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We don’t think government can solve all our problems

We don’t think government can solve all our problems. But we don’t think that the government is the source of all our problems — any more than are welfare recipients, or corporations, or unions, or immigrants, or gays, or any other group we’re told to blame for our troubles.

Democratic National Convention - September 6, 2012

al Qaeda is on the path to defeat and Osama bin Laden is dead

You know, in a world of new 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.

Democratic National Convention - September 6, 2012

No party has a monopoly on wisdom

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 deficit 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.

Democratic National Convention - September 6, 2012

You might not be ready for diplomacy

My opponent and his running mate are new to foreign policy, but from all that we’ve seen and heard, they want to take us back to an era of blustering and blundering that cost America so dearly. After all, you don’t call Russia our number one enemy — not al Qaeda, Russia — unless you’re still stuck in a Cold War mind warp.

Democratic National Convention - September 6, 2012

climate change is not a hoax

And yes, my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet — because climate change is not a hoax. 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.

Democratic National Convention - September 6, 2012

all they have to offer is the same prescriptions they’ve had for the last thirty years

Now, our friends 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’d make it right. They want your vote, but they don’t want you to know their plan. And that’s because all they have to offer is the same prescriptions they’ve had for the last thirty years: ‘Have a surplus?

Democratic National Convention - September 6, 2012

The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place

The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place. And I’m asking you to choose that future.

Democratic National Convention - September 6, 2012

You didn’t elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear

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, shared responsibility, and the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one.

Democratic National Convention - September 6, 2012

When you take off the uniform, we will serve you as well as you've served us

When you take off the uniform, we will serve you as well as you've served us, because no one who fights for this country should have to fight for a job or a roof over their heads or the care that they need when they come home.

Democratic National Convention - September 6, 2012

trying to make it harder for people to vote

Do you really want to live in a country where one party is so desperate to win the White House that they go around trying to make it harder for people to vote if they’re people of color, poor people or first generation immigrants.

Democratic National Convention, September 5, 2012
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