The voters have spoken and the great and powerful mandate is clear. Barack ObamaBarack ObamaKaine says he'll vote against Gorsuch Poll: Most Republicans believe Trump's wiretap claim Key conservative rep on healthcare plan: 'Let’s get out those regulations’ MORE said during the close of his campaign that he would govern during the next four years as he has governed following Hurricane Sandy, with the bipartisan outreach he has offered to Republican governors, of whom Chris Christie is only one. Mitt Romney said during the close of the campaign that he would govern as he did as governor of Massachusetts, reaching out to both parties, looking for good ideas whether they come from Democrats or Republicans, all of whom love our country equally.

On this matter, which involves the real mandate of the 2012 election, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have been right, and have been stating the will of the people, which indeed is the great mandate of the 2012 election.

The great mandate of the 2012 election is that voters want a government that functions, a government that acts, a government that gets things done, a government that brings together Democrats and Republicans of shared patriotism and shared good will.

I have my views. You have your views. Every voter has his or her view about the policies, parties and candidates. But the collective mandate of the nation is that the president and Congress must rise above partisanship, obstruction and gridlock and meet somewhere in the middle to get things done for the good of the nation.

Barack Obama agrees with me, as he said repeatedly in the closing days of the campaign.

Mitt Romney agrees with me, as he said repeatedly in the closing days of the campaign.

My congratulations to all of the victors on Election Day. I hope you all remember on the day after the election what Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both said with equal passion on the day before the election. Leaders are elected to govern the nation and restore public trust in ways that bring out the best of us, and not the worst.