More work to do for the workers I met in Galesburg, Illinois, who are losing their union jobs at the Maytag plant that moves to Mexico, and now they have to compete with their children for jobs that pay seven dollars an hour. I thought of the families I met and who were struggling to get away without the full income of a loved one, or whose loved ones had returned with a missing limb or broken nerves, but who still did not have long-term health benefits because they were reservists. And just as Lieutenant Kerry did not hesitate to risk his life to protect the men who served with him in Vietnam, President Kerry will not hesitate a moment to use our military strength to keep America safe. And I’m happy to see it. So the America will defend itself respectful of the sovereignty of nations and the rule of law. This story is well known.

If you work for forty hours a week, you should not live in poverty. He sought allies in his fight against injustice. “I’m here for Ashley.” In itself, that one moment of recognition between that young white girl and that old black man is not enough. It is neither a sign of courage nor of being able to fire rockets to sleeping children or to blow up elderly women on a bus. But we should choose the right path, not just the easy road.

That they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights. This is the true genius of America – a faith in simple dreams, an insistence on small miracles. The press has scoured every exit poll for the latest evidence of racial bias, not just in terms of black and white, but also in black and brown. I suppose the politically secure thing would be to go through this episode and hope only that it fades into woodworking. But the record is clear: John McCain has voted with George Bush ninety percent of the time. The fifth question we must face together is religious freedom.

I have a plan that has already begun to redistribute our troops with the goal of bringing home all our combat brigades by March 31 next year. Sometimes, that anger is exploited by politicians, to raise votes along the racial lines or to compensate for the shortcomings of a politician. But the same principle must apply to the Muslim perceptions of America.

His father – my grandfather – was a cook, a domestic servant of the English. And in the end they come from this old black man who sat there quietly all the time. It should help us, do not hurt us. We were founded on the ideal that all were created equal and we shed blood and struggled for centuries to make sense of those words – within our borders and around the world.

Thank you.