(CNN) - Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, will speak Thursday at the Democratic National Convention. According to excerpts of his remarks, Kerry will hammer Republicans for opposing "everything that has made America exceptional in the first place."
Read more excerpts of his speech after the jump.
In this campaign, we have a fundamental choice.
Will we protect our country and our allies, advance our interests and ideals, do battle where we must, and make peace where we can?
Or will we entrust our place in the world to someone who just hasn't learned the lessons of the last decade?
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Our opponents like to talk about "American Exceptionalism." But all they do is talk. They forget that we are exceptional not because we say we are, but because we do exceptional things.
The only thing exceptional about today's Republicans is that – almost without exception – they oppose everything that has made America exceptional in the first place.
Just measure the disaster and disarray this President inherited: A war of choice in Iraq had become a war without end, and a war of necessity in Afghanistan had become a war of neglect. Our alliances were shredded. Our moral authority was in tatters. America was isolated in the world.
Our military was stretched to the breaking point. Iran was marching unchecked towards a nuclear weapon. And Osama bin Laden was still plotting.
It took President Obama to restore our moral authority and ban torture. This President understands that our values don't limit our power–they magnify it. He understands that global leadership is a strategic imperative for America, not a favor we do for other countries.
And after more than ten years without justice for thousands of murdered Americans, after Mitt Romney said it would be "naïve" to go into Pakistan to pursue the terrorists, it took President Obama, against the advice of many, to give that order to finally rid this earth of Osama bin Laden. Ask Osama Bin Laden if he's better off now than he was four years ago!
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Barack Obama promised always to stand with Israel– to tighten sanctions on Iran and take nothing off the table. Again and again the other side has lied about where this President stands and what this President has done. But Prime Minister Netanyahu set the record straight -he said, our two countries have "exactly the same policy..."–"our security cooperation is unprecedented...".
President Obama promised to work with Russia to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons. And signed an historic treaty that does just that. He promised to lock down nuclear materials around the world, and he has done just that.
He refused to accept the false choice between force without diplomacy or diplomacy without force. When a brutal dictator promised to kill his own people "like dogs", President Obama enlisted our allies, built the coalition, shared the burden - so that today, without a single American casualty - Moammar Ghadafi is gone and Libya is free.
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It isn't fair to say Mitt Romney doesn't have a position on Afghanistan. He has every position.
Every president of both parties for 60 years has worked for nuclear arms control – but not Mitt Romney.
Republican Secretaries of State–from Kissinger to Baker, Powell to Rice, President Bush, and 71 United States Senators–all supported President Obama's NEW START Treaty. But not Mitt Romney.
So here's the choice in 2012: Mitt Romney – out of touch at home, out of his depth abroad, and out of the mainstream?
Or, Barack Obama -a President giving new life and truth to America's indispensable role in the world, a Commander in Chief who gives our troops the tools and training they need in war– the honor and help they've earned when they come home. A man who will never ask other men and women to fight a war without a plan to win the peace.