Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

President-Elect Bush Finally Claims Title.(Editorial Page)


"We will stand together behind our new president."

So did Vice President Al Gore offer unconditional congratulations and support in conceding Wednesday night to President-elect George W. Bush.

The concession seemed inevitable following the U.S. Supreme Court's blocking of the recounts ordered by the Florida Supreme Court, but Gore carried out his sad obligation with sincerity and unconditional acceptance of his defeat.

"The strength of American democracy is shown most clearly in the difficulties it can overcome," said Gore. "While I strongly disagree with the (Supreme) Court's decision, I accept it."

Gore earlier telephoned Bush to concede and to offer his cooperation in facilitating the transition. …

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