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American presidential election loser Mitt Romney's plans for the move from candidate to president were mistakenly uncovered when a website with information about his transition was revealed. It has since been taken down, but not before politics blogger Taegan Goddard saved some screen shots. One page on the website quotes Romney as saying, "I'm excited about our prospects as a nation." Another shows how visitors can apply for jobs, warning that the "hours are long and the pace is intense."
More than 24 hours after polls closed in Florida, election officials said votes were still being counted in a handful of counties and final results may not be known before this weekend.
Whichever candidate won – they’re not in change anyway, Paul Roberts, a former Assistant Secretary to the Treasury in the Reagan administration, told RT. Obama won because he is less scary, but in fact it doesn’t make any difference who won because the US isn’t governed by the president, or Congress or the political parties, but by powerful private interests. The 21st century has seen the US constitution eroded and Obama has done nothing to stop a process started under George Bush Junior. The only thing to change under Obama’s second term explained Roberts, is that the US will issue more debt.
The Republican Party will find it hard to come to terms with Obama’s victory, Jeffrey Laurenti, a senior fellow at left-leaning US think tank the Century Foundation, told RT. Laurenti believes the party will not move even slightly to the center in order to work with the president, because of pressure from the angry right-wing military political complex within its own ranks. Although the campaign wasn’t fought on foreign policy issues, it was the right-wing side of the Republican Party that was pushing for aggressive and bellicose foreign policies.
Faced with the problem of the US election results coming out after print deadlines had already passed, Belgian newspapers hedged their bets on the outcome. The paper Het Laastste Nieuws had two front pages, one which read “It’s Obama” while the other proclaimed “It’s Romney,” and asked their readers to “pick your cover.” De Morgen divided its frontpage, with one side for Obama’s win and the other for Romney’s; on the Romney side it said “Please turn quickly if Obama is the winner.”
Third-party candidates received around 1.5 percent of votes in the presidential election. Some 1.75 million voters cast their ballot for candidates other than Obama and Romney.
“And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, I have learned from you, and you've made me a better president,” Obama told supporters. “And with your stories and your struggles, I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the future that lies ahead.”
"We want our children to live in an America that isn't burdened by debt, that isn't weakened by inequality, that isn't threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet,” Obama said in his victory speech. “We want to pass on a country that's safe and respected and admired around the world, a nation that is defended by the strongest military on earth and the best troops this – this world has ever known.”
“Despite all the hardships we've been through… I've never been more hopeful about our future,” Barack Obama said to cheering supporters during his victory speech.
Minutes after Barack Obama wrote a victory message on Twitter, it became the most popular tweet ever and beat the record for retweets set by teenage pop star Justin Bieber.
Mitt Romney wins Alaska, AP reported.
Republicans will retain control of the House of Representatives for another 2 years, AP reported.
Obama appears in front of a crowd of cheering supporters to deliver a speech.
Florida and Alaska remain the only two states that are yet to announce the results of the presidential election.
Mitt Romney called Barack Obama to concede defeat, and delivers a speech shortly before Barack Obama gives his victory speech.
Barack Obama won Virginia, CBSNews projects.
Obama has won Colorado and Wisconsin, according to an AP projection.
The Democrats are expected to retain control of the US Senate, AP reported.
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