Work With Bush
To Democrats in Administration
Photo: U.S. Senator-elect Thomas R. Carper (right) chats with U.S. Senator Joe Biden during the Return Day Parade.
U.S. Senator-elect Thomas R. Carper says he will work with President-elect George W. Bush to "reunify the country" but that he expects Bush to reach out to Democrats as well as Republicans in a statement on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2000.
Carper, reacting to Democratic Presidential candidate Al Gore's concession speech earlier Wednesday night, defeated long-time incumbent William V. Roth for one of Delaware's two U.S. Senate seats.
"Our new president can set the right tone by reaching out to Republicans and Democrats as he assembles his new administration," Carper said.
Carper said he was disappointed in the outcome, with Bush losing the popular vote but winning the electoral college by four votes to gain the presidency.
He added, however, that Vice President Al Gore did the right thing in conceding after running out of legal challenges to the Bush electoral college victory.
"Now we must turn to the work of reunifying our country," said Carper.
"Those of us who will serve in the Congress have a special responsibility to set aside our election-year differences and work together to move the nation forward. As a former governor who knows the value of bipartisan cooperation, I believe I can play an effective role in that effort."
Carper said he will work to update voting processes throughout the country such as the paper ballots that plagued the Florida vote.
"I believe Congress and the president must work with state governments to strengthen our election infrastructure so that we never have to endure this kind of confusion in deciding an election again," he said.
Carper, a Democrat, will serve in the Congress with fellow U.S. Senator Joseph Biden and Representative Michael N. Castle. Biden is also a Democrat. Castle is a Republican.
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