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November 7, 2002 | Reed Johnson, Times Staff Writer
In politics, the champagne toasts and the Barbara Walters interview go to the victor. The loser gets stuck with the concession speech. How he or she handles that dubious democratic duty can go a long way toward binding up the wounds of a nasty campaign, uniting the electorate behind the winner and, not coincidentally, giving a boost to the loser's future career prospects.
December 15, 2000
Much to the surprise of Democrats, the Republicans were very gracious in accepting victory in this presidential election (Dec. 14). George W. Bush was almost as dignified in his acceptance speech as Al Gore was in his concession speech. All Americans should be proud of Gore and Bush. They both rose to the occasion and convincingly asked Americans to come together, and we will. But the Democratic victory is yet to come. We need to secure for all Americans a more accurate and fair election process.
December 14, 2000
At last, after all these weeks of postelection vitriol, Republicans and Democrats found something they could agree on: Al Gore was a class act in defeat. Praise for Gore's concession speech poured in from members of both parties, from conservatives, liberals and moderates, from leaders and from mavericks. "It was a conciliatory and classy move on his part," Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, a conservative Republican and new member of his party's leadership. "It was just exactly what the country needed.
June 3, 1998 | DANA PARSONS
Election '98 Concession Speech, First Draft: "Good evening, dear friends and trusted supporters. Tonight, we reach the end of a long road and a difficult journey that began more than a year ago in my living room. On that night, we pledged to run a campaign for better government, inspired change and a brighter future for us all. Tonight, our quest ends somewhat short of victory, but we are not defeated.
It was vintage Dornan. As the lights flashed and the beepers beeped signaling a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, the bona fide members of Congress fled the room. All cameras, all microphones, all people with notebooks had no choice but to turn to former member Robert K. Dornan--Air Force veteran, Clinton-hater, lesbian-basher, father of five, grandpa of 11. So what if leaders of Dornan's own Republican Party were about to dismiss his case contesting Rep.
November 24, 1991
Despite his background as a wizard of the KKK and a neo-Nazi, Duke garnered 55% of the white vote. In his concession speech, Duke stated that the messenger was defeated, but his message was not. And the message has been the same since Richard Nixon railed against forced busing, Ronald Reagan's campaign rhetoric debased the "welfare queens" and George Bush used Willie Horton and racial quotas as steppingstones to the Oval Office. Not since 1964, when President Johnson signed the civil rights bill, has a Democratic candidate for the presidency gathered a majority of the electoral votes from what was once known as the "Solid South."
April 13, 1991
All day Friday, April 5, I was fired up. My sons and I were heading to the Freeway Series and Dodger Stadium was just a short drive away. On the radio on the way, Fred Claire stated that the Dodgers have spent over $15 million dollars to update concessions and the scoreboard. No one could blame the Dodgers for wasting money on players, but the new concessions were slow and very poorly set up. My two sons split up into different lines and "raced" each other to the counter.
June 17, 1988 | MARK HEISLER, Times Staff Writer
When Earvin Johnson left the game Thursday night, a fan behind the basket waved a sign that said, "Cry, Magic, Cry!" But this is how he walked: Head high. Smiling. He slapped Mychal Thompson's hand, and said something and smiled, and then slapped Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's the same way, and so on down the bench. When James Worthy and Byron Scott came out of the game, he rose to greet them, too. What's to smile about, you ask?
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