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>> welcome to a of "piers morgan tonight." the democratic national convention just came to a rousing end. president obama repeatedly asked voters to choose his vision of the future. >> no party has a monopoly on wisdom. no democracy works without compromise. i 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. what did bill clinton call it? you do the math.
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i refuse to go along with that. and as long as i'm president, i never will! >> president obama a little earlier. democrats had high hopes for this party in charlotte. but did they hit the mark? i'm joined by john king, gloria borger and debbie wasserman schultz. john, put everything in context. >> if you've watched every big speech by president obama, it was not his greatest speech. this was a more workmanlike speech, but it was smart strategically. will his new promises be believed? he's an incumbent president and he's made some mistakes. strategically he wanted to convince people this is a hard thing i inherited.
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i need your help. i'm more on your side than the other guy. he was not terribly specific about what he would do in a second term. that is an open question that some people say i want more. however, the republicans and governor romney were not specific, as well. the president came to this convention with a slight advantage. i think he had a smart speech that was directed at both a strategic and tactical attorneys. i think democrats had some missteps about the platform. maybe they will reverberate down the road. but democrats have to leave happy. still a close election, but democrats have to leave happy with a home run derby of speeches. >> it was nowhere near as rousing as bill clinton's speech last night. but there are few speeches that can match that kind of rhetoric. i was struck by two things. one, comparing himself to fdr.
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quite smart. fdr, long, painful road to recovery was the message. and quoting lincoln. i've been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction i had no place else to go. two pretty good presidents to compare yourself to. >> yeah, it is. and the lincoln quote shows a sense of humility about the office, which is what you need to do when you're president of the united states. but if there were a word cloud about this speech, the word choice would have been up there a million times. what the president needed to do, and they're hammering it. this is not delicate. they want this election to be a choice between two visions for the country. by the way, i'm the more experienced guy in foreign policy. a lot of osama bin laden tonight. >> there were two great quotes. one was john kerry. ask bin laden if he's better off than four years ago.
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and joe biden, the familiar trump sky, bin laden dead, general motors alive. the auto industry, they're hammering this now, john. they're going after that crowd so they can hit michigan, ohio, the workers, the car people. >> look, it's an overstatement to say you had a three-day convention and it was about two states. but the president understands the map. if he can keep michigan, and win ohio, which is a toss-up right now, it's almost impossible for governor romney to win when you do the piece by piece 270 electoral map. so what is the criticisms of the president, that he's not fighting for the economy, admitting his failings. one of the knocks on him is he's arrogant and distant. so many of the speeches referenced bin laden. i e-mailed an obama campaign
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official saying i thought this was about the economy. >> you're in charge of all this. is that a strategy? not just the economy, hammer home some of the other positives. barack obama did say the car industry, and he also did kill bin laden. that is a massive tick in the box if you're running for re-election. >> that's right. this is -- presidential elect n elections are about what you've accomplished and where we've been. president obama's commitment tonight was to talk about where we were and have an honest conversation about how far we've come. and the fact that he inherited the largest set of problems of any president since fdr and made decisions that were hard but right, and that this is a president who didn't, just like vice president biden said, that i've got to do what's politically popular. >> i have a couple questions
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about the speech. one is what bill clinton did last night was talk about the gridlock in washington and bipartisanship. and i think the president didn't do that tonight in a large way, maybe because he doesn't have any hope for it. i don't know. the other question is, was -- and we'll learn it after we see polling, but did he make a connection with the sense of disappointment that people feel? you know, or did president clinton do that? >> i think we are coming out of this convention after three days of electric current building in a crescendo, leaving our delegates and our activists and volunteers excited and fired up and that's what a convention is all about. this was unlike what we saw last week -- >> is this about the base? >> no. >> once you put god back into
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the platform, everything seemed to go swimmingly. >> this convention was uplifting and positive and it talked about the two paths and the two visions. >> it's a warmup now to the next stage, which is the presidential debates and the one we're all chomping at the bit for, the vice presidential debate could be really great tv. but in terms of the significance of these debates, given where we are, the polls are neck and neck. obama may get a bounce this week. the debates are going to be crucial, aren't they? >> the first presidential debate is the biggest debate or governor romney's life. didn't use the word stimulus or recovery act, mentioned some of the pluses. some people will say he's running from some of his accomplishments. but the overarching arc here is the democrats have three very good nights of produced television.
