President Barack Obama won a second term in office Tuesday night, defeating challenger GOP candidate Mitt Romney. No matter who you supported in the 2012 U.S. election, we know small business owners have an important role to play in building our future here in the U.S. and abroad, and you’ll want to remain optimistic looking ahead. We’ve gathered some of the key quotes from both candidates as they spoke on the last days of the campaign, expressing the hopes and aspirations of both leaders.
President Barack Obama
“No matter how bad the storm gets, no matter how tough times are, we’re all in this together.”
“Our work isn’t done. Our fight for change goes on, because we know this nation cannot succeed without a growing, thriving middle class and sturdy ladders for everybody who’s willing to work to get into that middle class.”
“We know what real change looks like because we fought for it. We’ve got the scars to prove it.”
“After all we’ve been through together, after all that we’ve fought through together, we cannot give up on change now.”
“Change comes when we live up to this country’s legacy of innovation by investing in the next generation of technology and manufacturing.”
“The restaurant owner who needs a loan to expand—he’s got great food, but the bank turned him down. He needs help. He needs a champion.”
“We’ve come too far to let our hearts grow faint. Now’s the time to keep pushing forward.”
—President Obama, Des Moines, Iowa, 11/5/12
“Your voices…are being heard all over the nation, and they’re being heard loud and clear.”
“This campaign is about America and about the future we’re going to leave to our children.”
“Change is not measured in words and speeches. Change is measured in achievements.”
“The question of this election comes down to this. Do you want four more years of the same, or do you want real change?”
“I actually started and built a business and I turned around another one. I helped put the Olympics on track when they got off track. And with a Democrat legislation, I helped turn my state from deficit to surplus, and from job losses to job growth, and from higher taxes to higher take home pay. That’s why I’m running for President. I know how to change the course the nation is on.”
“…I’m not just going to take office on Jan. 20th. I’m going to take responsibility for the office of the Presidency.”
“I’m going to act to boost small business and all business. I’m going to issue executive orders aimed at the problems that have been holding our economy back. The first executive order will be to grant state waivers from Obamacare to begin its repeal. The second will launch a sweeping review of all the Obama era regulations with an eye to eliminating or repairing any that are killing jobs. And for the first time in four years, every entrepreneur, every small business person, every job creator will know that the President and government of the United States likes them and loves the jobs they can create.”
—Mitt Romney, Cleveland, Ohio 11/4/12
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