Excerpts: Obama to lay out 'clearest choice of any time in a generation'
September 6th, 2012
06:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Excerpts: Obama to lay out 'clearest choice of any time in a generation'

(CNN) - President Barack Obama, in his speech at the Democratic National Convention Thursday, will lay out a "choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future," according to advance excerpts released by his campaign.

Read more excerpts after the jump.

"But when all is said and done – when you pick up that ballot to vote – you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation. Over the next few years, big decisions will be made in Washington, on jobs and the economy; taxes and deficits; energy and education; war and peace – decisions that will have a huge impact on our lives and our children's lives for decades to come.

"On every issue, the choice you face won't be just between two candidates or two parties.

"It will be a choice between two different paths for America.

"A choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future.

"I won't pretend the path I'm offering is quick or easy. I never have. You didn't elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth. And the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades. It will require common effort, shared responsibility, and the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one. And by the way – those of us who carry on his party's legacy should remember that not every problem can be remedied with another government program or dictate from Washington.

"But 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'm asking you to rally around a set of goals for your country – goals in manufacturing, energy, education, national security, and the deficit; a real, achievable plan that will lead to new jobs, more opportunity, and rebuild this economy on a stronger foundation. That's what we can do in the next four years, and that's why I'm running for a second term as President of the United States."

In his speech, Obama will set a series of goals on jobs, energy and the deficit. Here is what the campaign says Obama will lay out in his speech:

Manufacturing
-Create one million new manufacturing jobs by the end of 2016
-Double exports by the end of 2014

Energy
-Cut net oil imports in half by 2020
-Support 600,000 natural gas jobs by the end of the decade

Education
-Cut the growth of college tuition in half over the next 10 years
-Recruit 100,000 math and science teachers over the next 10 years
-Train two million workers for real jobs at community colleges

National Security
-Invest in the economy with the money we’re no longer spending on war

Deficit
-Reduce the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next decade

soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. karina

    I would never THINK of voting for a party that had its priority to unseat the POTUS rather than tend to the needs of the country's population. Anyone who votes for them is ret*rded. They made it pretty clear they do not have my interest in mind.

    September 6, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  2. cosmo

    Cut net oil imports in half by 2020....That wont happen when you wont let anyone drill where the oil is. And Jobs..Yeah if there is some to come they will be minimum wage like the rest he did. Lets dont forget noone will work with Obama to get anything done anyway. So dont waist your vote.

    September 6, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. Pete

    Please Pres.Obama,speak clearly so these idiots don't twist it around,they'll try doing it anyway,but make it harder.Republicans can't keep a straight face lying,they say they're patriotic but say otherwise.Wait till the debates,it'll be fun with you against their multiple choice candidate Romney and his Ayn Rand diciple Ryan,their prize winning alter boy,was he the priests pet,I bet he was,they say he's cute!!

    September 6, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  4. NOON

    Obama can talk whatever he wants but I would not vote for the one does not do his job, put the country in poverty, betray our allied friends, and retard our economic.

    September 6, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  5. RudyG

    CNN says Obama has a daunting task before him. Well, if things were good it wouldn't be daunting!

    September 6, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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