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November 6, 2004 -- Former President Bill Clinton, in his first comments on President Bush's re-election, yesterday urged Democrats not to "whine" about the outcome, but to find a "clear national message."
Clinton also said that Democrat John Kerry was hurt by the polarizing issue of gay marriage, which was legalized by Massachusetts' top court and put on the ballot in 11 states, and the surfacing of a tape from Osama bin Laden in the final days of the race.
Reminded of terrorism by the bin Laden tape, voters decided they didn't want to "change horses" during a time of heightened concern over national security, Clinton said in a speech to the Urban Land Institute at the New York Hilton.
Despite the GOP victory, the former president — whose wife Hillary is already being mentioned as the top contender for the White House in 2008 — said Democrats "shouldn't be all that discouraged" by Kerry's defeat.
Clinton said it would be "a mistake for our party to sit around and . . . whine about this and that or the other thing."
Clinton attributed Kerry's loss to the Democrats' failure to combat how they were portrayed by Republicans to small-town America.
"If we let people believe that our party doesn't believe in faith and family, doesn't believe in work and freedom, that's our fault," he said.
Democrats "need a clear national message, and they have to do this without one big advantage the Republicans have, which is they won't have a theological message that basically paints the other guy as evil," he said.
Originally posted by edsinger
Well I also like hearing the whining, that these elite minded people find out that the American people dont by their bull#!
Then again Clinton is not a stupid man....
I would agree. Peronal opinion coming.....if he presented himself to the public throughout the whole campaign as he did in his concession speech the election may have turned out much differently. Democracy is ideally for the people....although the attitudes about it seem to heavily cloud that goal....I hope it hasn't become lost.
Originally posted by AlexofSkye
Democrats should also re-read John Kerry's noble and gracious concession speech. Democracy is not designed so that political parties win and lose. Its designed so that the people win. Kerry is a winner, for having the guts to put himself up in front of the people.