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Comparison: Bill Clinton's Convention Speech as Prepared and Delivered

Comparison: Bill Clinton's Convention Speech as Prepared and Delivered

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Asprepareddelivered:Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. (Sustained cheers, applause.) Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.Now, Mr. Mayor, fellow Democrats, we are here to nominate a president. (Cheers, applause.)
And I’ve got one in mind.
(Cheers, applause.)I want to nominate a man whose own life has known its fair share of adversity and uncertainty.AI want to nominate aman who ran forPresidentpresidentto change the course of an already weak economy and then just six weeks beforethehiselection, saw it suffer the biggest collapsesince the Great Depression. A; aman who stopped the slide into depression and put us on thelong road to recovery, knowing all the while that no matter how many jobswerethat he saved or createdand saved, there were
, there’d
stillbemillions more waiting,worried about feeding their own kids,trying tofeed their children andkeep their hopes alive. I want to nominate a man
who’s
cool on the outside
 — 
(cheers, applause)
 — 
 butburningwhoburnsfor America on the inside.A (Cheers, applause.)I want
 — 
I want aman who believeswith no doubt thatwe can build a new American Dream economy,driven by innovation and creativity,buteducation and
 — 
yes
 — 
bycooperation.A(Cheers.)And by the way, after last night, I want aman who had the good sense to marry Michelle Obama. (Cheers, applause.) You know
 — 
(cheers, applause). I
 — 
(cheers, applause).I want
 — 
 I want Barack Obama to be the nextPresidentpresidentof the United Statesand. (Cheers, applause.) AndI proudly nominate himasto bethe standard-bearer of the Democratic Party.In Now, folks, inTampaa few days ago, we heard a lot of talk 
 — 
(laughter)
 — 
allabout how thePresidentpresident 
and the Democrats don’t
reallybelieve in free enterprise and individualinitiative, how we wanteveryoneeverybodyto be dependent on the government, how bad we arefor the economy.
 
TheThisRepublican narrativeis that all
 — 
this alternative universe
 — 
(laughter, applause)
 — 
 says that every oneof usin this roomwhoamountamountsto anythingare
, we’re all
completelyself-made. One of ourthegreatestchairmen theDemocraticChairmenParty ever had, Bob Strauss,
 — 
(cheers, applause)
 — 
used to say thateveryeverpolitician wantsyouevery voterto believe he was born in a log cabin he built himself , but . (Laughter, applause.) But, as Straussthen admitted,
it ain’t so.
(Laughter.) We Democrats
 — 
wethink the country works better with a strong middle class,withreal opportunities for poorpeoplefolksto work their way into itand
 — 
(cheers, applause)
 — 
witharelentless focus on the future, with business and governmentactuallyworking together topromote growth and broadlysharedshareprosperity.We thinkYou see, we believe that 
“we’re allin this together” is a
farbetter philosop
hy than “you’re on your own.”
(Cheers, applause.) It is. 
Who’sSo who’s
right?(Cheers.)Well,since 1961,for 52 years now,the Republicans have held the White House 28 years, the Democrats,24. In those 52 years, ourprivateeconomyhas produced 66 million private sector jobs. 
What’s
 
So what’s
the jobsjobscore? Republicans,24 million,;Democrats,42(million!). (Cheers, applause.) 
 Now, there’s — 
(cheers, applause)
 — 
 
there’s a reason for this.
It turns out that advancing equalopportunity and economic empowerment is both morally right and good economics, because.(Cheers, applause.) Why? Because poverty,discrimination, povertyand ignorance restrict growth, while
. (Cheers, applause.) When you stifle human potential, when you don’t invest in
new ideas, it
doesn’t just cut off the people who are affected; it hurts us all. (Cheers, applause.)
We know thatinvestments in education, andinfrastructure and scientific and technological research increaseit, creating moregrowth. They increasegood jobs,andthey createnew wealth for allthe restof us.(Cheers, applause.)  Though
 Now, there’s something I’ve noticed lately. You probably have too. And it’s this. Maybe
 just because I grew up in a different time, but thoughI often disagree with Republicans, Iactuallynever learned to hate them the way the far right that now controls their party seems tohatePresident Obamaour presidentandthea lot of otherDemocrats.After all,I
 — 
(cheers,applause)
 — 
that would be impossible for me becausePresident Eisenhower sent federal troops
 
to my home state to integrate Little Rock Central Highand School. (Cheers, applause.) PresidentEisenhowerbuilt the interstate highway system.And asWhen I was agovernor, I worked with President Reaganonand his White House on the firstround of welfare reform and with President George H.W. Bush on national education goals.I am
(Cheers, applause.) I’m actually very
grateful to
 — 
if you saw from the film what I do today, Ihave to be grateful, and you should be, too
 — 
thatPresident George W. Bushforsupported  PEPFAR, which is saving. It savedthe lives of millions of people in poor countriesand to . (Cheers, applause.)And I have been honored to work withboth Presidents Bush
for the work we’ve done together 
afteron natural disasters in the aftermath of the SouthAsiaAsiantsunami, Hurricane Katrinaand,  theHaitianhorribleearthquake. in Haiti.Through my foundation,bothin America and around the world,I work 
I’m working all
the timewith Democrats, Republicans andIndependentsindepend
ents. Sometimes I couldn’t tell
you for the lifewhoare focused
I’m working with because we focus
on solving problems andseizing opportunities, andnot fightingeach other.all the time. (Cheers, applause.) 
And so here’s what I want to say to you, and here’s what I want the people at home to think 
about.When times are tough, and people are frustrated and angry and hurting and uncertain, thepolitics of constant conflict may be good. But what is goodpoliticsbutdoes not necessarily work   in the real world, . What works in the real world iscooperationworks . (Cheers, applause.) What works in the real world is cooperation, business and government, foundations and universities.Ask the mayors who are here. (Cheers, applause.) Los Angeles is getting green and Chicago isgetting an infrastructure bank because Republicans and Democrats are working together to get it.
(Cheers, applause.) They didn’t check their brains at the door. They didn’t stop disagreeing, but
their purpose was to get something done.Now, why is this true? Why does cooperation work better. After all, than constant conflict?Because 
nobody’s right all the time, and a broken clock is right twice a day.
All(Cheers,applause.)

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