Raw footage for The 90's election specials. The night of the primary election at the headquarters for incumbent Illinois Senator Alan Dixon. He gives a concession speech.
00:00Copy video clip URL [No visual until 0:19.] Supporters mingle while waiting for election results. The camera wanders around the room gathering footage of attendees, but not interacting with anyone specifically. Since the ambient conversation noise is so loud, it is impossible to hear anything in particular.
13:49Copy video clip URL A beaming Alan Dixon steps up to the platform and thanks supporters, despite the fact that the race is, as of yet, too close to call, and promises to return when the race has been decided. This speech only lasts about a minute and a half, after which there is more of the same footage of people standing around talking and watching TV. Dixon supporters react to Carol Moseley Braun on TV.
34:00Copy video clip URL When it has become clear that Carol Moseley Braun has won, Dixon returns to give his concession speech. “My dear friends, I have just called my friend Carol Moseley Braun to give her my heartiest congratulations on a great victory. Now let me tell you something: I spent a lifetime in Democratic politics. And I spent that lifetime in Democratic politics playing by the rules. And I said in this primary campaign that I would support the winner, I would endorse the winner, and I would vote for the winner. And now… I will vote for Carol Moseley Braun, and I ask my friends and my supporters… to do the same thing that I will do.” This election ended his 40-year career in politics. “I had a wonderful public life. I enjoyed every golden, beautiful minute of it. I enjoyed every citizen I knew, I enjoyed every person I served. It was the great privilege and honor of a lifetime to be yours for decades. And now I leave you without anger, without rancor, with no unhappiness, and with great joy in a wonderful life to say to you that with my family I go on to the rest of a wonderful life in another way. I want to make this very clear: I do not intend under any circumstances to run for another public office…I have tasted the full glass, it was wonderful. And now I pass that glass along to a fine woman, and I say ‘Carol, I’m for you.'” His supporters sadly embrace.
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