BOSTON, July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Friends, fellow Americans, I have known
Senator John Kerry for most of my congressional career. I've worked with him,
I know his values, I know his heart. And I say to you, without one ounce of
hesitation or regret: There is no one in these United States with more
courage, more judgment, more resolve, more of the knowledge and experience to
hold the job of president.
At the dawn of the global economy and Information Age, we need a president
like John Kerry, who will turn around the worst job creation record since
Herbert Hoover. At a time when world markets are getting more competitive,
John Kerry will put an end to shipping American jobs overseas, to wasteful
special-interest bailouts, and instead will invest in the skills and education
of our people again. At a time of global terror, John Kerry will take on the
terrorists where they live, before they can threaten us where we live. And he
will never pursue a go-it-alone foreign policy that leaves America isolated
from its friends and hinders the hunt for our enemies.
There's another reason we must win this election, and put John Kerry in
the White House: because he will bring with him a fighter for hard-working men
and women, Senator John Edwards of North Carolina.
In an election year, we hear a lot about the word "character." In this
election, there is a candidate whose character was forged through genuine
battlefield heroism, through three Purple Hearts in the Vietnam War. John
Kerry defended our freedom at the barrel of a gun. He put himself at personal
peril to save the lives of his crewmates. We know he won't take matters of war
and peace lightly. John Kerry has the strength to keep America strong.
This year, in this election, there is a candidate whose character has
shone through in the many battles he's taken on for our families -- as one of
the first Democrats to take on the deficit. As a champion of public education
and our children's future. John Kerry has been a leader on these issues for
And this year, in this election, there is a candidate who understands the
middle-class squeeze who understands what it means for a parent to lose a job,
for a family to go without health care or be hit by rising college costs.
As some of you know, I've had a single, simple purpose for most of my
years in public life: to make it possible for hard-working American families
to succeed. To help the growing number of families where both parents work,
just to pay the bills; where life is a never-ending scramble of credit-card
debt; where it's a struggle to pass on the right values, to teach simple
lessons of discipline and respect, right and wrong, to our children.
Instead of just helping those at the top, I think we ought to give
everyone a chance to reach the top. And if we strengthen all our families, if
we make sure our economy enriches everyone, mark my words, the people at the
top will do even better. As Dr. Martin Luther King taught us all: "I can never
be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be."
If a child doesn't have health insurance, we all pay the price when she
shows up at the emergency room. If a child drops out of school-we all pay the
price of violence, dependence, and indigence.
Words can be cheap in a political year, we all know that. But I'm going to
borrow some familiar ones, to tell you that we need John Kerry as president --
because we need a uniter, not a divider, in the White House. We need John
Kerry as president because it's time to restore honor and dignity to the White
House -- to have a president whose whole life is a testament to his goodness
and decency, to his courage under fire.
We need John Kerry as president of the United States of America, because
he will fight for working families, and help America to be what it ought to
When I think back to the months and miles of my own campaign, my heart is
full. You see, I didn't come from much. My dad was a milk truck driver, a
proud member of the Teamsters. My mother was a secretary. Neither finished
high school. I never dreamed I'd have the chance to serve so many people, in
so many ways.
I found a true partner in life, my wife Jane who I adore, and children --
Matt, Chrissy, Kate -- and their families, that I couldn't be prouder of. I
had the honor to serve my constituents in the Third Congressional District in
Missouri and a gifted and loyal staff who helped me throughout my career. I'm
a lucky man. Together they taught me that win or lose, the dream is what
matters, the fight is what it's all about. For an America that works for the
many, not just for the few; for an America that lifts up all those who have
been left out, or locked out, of our bounty and promise.
I ran for President because I wanted to give those people a voice. And I
stand proudly at John Kerry's Convention because he speaks for them; he
strives to lift them up; their cause is his unyielding concern. To all those
who have supported me, and to all those who share my dream of a better,
brighter American future: thank you, may God bless you, and may God shine on
these United States of America.
SOURCE Democratic National Convention Committee