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Thursday, 14 December, 2000, 11:41 GMT
Clinton reaction
Clinton
Clinton: I'm profoundly grateful to Vice-President Gore
Current US President Bill Clinton reacted with gratitude to his deputy after hearing Al Gore's concession speech.

In a short statement he said:

"The essential unity of our nation was reflected in the words and values of those who fought this great contest.

"I was proud of both men.

"I pledge to President-elect Bush my efforts and the best efforts of every member of our administration for a smooth and successful transition.

"I want to say I'm profoundly grateful to Vice-President Gore for eight extraordinary years of partnership.

Leadership

"Without his leadership we could not have made the progress or reached the prosperity we now enjoy and pass on to the next administration.

"I'm also profoundly grateful to him for putting into words last night the feelings of all of us who disagreed with the Supreme Court's decision but accept it.

"And as he said, all of us have a responsibility to support President-elect Bush and to unite our country in the search for common ground."

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