YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - After a long and bitter presidential campaign, the combatant's mood shifted to a call for coming together.
"At a time like this we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work," said Republican nominee Mitt Romney in his concession speech on Tuesday night.
In his acceptance speech, President Barack Obama said, "In the coming weeks and months I am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together."
21 News political analyst Dr. Williams Binning says the candidates had learned on the campaign trail that that's what the American people want to hear. "So that's why they said it, because Americans are fed up with the bickering and the division and the partisanship in Washington and getting nothing done."
Even House Speaker John Boehner said the election results show that the voters want political leaders to find common ground.
Mike Lyon of Youngstown says he wants more than just talk. "They can say the words. They got to put action to it, they got to actually work together not just say we're going to do it, just do it" Lyon said.
Binning says getting Boehner and the conservative Republican caucus and the liberal Obama administration to reach agreement on critical issues won't be easy. But they'll need to begin work immediately on the budget crisis and debt ceiling.