tv Ferraro Acceptance Speech CSPAN May 28, 2016 9:10am-9:45am EDT
>> each week until the 2016 election, road to the white house rewind brings you archival coverage of presidential races. next, new york congresswoman gerald in florida except the vice presidential nomination at the 1984 democratic convention in in san francisco. walter mondale selected her as his running mate. she became the first woman nominated by a major party for the presidency or vice presidency. the mondale-ferraro ticket lost the general election to republican incumbents while writing and george h.w. bush, with reagan winning 49 states and receiving 49% of the vote. this is a little over half an hour. ♪ ["new york, new york" playing]
rep. ferraro: ladies and gentlemen of the convention-- [cheers] rep. ferraro: ladies and gentlemen of the convention, my name is geraldine ferraro. [cheers and applause] i stand before you to proclaimed tonight america is a land where dreams can come true for all of us. [cheers and aplpause] as i stand before the american people and think of the honor this great convention has
bestowed upon me, i recall the words of dr. martin luther king jr., who made america stronger by making america more free. he said, occasionally in life, there are moments which cannot be completely explained by words. their meaning can only be articulated by the in audible language of the heart. tonight is such a moment for me. [applause] my heart is filled with pride.
rep. ferraro: tonight the daughter of a woman whose highest goal was a future for her children talks to our nation's oldest party about a future for us all. tonight, the daughter of working americans tells all-americans about the future is within our reach if we are willing to reach for it. [applause] tonight, the daughter of an immigrant from italy-- [applause] rep. ferraro: i have been chosen to run for president in a land my father came to love.
our faith that we can shape a better future is what the american dream is all about. the promise of our country is that the rules are fair. if you work hard, and play by the rules, you can earn your share of america's blessing. those are the beliefs that i learned from my parents. those of the values that i taught my students as a teacher in the public schools of new york city. [applause] at night i went to law school. i became an assistant district attorney.
i put my share of criminals behind bars. [applause] i believe if you obey the law you should be protected,, but if you break the law you must pay for your crimes. [applause] when i first ran for congress, all of the political experts said a democrat could not win my home district in queens. i put my faith in the people and the values that we shared. together we proved the political experts wrong. in this campaign, we have put our faith in the people. we are going to prove the experts wrong again.
[applause] [cheering] rep. ferraro: we are going to win. [applause] we are going to win because americans across this country believe in the same basic dream -- last week i visited minnesota. [applause] a small town where mondale was raised and soon they will visit our family in queens. 900 people live in elmore.
in queens, there are 2000 people on one block. [laughter] you would think we would be different, but we are not. children walk to school in elmore past grain elevators. in queens they pass by subway stops. but no matter where they live, their future depends on education. and their parents are willing to do their part to make those as -- those schools as good as they can be. [applause] in elmore, there are family farms. in queens, small businesses. but the men and women that run them all take pride in supporting their families through hard work and
initiative. on the fourth of july in elmore, they hang flags on main street. in queens, they fly them over grand avenue. but all of us love our country and stand ready to defend the freedom that it represents. [applause] americans want to live by the same set of rules. the rules are rigged against too many of our people in this administration. it is not right that the share of taxes paid by individual citizens is going up, while the shared paid by large corporations is getting smaller and smaller.
[applause] the rules say everyone in our society should contribute their fair share. it isn't a right that this year, ronald reagan will hand the american people a bill for interest on a national debt larger than the entire cost of the federal government under john f. kennedy. our parents left us a grown economy. the rules say we must not leave our kids a mountain of debt. [applause] it isn't right that i will
that a woman should get paid $.59 on the dollar for the same work as a man. [cheering] [applause] if you play by the rules, you deserve a fair day's pay for a fair day's work. [applause] it isn't right that if trends continue, by the year 2000, nearly all of the poor people in america will be women and children. the rules of a decent society say when you distribute
sacrifice in times of austerity, you don't put women and children first. [applause] it isn't right that young people today fear they won't get the social security they paid for. and that older americans fear they will lose what they have already earned. social security is a contract between the last generation and the next. and the rules say you don't break contracts. [cheering] [applause]
we are going to keep faith with older americans. we hammered out a plan in congress to save social security. every group sacrificed to keep the system sound. it is time ronald reagan stopped scaring our senior citizens. [cheering] [applause] it isn't right that young couples question whether to bring children into a world of 50,000 nuclear warheads. [applause]
that is a vision for which americans have struggled for more than two centuries. our future doesn't have to be that way. change is in the air. just as surely as when john kennedy beckoned america to a new frontier. when sally ride rocketed into space. [applause] and when reverend jesse jackson ran for the office of president of the united states. [applause] by choosing a woman to run for
our nation's second-highest office, you send a powerful signal to all americans. there are no doors we cannot unlock. [applause] we will place no limits on achievement. if we can do this, we can do anything. [applause] tonight we reclaim our dream. we are going to make the rules of american life work fairly for all americans again. [applause]
to an administration that would have us debate all over again whether the voting rights act should be renewed, and whether segregated schools should be tax-exempt, we say mr. president, those debates are over. [applause] on the issue of civil rights and the from live action for minorities -- and affirmative action for minorities, we must not go backwards. we must and we will move forward to open the doors of opportunity. [applause]
a supreme court that turns the clock back to the 19th century. [applause] to those concerned about the strength of american and family values, as i am, i say, we are going to restore those values. love, caring, partnership -- by including, and not excluding those whose beliefs differ from our own. because our own faith is strong, we will fight to preserve the
freedom of faith for others. [applause] to whose working americans who fear that bank utilities and and large special interests have a lock on the white house, we say, join us. let the elect a people's president and govern for and by the american people again. [applause] to an administration that would sabotage student loans and education at the dawn of a new technological age, we say, you
fit the classic definition of a cynic. you know the price of everything, but the value of nothing. [cheering] to our students and our parents, we say we will sit on the highest standards of excellence. the jobs of the future required skilled minds. to young americans that may be called to our country's service. we know your generation will probably answer our country's call, as each generation before you. this past year, we remember the bravery and sacrifice of americans at normandy.
and we finally paid tribute, as we should have done years ago, to the unknown soldier that represents all the young brave americans that died in vietnam. [applause] let no one doubt we will defend america's security and the cause of freedom around the world. but we want a president who tells us what america is fighting for, not just what we are fighting against. [applause]
we want a president who will defend human rights, not just where it is convenient, but wherever freedom is at risk. from chile to afghanistan, to poland to south africa. [applause] to those who have watched this administration's confusion in the middle east as it is tilted first toward one, then another of israel's long-term enemies, and wonder, will america stand by her friends? we say, america knows who her friends are in the middle east and around the world. america will stand with israel always. [applause] finally, we want a president who will keep america strong.
it enriches, and beautifies. my fellow americans, we can debate policies and programs. but in the end, what separates the two parties in this election campaign is whether we use the gift of life for others, or only ourselves. [applause] my husband john and our three children are in this room with me. to my daughters donna and laura, and my son john jr., i say, my mother did not break faith with me, and i will not break faith with you. [applause]
the next president of the united states -- applause]d ♪ >> this memorial day weekend on american history tv on c-span3 -- today at 6 p.m. eastern on the civil war -- not believe itd either. by the time he captured atlanta, his dots had fully matured. still the confederates would not give up. so, rather than continue the