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

    Yeah, it's a choice between a man who was never proud of his country until he ran for president, who never ran a business, a city or a state, who spent more money in four year than every other president in American history, whose ideas of creating jobs involves spending billions bailing out wallstreet, who think you can't succeed if you are smart or hardworking, whose idea of equality involves making everyone equally mediocre ... no you know what, I don't care. The Republicans could run an actual elephant and it would be a better president than this clown.

    September 6, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  2. truth

    The GOP have stated their goals and their followers are not paying attention. Your leaders put aside the well being of the country to block obama and make him a one term president. In spite of that the economy is improving. I should know. I own a business and it took a 40% set back in 2007/2008, stayed in that dismal place for most of 2009. My business began to rebound in 2010 and get back to the 2007 levels by 2011. This year we are 35% ABOVE our peak in 2007. It has not been easy but its working. Bush and his horrid tax policies have killed this country, not obama. Every time I see or hear a fervent romney/ryan supporter I cringe at their blatant bigotry and ignorance. The only party to consistently add jobs to america has been the democratic party.

    Ya'll are crazy. The country is getting better. Stop watching fox news. Stop watching CNN and MSNBC. Just stop listening to corporations. They are only here to subjugate you.

    September 6, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    edouard
    ... Republican tax cuts cannot be paid for from the backs of the common American.
    ____________________________________________________________________________________
    But edouard, common Americans are the ones getting the Republican tax cuts. But not with Obama. Expect middle class taxes to go up in a second Obama Administration. "Pay your fair share" so they can keep spending.

    September 6, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. Eli Cabelly

    This is an actual way to continue out of the recession caused by Bush's and Ryan's and Romney's economic policies. It's time to move forward.

    September 6, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. Norma Williams

    The Great Depression took most of FDR's 2 presidential terms to pull us through. World War II and the post-War era helped in jump-starting our economy even more. So I at least knew that it would not take four years to recover from the near depression we nearly suffered in 2008. Maybe I'm the ONLY senisble American who knew it. I'm willing to give Obama another 4 years to continue what he started and move us FORWARD in this 21st century, NOT BACKWARD towwards a past that we as a nation cannot relive again. I'd rather stand for democracy, not fascism that Romney/Ryan and the traitorous GOP/TP offer this country in a sugar-coated pack of mendacity and outright LIES! My gut screamed when George W ran for office and my instincts about him were right; he was the worst thing for our country, and his 8 years in office provied me right. My gut screams even louder now when I look at Romney and that cold woman of his, when I look at Paul Ryan and the rest of the Fascist GOP/TP. As for Jeff here and the others, maybe you like living in a Fascist, Apartheid, Jim Crowe state but I for one DON'T. OBAMA 2012 because our very democracy, our very future depends upon it!

    September 6, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. NHfan

    Thank you, President, for rescuing the country from a fiscal cliff. We cannot afford to take a U-turn at this critical moment.
    It will be many many more years before we can undo the terrible damages done by Bush years. Tonight will be another spectacular one at the DNC!

    September 6, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  7. Anthony

    ???? "Double exports by 2014" The man has lost it. This is absolutely impossible with our cost structure. The ROW cannot afford our products. I would agree with 2018 maybe but not within 2 years.

    September 6, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  8. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Four and The Door
    I do like what I read here from Obama's speech. Americans are through with government economic experiments and waiting years for economic recovery. Enough is enough. Let's go with proven economics executed by people who know what they are doing, with the right experience and a successful track record. Romney/ Ryan 2012.◄

    Your statement sounds good Four but what makes you think Romney/Ryan is capable of building the house until it is finished?? I mean, President Obama already laid down the foundation – a steady growth foundation – And all that is left is building the house. Thanks but NO THANKS to Romney/Ryan; they do not speak the majority of the country’s language nor do they represent DIVERSE America.

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    September 6, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  9. the Situation

    Four and The Door

    I do like what I read here from Obama's speech. Americans are through with government economic experiments and waiting years for economic recovery. Enough is enough. Let's go with proven economics executed by people who know what they are doing, with the right experience and a successful track record. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    September 6, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |

    Only thing Ryan know how to do is obstruct the business of the American people by not voting for anything this president tried to forward because of their greed and lust for power. He doesn't want to talk about the bailout money he took for his home town. Yeah, you forgot about that right like the other lies he stated last Wednesday.

    They, the Neocons want to raise the budget on defense???? For what? Yeah that same tune that Dubya stated 12 years ago in Philly, " Building the Military back to it's glory"! How many trillions of dollars was the American people on the hook for 2 wars that Bush & Cheney lied about? Romney is a wimp and will be run by the far right of the party that wants military action when ever they see fit, raise taxes on the middle class while cutting social programs.

    Ryan has no track record sir, he wants to cry out, "WE BUILT IT"? I say "BUILT WANT"? The only thing he built his the state of America ecomonics prior to 2008. You really think that the financial meltdown of 2008 just started that fall? Hell no, it was slow happening with the 250k jobs the country was losing in the final 2 years for the Bush Admininstration. That was on the heels of a Republican White House, Senate and Congress, yes, Congress that Paul Ryan voted with the Bush Administration on almost everything and anything. So yeah WE BUILT IT, the majority of the debt, 2 wars and the financial meltdown. Yeah, Paul that's what you and the Neocons built.

    September 6, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  10. @getmecash

    Wilson Plowman – You could not have said this any better i WISH more AMERICANS would WAKE UP!!!