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they leave here with entertainment with a slight advantage. those presidential debates now, especially the first one. mitt romney has to come to play in that first debate or else the president has a big chance to win. >> the reason bill clinton was so effective, they've been trying to fact check him all day long -- >> he fact checks himself. >> but that is not even a joke. that is a serious thing. they hardly got him on anything. i think the key message was, look, in terms of tackling the deficit, one of the big issues for america, i went through tough times as president. i raised taxes and we ended up with a great prosperity. that's a powerful message from a guy who has been right where barack obama is, and raised some taxes and got the country out of the hole. >> the other message was, give the guy a little time. have a little patience. his hole was deeper than the hole i was in, so it's going to take him longer to dig out of it. if that message got through to
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disaffected voters -- >> what about my gut feeling. i was watching bill clinton -- i know it's about barack obama, but are we going to look for a repealing of the 22nd amendment? any way we can get bill back? and if you won't take him, can we have him in great britain? >> you can be his vice president, piers. >> there's no doubt that bill clinton has been a massively effective tool this week to promote barack obama. i thought it was a masterful speech and i think obama did enough with his to lay the ground now for a 60-day run in to the finish. >> we're not taking anything for grant it. we're going to continue a sprint for 61 days with a focused people powered campaign. two cases were made this week that there were tough decisions that president obama had the strength and backbone to make and that when we have a balanced
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approach, like what president clinton did when he was president, you can have sustained prosperity and you can have a successful middle class. >> i've got to ask you about gabrielle giffords. a powerful, emotional moment. there were secret service agents in tears watching it. everyone where i was watching was in tears. what a moment. >> incredibly special. gabby is a beloved figure in america and for her 20 come out at our convention and give the pledge of allegiance and have such a unifying moment, it was just incredibly emotional and i was so proud. >> what did she say when you got backstage? >> she actually came backstage and just said, awesome. she was really excited. >> was she emotional? >> she was emotional and excited and actually really fired up. we ran through the pledge a couple times together, and each time she did it with such feeling, like she did there.
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and it was just an emotional moment for everybody. >> it was a wonderful moment for all of us. our congratulations. because that took some guts to do that. let's just talk about the -- i think unparalleled situation, where it may be that both presidential candidate's wives made better speeches than they did. >> are you surprised? >> i'm not being sexist. but has this ever happened before, john? >> look, you had two incredible communicators. both have grown. if you go back to the 2007 c campai campaign, ann romney was an asset. michelle obama, who was polarizing in the first campaign, she said a few things, she probably didn't mean them the way they came across, but at one point she said i've never been more proud about my country. she has redeemed herself. republicans concede this point with her work with military families.
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>> i think both of these women had a job and i don't know why it's always the woman's job to humanize the husband. but be that as it may. but they had to kind of lift the veil, if you will, talk about who their husbands really are as the chief character witness, which wives are. >> they also talked about the choices that they have. they also talked about making sure that you don't slam the door behind you. when you moved up to the next rung of ladder of success and we're all in this together. michelle obama especially, the first lady talked about an appeal to moms across the country. >> i thought they were both terrific. they're both a great credit to their husbands and families and to their country. are we ending on a point of consensus? i think we are. thank you all very much. when we come back, what's the
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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
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group we're told to blame for our troubles. >> one of the reasons the democrats held their convention here in charlotte is because we have all these top people to join me here. so welcome to you both. this is the mayor of los angeles and duthe ceo of duke energy. from a business point of view, have you heard anything that makes you feel infused or encouraged for the future of business under barack obama? >> there are several things and i see it through the eyes of someone in the energy sector. his all of the above, the focus on producing more natural gas, focus on more renewables. the focus on getting a balanced approach and moving more and more towards energy independence. from a person in the energy sector, that is good news.
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>> mr. mayor, it was a commanding week for the party in many ways, not beset by the problems the problems the republicans had with hurricanes. where do you still weakness that you have to tighten up on? >> i'm not sure i see weakness. i see strength. but i do -- we all understand that we have to tell the story that the president told tonight, that bill clinton told the night before. we're going to have to make it simple. this was the biggest freefall since the 1930s. we put the brakes on that skid. but now we've got a path forward and the president laid out that that path is very different from the path that the republicans want to chart. it's a path based on the values that made america great. investing in the middle class. creating the safety net. job training so that we have the employees for the economy. i think we're going to have to knock on doors and get the vote
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out. >> we've got new jobs figures coming out tomorrow. what would be good news for barack obama and what would be a warning sign? >> i think you have to continue to see an increase in the jobs produced in the private sector. that would be good news for the american people. that would be good news for the president. >> jobs are key things still for many people. many people lost their jobs or are losing their jobs or concerned about their jobs. mitt romney said i'll bring 12 million people back to work. barack obama didn't set any targets we noticed tonight. are you going to energize the jobs market in a simple way? >> first of all, when romney talked about 12 million jobs, he never laid out a plan. the difference between romney and the president tonight is he did lay out a plan very specifically. in addition to that, moody analytics says if we continue on this path forward, we're going to create 12 million jobs in the next four years.
