George W. Bush has given his election victory speech to party faithful in Washington DC. He has won a second term as US president after Democrat challenger John Kerry conceded defeat. Bush had a lead of nearly 4 million votes over Kerry nationwide. Kerry’s phone call to the president to concede defeat ended one of the most closely fought elections in living memory.
In his victory speech, President Bush said: “America has spoken, and I’m humbled by the trust and the confidence of my fellow citizens. With that trust comes a duty to serve all Americans. And I will do my best to fulfil that duty every day as your president. “In four historic years, America has been given great tasks and faced them with strength and courage. Our people have restored the vigor of this economy and shown resolve and patience in a new kind of war. “Our military has brought justice to the enemy and honour to America. Our nation has defended itself and served the freedom of all mankind. I’m proud to lead such an amazing country, and I’m proud to lead it forward. Because we have done the hard work, we are entering a season of hope. We will continue our economic progress. We’ll reform our outdated tax code. “We’ll strengthen the Social Security for the next generation. We’ll make public schools all they can be. And we will uphold our deepest values of family and faith. We’ll help the emerging democracies of Iraq and Afghanistan … so they can grow in strength and defend their freedom. And then our service men and women will come home with the honour they have earned. “With good allies at our side, we will fight this war on terror with every resource of our national power so our children can live in freedom and in peace. Reaching these goals will require the broad support of Americans. So today I want to speak to every person who voted for my opponent. “To make this nation stronger and better, I will need your support and I will work to earn it. I will do all I can do to deserve your trust. A new term is a new opportunity to reach out to the whole nation. We have one country, one Constitution, and one future that binds us. Bush won 29 states with 274 electoral college votes. Kerry won 19 states and the District of Columbia, with 252 college votes.