Bush to Opponents: ‘I will need your support’

Nov 04, 2004
George Anderson

By George Anderson

Four years after winning his first election victory for President of the United States, in part because of his message that he would help unite the country, George W. Bush finds himself reelected and governing over a country that, if anything, is more divided than ever.

Yesterday, after his opponent, Sen. John Kerry, conceded defeat, Mr. Bush spoke to supporters at the Ronald Reagan building in the nation’s capital.

“When we come together and work together, there is no limit to the greatness of America.”

To the 49 percent of the nation that voted against him, the President said: “To make this nation stronger and better, I will need your support, and I will work to earn it. I will do all I can do to deserve your trust.”

Mr. Bush, who was widely supported by the retail industry, will have to address a number of issues critical to the business during his next term.

A released statement from the president and chief executive of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Craig Fuller, said: “During the next four years, Medicare, illegal drug importation, e-prescribing and access to medication for the uninsured will be among the most critical healthcare issues facing retail community pharmacy. In an overnight survey, more than 1,000 voters told us that 40 percent of them feel the president needs to improve the affordability of healthcare, while 30 percent suggested it is critical to improve access to prescription drugs. These healthcare issues are of paramount importance to our members and their patients.”

Moderator’s Comment: What are the most critical issues affecting the retail industry the Bush administration and
Congress will need to address over the next four years?

Be careful what you wish for…

The Vice President, Dick Cheney, called the election “a mandate” from the people to pursue Mr. Bush’s agenda.

Heading into his second term, Mr. Bush finds himself supported by stronger Republican majorities in the House and Senate, as well as a Supreme Court with
a conservative majority.

George Anderson – Moderator

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