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behalf i express appreciation to the indiana university president and the proposed, dean feinstein for their willingness to open
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this university venue to the leading presidential candidates. indiana punches above its weight when it comes to presidents and vice presidents. benjamin harrison. the greatest of them all, abraham lincoln.
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unless you already got a state of course come t the latest two-year infantry into the sweepstakes is mayor. [applause] we welcome the mayor to bloomington and we thank him fom for coming to be with us. he's onhe is one of 23 democrats running for the democratic nomination for president. that number may go up by this evening.
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[applause] two of you are not applauding and i can't figure out why. [laughter] the grand ritual of democracy selection of the u.s. president is no underlay in. the starting out of these and others of course for the host of other offices and eventually the next president. some of us here believe the thae
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outcome of these will determine the well-being. in my case it is a long, long time. [laughter] we admire and appreciate the mayor. five years of his private life. since 2012, he's been mayor of south bend indiana. he's a graduate of harvard college, graduate of pembroke
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college. [applause] he's lived in washington for the former secretary of defense and former senator john kerry democrat. he supports universal health care. [applause] [cheering] i've got quite a list here. [laughter] reducing income inequality,
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environmental policies, firearm purchas and wants to use immigration as a way to strengthen the country. [cheering] he would ban gerrymandering and abolish the electoral college. he believes everyone should be able to make her own reproductive choices. [applause] [cheering] he believes a person should have the right to marry the person he or she loves.
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[cheering] has become the leading spokesman for the millennial generation and its unique set of life experiences. it remains the best form of government and champions in an environment and a candidate worthy of our appreciation and as he speaks to us now about america and the world for a new hero, i give you mayor pete.
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[cheering] thank you. thank you. [applause] thank you very much. [applause] thank you and good morning. i am delighted to be here. thank you colleagues for hosting us at indiana university. and i'm particularly to welcome
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lee hamilton and dick lugar. together these giants used their values to shape the tradition of american leadership combining a responsibility and restraints with idealism and division. thank you for your introduction. but his mastery of the relationship between serving a home district in addressing the pairs with the world, he became one of the nation's most widely respected statesman and i'm profoundly reshaping of his encouragement and counsel. [applause] when we first conceded the speech we hope senator lugar would be up to join us.
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we were from opposite sides of the aisle, but his leadership and principled stand against apartheiapartheid to the farsigd focus on security was. as a mayor from indiana who cut his -- [applause] in that spirit of huge imagination that i'm standing before you. in the beginning my campaign for president has been driven by the awareness that we face not just another presidential election, but the transition between one era and the other. a fact which the current presidency is as much a symptom as a cause.
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i believe the next three or four years will determine the next. i do aspire to delive not aspira full doctrine today but i will illustrate how they would handle global issues. i want to lay out how i believe american interests and values can be aligned across american relationships with few to everyday life in places like my hometown. my central purpose is to argue the world today needs america than ever before but only if america can be at her best. as a product.
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scholars were debating whether the end of the cold war amounted to the end of history. the united states appeared to be the leader of global order and in the new century was expected by many to be peaceful and democratic. by the time i finished my studies in 2007, america was fewer with respect even among the allies had plummeted. i was a sophomore when the towers fell and more came to my generation. i stayed up people were becoming the engine of the social media revolution. a few years later i would find
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myself feeling like i was answering. by the weekend of may 10, i was in afghanistan. the course of my life and i've seen the home. from sendoff ceremonies for those about to be deployed overseas, the meetings of american auto workers make the german brand cars from in our nd st. joseph's county i've seen the local impact of global engagement.
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for the better part of my lifetime it's been difficult to identify the foreign policy in the democratic party. while the current. of two to trade wars for the information healthcare fundamental to the long it's
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costing us people and skills we need while demonizing those who were created differently. costco they are made implicitly, coming emotionally. no preparation for their long-term consequences. we need a strategy.
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we have a large power transition transitioning to that shaped by the competition of the newly rising economies. all this while our domestic and global institutions become increasingly weakened, paralyzed and incapable of meeting the challenges we face. at the same time, stream as it may seem i have great hope for the possibility our moments ho hold. with the touch of a finger on the screen, democrats across the globe have been in a howard.
