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over the past four years, economic fairness, equal opportunity, and the belief that if each of us gives back to this country we love and all of us work together, there is no challenge we cannot overcome. those are the ideals that my father and my uncles fought for. those are the ideals i believe in. and this election is about whether we will advance those ideals or let them be swept
away. >> caroline kennedy on stage earlier tonight, now more of president obama's speech. >> around the world, we've reasserted our power across the pacific and stood up to china on behalf of our workers. from berma to libya to south sudan, we have advanced the rights and dignity of all human beings. meand women, christians and muslims and jews. but for all the progress we've made, challenges remain. terrorist plots must be disrupted. europe's crisis must be contained. our commitment to israel's security must not waver, and neither must our pursuit of peace. the historic change sweeping
across the arab world must not be defined by the hate of extremists, but ordinary people who are reaching for the same rights that we celebrate here today. so now we have a choice. my opponent and his running mate are new to foreign policy. but from all we've seen and heard, they want to take us back to an era of blustering and blundering that cost america so dearly. you don't call russia our number one enemy, not al qaeda, russia unless you're still stuck in a cold war mind war. you might not be ready for diplomacy with beijing if you
can't visit the olympics without insulting our closest ally. my opponent, my opponent said that it was tragic to end the war in iraq. and he won't tell us how he'll end the war in afghanistan. well, i have and i will. and while my opponent would spend more money some military hardware that our joint chiefs don't even want, i will use the money we're no longer spending on war to pay down our debt and put more people back to work, rebuilding roads and bridges and schools and runways, because after two wars, that have cost us thousands of lives and over a trillion dollars, it's time to do some nation building right here at home.
you can choose a future where we reduce our deficit without sticking it to the middle class. independent experts say that my plan would cut our deficit by $4 trillion. and last summer i worked with republicans in congress to cut a billion in spending because those of us who believe government should be a force for good should workarder than anyone to reform it so it's leaner and more efficient and more responsive to the american people. i want to reform the tax code so that simple, fair and ask the wealthiest households to pay tax on over $250,000. the same rate when bill clinton was president. the same rate when we had when our economy created 23 million new jobs. the biggest surplus in history and a whole lot of millionaires to boot.
i'm still eager to preach an agreement. no party has an monopoly on wisdom. no democra works without compromise. want to get this done and we can get it done. but when governor romney and his friends in congress tell us we can somehow lower our deficits by spending trillions more on new tax breaks for the wealthy, well, what did bill clinton call it? you do the arithmetic. you do the math. i refuse to go along with that. and as long as i'm president, i never will. i refuse to ask middle class families to give up their deductions for owning a home or raising their kids just to pay for another millionaire's tax cuts.
i refuse to ask students to pay more for college or kick children out of headstart programs to eliminate health insurance for americans who are poor and elderly and disabled and also those with the most can pay less. i'm not going along with that. and i will never -- i will never turn medicare into a voucher. no american should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. they should retire with the care and the dignity that they have earned. yes, we will reform and strengthen medicare for the long hall, but we'll do it by reducing the cost of health care. not by asking seniors to pay thousands of dollars more.
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held anywhere in the united states of america. a convention not just of symbolism but of substance. this is the first time that a major party platform recognizes marriage equality as a basic human right! >> los angeles mayor who is also the chair of the 2012 democratic national convention committee. now more from president obama's speech. >> this is the choice we now face. this is what the election comes
down to. over and over we've been told by our opponents that bigger tax cuts and fewer regulations are the only way, that since government can do everything, it should do almost nothing. if you can afford health insurance, hope that you don't get sick. if a company releases toxic pollution into the air, your children breathe, well, that's thprice of progress. if you can't afford to start a business or go to college, take my opponent's advice and borrow money from your parents. you know what? that's not who we are. that's not what this country is about. as americans, we believe we are endowed by our creator with
certain inailen inalienable rights that no man or government can take away. we insist on personal responsibility and we celebrate individual initiative. we're not entitled to success. we have to earn it. we honor the strivers, the dreamers, the risk takers. the entrepreneurs who have been the driving force behind our system. we also believe in something called citizenship. citizenship. a word at the very hard of our founding. a word at the very essence of our democracy. the idea that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another. and future generations. we believe that when a ceo pays his auto workers enough to buy the cars that they build, the whole company does better. we believe that when a family
can no longer be tricked into signing a mortgage they can't afford, that family is protected but so is the value of other people's homes. and so is the entire economy. we believe the little girl who's offered an escape from poverty by a great teacher or a grant for college could become the next steve jobs or a scientist who cures cancer or the president of the united states and it is in our power to give her that chance. we know that churches and charities can often make more of a difference than a poverty program alone. we don't want handouts for people who refuse to help themselves and we certainly don't want bailouts for banks that break the rules.
