PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA on Friday urged Americans to continue voting despite the loss of the election.
He said his campaign’s “long-term goal” was to “move forward as a country, as we have in the past, but I am confident that if we do so, that we can continue to make progress on all fronts.”
But, he added, “that is not what the American people want.
That is not the kind of country that we are.
That’s not who we are as a nation.”
He said he had been assured by “the American people” that “if we work together, we will succeed.”
“And if we don’t, then we will fail,” he said.
He said he wanted Americans to vote for “someone that is committed to working across party lines.”
“I want the American public to know that I want to move forward as president and as president for all Americans,” he added.
On the Senate floor, Democrats criticized the decision to block the vote.
The move is “a huge step back from our core values of the First Amendment, respect for the rule of law and respect for individual rights,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, said.
“It is not only a setback for the people of California, it is a setback to the United States of America,” he continued.
“It is a terrible decision.”
A number of Republicans, including Sens.
Orrin Hatch of Utah and Bob Corker of Tennessee, also expressed disappointment.
“The Senate voted to kill a vote on the Trans-Pact agreement, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
This decision was a clear and deliberate violation of our democracy,” Hatch said in a statement.
“The people of this country have a right to know what our leaders in Congress are up to, and that includes a vote in the Senate on this terrible agreement.”
“We will not accept the status quo.
We will fight this president to the end,” he warned.