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they've been lifted to demand their rights and rightful places in society. [applause] it's not just enough to say that we won't conduct foreign policy by a tweet but we can restore an old were i often speak of the
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need for the politics and policies to contemplate the year 2054, the year in which i hope to retire after reaching the current age of the president. [laughter] thinking about the world three to four decades from now is exactly how we need to compete with countries like china because that is how they are planning, thinking and investing. to think this far out in american policy, we have to move beyond the news of the day to the deep core principles to cope with enormous change, the foreign policy for the future must be securely valued.
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first and foremost, values. it's always been the fact that the country has stood for values shared by however imperfectly, we have represente represented d principles of freedom and democracy for tester human beings wherever they live and whatever principles have been. we undertook the democracy effort is so violent and misguided its fallout very
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rarely. for that scrambled period we must remember the lesson of the disaster is not that there's anything wrong with standing for american values but rather any action in the name of the values must be strategic, legitimate and constrained type premise as any state does we have our own distinct interest but much depends on the principles we uphold when pursuing them especially in the cases of america. the next president must set a high bar, exceedingly on doing so unilaterally. when america acts alone it can only be because the core interests are at stake and there is no alternative.
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notably, this isn't currently true of the situation in venezuela. it's not currently true if the situation around iran. it's the difference between that response to nine 9/11 in afghanistan and self-defeating invasion of iraq. it is in short the difference between normandie and saigon. [applause] which brings us to the third pillar, american relationships. our relationships are at the space ithe spacein which the po. each must be strengthened if we wish to promote the values and defend the interests. within this framework in mind that the path is clear first we must put an end to end this war
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and focus on threads. [applause] we must promote american values by working to reverse the authoritarianism abroad. [applause] third, we must treat climate change as the existential security challenge. [applause] we must update the institutions through which we engage the world to address these challenges and opportunities and we must do this while involving citizens in a meaningful conversation about how foreign policy conservator communities
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and formulate the policies. [applause] not only must america do this in order to prosper the world needs america to do these things, freed from entrapment and prepare to focus on future threats. after 9/11, congress passed and president george w. bush signed into law an authorization for the use of electric force to eliminate the threat posed by al qaeda and the taliban in afghanistan. that was barely two pages long it has been used for two decades to wage wars in launch military strikes. we did achieve a measure of military victory but as the mission drifted the collateral damage was enormous and we often
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bargained against our own values. congress abdicated its responsibility on issues of war and peace and we spent 4 trillion lost american lives to those caught in the crossfire. i fear someday soon we may receive of the first u.s. casualty born after 9/11. as one who deploys on the order of the president someone who believed back in 2014 our involvement in afghanistan was coming to him and the time has come to repeal and replace that blank check on the use of force. [applause]
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we should never again send troops into conflict with the definition of the mission and understanding of what will come after. we should never find ourselves in a situation like we did in 21714 u.s. soldiers were killed when a mission only to have senators from both parties admit they didn't realize we had a thousand troops stationed in the country. correcting this is not only a matter of presidential restraint but renewed congressional oversight. the time must come to an end. if members of the military can find the courage to deploy to a war zone members of congress
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ought to be able to summon the courage for the war in india. [applause] the military capabilities exist for a reason we stand ready to use force under specific woeful zürich on stands is whether there is no peaceful alternati alternative. before, during and after we should also deploy diplomatic, development and security assistance to guard against future of instability it's not
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enough to define how we would'vd have dragged him after all those war represents a failure
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whatever its imperfections, this is perhaps as close to the true art of the deal as it gets this was concluded wha out to do a fr but it is in our national security interest. confronting the support for terrorism and the human rights records reflect the values and security interest. recommitting for decades our allies have deterred north korean use of weapons at the same time it is in the interest of the regional security to
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advance peace on the peninsula so rather than a zero-sum instance on beforehand it denuclearization. you won't see me exchanging memos on white house letterhead but you will see my administration worked to change conditions that would make it possible to welcome north korea into the international community. until we can change the dynamic until there are good, safe, resources and the program sanctions must remain in place.
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beyond the state-sponsored nuclear proliferation we have to terrorism and extremism at home and abroad the united states can't fix everything where it's seen that with proper legal authorities we should maintain limited, focused and specialized counterterrorism and intelligence missions in places like afghanistan to reduce the likelihood such places will become rushing pads for a test to our allies. we must also be proactive in confronting the threat at home. in my counterterrorism training i learned about the ways in which the top priority. we have to decide as we go about our daily lives what level of risk is acceptable. coming to the privacy versus
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security, what trade-offs are we willing to accept. [applause] achieving such would be important when we contemplate the possibility of a major security events between no evend the next election. knowing that in the past decade more have been killed in america by right-wing extremists and those by isis. [applause]
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the world needs an america ready to reverse. countries with models that fly in the face of our values from chinese techno- authoritarianism to russian oligarchic to the anti-modern theocratic regimes all having challenge to us. it presents a greater threat to interest. at the very moment when the prestige and respect is collapsing, it's never been more needed than america. our approach should be guided by an understanding of the interest that is true to our values.
