked day and night, under and you trust me with a vote, and for that i will always be grateful. and i say thank you very much. [applause] and i would say
healy, you've done an outstanding job. we appreciate it very much. and we've had our cochairman flying around with. us you've done a great job. we appreciate you being with us. >> and i want to say to my campaign staff, to scott and to jill and to joanne and everyone else. i couldn't have had a more, better mirthful, more loyal team. and i want to thank everybody, and will have an opportunity to do that if ... [applause] it's been a long time since i entered politics we back in 1951. a lot of things have happened since that time but some things never change.
a few days after a took my seat in the legislature, and look at what i had on my agenda, i said i'm going to stand up for what i think is right, and if any of you are wondering what my plans may be in the future. i'm glad to sit back for a few, days than him to start standing up for what i think is right for america, and right for you. [applause] all those who are watching, thank, you it's been a long, long campaign. i've learned a lot. i hope the american people have learned a lot. but we need to do now is to
come together as republicans, are going to keep the house, we're going to keep the senate, request to do what we should do for the united states of america. [applause] i've never been prouder in my whole life to beat the republican nominee for president of the united states. [applause] i leave you all tonight with a full heart and a fervent prayer that we will meet again and will meet often. where america is i was, happening every day is a new beginning and every day is a blessing from god. i want to say thanks to each one of you here. thanks for all you've done and all you will do in the future for america. thanks very, much and god bless
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