we don't think the government can solve all of our problems, but we don't think that the government is the source of all of our problems. any more than our welfare recipients or corporations or unions or immigrants or gays or any other group we're told to blame for our troubles. because america, we understand that this democracy is ours. we the pple, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights. that our destinies are bound together.
that a freedom which asks only what's in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism is worthy of our founding ideals and those who died in their defense. as citizens, we understand that america is not about what can be done for us. it's about what can be done by us. together. through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self government. that's what we believe. so you see, the election four years ago wasn't about me. it was about you. my fellow citizens, you were the change. you're the reason there is a little girl with a heart disorder in phoenix who will get
the surgery she needs because an insurance company can't limit her coverage. you did that. you're the reason a young man in colorado who never thought he would be able to afford his dream of earning a medical degree is about to get that chance. you made that possible. you're the reason a young immigrant who grew up here and went to school here and pledged allegiance to our flag will no longer be deported from the only country she's ever called home. why selfless soldiers won't be kicked out because of who they love. while families will be able to say to the loved ones who served us so bravely, welcome home. welcome home. you did that. you did that. you did that.
if you turn away now, if you turn away now, if you buy into the cynicism that the change we fought for isn't possible, well, change will not happen. if you give up on the idea that your voice can make a difference, then other voice will fill the void. the lobbyists and special interests, the people with the $10 million checks who are trying to buy this election and those who are trying to make it harder for you to vote. washington politicians trying to decide who you should mary or politicians trying to control health care decisions that women should be making for themselves. only you can make sure that doesn't happen.
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we face serious challenges in our country. we must create good middle class jobs so we can have an economy that is built to last. we must rebuild our roads and bridges and improve our public schools. and particularly important to me and my state of florida, is the challenge of saving medicare and social security so we can keep our promise to our seniors. but there are common sense solutions within our reach. if we only have leaders who are willing and enthusiastic to find common ground. no political party has a monopoly on that kind of leadership. but as a former lifelong republican, it pains me to tell
you that today's republicans and their standard bearers mitt romney and paul ryan just aren't up to the task. they're beholden to the my way or the highway bullies, indebted to billionaires who bankroll their ads, and allergic to the very idea of compromise. ronald reagan would not have stood for that. barack obama does not stand for that. you and i will not stand for that. i'll be honest with you, i don't agree with president obama about everything, but i've gotten to know him, and i've worked with him. and the choice is crystal clear. >> charlie crist on stage earlier this evening, the former republican governor of florida who could run for his old office as a democrat. now back to president obama's speech.
>> you know, i recognize that times have changed since i first spoke to this convention. times have changed and so have i. i'm not longer just a candidate. i'm the president. and that -- and that means i know what it means to send young americans into battle. for i've held in my arms, mothers and fathers of those who didn't return. i've shared the pain of families
who have lost their homes and the frustration of workers who have lost their jobs. if the critics are right that i've made all my decisions based on polls, then i must not be very good at reading them. and while i'm very proud of what we've achieved together, i'm far more mindful of my own failings, knowing exactly what lincoln meant when he said i have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that i had no place else to go. but as i stand here tonight, i have never been more hopeful about america. not because i think i have all the answers, not because i'm naive about the magnitude of our challenges. i'm hopeful because of you.