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russia which we should view not as a real estate opportunity, but as a self-interested and disrupted adversarial after. the forces unleashed, nationalism, xenophobia, homophobia and repression of the press are both. [applause] meanwhile, russia throws it ain't abroad through diplomatic,
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economic and even cyber tools and operations. [applause] we've also seen to be stabilizing behavior from those on the peninsula in eastern ukraine to conduct with regards to the range missiles. future policy towards russia must include a regional security framework that promotes
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stability on europe and incentivizes russia 70 years after the founding we must repair strained relationships with our european allies not because the over them or they owe us, but because america is more effective when we work with strong able partners and when those partners can trust america's word. [applause] in latin america universal values that we support are at stake. casual references to those like venezuela will help. this means adding not
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subtracting to the usaid efforts in central america. [applause] so that we can better address and working closely with mixed. [applause] and guess that means isolating dictatorship and encouraging democracy working in concert with our latin american neighbors. on the african continent, the winds were sweeping aside. women have led a revolt against the criminal and in ethiopia we've seen what it looks like when hope triumphs over hostility. by 2025, nearly one fifth of the worlds population will live in the nations of the rising
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africa. 60% of whom are now under the age of. african people demand greater accountability and transparency from their leaders. the united states must stand ready to put our values into action and promote empowerment along the economic. from the arctic to south asia this will be better served when american behavior aligns with values that the shared across humanity. as we mark the 30 year anniversary of the massacre. amid the rise of alternative.
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in china is investing mor it ise than a trillion dollars in its belt and wrote initiative expanding its economic influence by building an infrastructure throughout the pacific, russia and the americas as the they hae gleefully vacuum left by an american withdrawal. of course we can cooperate on areas of mutual interest from climate disruption to combating terrorism to international peacekeeping obligations. but we also must be -- for the trade fight as if all that matters is the export import
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balance on dishwasher for the pl interference, proxy war, cyber attacks an and potential weaponization of the economic and technological. beyond that, the new china challenge provides us an opportunity to come together across the political divide. at least half the battle was at home. enhancing our domestic competitiveness and stability. the idea that the american way is superior. as long as congress can't deliver on the consensus of the american people, we will not be
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very thing. if the world sees china invest more in infrastructure abroad, we are. plus we cannot compete if we continue to do i does invest in education and infrastructure, health and technology. [applause] our economic and political system will become less and less respected on the world stage which is why perhaps the single best thing we can do to roll back authoritarianism abroad is to model the strength of inclusive capitalism right here in the united states. [applause]
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strength is more than military power. its power oit's covered of insp. at the key moment not just the strength of prosperity, not just prosperity that liberty. if we lose that we lose what makes america exceptional and i fear we are losing it quickly. [applause] it's hard to condemn crackdowns when the president calls the news media at the hour of the people. [applause] it's hard to stand up for human rights abroad when we are turning away asylum-seekers at our own borders. [applause] it's hard to promote accountability and the rule of law when the government --
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[applause] the legitimacy of god rests on the democracy at home so let's improve and revitalize our democracy with an vicious structural throughputs let's get money out of politics and when we are choosing the leader of the nation joined the ranks of democratic people around the world by tellin counting up alle votes and telling them got the vote. [applause] above all let's lead with our values. president eisenhower was right to say that their america hopes to bring to pass in the world
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must. we don't need a wall from sea to shining sea. when synagogues and mosques have been viciously attacked with us aspire to the 38-year-old prime minister. to emulate the way in which she reacted with words of welcome. [applause] [applause] bemoan all the volumes at home to be convincing around the world and we must ensure our relationships around the world reinforce the values that anchor us here at home. that means upholding our values
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dealing with our adversaries. the middle east is one of the most important examples of where we must and could uphold our values. we will remain open to working with those like the kingdom of saudi arabia that we can no longer sell out our deepest values for the sake of fossil fuel access and lucrative fuel field. [applause] if we recognize the torture and execution is wrong then we should have the courage to say that it's gone on both sides of the gulf. [applause] the closer an ally. the democratic state of israel has been and continues to be a
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central tenet of u.s. foreign policy in this very much in our national interest which is why it is not american nor as an american patriot might oppose the policies of the president, is supportive of israel may also opposed the policies of the right wing government. [applause] especially when we see increasingly do not depict the netanyahu government is turning away. the suffering and the end he is, the policies of the curve and severely government. and now it's become a breeding
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ground for the kind of extremism only. the united states has the opportunity to shape a path with a tough and honest items that they would require. the current state of affairs cannot. it's the only viable way forward and it's our policy to support such a solution actively.
