A jubilant Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, slammed President Bush and praised Sen. Barack Obama, the projected winner of today’s presidential elections.
“Tonight is the verdict on a massive failure of the Bush Administration over these last eight years, and it is also an affirmation of the campaign of ideas that has been brought by Barack Obama,” Kerry said before an ebullient victory rally tonight at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in downtown Boston. “This is, believe me, having been through these battles, this is the beginning of a new hope for the future.
“I have the exit polls. Bush is exiting, Cheney is exiting,” quipped Kerry, who lost to President Bush in a hard-fought presidential election in 2004.
“Four years ago, many of you, and many others, gathered right outside this hotel, waiting to celebrate a victory that in the end, we barely missed. I promised you then that I would continue to fight on for Massachusetts, and for the passions that drove our efforts to win back in 2004.
“I am proud that we never stopped fighting from that moment at Faneuil Hall. We have kept faith with that promise, and I am proud that in 2006 together we helped to win back the House and the Senate and legislatures across this country. I am proud that we can stand up here tonight and look the American people in the eye and say, with confidence, and say ‘Together, we helped lay the groundwork for the victory tonight.’”
Kerry sailed to an easy victory tonight over GOP challenger Jeffrey Beatty.
Below is video from his speech.