Presidential Debates: Quotes from both Candidates

 

“OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS, BIG DECISIONS WILL BE MADE IN WASHINGTON ON JOBS, THE ECONOMY; TAXES AND DEFICITS; ENERGY, EDUCATION; WAR AND PEACE—DECISIONS THAT WILL HAVE A HUGE IMPACT ON OUR LIVES AND OUR CHILDREN’S LIVES FOR DECADES TO COME.”

 

“OURS IS A FIGHT TO RESTORE THE VALUES THAT BUILT THE LARGEST MIDDLE CLASS AND THE STRONGEST ECONOMY THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN.”

 

“MY GRANDPARENTS WERE GIVEN THE CHANCE TO GO TO COLLEGE, BUY THEIR OWN—THEIR—THEIR OWN HOME, AND FULFILL THE BASIC BARGAIN AT THE HEART OF AMERICA’S STORY: THE PROMISE THAT HARD WORK WILL PAY OFF; THAT RESPONSIBILITY WILL BE REWARDED; THAT EVERYONE GETS A FAIR SHOT, AND EVERYONE DOES THEIR FAIR SHARE, AND EVERYONE PLAYS BY THE SAME RULES, FROM MAIN STREET TO WALL STREET TO WASHINGTON, D.C.”

 

“[REPUBLICANS] WANT YOUR VOTE, BUT THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW THEIR PLAN. AND THAT’S BECAUSE ALL THEY HAD TO OFFER IS THE SAME PRESCRIPTION THEY’VE HAD FOR THE LAST THIRTY YEARS:

 

“HAVE A SURPLUS? TRY A TAX CUT.”

 

“DEFICIT TOO HIGH? TRY ANOTHER.”

 

“FEEL A COLD COMING ON? TAKE TWO TAX CUTS, ROLL BACK SOME REGULATIONS, AND CALL US IN THE MORNING.”

 

“AFTER ALL THAT WE’VE BEEN THROUGH, I DON’T BELIEVE THAT ROLLING BACK REGULATIONS ON WALL STREET WILL HELP THE SMALL BUSINESSWOMAN EXPAND, OR THE LAID-OFF CONSTRUCTION WORKER KEEP HIS HOME. WE HAVE BEEN THERE, WE’VE TRIED THAT, AND WE’RE NOT GOING BACK.”

 

“WE ARE MOVING FORWARD, AMERICA.”

 

“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 REFUSE TO GO ALONG WITH [LOWERING OUR DEFICITS BY SPENDING TRILLIONS MORE ON NEW TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHY]. AND AS LONG AS I’M PRESIDENT, I NEVER WILL.”

“AMERICA, I NEVER SAID THIS JOURNEY WOULD BE EASY, AND I WON’T PROMISE THAT NOW. YES, OUR PATH IS HARDER, BUT IT LEADS TO A BETTER PLACE. YES OUR ROAD IS LONGER, BUT WE TRAVEL IT TOGETHER. WE DON’T TURN BACK. WE LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND. WE PULL EACH OTHER UP. WE DRAW STRENGTH FROM OUR VICTORIES, AND WE LEARN FROM OUR MISTAKES, BUT WE KEEP OUR EYES FIXED ON THAT DISTANT HORIZON, KNOWING THAT PROVIDENCE IS WITH US, AND THAT WE ARE SURELY BLESSED TO BE CITIZENS OF THE GREATEST NATION ON EARTH.”

 

 

We are a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better. They came not just in pursuit of the riches of this world but for the richness of this life. Freedom.

 

This is when our nation was supposed to start paying down the national debt and rolling back those massive deficits. This was the hope and change America voted for. It’s not just what we wanted. It’s not just what we expected. It’s what Americans deserved.

 

The President hasn’t disappointed you because he wanted to. The President has disappointed America because he hasn’t led America in the right direction. He took office without the basic qualification that most Americans have and one that was essential to his task. He had almost no experience working in a business. Jobs to him are about government.

 

That’s what this President doesn’t seem to understand. Business and growing jobs is about taking risk, sometimes failing, sometimes succeeding, but always striving. It is about dreams. Usually, it doesn’t work out exactly as you might have imagined. Steve Jobs was fired at Apple. He came back and changed the world.

That is why every president since the Great Depression who came before the American people asking for a second term could look back at the last four years and say with satisfaction: “you are better off today than you were four years ago.” Except Jimmy Carter. And except this president.

This president can ask us to be patient. This president can tell us it was someone else’s fault. This president can tell us that the next four years he’ll get it right. But this president cannot tell us that YOU are better off today than when he took office.

This is when our nation was supposed to start paying down the national debt and rolling back those massive deficits. This was the hope and change America voted for. It’s not just what we wanted. It’s not just what we expected. It’s what Americans deserved.

We look to our communities, our faiths, our families for our joy, our support, in good times and bad. It is both how we live our lives and why we live our lives. The strength and power and goodness of America has always been based on the strength and power and goodness of our communities, our families, our faiths. That is the bedrock of what makes America, America. In our best days, we can feel the vibrancy of America’s communities, large and small.

 

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