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so we've got to go steady as the course. we've got to accelerate our recovery without question. we have to make the tough questions to cut the deficit and raise the revenues we need to invest in infrastructure, education, rnd, and make sure we're keeping taxes low on the middle class. >> mr. mayor, you've done a great job all week. when i'm off next, you should guest host. >> let me just say this, i think charlotte showed very well this week. i think it was punching above its weight like a great southern city and i'm so delighted that you're here and that the whole democratic party is here. >> charlotte has been terrific. the irish bars in particular have been particularly pleasing. but tampa was also terrific. all the bars were good in tampa and charlotte. and wolf, back to you.
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>> charlotte's been great. a fabulous experience. piers, thank you very much. our analysts are here with their top takeaways from this, the final session of the democratic national convention. candy, let's start with you. >> you know, i was thinking, looking at president obama tonight that i first interviewed him and michelle after the 2004 speech that he gave. interviewed them again in 2008. listening to them here tonight, i'm thinking whoever it was that said you campaign in poetry and you govern in prose. the poetry doesn't work anymore. there has to be, i think, more prose coming from this. you were talking about earlier these -- that you needed a jump-start here. certainly this convention jump-started the folks in these rooms. i don't know what it did to the folks out there. i don't know if they heard enough prose tonight from the
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president to convince them that the next four years in any way, shape or form would be different from the first four. that's a big question mark over this. very successful convention i will say in so far as the folks in the room. >> this is a party not afraid to fight the culture wars. fully embraced the cause of the gay and lesbian community. full embrace of the woman's right to choose. not afraid to fight any other war. usa, usa. this is not the party of doves who were afraid to be there. this is a new democratic party that's tough on foreign policy. i think lastly, i think they successfully kept this from being a referndum on obama. they want it to be a choice over values. if we go forward, whose values do you like better, this party's or the republicans. on the economy, i think they were successful this week. >> i think the central issue is
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that president obama is in trouble, but bill clinton is not. and by that, i mean, bill clinton was able to -- the only one able to give what undecided voters are looking for, a reason to think thing also be different in four years. president obama did not do that tonight. that's why i believe his speech really came short. >> david gergen, your top takeaway? >> two. as a native of north carolina, i'm hugely proud of what charlotte did. terrific convention. secondly, wolf, i said last night that the democrats had two back-to-back rousing evenings, unexpectedly strong. if they could have a third, they could potentially break this race open. i think they did not do that tonight. they fell a little short of that. it's part because president obama had to be presidential. he gave a strong speech but it didn't sweep you off your feet. it's still a tight race and that first debate is going to be crucial. >> candy, i want you to weigh in
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on this. i carefully read the speech as he was delivering it. he rarely deviates. he deviated twice today. he said no company should have to look for workers overseas because they couldn't find workers at home. and he said, we believe that a little girl who is offered an escape from poverty by a great teacher or grant for college could become a founder of -- like steve jobs. and he mentioned steve jobs by name. in the advanced techs, he says we believe this little girl could be the founder of the next google. no mention of google in the advanced text. he rarely does that, because he's vetted the speech so carefully. >> i think he probably just broadened it out rather than having it google specific.
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what's interesting is that every turn, this party as the republicans did, went to women. it wasn't a little boy, you know, dreaming, it was a little girl dreaming of becoming the first steve jobs or the next president. the next founder of google or however he said it. the interesting part is both these parties just pounded home and you know why? because you can't win fout the female vote. >> he mentioned steve jobs and most of the work apple does is where? >> in china. >> i want to thank all of our analysts, our reporters and i want you to know that our cnn politics facebook page is -- we have the answers to tonight's question, who gave the best speech of the democratic convention? 2% say vice president biden. 62% say former president bill clinton. 28% say president obama. and 8% say the first lady.
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the president is a servant of today. >> america is a future that each generation must enlarge. >> this election is not about ideology, it's about confidence. >> i still believe in a place called hope. >> and i stand here tonight as my own man. and i want you to know me for who i truly am. >> i'm john kerry, and i'm reporting for duty.
