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the president is a servant, but his true constituency is the future. america is a future that each generation much enlarge. because this election is not about edealogy, it is 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 am john kerry and i'm
reporting for duty. >> america, we cannot turn back, not with so much work to be done. this is cnn. thank you for joining us, a big night here in charlotte, north carolina, day two of the democratic national convention. all of this hour we'll be bringing you the highlights. we begin with the biggest speech of the night from former president bill clinton. take a look. >> we are here to nominate a president. and i have got one in mind. i want to nominate a man whose own life has known its fair share of adversity and uncertainty. i want to nominate a man who ran for president to change the course of an already weak economy, and then just -- then just six weeks before his election, saw it suffer the biggest collapse since the great
depression. a man who stopped the slide into depression, and put us on the long road to recovery, knowing all the while that no matter how many jobs that he saved or created, there would still be millions more waiting. worried about feeding their own kids, trying to keep their hopes alive. i want to nominate a man who is cool on the outside. but who burns for america on the inside. i want -- i want a man who believes with no doubt that we can build a new american dream economy, driven by innovation and creativity, by education, and yes, by cooperation. and by the way, after last night, i want a man who had the
good sense to marry michelle obama. now, i -- i, i want -- i want barack obama to be the next president of the united states. and, i proudly nominate him to be the standard bearer of the democratic party. now, folks,n tampa a few days ago, we heard a lot of talk. oh, about how the president and the democrats don't really believe in free enterprise and individual initiative.
how we want everybody to depend on the government. how bad we are for the economy. this republican narrative, its alternative universe says that every one of us in this room who amounts to anything, we're all completely self-made. one of the greatest chairman that the democratic party ever had, bob strauss, used to say that every politician wants every voter to believe he was born in a log cabin he built himself. but, as strauss then admitted, it ain't so. we democrats, we think the country works better with a strong middle class, with real opportunities for poor folks to work their way into it.
with business and government actually working together to promote growth and broadly shared prosperity. you see, we believe that we're all in this together is a far better philosophy than you're on your own. now, so who is right? well, since 1961, for 52 years now, the republicans have held the white house 28 years. the democrats, 24. in those 52 years, our private economy has produced 66 million pirate seco
private sector jobs. so what is the private score? republicans, 47, democrats 42. one of the main reasons we ought to re-elect president obama is that he is still committed to cooperation. look at his record, look at his record. he appointed republican secretaries of defense, the army and transportation. he appointed a vp who ran against him in 2008. and he trusted that vice president to oversee the successful end of the war in iraq and the implementation of the recovery act. and joe biden did a great job with both.
i am grateful that they have worked together to make us saver and stronger to build the world with more partners and fewer enemies. i am grateful for the relationship of respect and partnership she and the president have enjoyed and the signal that sends to the rest of the world that democracy does not have to be a blood sport. it can be an honorable enterprise that advances the public interest. president obama's whole record on national security is a tribute to his strength, to his judgment and to his preference for inclusion and partnership over partisanship. we need more of it in washington, d.c. now, we all know that he also tried to work with congressional republicans on health care, debt reduction, and new jobs. and, that didn't work out so
well. but, it could have been because as the senate republican leader said, in a remarkable moment of candor, two full years before the election their number one priority was not to put america back to work. it was to put the president out of work. well, wait a minute. senator, i hate to break it to you, but we're going to keep president obama on the job. now, are you ready for that? are you willing to work for it? wait a minute. wait a minute.
in tampa -- in tampa, in tampa, did y'all watch the convention? i did. in tampa, the republican argument against the president re-election was actually pretty simple. pretty snappy. it went something like that, we left him a total mess. he has not cleaned it up fast enough, so fire him and put us back in. now, but -- but they did it well, they looked good, sounded good. they convinced me that they all love their families and their children, and were grateful they had been born in america. really, i'm not being -- they did. and -- this is important. they convinced me they were
honorable people who believe what they have said and they will keep every commitment they have made. we just have to make sure the american people know what those commitments are, because, because, in order to look like an acceptable reasonable moderate alternative to president obama, they just didn't say very much about the ideas they have offered over the last two years, they couldn't. because they want to go back to the same old policies that got us in trouble in the first place. they want to cut taxes for high income even more than president bush did. and get rid of the regulations designed to prohibit crashes and stop future bailouts. they actually want to increase spending two trillion more than the pentagon has requested, without saying what they will spend it on. and they want to make enormous cuts in the rest of the budget,
especially the programs that help the middle class and poor children. as another president once said, there they go again. now, i like -- i like the argument for president obama's re-election a lot better. here it is. he inherited a deeply damaged economy. he put a floor under the crash. he began the long, hard road to recovery, and laid the foundation for a modern, more well-balanced economy that will produce millions of good, new jobs, strong new businesses and lots of new wealth for innovation. now, are we where we want to be today? no.
