Obama: Election is 'clearest choice' in a generation

7:26 PM, Sep 6, 2012   |    comments
President Obama speaking in Iowa last Saturday. (USA Today)
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CHARLOTTE -- President Obama will tell the Democratic Convention tonight that his race with Mitt Romney is a choice between "two different paths" for the United States.

"When all is said and done -- when you pick up that ballot to vote -- you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation," Obama plans to say to delegates, according to excerpts released by the campaign.

The winner of the Nov. 6 election will make "big decisions" on such issues as "jobs and the economy; taxes and deficits; energy and education; war and peace," Obama will say -- "decisions that will have a huge impact on our lives and our children's lives for decades to come."

The president also plans to say his path "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."

Obama, still fighting a struggling economy, also plans to ask voters for patience: "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."

Those challenges remain difficult, Obama will say, but can be met.

"I'm asking you to rally around a set of goals for your country," Obama plans to say. "Goals in manufacturing, energy, education, national security and the deficit; a real, achievable plan that will lead to new jobs, more opportunity, and rebuild this economy on a stronger foundation."

In a statement, Romney said he is looking forward to the president's speech tonight.

"What I'd like him to do is report on his promises," Romney said, "but there are forgotten promises and forgotten people."

Romney added:

"Over the last four years, the president has said that he was going to create jobs for the American people and that hasn't happened. He said he would cut the deficit in half and that hasn't happened.

He said that incomes would rise and instead incomes have gone down. And I think this is a time not for him not to start restating new promises, but to report on the promises he made. I think he wants a promises reset. We want a report on the promises he made."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The excerpts in full:

"But when all is said and done -- when you pick up that ballot to vote -- you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation. Over the next few years, big decisions will be made in Washington, on jobs and the economy; taxes and deficits; energy and education; war and peace -- decisions that will have a huge impact on our lives and our children's lives for decades to come.

On every issue, the choice you face won't be just between two candidates or two parties.

It will be a choice between two different paths for America.

A choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future.

I won't pretend the path I'm offering is quick or easy. I never have. 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. And by the way -- those of us who carry on his party's legacy should remember that not every problem can be remedied with another government program or dictate from Washington.

But know this, America: Our problems can be solved. Our challenges can be met. The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place. And I'm asking you to choose that future. I'm asking you to rally around a set of goals for your country -- goals in manufacturing, energy, education, national security, and the deficit; a real, achievable plan that will lead to new jobs, more opportunity, and rebuild this economy on a stronger foundation. That's what we can do in the next four years, and that's why I'm running for a second term as president of the United States."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(USA Today)

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