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[applause] she should know i would take steps to ensure american taxpayers won't help with the bill. [applause] at home and abroad for america to restore her leadership position as a beacon of values both universal and the core of the american project democracy, freedom, shared security. the world does need america to model our values into the world needs america to prioritize climate security. [applause] [cheering] as a mayor who's have to
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activate my cities emergency operator for floods that were supposed to come less than once in a lifetime and has done so the last two years i've seen the implications. we see warnings from a generation ago realized today in the blitz i floods in indiana, s and alabama, hurricanes in puerto rico and fired from california despite what we hear from this administration and far too many republicans and position oin positionof response disruption is here. it's no longer a theoretical issue but it's a clear and present threat. [applause] as traditionally conservative sectors from the business community led by the insurance industry to our own military leaders, climate instability is a threat multiplier that can
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accelerate the security and mass migration. researching and chose a link between the temperature rising frequency of conflict. the balance will play out in the era of climate driven international instability. in other venues that have more to say about how america can rise to this challenge. it should include a carbon tax and dividend to reorient around a more sensible system and it includes quadrupling to at least $25 billion a year. [applause] leading the way on research into the renewable energy, energy storage and carbon storage. [applause] it also means we should empower america to be part of this of ts solution helping unlock the potential of soil management and other 21st century slagle
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technique. [applause] and we could offer a new kind of support for cities and towns seeking to reduce their dependence on carbon but today i want to emphasize the potential of climate diplomacy and the kind of world we might build when climate stands alongside democracy and human rights as the central goal and source of legitimacy for nations in global affairs. read joining paris is just the beginning. [applause] one of over 400 mayors who committed to upholding and see how cities arrive to meet the challenge even as the respective national governments and land behind i believe the u.s. should offer not only international but subnational engagement for this
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challenging solution are as unifying as the threats are universal. we could host a pittsburgh summit of cities to form commitments to stand alongside the framework among the countries. [applause] building a robust framework for the diplomacy is the right thing to do and it benefits american interest not only because we stand to lose from climate disruption but because countri countries. it's hard to believe the it woue a coincidence if extraction economies and polluting societies are so often those with a ten d. towards authoritarianism. if we promote democracy we would also be promoting climate action and vice versa and by taking seriously the threat of climate disruption we might go a long way towards improving the climate of global cooperation. [applause]
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said the world needs america to become climate and to update the institutions for which we engage in the world ensuring they reflect the fact the world is closer to 2054 and 1945. [applause] to shape this to our advantage we must renew the national security architecture, the the military certainly that the intelligence communications, diplomatic and development institutions. it begins with taking a hard look at defense. the service has sought to maintain dominance in the world war but in the coming decades we are more likely than ever to face insurgencies can asymmetric attacks and strokes with cyber weapons and drums get the latest defense budget calls for spending more on three,
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$10.2 billion ban on cyber defenses. it proposes spending more than on artificial intelligence. to adequately prepare for this security challenge we need to not only look at how much we're spending in the militar on the t with your prioritizing and chief among those must be sacred obligation we have to take care of the men and women who fight our war. [applause] has the power of veteran who served have applied for long-term disability benefits. we owe our veterans the best health care with a strong and modern va that demands they said to be this significant investment of mental health treatment available. [applause] it also means helping them and
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their families return to normalcy they see candidate is just a government responsibility. it's something all of us can do. human connection is the most underrated component of community reintegration. it sounds like a piloted initiative to do more than to say thank you for your service and offer another website. where i live veterans and their families are not a problem to be solved with talent t, to be comd with. they are elected officials and i want the communities to let then give their extraordinary abilities. [applause] beyond taking a smarter approach we must rethink our intelligence and communication. we know the intelligence community a debt of gratitude for the manner in which they stepped up and safeguard our security in the years since 9/11 but for too long they focused on
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two threads in the world where the disinformation dominated we should revitalize our intelligence services with an investment in a renewed commitment to tools lik. spreading the right kind of information is not enough to combat falsehoods we must also disseminate the truth. [applause] the nation that helped solidarity biased to begin the downfall of communism in europe has led to tools wit the tools e once printed the message to become weak inside loo weak inse we take an integrated approach bridging the public and private sector. international communications must not be a subset of the engagement. there is a key to help.