is the president satisfied? of course not. but are we better off than we were when he took office? listen to this, listen to this. everybody has forgotten -- everybody has forgotten, when president obama took office, the economy was in freefall. it had just shrunk 9 full percentages of gdp, we were losing 750,000 jobs a month. are we doing better than that today? the answer is yes. now look, here is the challenge he faces and the challenge all of you who support him face. i get it, i know it. i have been there. a lot of americans are still angry and frustrated about this economy. if you look at the numbers you
know employment is growing, banks are beginning to lend again. and in a lot of places, housing prices are even beginning to pick up. but too many people do not feel it yet. i had the same thing happen in 1994, and early '95. we could see that the policies were working. that the economy was growing. but most people didn't feel it yet. thankfully, by 1996, the economy was roaring, everybody felt it. and we were half way through the longest peace time expansion in the history of the united states. but, wait, wait. the difference this time is purely in the circumstances. president obama started with a much weaker economy than i did. listen to me now. no property, no president, not
me, not any of my predecessors, nobody could have fully repaired all the damage that he found in just four years. now, but he has -- he has laid the foundations for a new modern, successful economy. a shared prosperity. and if you will renew the president's contract, you will feel it. you will feel it. folks, whether the american people believe what i just said or not, maybe through the whole election, i just want you to know i believe it. with all of my heart, i believe
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we believe in the government of the many, not the privileged few. when you go to the polls, vote for democracy. vote for president barack obama. >> house minority leader nancy pelosi at the convention tonight. now, more of former president clinton's speech. >> now, that brings me to health care. and the republicans call it obama care. they say it is a government takeover, a disaster, and that if we'll just elect them, they will repeal it. well, are they right? let's take a look at what is actually happening so far. first's individuals and
businesses have already gotten more than a billion in refunds from insurance companies, because the new law requires 85% of your premium to go to your health care, not profits or promotion. and, the gains are even greater than that, because a bunch of insurance companies have applied to lower their rates to comply with the requirement. more than 3 million young people between then and now are insured because their parents policies can cover them. millions of seniors are receiving pre ventive care, and younger people are getting them too. fourth, soon, the insurance companies, not the government, the insurance companies will have millions of new customers,
many of them middle class people with pre-existing conditions who never could get insurance before. now, finally, listen to this. for the last two years, after going up at 3 times the rate of inflation for ten years, for the last two years, health care costs have been under 4% in both years for the first time in 50 years. so let me ask you something. are we better off because president obama fought for health care reform? you bet we are. and there were two other attacks on the president in tampa, i think they deserve an answer. first, both governor romney and
congressman ryan attacked the president for allegedly robbing medicare. of 716 billion dollars. that is the same attack they levelled against the congress in 2010. and they got a lot of votes on it. but it is not true. look, here is what really happened. you be the judge. here is what really happened. there were no cuts to benefits at all. none. what the president did was to save money by taking the recommendations of a commission of professionals, to cut unwarranted subsidies to providers and insurance companies that were not making people healthier, and were not necessary to get the providers to provide the service. and instead of raiding medicare, he used the savings to close the donut hole in the medicare drug
program. and, y'all have to lengisten carefully to this, this is really important, to add eight years to the medicaid so that it is solvent until 2024. so president obama and the democrats didn't weaken medicare. they strengthened medicare. now, when congressman ryan looked into that tv camera and attacked president obama's medicare savings as "the biggest, coldest, power play," i didn't know whether to laugh or cry. because that $716 billion is
exactly to the dollar the same amount of medicare savings that he has in his own budget. you got to give him one thing, it takes brass to attack a guy for doing what you did. so now you're having a good time but this is getting serious. i want you to listen. this is it important. because a lot of people believe this stuff. now, at least on this issue, and this one issue, governor romney has been consistent.
