Following his re-election victory, President Obama congratuled his Republican challengers before a crowd of supporters in Chicago on Tuesday night.
"I just spoke to Gov. Romney, and I congratulated him and Paul Ryan on a hard fought campaign," Obama said. "We may have battled fiercly, but it's only because we love this country deeply."
"In the weeks ahead I also look forward to sitting down with Gov Romney to talk about where we can take this country forward," Obama added.