More on the Next 4 Years:
November 6, 2004
Good morning. This week,
the voters of America set the direction of our nation for
the next four years. I am honored by the support of my
fellow citizens. I commend Senator John Kerry for a spirited
Now the election is behind us, and our country is ready
to move forward. Our nation is fighting a continuing war
on terror, and every American has a stake in the outcome.
Republicans and Democrats and independents love our country,
and together, we will protect the American people. We will
persevere until the enemy is defeated and our nation is
safe from danger. Every civilized country also has a stake
in the outcome of this war. Whatever our past disagreements,
we share a common enemy and common duties to confront disease
and hunger and poverty in troubled regions of our world.
I will continue reaching out to friends and allies, including
our partners in NATO and the European Union, to promote
development and progress, to defeat the terrorists, and
to encourage freedom and democracy as the alternatives
to tyranny and terror.
Here at home, we have serious responsibilities and historic
opportunities. To accelerate the momentum of this economy,
and to keep creating jobs, we must take practical measures
to help the small business sector. We must confront the
junk and frivolous lawsuits that are driving up the cost
of health care and hurting doctors and patients. We must
continue to work on education reform, to bring high standards
and accountability, not just to elementary schools, but
to the high schools as well.
We must reform our complicated and outdated tax code,
to get rid of needless paperwork and make our economy more
competitive in the world. And we must show our leadership
by strengthening the Social Security system for our children
and grandchildren. This is more than a problem to be solved.
It is an opportunity to help millions of our fellow citizens
find the security and independence of ownership.
Reaching these goals will require the broad support of
Americans. To make this nation stronger and better, I will
need the support of Republicans and Democrats and independents,
and I will work to earn it. I will do all I can do to deserve
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 come together and work
together, there is no limit to the greatness of America.
In the election of 2004, large issues were set before
the country and discussed every day of the campaign. Now
Americans are expecting bipartisan effort and results.
My administration will work with both parties in Congress
to achieve those results, and to meet the responsibility
With the campaign over, the United States of America goes
forward with confidence and faith. I see a great day coming
for our country, and I'm eager for the work ahead.
Thank you for listening.
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