Transcript: Kerry Concession Speech
Wednesday, November 3, 2004; 2:17 PM
KERRY: Thank you so much. Thank you, thank you. I love you. I love you, thank you. Thank you, thank you so much.
Thank you so much. You just have no idea how warming and how generous that welcome is, your love is, your affection. And I'm gratified by it.
KERRY: We had a good conversation, and we talked about the danger of division in our country and the need -- the desperate need for unity, for finding the common ground, coming together.
In America, it is vital that every vote count, and that every vote be counted. But the outcome should be decided by voters, not a protracted legal process. I would not give up this fight if there was a chance that we would prevail.
KERRY: But is now clear that even when all the provisional ballots are counted, which they will be, there won't be enough outstanding votes for us to be able to win Ohio.
And therefore we cannot win this election.
I wish that I could just wrap you up in my arms and embrace each and every one of you individually all across this nation. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
KERRY: Thank you.