Congressional Democrats say they'll work with Bush
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The two Democratic congressional leaders, Sen. Tom
Daschle, D-South Dakota and Rep. Richard Gephardt, D-Missouri, praised Vice President Al Gore's concession speech Wednesday and vowed to work with the Bush administration and Republicans in Congress.
Although they said they were disappointed in Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court
ruling that led to Gore's concession, they praised the Democrat's campaign.
"We hold Al Gore and Joe Lieberman in the highest regard and deeply
respect their decision to bring this election to a close. During the campaign,
they fought for the people's right to know where the two presidential
candidates stood on education, prescription drugs and other issues that matter
most to America's families. For more than a month, they fought for the people's
right to know who actually won the election. In both cases, they were right to
fight as hard as they did. Tonight, they took an important step toward
reuniting America. They deserve praise for putting the nation's interest
first," the two men said in a written statement.
"We had hoped the vice president's simple request to count every vote in
Florida would be honored. While we are deeply disappointed in the Supreme
Court's ruling, we respect it and accept it as final."
"Passions ran high during the election, and views on both sides of the
aisle may have hardened during this legal process. But it's time for our nation
to come together and heal. One of the greatest testaments to our democracy is
that, following a national election, all Americans join together. We are
prepared to do that starting today."
"We will make every effort to work in a bipartisan way with the Bush
administration and Republicans in Congress to pass policies that lift up the
hopes and dreams of the people we serve. Getting things done for the American
people remains our highest priority. We will work to achieve that goal."
Sen. Zell Miller, D-Ga., wrote Bush, offering his support.
"I would like to offer my sincere congratulations and pledge my support
to work across party lines with you to bring this county together and move it
"You will be my president and I wish you the very best," wrote Miller.
House Republican Conference Chairman J.C. Watts, R-Okla., urged both
political parties to "bury the partisan rhetoric."
"We must now heal America's political wounds and carry on the business of
establishing a new administration with President-elect Bush and Vice President-elect Cheney," said Watts.