Senator John Kerry’s Concession Speech
WaPo has live video feed. A transcript will follow.
Update (1445): No transcript as of yet, but “Captain Ed” Morrissey has a live blog. I never could get the video to work. Various media reports have President Bush giving his speech at 3 Eastern–fifteen minutes from now.
Update (1447): Wow–that was fast. NYT has transcripts up already.
The required sentiments were expressed:
I spoke to President Bush and I offered him and Laura our congratulations on their victory. 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.
Today I hope that we can begin the healing. 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. 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. My friends, it was here that we began our campaign for the presidency and all we had was hope and vision for a better America. It was a privilege and a gift to spend two years traveling this country, coming to know so many of you. 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.