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Transcript: President Bush's Acceptance Speech

Wednesday, November 3, 2004; 3:27 PM

Following is President Bush's acceptance speech in the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington.

BUSH: Thank you all. Thank you all for coming.

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We had a long night...

(LAUGHTER)

... and a great night.

(APPLAUSE)

BUSH: The voters turned out in records numbers and delivered an historic victory.

(APPLAUSE)

Earlier today, Senator Kerry called with his congratulations. We had a really good phone call. He was very gracious. Senator Kerry waged a spirited campaign, and he and his supporters can be proud of their efforts.

(APPLAUSE)

Laura and I wish Senator Kerry and Teresa and their whole family all our best wishes.

America has spoken, and I'm humbled by the trust and the confidence of my fellow citizens.

BUSH: With that trust comes a duty to serve all Americans. And I will do my best to fulfill that duty every day as your president. 

(APPLAUSE)

There are many people to thank and my family comes first.


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