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>> america, we cannot turn back, not with so much to be done. >> welcome from charlotte, north carolina on the final day of the democratic national convention. early tonight, president obama accepted the nomination for a second term and for the next 90 minutes we're going to bring you his speech in its entirely. the president took the stage to dell the delegates and the american people his vision for the future. ♪
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♪ ♪ >> thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you so much. >> four more years! four more years! >> thank you. thank you so much. thank you.
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[ cheers and applause ] michelle, i love you so much. a few nights ago, everybody was reminded just what a lucky man i am. malia and sasha, we are so proud of you. and yes, you do have to go to school in the morning. and joe biden, thank you for being the very best vice president i could have ever hoped for, and being a strong
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and loyal friend. madam chairwoman, delegates, i accept your nomination for president of the united states. [ applause ] >> four more years! four more years! >> now, the first time i addressed this convention in 2004, i was a younger man. a senate candidate from illinois
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who spoke about hope. not blind optimism, not wishful thinking, but hope in the face of difficulty, hope in the face of uncertainty. that dogged faith in the future which has pushed this nation forward even when the odds are great, even when the road is long. eight years later, that hope has been tested. by the cost of war, by one of the worst economic crises in history. and by political gridlock that's left us wondering whether it's even possible to tackle the challenges of our time. i know campaigns can seem small, even silly sometimes. trivial things become big distractions. serious issues become sound bytes. the truth gets buried under an avalanche of money and advertising.
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and if you're sick of hearing me approve this message, believe me, so am i. but when all is said and done, when you pick up that ballot to vote, you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation. over the next few years, big decisions will be made in washington on jobs, the economy, taxes and deficits, energy, education, war and peace. decisions that will have a huge impact on our lives and our children's lives for decades to come. and on every issue, the choice you face won't just be between two candidates or two parties. it will be a choice between two different paths for america. a choice between two
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fundamentally different visions for the future. ours is a fight to restore the values that built the largest middle class and the strongest economy the world has ever known. the values my grandfather defended as a soldier in patton's army. the values that drove my grandmother to work on an assembly line while he was gone. they knew they were part of something larger. a nation that triumphed over fascism and depression. a nation where the businesses turned out the best products and everyone shared in that pride from the corner office to the factory floor. my grandparents were given a chance to go to college and buy their own home and fulfill the basic bargain at the heart of america's story.
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the promise that hard work will pay off and responsibility will be rewarded. that everyone gets a fair shot and everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same rules from main street to wall street to washington, d.c. [ applause ] and i ran for president because i saw that basic bargain slipping away. i began my career helping people in the shadow of a shuttered steel mill, at a time when too many good jobs were starting to move overseas. and by 2008 we had seen nearly a decade in which families struggled with costs that kept rising and paychecks that didn't. folks racking up more and more debt just to make the mortgage or pay tuition, put gas in the car or food on the table. and when the house of cards collapsed in the great recession, millions of americans
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lost their jobs, their homes, the life savings. a tragedy from which we're still fighting to recover. now, our friends down in tampa, at the republican convention were more than happy to talk about everything they think is wrong with america. but they didn't have much to say about how they would make it right. they want your vote, but they don't want you to know their plan. and that's because all they had to offer is the same prescriptions they've had for the last 30 years. have a surplus, try a tax cut. deficit too high, try another. feel a cold coming on? take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations and call us in the morning. [ applause ]
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now, i've cut taxes for those who need it. middle class families, small businesses. but i don't believe that another round of tax breaks for millionaires will bring good jobs to our shores. or pay down our deficit. i don't believe firing teachers or kicking students off financial aid will grow the economy or help us compete with the scientists and engineers coming out of china. after all we've been through, i don't believe that rolling back regulations on wall street will help the small business woman expand or the laid off construction worker keep his home. we have been there. we've tried that. we're not going back. we are moving forward, america. [ applause ]
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now, i won't pretend the path i'm offering is quick or easy. i never have. you didn't elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. you elected me to tell you the truth. and the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades. it will require common effort and shared responsibility and the kind of bold, persistent ex-per tentation -- experimentation that franklin roosevelt pursued during a crisis such as this one. and those of us who carry on his legacy should remember that not everything can be remedied with another government program or dictate from washington. but know this, america. our problems can be solved. our challenges can be met. the path we offer may be harder,
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but it leads to a better place. and i'm asking you to choose that future. i'm asking you to rally around a set of goals for your country. goals in manufacturing, energy, education, national security and the deficit. real, achievable plans that will lead to new jobs. more opportunity. and rebuild this economy on a stronger foundation. that's what we can do in the next four years, and that is why i'm running for a second term as president of the united states. [ applause ] >> we'll be right back with more of president obama's speech. great shot.