he -- he attacked president obama, too. but he actually wants to repeal those savings and give the money back to the insurance company. he wants to go back to the old system, which means we'll reopen the donut hole and force seniors to pay more for drugs, and we'll reduce the life of the medicare trust fund by four years. so if he is elected and if he does what he promised to do, medicare will now go broke in 2016. think about that. that means after all we won't have to wait until their voucher program kicks in, in 2023, to see the end of medicare as we know it. they're going to do it sooner to us than we thought. my fellow americans, all of us
in this grand hall, and everybody watching at home, when we vote in the election, we'll be deciding what kind of country we want to live in. if you want a winner take all, you're on your own society, you should support the republican ticket. but if you want a country of shared opportunities and shared responsibility, a we're all in this together society, you should vote for barack obama and joe biden. if you -- if you want america -- if you want every american to vote, and you think it is wrong to change voting procedures, just -- just to reduce the
turnout of younger, poorer minority and disabled voters, you should support barack obama. and if you think -- if you think the president was right to open the doors of american opportunity to all of those young immigrants brought here when they were young so they can serve in the military or go to college, you must vote for barack obama. if you want a future of shared prosperity, where the middle class is growing and poverty is declining, where the american dream is really alive and well again, and where the united states maintains its leadership as a force for peace, and justice, and prosperity in this
highly competitive world, you have to vote for barack obama. look, i love our country so much. and i know we're coming back. for more than 200 years, through every crisis, we have always come back. people have predicted our demise every since george washington was criticized for having a bad set of wooden false teeth. and so far, every single person that has bet against america has lost money. because we always come back. we come through every fire, a little stronger and a little better. and we do it because in the end, we decide to champion the cause for which our founders pledged their lives, their fortunes,
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[♪...] call or go online now. [♪...] preventive c . also at the podium, elizabeth warren, who is running for senate in massachusetts, the consumer protection advocate, take a look. >> i'm here tonight to talk about hard-working people. people who get up early, stay up late. cook dinner and help out with homework. people who can be counted on to help their kids, their parents, their neighbors and the lady down the street whose car broke down. people who work their hearts out, but are up against a hard truth. the game is rigged against them.
it was not always this way. like a lot of you, i grew up in a family on the ragged edges of the middle class. my daddy sold carpeting and ended up as maintenance man. after he had a heart attack, my mom worked the phones at sears so we could hold on to our house. all three of my brother served in the military. one was career, the second, a good union job in construction. and the third started a small business. me? i was waiting tables at 13, and married at 19. i graduated from public schools and taught elementary school. i have a wonderful husband, two great children, and three beautiful grandchildren. and i'm grateful down to my toes for every opportunity that america gave me. this is a great country.
i grew up in an america that invested in its kids and built a strong middle class. that allowed millions of children to rise from poverty and establish secure lives. an america that created social security and medicare so that seniors could live with dignity. and an america in which each generation built something solid so that the next generation could build something better. but now, for many years, our middle class has been chipped, squeezed, and hammered. talk to the construction worker i met from massachusetts, who went nine months without finding work. talk to the head of the manufacturing company in franklin, trying to protect jobs, but worried about rising
costs. talk to the student in worcester who worked hard to finish his degree. and now, he is drowning in debt. their fight is my fight. and it is barack obama's fight, too. that is right. yes. people feel like the system is rigged against them. and here is the painful part. they're right. the system is rigged. look around. oil companies drink billions in profits. billionaires pay lower tax rates than their secretaries. and wall street ceos, the same ones who wrecked our economy and destroyed millions of jobs, still strut around congress, no shame, demanding favors, and
acting like we should thank them. does anyone here have a problem with that? yeah, well, i do, too. i do, too. i talked to small business owners all across massachusetts. and not one of them, not one made big bucks from the risky bets that brought down our economy. i talked to nurses and programmers, sales people and firefighters, people who bust their tails every day. and not one of them, not one stashed their money in the cayman islands to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. these folks don't resent that somebody else made more money. we're americans, we celebrate
success. we just don't want the game to be rigged. the republican vision is clear. i got mine, the rest of you are on your own. republicans say they don't believe in government. sure they do. they believe in government to help themselves, and their powerful friends. after all, mitt romney is the guy who said corporations are people. no, governor romney, corporations are not people. people have hearts. they have kids, they get jobs, they get sick, they cry, they dance. they live, they love, and they die. and that matters.