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there will be as robust and sophisticated as with the people were going to carry it out. the world isn't standing still. from different languages and culture comfortable with the visual world committed to the project. the foreign policy that serves people in their daily lives by government officials who represent the full diversity of our people. [applause] for far too long to national thl security establishment has been reflected the university so we must work to promote diversity and excellence and no matter where they come from the finest wine should find it compelling to serve in usaid and to work on wall street were silicon valley.
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[applause] we should establish flexible career paths for those working with diplomacy and intelligence with benefits appropriate for generations to change positions more often than my parents changed job titles. for those who choose this path, it will not always be easy. it happens in the most dangerous parts of the world and the foreign service officers and officials must know they are committed to their mission understanding and preparing for the risks and will not abandon them or their mission or scapegoat them into the congressional investigation [applause] the world needs america to
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cultivate a diverse personnel ready to engage globally and finally, the world needs america to be in touch with our own communities. a foreign policy for 54 must be grounded in everyday lif the evf communities across the united states. one thing i learned on the job is that all politics is not just local o personal for someone. the discussion in official washington seems to proceed sometimes as a foreign policy were far off in its impact in meanings. one acknowledged when the national security team set about the situation room table we rarely posed the question what will this mean for the middle class. in my white house we will because the broad it's rooted in the aspirations at home. [applause]
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our innovators are empowered to compete in the global marketplace if the leaders are relentless ensuring intellectual property is protected. workers are in power fo empowerr fair share of economic growth only if workers abroad cannot be stripped of labor rights and forced to producenforced to pros that undercut american workers. [applause] friends and neighbors live and contribute to the communities only if theicommunity'sonly if s their faith. [applause] decisions made in the white house situation room to reverberate throughout and every decision concerning the south china sea can be made through the prism of what it means for a place like south bend. in the globalized country no city or community when a manufacturer announced the trade war with china could cost the company hundreds of millions
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this year, that matters to folks that work at the facility on the west side of south bend. globalization is not going away. so we must insist on policies that ensure working families into cities like mine can play a more appealing role in the story of globalization than victim. we do that by reaffirming tradition by tapping the cultural richness of the immigrant families and by the potential of the global markets. the colleges and universities like this one which teaches more languages than any other. [applause]
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to thrive in the coming decades we must bring the conversation of watching them and into the rest of the country and bring the rest of the country into the washington foreign policy conversation. with the rhythm of hurry up and wait, i spent much more time reading and reflecting than i usually do at home. i thought about how they start and end and sometimes they don't even do nobody attacked this country on 9/11 because that's what the partners and allies do. i thought about the diplomat and workers painstakingly brokering. the trade representative in
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geneva and whether a community like ours. splits in processing my commander across the violent city of kabul by terry a lamp to the roof ethnic night, pick up a seat belt and that was a reminder to counternarcotics ultimately mattered to the command be on thcommunity on the st. joseph's put between the streets i was navigating the world needs america but not just any american. not an america that has reduced itself to just one more player scrapping its way through a
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worldwide advantage. it has to be america at our best to do things like conference nazi as i'm and invent the internet it has to be an america that is how to make better the liflives of its citizens and pee around the world knowing how much one has to do with another. it's to master change rather than be small and fearful by it and to see that indicated values that make the nation what it is and what it is to deserve to be described in terms like. none of us will look to see the end of history. rather in our lifetime the choices of the generation now living. much will depend on the fidelity to our own values and we will not have to wait until 2054.
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on this season, this set of moments on which the trajectory of the project into so much of the future of the modern world will depend. the world needs america to be the best it's ever been and now it falls to us to set up the bearing of the nation. let us choose while well. [applause] [cheering] [applause] [cheering]
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this is the basis of what matters and it's good to chemotherapy test. chemotherapy test is the fact when you are lying on a hospital
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bed getting chemotherapy you do not ask the party affiliation of the person standing next to you getting you through it.ittee.
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