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Remarks by Gov. Jay Nixon
The Pageant, St. Louis
Nov. 6, 2012
As prepared for delivery
It’s been an exciting day.
To the people of Missouri, thank you for your confidence.
For this great honor to continue serving as your Governor.
To my family – my lovely wife Georganne; our sons, Will and Jer; my sister Mindy; my Dad, Jerry and
his wife, Katie. Thank you ALL for being here with me tonight, and for supporting me every day.
To all our supporters, our volunteers, our dedicated campaign staff – thank you for all your hard work
and the long hours that made this night possible.
And I want to thank my opponent, Dave Spence, for running a spirited race. I wish him and his family
all the best.
But today, at the ballot box, Missourians voiced their support for putting the people’s business above the
petty politics that divides us.
MMissourians said that because we’ve been able to work together, because we’re putting the common
good first, we are moving in the right direction.
And they said, we must keep going.
You know, all too often, political campaigns – especially modern political campaigns – are defined by
contrast and conflict.
I believe in a different kind of politics.
One that focuses on the values we share as Missourians.
Instead of demonizing the other political party, we bring Democrats and Republicans together.
Missouri is where Lewis and Clark started – and finished – their voyage of discovery.
Where a country farmer named George Washington Carver, born into slavery, revolutionized modern
The state that sent Harry Truman to Washington to declare “the buck stops here” – and to show the
world America’s might by bringing World War II to an end.
The place where the Mercury and Gemini space capsules were built that launched mankind into a New
Missourians have always reached farther and higher.
And at this point in history, we must lead again.
Together, we must unlock a new age of discovery and innovation.
To meet the challenges of an increasingly complex world – where science, technology and education
will be the pathways to seizing the future.
We owe it to our children to prepare them to compete in this new world economy.
And we must summon, as President Lincoln said, the “better angels of our nature” to make us a more
tolerant people, a more welcoming people
A people committed to working through our small differences, to find the big solutions.
We’We’ve done a lot these past four years.
But let me be clear: we’re just getting started.
As I’ve said time and again these past few months: we’ve come a long way, but we’re not done yet.
Missouri’s best days are in front of us.
For the past 26 years, I’ve worked hard for the state that I love. And I will keep on working to make
Missouri the best place in America to live, work, and raise a family.
So, to the people of Missouri, thank you for your renewed faith and trust.
Tonight, we celebrate. And tomorrow, we get back to work.
Thank you and God bless
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