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tv   Gary Hart Campaign Rally  CSPAN  April 24, 2016 10:46pm-10:58pm EDT

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the 2016 election, road to the white house rewind it you coverage of presidential cases. next, the 1988 presidential campaign of gary hart. begin with him announcing his candidacy in a 10 minute speech. he was considered by many observers to be the front-runner going into 1988. but within weeks of this announcement, senator hart faced allegations of a marital affair which led him to withdraw from the race. massachusetts governor michael dukakis won the nomination but lost decidedly to vice president george h.w. bush in a general election. ♪
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senator hart: thank you very much. ♪ senator hart: thank you very much. thank you. thank you very much. our out-of-town friends welcome , the colorado. if you don't like the weather, it will change in a few minutes. [laughter] gary hart: i want to say thanks to my good friends tim wirth and frederico pena and all the elected officials and leaders of our community and state on this platform. i want to take this opportunity if i may to introduce the best daughter anyone ever had, andrea hart. [applause] gary hart: i was tempted to introduce the next first lady of the united states, but i will simply say, the best white beste ever had, -- the -- wife anyone ever had,
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leigh hart. [applause] we would like to thank each and every one of you for coming out here today. you have been our supporters, contributed and boosters for many years. we are strengthened and heartened by your presence and we thank you. i want to say a special word of thanks to a very large group of the best organizers that any candidate for any office has ever had. and say a personal word of thanks to all of that organized this rally, particularly mike stratton. let's give them a hand. [applause] gary hart i intend to seek the : presidency of the united states in 1988. [cheers] [applause] gary hart: and i do so for one single reason. that is i love my country. this country is 250 million
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human beings united by a common history and heritage and set of beliefs. but america is and always has been an ideal. this land has stood for equality, justice, hope and opportunity for generations and generations of americans and millions of people around the world. and at our best we have come close to that ideal, but i think all of us know deep down in recent years that this country has fallen short of the ideal of america. we have seen personal greed replace a sense of social justice and equity and the national good. we have seen right wing ideology skew this nation's basic priorities. we have seen narrow, single interests increasingly finance our campaigns and control our political process. and we have seen high standards
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for public officials and public ethics be eroded. most of all this nation has lost the sense of the national interests, and we are in serious danger today of letting our future pass us by. i believe this nation can do better. and i believe that's what the issue in 1988 is all about. we must rebuild this nation in the last 30 years of this latter years the of this century using a blueprint of new directions and new ideas based upon a foundation of the national interest. [applause] gary hart: we must build the best education system in the world. [cheers] [applause]
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we must renew and revitalize our national economy, invest in new technologies and train our workers. [applause] gary hart: we must make a moral commitment to our children that we will leave behind to them for national heritage cleaner and better than today. [applause] gary hart: we must reform our conventional defenses and drastically reduce our reliance on nuclear weapons for this nation's security. [cheers] [applause] gary hart: the stakes in 1988 could not be higher and the choices cannot be clearer. we can have a defense policy that takes school lunches away from poor children to pay for mx missiles or b-1 bombers, or we can have a defense policy that
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reforms our conventional defenses, saves the taxpayers dollars, and makes this country safer. one choice is in the national interest and it could not be clearer. [applause] gary hart: we can have an agriculture policy that turns over the productive farmland of this nation to a handful of giant corporations, or we can have millions of family farmers producing the food and fiber of this nation. one choice is in the national interest and that choice could not clearer. [applause] gary hart: we can have public officials who represent the ethics of donovan, deiver and
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boesky, or we can tell them, "you are out of business." one choice is in the national interest and that choice is clear. we can continue to have our political campaigns financed by special interests. and have a special interest control the flow of legislation and the quality of government. or we can reform the campaign finance laws and restore dignity and honesty and integrity to this nation's political process. one choice is in the natural -- national interest and that choice is clear. [applause] gary hart: and finally we can define patriotism. we can say that patriotism is only the symbols of this nation. and that the flag belongs to a
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handful of narrow, right-wing ideologues, all we can say that patriotism and the flag belongs to all of us who care about this nation and love this nation. one choice is in the national interest and that choice is clear. [applause] gary hart: people want to know what is the issue of 1988. i will state that issue to you very clearly. the issue in 1988 is who is best qualified to govern this country. the question is one of leadership. we can have leadership that unites us or leadership that divides us. we can have leadership that challenges us, or leadership that makes us feel good. we can have leadership in the national interest, or leadership in the narrow interest. we can have leadership that tells this country it must move forward or leadership that says
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we will go back and recapture our past. that is the issue in 1988, and that is why i make this race. i make this race because i love my country and i want america to do better and to move forward. i believe there is an untapped idealism in the american spirit. and there is a quality in the american character that is yet to be unlocked. at its best that is what a national campaign is and ought to be about, and i pledge to you this is what this campaign will be about. you give me 20 days in the next 20 months and i will give you a presidency you can be proud of. [cheers] [applause]
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gary hart: thank you. let's go forward from this day committed to restoring this plan to all of its people and restore a sense of genuine, true patriotism to this country. march on. [cheers] [applause] ♪ senator hart: thank you all very much. ♪ >> ♪ this land was made for you and me ♪ >> ♪ this land was made for you and me ♪
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senator hart: thank you very much. [applause] ♪ >> ♪ this land is your land this land is my land from california to the new york island from the redwood forest to the gulf stream waters this land was made for you and me this land was made for you and me ♪ announcer: the road to the white house rewind continues with more from gary hart. just weeks after entering

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