the young woman i met at a science fair who won national recognition for her biology research while living with her family at a homeless shelter, she gives me hope. the auto worker who won the lottery after his plant almost closed but kept coming to work every day. and bought flags for his whole town. and one of the cars that he built to surprise his wife. he gives me hope. the family business in minnesota that didn't lay off a single one of their 4,000 employees when the recession hit even when their competitors shut down plants. even when it meant the owner gave up perks and pay. because they understood that their biggest asset was the community and the workers who had helped build that business. they give me hope.
i think about the young sailor i met at walter reed hospital still recovering from a grenade attack that will cause him to have his leg amputated above the knee. six months ago we watched him in the white house. honoring those who served in iraq. tall, 20 pounds heavier, with a big grin on his face, sturdy on his new leg. and i remember how a few months after that i would watch him on a bicycle, racing with his fellow wounded warriors on a sparkling spring day. inspiring other heros who had just begun the hard path he had traveled. he gives me hope. he gives me hope.
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president obama kept his promises. he promised to end the war in iraq. and he has, and our heroes have come home. he promised to end the war in afghanistan responsibly and he is and our heroes are coming home. he promised to focus like a laser on al qaeda and he has. and our forces have eliminated more of its leadership in the last three years than in all the eight years that came before. and -- and after more -- after mo than ten years without justice for thousands of americans murdered on 9/11,
after mitt romney said it would be naive to go into pakistan to pursue the terrorists. it took president obama against the advice of many to give that order and finally rid this earth of osama bin laden. and osama bin laden if he is better off now than he was four years ago. >> senator john kerry on stage tonight. now back to president obama's speech. >> i don't know what party these men and women belong to. i don't know if they'll vote for me. but i know that their spirit defines us. they remind me in the words of scripture that ours is a future
filled with hope. and if you share that faith with me, if you share that hope with me, i ask you tonight for your vote. if you reject the notion that this nation's promise is reserved for the few, your voice must be heard in this election. if you reject the notion that our government is forever beholden to the highest bidder, you need to stand up in this election. if you believe that new plants and factories can dot our landscape, that new energy can power our future, that new schools can provide ladders of opportunity to this nation of dreamers, if you believe in a country where everyone gets a fair shot and everyone does their fair sre and everyone plays by the same rules, then i need you to vote this november.
america, i never said this journey would be easy, and i won't promise that now. yes, our path is harder. but it leads to a better place. yes, our road is longer, but we travel it together. we don't turn back. we leave no one behind. we pull each other up. we draw strength from our victories and we learn from our mistakes. but we keep our eyes fixed on that distant horizon knowing that providence is with us and that we are surely blessed to be citizens of the greatest nation on earth. thank you. god bless you. and god bless these united states. ♪
for as long as i've known him, joe has never given up, never failed to see the possibilities, and never had any doubt about who he's fighting for. and as long as he has the privilege of serving this nation, i know from the bottom of my heart that he will continue to fight for you every day. >> vice president joe biden's wife, dr. jill biden, the vice president took the stage setting the stage for president obama. let's take a look at some of his speech. >> tonight what i want to do is tell you about my friend barack obama.
no one could tell it as well or as eloquently as michelle as you did last night, michelle, on monday night. but i know him to state the obvious from a different perspective. i know him. and i want to show you. i want to show you the character of a leader who had what it took when the american people literally stood on the brink of a new depression. a leader who has what it takes to lead us over the next four years to a future as great as our people. i want to take you inside the white house. to see the president as i see him every day. because i don't see him in sound bites. i walk 30 paces down the hall into the oval office and i see him. i watch him in action. four years ago, the middle class was already losing ground. and then the bottom fell out.