    September 6, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    Andy L
    ... The Republicans could run an actual elephant and it would be a better president than this clown.
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    Great post, Andy L. ( Obama/ Biden gets beat by Babar/ Horton 2012 )

    September 6, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  12. Lizzie

    But Anthony, HOPE and CHANGE, have you not been listening.

    September 6, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  13. An Independent Speaks

    Obama and his "progressive" liberal pals have blinded you with their BS, and that's what it is. Progressive liberalism is NOT progress or "moving forward". Big, central govt only reduces your choices and your freedoms while it stifles economic growth. You have the results of progressive liberalism right in front of you – a $16T national debt, poverty not seen since the 1950s, a failed healthcare system in which 30% of the dollars are wasted, a shrunken middle class and over 15% unemployment. Many new college grads can only find work in fast food or retail. That's progressive liberalism. We need to resume our free-market principles and economy in which govt gets out of the way and stops spending money it doesn't have. By the way, this is the course of action that made America great in the first place.

    September 6, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  14. Lizzie

    Norma Williams, after WWII we where the only country in the world that could supply the rest of the world with the products needed, not now, they are supplying US.

    September 6, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  15. the Situation

    Oh Yeah, did i forget that Ryan voted against provide additional support for victims families from 9/11 and all the 1st responder. This guy is a tool!

    September 6, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. kayla

    nobody want s twelve years of bush with robme/gremlin

    September 6, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  17. Lynn

    Maybe some of you "clowns" thinks this is funny. This is DEAD serious. Pres Obama, after his first election, was awarded the Nobel "Peace" Prize – everyone mocked this because he hadn't "done anything" yet. The world was sending the US a CLEAR message that they were thrilled that peace might actually be negotiated with Pres Obama. NO MORE guns blazing and sabre rattling. This is a civilized country with REAL problems created by the colossal screw ups of George W. Bush. Romney knows NOTHING about foreign policy. Your hatred of Pres Obama, to the detriment of this great country, is disgusting, and I am proud that Democrats are "standing up and growing a backbone" because we're willing to work TOGETHER. Everyone needs to stand behind our president to get us back on track. If you don't want to, move, but you're not going to stand in our way anymore!!!!!!!

    September 6, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  18. the Situation

    Andy L

    Yeah, it's a choice between a man who was never proud of his country until he ran for president, who never ran a business, a city or a state, who spent more money in four year than every other president in American history, whose ideas of creating jobs involves spending billions bailing out wallstreet, who think you can't succeed if you are smart or hardworking, whose idea of equality involves making everyone equally mediocre ... no you know what, I don't care. The Republicans could run an actual elephant and it would be a better president than this clown.

    September 6, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |

    Yeah, too bad you had an idiot that lied his way to the White House using his Dad's and Uncle Ronnie Court and his Brother state to steal an election. He and his Neocon buddies ran thru Clinton's 5 Trillion Dollars Surplus like Kim K runs thru men!

    September 6, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  19. lcurtis45

    The President will spend most of a lengthy speech tonight trying to make the undecided voters believe that in his next term he will be more like Bill Clinton. However, I do not believe that Obama is capable of Clinton's consensus building. The arrogant way the Healthcare Act was foisted upon even the Democrats who supported him in his election made building a coalition in congress. Ask Senators Grassley and Baucus. They understand how to get job done but even their leadership is thwarted by Obama's Whitehouse. If America wants to further experiment with America's future by reelecting this failed leader then I fear for the destiny of our nation. I am sure most Democrats today secretly wish Hillary had won 4 years ago.

    September 6, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  20. Christina Galindo

    God forgives the ignorants but not stubborns !!!! stubborns always think they are right and look others for being
    foolish...get straight and accept that this party cannot handle this tumultuos economy ~~

    September 6, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  21. pkrbkr

    wilson, you are sooooo right! How could we possibly vote for people who lie, lie, lie.....won't show tax returns, have no respect for women, will get us back into war (didn't even mention Afghanistan in speech), want to limit government EXCEPT in our bedrooms......I could go on and on! We ARE our brother's keeper.....not our brother's stock broker so he can send money overseas!

    September 6, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  22. SugarKube

    Who cares? He only lies and writhes in self indulgence and then trashes anyone who has any different ideas than his socialistic ideas.

    September 6, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  23. four more

    Everyone seems to regard Obamacare as an evil act. How arrogant of him to try to provide affordable care to everyone in this country?

    September 6, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  24. Joe from Virginia

    "Bold experimentation" on an economy that still hasn't truly recovered sounds like a horrible idea. The Keynesian stimulus measures by the Fed and the Bush & Obama Administrations made sense back in 2008 and 2009 when they were trying to stabilize the economy. These policies are not a path forward for growth. Eventually the supports have to be removed and the economy will have to be able to grow on its own – without depending on asset bubbles as we saw in the housing market [a good deal of it caused by scandalously loose monetary policy from 2001-2005 and perverse incentives in federal housing policy].

    To facilitate economic growth, we need a more stable and certain fiscal & monetary policy, a more certain & streamlined regulatory environment, and some serious fiscal restructuring [per Bowles-Simpson, perhaps] going forward. More crony capitalism, more stimulus, a more rigid regulatory structure, and a President hostile to commerce will only extend our economic stagnation. We can get out of this slump - but only if the federal government and the fed wise up.

    September 6, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  25. Ann

    clueless face...

    September 6, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
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