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gabby! gabby! gabby!
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>> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. [ cheers and applause ] >> gabby! gabby!
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>> former congresswoman gabrielle giffords saying the pledge of allegiance to open the final session of the democratic national convention here in charlotte. now, more of the president's speech. we can choose a future where we export more products and outsource fewer jobs. after a decade that was defined by what we bought and borrowed, we're getting back to basics and doing what america has always done best. we are making things again.
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i've met workers in detroit and toledo who feared they would never build another american car, and today they can't build them fast enough because we reinvented a dying auto industry that's back on top of the world. i've worked with business leaders who are bringing jobs back to america. not because our workers make less pay, but because we make better products. but because we work harder and smarter than anyone else. i sign trade agreements that are helping our companies sell more goods to millions of customers. goods that are stamped with three proud words, made in america. [ applause ] >> usa! usa!
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>> and after a decade of decline, this country created over half a million manufacturing jobs in the last 2 1/2 years. and now you have a choice. we can give more tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, or we can start rewarding companies that create new jobs here in the united states of america. we can help big factories and small businesses double their exports. and if we choose this path we can create a million new manufacturing jobs in the next four years. you can make that happen. you can choose that future. you can choose the path where we control more of our own energy. after 30 years of inaction, we raised fuel standards so that by the middle of the next decade, cars and trucks will go twice as far on a gallon of gas.
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we have doubled our use of renewable energy and thousands of americans have jobs today building wind turbines and long lasting batteries. in the last year alone we cut oil imports by 1 million barrels a day, more than any administration in recent history. and today america is less dependent on foreign oil than at any time in the last two decades. so now you have a choice. between a strategy that reverses this progress or one that builds on it. we've opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration in the last three years and we'll open more. but unlike my opponent, i will not let oil companies write this country's energy plan or
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endanger our coastline or collect another $4 billion in cooperate welfare from our taxpayers. we're offering a better path. we're offering a better path where we -- a future where we keep investing in wind and solar and clean coal. where farmers and scientists harvest new power our cars and trucks. where construction workers build homes and factories that waste less energy. where we develop 100 years' supply of natural gas that's right beneath our feet. if you choose this path, we can cut our oil imports in half by 2020 and support more than 600,000 new jobs in natural gas alone. [ applause ] and yes, my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet, because climate change is not a hoax.
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more droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. they are a threat to our children's future, and in this election, you can do something about it. [ applause ] you can chose a future where more americans have the chance to gain the skills they need to compete. no matter how old they are or how much money they have. education was the gateway to opportunity for me. it was the gateway for michelle. it was the gateway for most of you. and now more than ever it is the gateway to a middle class life. for the first time in a generation, nearly every state has answered our call to raise their standards for teaching and learning.
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some of the worst schools in the country have made real gains in math and reading. millions of students are paying less for college today, because we finally took on a system that wasted billions of taxpayer dollars on banks and lenders. and now you have a choice. we can gut education or we can decide that in the united states of america, no child should have her dreams deferred because of a crowded classroom or a crumbling school, no family should have to set aside a college acceptance letter because they don't have the money. no company should have to look for workers overseas because they couldn't find any with the right skills here at home. that's not our future. that is not our future. a government has a role in this, but teachers must inspire. principals must lead.
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parents must instill a thirst for learning. and students, you've got to do the work. and together i promise you we can outeducate and out-compete any nation on earth. so help me, help me recruit 100,000 math and science teachers within ten years and improve early childhood education. help give 2 million workers the chance to learn skills in their community college that will lead directly to a job. help us work with colleges and universities to cut in half the growth of tuition costs over the next ten years. we can meet that goal together. you can choose that future for america. that's our future. you know, in a world of new
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threats and new challenges, you can choose leadership that has been tested and proven. four years ago i promised to end the war in iraq. we did. i promised to refocus on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11 and we have. we've blunted the taliban's momentum in afghanistan and in 2014, our longest war will be over. a new tower rises above the new york skyline. al qaeda is on the path to defeat and osama bin laden is dead. and tonight, we pay tribute to
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