the financial crisis hit like a sledgehammer. on all the people i grew up with. you remember the headlines. you saw some of them in the previews. highlight. highest job losses in 60 years. headlines. economy on the brink. markets plummet worldwide. from the very moment president obama sat behind the desk resolute in the oval office, he knew. he knew he had not only to restore the confidence of a nation, but he had to restore the confidence of the whole world. and he also knew -- he also knew that one, one false move could bring a run on the banks. or a credit collapse. to put another several million people out of work.
america and the world needed a strong president with a steady hand and with the judgment and vision to see us through. day after day, night after night, i sat beside him as he made one gutsy decision after the other. to stop the slide and reverse it. i watched him. i watched him stand up. i watched him stand up to intense pressure. and stare down enormous, enormo challenges. the consequences of which were awesome. but most of all, i got to see firsthand what drove this man. his profound concern for the average american. he knew, he knew that no matter how tough this decisions he had to make were in that oval
office, he knew that families all over america sitting at their kitchen tables were literally making decisions for their family that were equally as consequential. you know, barack and i, we've been through a lot together these four years. and we learned about one another. a lot about one another. and one of the things i learned about barack is the enormity of his heart. and i think he learned about me, the depth of my loyalty to him. [ applause ] and there's another thing. another thing that has bound us together these past four years. we had a pretty good idea what all those families, all you americans in trouble, were going through.
in part because our own families had gone through similar struggles. barack as a young man had to sit at the end of his mother's hospital bed and watch her fight with her insurance company. at the very same time she was fighting for her life. when i was a young kid in third grade, i remember my dad coming up the stairs in my grand pop's house where we were living, sitting at the end of my bed and saying, joey, i'm going to have to leave for a while. go down to wilmington, delaware, with uncle frank. there are good jobs down there, honey. in a little while, a little while, i'll be able to send for you and mom and jimmy and val. and everything's going to be fine. for the rest of our life, my sister and my brothers, for the rest of our life, my dad never
failed to remind us that a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. it's about -- [ applause ] it's about your dignity. it's about respect. it's about your place in the community. it's about being able to look your child in the eye and say, honey, it's going to be okay. and mean it. and know it's true. when barack and i were growing up, there was an implicit understanding in america. that if you took responsibility, you'd get a fair shot at a better life. and the values, the values behind that bargain, were the values that has shaped both us. and many, many of you. and today those same values are barack's guiding star.
folks, i've watched him. he has never wavered. he never, never backs down. he always steps up and he always asks in either one of thos critical meetings the same fundamental question, how is this going to affect the average american? how is this going to affect people's lives? that's what's inside this man. that's what makes him tick. that's who he is. [ applause folks, because of the decisions he has made, and the incredible strength of the american people, america has turned the corner. the worst job loss since the great depression. we've since created 4.5 million private sector jobs in the last
29 months. as i mentioned at the outset, four years ago we were hit hard. you saw, you saw your retirement accounts drained, the equity in your homes vanished, jobs lost along the line. what did you do as americans? what you've always done. you didn't lose faith, you fought back. you didn't give up, you got up. the american people, you're the ones. you're the reason why we are still better positioned than any country in the world to lead the 21st century. you never quit on america and you deserve a president who will never quit on you! [ applause ] my fellow americans, we now find
ourselves at the hinge of history. in the direction we turn is not figuratively, it's literally in your hands. it has been a truly great honor to serve you and to serve with barack, who has always stood up with you for the past four years. i've seen him tested. i know his strength, his commands, his faith. and i also know the incredible confidence he has in all of you. i know this man. yes, the work of recovery is not yet complete, but we are on our way. the journey of hope is not yet finished, but we are on our way. and the cause of change is not fully accomplished, but we are on our way. so i say to you tonight, with
absolute confidence, america's best days are ahead. and yes, we are on our way! and in light of that horizon, for the values that define us, for the ideals that inspire us, there is only one choice. that choice is to move forward, boldly forward and finish the job and re-elect president barack obama! god bless you all and may god protect our troops. god bless you. thank you. thank you. [ applause ] >> we'll be right back. ordinary rubs don't always work on my arthritis.
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