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Tom McClintock's Concession Speech
Aired October 7, 2003 - 23:51 ET
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WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: Tom McClintock, the Republican state senator, who ran for this race, is about to speak to his supporters in Sacramento. And let's listen in as he announces that he is conceding to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
STATE SEN. TOM MCCLINTOCK (R), CALIFORNIA: Thank you all. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you all.
MCCLINTOCK: Thank you. Thank you.
Thank you all so very much. I particularly want to begin by thanking my family, who have born the burdens of this campaign. Unless you're a candidate, you don't really know how much your family suffers along with you through all the travails and challenges of a campaign. And they're here with me tonight, and I want to thank them for standing by me through this long campaign.
MCCLINTOCK: And to our small and mighty campaign staff, headed by John Fallese (ph), my sincere thanks.
I have just spoken to Governor-Elect Arnold Schwarzenegger and pledged to him my wholehearted support in undertaking the great responsibilities which the people have entrusted him with. This is a great day for California. History will record that on this day in response to a common danger, the people of California rose to their duties as citizens and ordered a new direction for our state.
A great discussion has taken place over the last 75 days over the future of California. It's a discussion that has involved every citizen, and it has been the greatest honor and greatest privilege of my life to have been a part of that discussion. The agenda that I announced at the outset of this campaign has been adopted not only by other candidates, but by the vast majority of Californians.
MCCLINTOCK: The vision that we offered of rolling back the taxes and the regulations that have choked our economy, of reining our out of control bureaucracies, and of restoring our public works, has clearly resonated across the electorate and now becomes a solid mandate for this new administration.
MCCLINTOCK: And I want to thank all of those who supported this campaign, all of those who worked so tirelessly and against such long odds, all of those who contributed so generously. I believe that our campaign acted as the conscience of this election and framed...
MCCLINTOCK: ... and that we framed the issues upon which this contest was ultimately decided. Thank you.
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