The American people have spoken –- and elected Republican George W. Bush to a second term as President of the United States. Democratic Party candidate John Kerry conceded defeat and called on all Americans to stand together:
"In an American election, there are no losers, because whether or not our candidates are successful, the next morning we all wake up as Americans. With that gift also comes obligation. We are required now to work together for the good of our country."
President Bush reached out to Senator Kerry and his supporters:
"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."
Mr. Bush says America will continue to fight the war on terrorism and stand with its allies:
"We'll help the emerging democracies of Iraq and Afghanistan, so they can grow in strength and defend their freedom. And then, our service men and women will come home with the honor they have earned."
U.S. presidential elections have often been hotly contested, and this one was no different. The United States has passed through times of great crisis, including war and economic depression. Yet no presidential election has ever been postponed or interrupted.
"A campaign has ended," said President Bush. "The United States of America goes forward with confidence and faith."