that matters. that matters, because we don't run this country for corporations. we run it for people. and that is why we need barack obama. president obama believes in a level playing field. he believes in a country where nobody gets a free ride or a golden parachute. a country where anyone who has a great idea and rolls up their sleeves has a chance to build a business. and anyone who works hard can build some security and raise a family. president obama believes in a country where billionaires pay their taxes, just like their secretaries do. and i can't believe, i have to say this in 2012, a country
where women get equal pay for equal work. so let me ask you, let me ask you, america, are you ready to answer this call? are you ready to fight for good jobs and a strong middle class? are you ready to work for a level playing field? are you ready to prove to another generation of americans that we can build a better country, and a newer world. joe biden is ready. barack obama is ready. i'm ready. you're ready. thank you. god bless america.
a major topic at the convention has been president obama's decision to bail out the auto industry. tonight, we heard from bob king, president of the united auto workers. take a look. >> in some of america's darkest economic days since the great depression, and in the face of tremendous political venom, president obama met the test of moral character. he stood up for what -- not for what was popular and easy, but for what was right.
he stood for and with american workers. not just auto workers, but a million workers in towns all across america. who, if the -- who if the industry went under would not be able to put food on the table. we all remember what those days were like when president obama took office. workers waiting anxiously, as their companies announced layoffs. banks refusing to loan. car sales were collapsing. it was not just auto companies that were struggling to survive. so were those companies making parts and selling cars. small businesses that relied on
auto workers as customers, like diner diners. and what did mitt romney say? you all know this, he said let detroit go bankrupt. in strong -- in strong contrast, president obama took action. putting together a rescue team, demanding real change and real sacrifice from everyone involved. from management, from labor, from suppliers, from debt-holders, from dealers. everybody involved. it was not universally popular, but it was absolutely right.
president obama's strong leadership saved a million jobs. since june of 2009, this industry has added a quarter of a million jobs. and the auto industry is thriving again. these are good, middle class jobs, in glass, in plastics, in steel. jobs making things for an economy built to last. and mitt romney's record? at bain capital, the corporate buyout firm he founded, too often has made their money not by building companies up, but by taking them apart.
and too often, the workers ended up in the streets, even as mitt romney and his partners made millions of dollars. because of president obama's moral courage and leadership, america's auto industry is roaring again, leading the american economic recovery. an industry we once called the arsenal democracy is driving us to new prosperity. this november, america faces a clear choice about what kind of country we want to be. the choice for working families is clear, we must re-elect president barack obama. coming up, the attorney and women's right activists that
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mr. romney and mr. ryan are campaigning for women's votes by saying that women need their help. okay, this is coming from two men who are committed to ending insurance coverage for birth control. who would turn women's health care decisions over to our bosses, and who won't even stand up for equal pay for women. okay, as my grandmother back in texas would have said, anymore help from mitt romney, and i'm going to have to take in ironing. >> that was cecile richards, the president of the planned parenthood federation of america. there was talk about the waging of war on women. now whether you agree with it or not, the numbers show a double digit gender gap between president obama and mitt romney,
tonight, sandra fluke is here as well, as you remember, she was called a slut during one comment. >> during this campaign, we have heard about two profoundly different futures that could wait for women in this country. and how one of those futures looks like an offensive, obsolete relic of our past. they are not imagined, that future could become real. in that, america, your new president could be a man who stands by when a public figure tries to silence a private citizen, with hateful slurs. a man who won't stand up to those slurs, or to any of the
extreme, bigoted voices in his own party. it would be an america in which you have a new vice president who co-sponsored a bill that would allow pregnant women to die preventible deaths in our emergency rooms. an america in which states humiliate women by forcing us to endure invasive ultrasounds that we don't want, and doctors say we don't need. and an america in which access to birth control is controlled by people who will never use it. an america in which politicians re-define rape, and victims are
victimized all over again. in which someone decides which domestic violence victims deserves access to services, and which don't. we know what this america would look like, and in a few short months, that is the america that we could be. but that is not the america that we should be, and it is not who we are. we have also seen another america that we could choose. in that america, we would have the right to choose. it is an america in which no one can charge us more than men for the exact same health insurance. in which no one can deny us
affordable access to the cancer screenings that could save our lives. in which we decide when to start our families. an america in which our president, when he hears that a young woman has been verbally attacked, thinks of his daughters, not his delegates, or his donors. and in which our president stands with all women. and strangers come together and reach out and lift her up. and then, instead of trying to silence her, you invite me here. and you give me this microphone