This promise is our greatest inheritance. It is about preventing a nuclear arms race in the Middle East that could lead this region and the world to an extremely dangerous path.

When Washington does not work, all its promises seem empty. They endure the daily humiliations – big and small – that come with employment.

Two hundred and twenty years ago, in a room that is still on the other side of the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched the unlikely American experiment in democracy. They endure the daily humiliations – big and small – that come with employment. We see it in the history of Andalusia and Cordoba during the Inquisition.

While I was studying here, my father met my mother. Washington has been talking about our oil dependency over the past three decades and John McCain has been there for twenty-six of them.

From his heroic service to Vietnam, in his years as a prosecutor and deputy governor, through two decades in the United States Senate, he dedicated himself to this country. Because, whether it’s poverty or racism, uninsured or unemployed, war or peace, the challenges we face today are not simply technical problems looking for the perfect ten-point plan. Because in the faces of those young veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, I see my grandfather, who joined Pearl Harbor, marched in Patton’s army, and was rewarded by a grateful nation with the chance to go in college on the GI Account. Now is the time to change our bankruptcy laws, so that your pensions are protected before the CEO bonuses; and time to protect social security for future generations. Freedom of religion is fundamental for the ability of peoples to live together.

God bless you.