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Traits of a Good Concession Speech: Brevity, Grace

By the end of Tuesday night, a few presidential candidates who had hoped for victory in New Hampshire will have to admit defeat. Political speech writers Kerry Tymchuk and Eli Attie talk with Robert Siegel about the art of crafting a concession speech.

Both have had to write speeches for losing politicians. Tymchuk wrote speeches for Bob Dole, and Attie wrote on behalf of Al Gore and New York City Mayor David Dinkins before he turned his pen to scripts for NBC's The West Wing.

They say a good concession speech should be brief, free of bitterness and overwhelmingly gracious.


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