September 4th, 2012
06:12 PM ET
10 years ago

Excerpts: Mayor Castro's remarks at Democratic National Convention

(CNN) - The Democratic National Convention released the following excerpts of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro's prepared remarks to the DNC in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday evening.

Earlier on Tuesday, Castro told CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash that his message will focus on achieving the American Dream over the course of several generations.

"My grandmother didn't live to see us begin our lives in public service.

"But she probably would've thought it extraordinary that just two generations after she arrived in San Antonio, one grandson would be the mayor and the other would be on his way – the good people of San Antonio willing-to the United States Congress!

"My family's story isn't special. What's special is the America that makes our story possible.

"Ours is a nation like no other-a place where great journeys can be made in a single matter who you are or where you come from, the path is always forward."

"Texas may be the one place where people actually still have bootstraps...and we expect folks to pull themselves up by them. But we also recognize there are some things we can't do alone.

"We have to come together and invest in opportunity today for prosperity tomorrow."

"Now, like many of you, I watched last week's Republican Convention. They told a few stories of individual success...we all celebrate individual success. But the question is, how do we multiply that success. The answer is President Barack Obama."

"Mitt Romney, quite simply, doesn't get it. A few months ago he visited a university in Ohio and gave the students there a little entrepreneurial advice.

"'Start a business,' he said. But how? 'Borrow money if you have to from your parents,' he told them. Gee - why didn't I think of that?"

"We all understand that freedom isn't free. What Romney and Ryan don't understand is that neither is opportunity. We have to invest in it.

"Republicans tell us that if the most prosperous among us do even better, that somehow the rest of us will too. Folks...we've heard that before.

"First they called it 'trickle-down.' Then 'supply side.' Now it's 'Romney/Ryan.' Or is it 'Ryan/Romney'?

"Either way, their theory has been tested. It failed. Our economy failed. The middle class paid the price. Your family paid the price. Mitt Romney just doesn't get it."

"Four years ago, America stood on the brink of a Depression. Despite incredible odds and united Republican opposition, our President took action. And now we've seen 4.5 million new jobs.

"He knows better than anyone that there's more hard work to do. But we're making progress. And now we need to make a choice. It's a choice...between a country where the middle class pays more, so that millionaires can pay less...

"Or a country where everybody pays their fair share. It's a choice between a nation that slashes funding for our schools and guts Pell grants...Or a nation that invests more in education. It's a choice between a politician who rewards companies that ship American jobs overseas...Or a leader who brings jobs back home.

"This is the choice before us. And to me, to my generation, and for all the generations that will come after us, our choice is clear. Our choice is a man who's always chosen us.

"A man who already is our President - Barack Obama."

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. PJ

    I hope he knocks it out of the ballpark. The Repubs will compare him to Rubio, fair or not. They are both
    well meaning, successful young men, and each deserves to be heard on his own merits.

    September 4, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |

    Proud of my Mayor AND my President! OBAMANOS 2012!!!

    September 4, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  3. kayla

    adelante con obama

    September 4, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  4. T'sah From Virginia

    Good luck on your speech – it sounds good and I am sure you will present it well!!! Si se puede!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!

    September 4, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. myviewis

    He's just repeating the same old stuff that all Democrats have been saying, is as if he went into a number of reports, took pieces out of each one and mounted a collage speech. Not very original or inspiring.

    September 4, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. Dave

    Ok, this has gotten pretty boring. There have been two different moments in the past 30 minutes of viewing where I really would have appreciated even just knowing who was onstage, earning sincere cheers from the conventioneers. Oh, and just now, the group of commentators BARELY finished their discourse in time for the video of President Carter. Not very polished there, CNN. It might just be nice to see a few more efforts made to actually track what's going on on the floor.

    September 4, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  7. Jane

    @myviewis: be honest, if Mayor Castro reveals the cure for cancer during his speech, you're going to find it 'not very original or inspiring", primarily because you have demonstrated fully and viciously which side you're on. Turn the tv off, read a book (apparently this would be a new experience for you).

    September 4, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  8. myviewis


    @myviewis: be honest, if Mayor Castro reveals the cure for cancer during his speech, you're going to find it 'not very original or inspiring", primarily because you have demonstrated fully and viciously which side you're on. Turn the tv off, read a book (apparently this would be a new experience for you).

    Actually, you have made a valid point, I did fail to see that Mayor Castro has more experience because of his position as a Mayor, especially of such a huge city, and he is hands-on than President Obama had when he became president. Obama was never a mayor, a city manager or governor. Castro is already ahead of Obama.

    September 4, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |