tv Senator Luther Strange Concedes Alabama Senate Primary Runoff Election CSPAN September 26, 2017 10:13pm-10:29pm EDT
>> that was at the scene in montgomery. senatorngham, where lugar string conceded the republican primary to his opponent, former supreme court justice roy moore. >> thank you all for being here. thank you, thank you. say thank yout to to each and everyone of you who is here. it is not the result we wanted but i congratulate judge moore and i wish him the best. we are republicans and terror brought about this country and
about the state and we wish -- we are republicans and we care about this country and about the state and we wish him the best. one of my favorite prayers ask us to give thanks to god force setting -- for setting us and it has that allows us to lean on him, the harder things that you have to rely on something way more powerful than yourself. you are navigating through what you do not always understand. if you end up thinking who can i rely on, it is god. that is the prayer that means something. have we set ourselves to a task on this race. it was a task of a lifetime. we are dealing with the political environment i have never had experience with. i work in the northern city and we had rough seas, we had some the almost turned is over. arepolitical seas right now
very hard to navigate and very hard to understand. it has been a tough deal. i could not be any more proud of the campaign we have ran. i am an old attlee and we left everything on the field. courtswant to use the analogy, we did everything we could. i wouldn't not change it at all. there are a lot of political to score a scorecard it out and a lot of agendas. i will leave it to the pundits to figure it out and my focus has always been on alabama and the people of our great state. i will take comfort in the words of president teddy roosevelt who said it is not the pundits and the manwho matter but in the arena for the man and woman or the woman per i will continue to do everything i can to encourage our citizens, especially our young folks to get involved.
we have to have them. that is the future of our state. and what i to do would have done, i want to say thank you to every single person in a this room, i grew up less than a mile from here. two coaches to teachers to friends and best friends to my they shape me to be who i am and to be back here, to say thank you for your votes, your prayers, your encouragement. just the kind and is along the trail and a very hard and tough political environment. give yourself a hand. really. [applause] want to say, i wanted to say thank you to the citizens of alabama. it is kind of like sports. you win some games and i have lost some last-second games and i have won some. i have one some overtime.
you go into the locker room and think about what you could of done different in everybody has a different idea. i will not lose any sleep tonight. we did the right thing in the right way. [applause] thank you to the citizens of this state. not only the people voted for me but at the citizens in the state. i have been honored to serve for six years in a the attorney general where we had to clean up a montgomery and get justice. i was lucky enough to serve in the united states senate when we had a new president and conservative judges and a time we could really make a difference. i have been blessed and i want to thank the citizens for have the highest honor. all across the state, i want to say thank you to you and to my
campaign team. they are here and they have worked their you know what's off. not for lack of a good political team and it comes down to the person running it. i take full responsibility for success and failure. i wanted to responsibility for that. and i do that. i want to thank my office staff and everybody who works for me in washington. if you would raise your hand, i would like for you to give them a hand. [applause] worked, they worked tirelessly for the citizens of alabama and they do it because they love our state and they will 20 to do it for the remaining time i am in the senate. of staff.er, my chief i'd and is here somewhere. i wanted to see come out. -- and i know they will do it for the remaining time i am in
senate. he is the kind of sharp young person you've made. he started out driving me around and ended up being my chief of staff in the senate and not only been a great campaign friend but a great public servant and has given up a lot of opportunities to do that. i want to thank the president of the united states. let us thank the president. [applause] the president took a chance. he did not have to come down. that is what loyal friends do. is more than politics. sometimes it is about a friendship, a common goal to make the country better. when you come as a newcomer and you see what you have to navigate, i cannot explain why he was willing to take that risk except he is a friend and a loyal friend. if this causes him any trouble, it is not his fault. it holds with a guy holding the
ball and it is my responsibility. i want to thank of the bayou president. he came last night. [applause] he is a great conservative leader. president of the senate, a guy i've gotten to know, a great conservative christian person. got into the rally last night and we got a chance to talk about what is really important. he said, luther, i'm glad, but there are so many big things in the world than one political campaign. keep your eye on the ball. you and melissa are a wonderful couple. for a person to come when all the things happening in the world and to say that about you, that is the kind of person you want in the foxhole. mike pence. america is lucky to have mike pence. i want to thank richard shelby and i took its place in a the senate. [laughter]
a friend for 30 years for it he took me under his arm when i came to washington and has been a great mentor and has supported me. it is always nice to have a guy and ask them, have you ever seen anything like this? he said i have never seen anything like this. nobody has seen anything like this. i want to thank jeff sessions freedom he was my mentor -- jeff sessions. -- she was my mentor when i came into politics. he got into politics. i was glad to take his place as attorney general and he was a great senator for 20 years. i am honored to sit in the seat he sits in. he will be a great attorney general for our country and i want to thank him and mary. i wanted to thank my senate colleagues. the senate is a magnificent institution. i have been able to sit and
reflect on the great debates held there. think about the things we argue about now and they seem petty when you think about slavery and the civil rights and voting rights and wars and world wars. even though we are in an incredibly contentious time with swirling passions, it is nothing compared to some of the things we have handled in the united states senate. for somebody privileged to sit there, it will be a magnificent place. people will get very frustrated and nobody more frustrated than i but i promise the friends have made it will be lifelong friends and i want you to have confidence in the institutions of this country as i do. let us give a hand for the senate and the friends of there. [applause] and finally, finally, i thought i would forget to this. is iost important thing is how much i appreciate
melissa and my family. [applause] more thant up with a one person should have to bear. she really learned for better or worse means. 436 years, it has been all for the better. , seven days tonight ago i was exactly, i got a hold my second grandson, young james strange who came into the world. -- for 36 years, it has been all for the better. to hold till and a look at the next generation and say, why do we do this? why do you really care? it is for that generation. those beautiful young children to come next after us. it really is. [applause] so, let me leave you with asprey i will leave you with what i have. i look at it every morning.
-- a leave it with you. oneavorite bible verse and that is gave me when i came into proverbsand it is 19:21. many are the plans in a man's heart but the lord's purpose that will prevail, i truly believe that. i take that to heart. as i leave her tonight, i wanted to say one more time, thank you, thank you, thank you to each and everyone of you from a bolt of us, from over hearts. god bless each and everyone of you. -- and everyone of you from both of us, from our hearts. [applause]
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