Excerpts: Kerry to extol Obama foreign policy record at DNC
September 6th, 2012
05:41 PM ET
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Excerpts: Kerry to extol Obama foreign policy record at DNC

(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.

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Bill in CA.

    I guess if apologizing is good foreign policy, then yes, he can "extol" it...

    September 6, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    So here's the choice in 2012: Mitt Romney – out of touch at home, out of his depth abroad, and out of the mainstream?

    That about says it all. The man and his sidekick will get us all KILLED and republicans will still blame it on Obama.

    I'm still a fan of your John Kerry and I'm looking forward to hearing yet another intelligent and invigorating speech coming from the DNC.

    September 6, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "I guess if apologizing is good foreign policy, then yes, he can "extol" it..."

    Yeah, I'm sure bin Laden appreciated the apology and all the Al Qaeda leadership with drone rockets firmly lodged in their backsides are graciously accepting the apologies too. Qadaffi, however, is being a littel recalcitrant and won't accept the apologies....always was an ornery one, he was.

    September 6, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. Silence DoGood

    How is killing people in Libya to protect OIL, bombing villages with drones, and keeping Gitmo and torture alive supposed to be good policy?

    Hint – hoping for electing Obama did NOT poll well in poorer countries. They worry they are next.

    Vote Green Party to end US violence abroad.

    September 6, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    John, listen, GOP guys have no Foreign policy. Their only policy is Iran War. I was in Europe three weeks ago. I ran into a German guy on the plane from Rome to Munich, he clearly told entire Europe likes Obama foreign policy. Ok.

    September 6, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. the Situation

    Imagine how this world would of been different if it wasn't for those Swift Boats Ads and Bin Laden sending his message the day prior to the 2004 Election. Bush, Cheney and Rove played on 51% of Americans fears and lack of intelligence. Kerry could of been just finishing his 2nd and final term. What might of been. Oh Well!

    September 6, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  7. 1twinsfan

    Apologizing Obama is a myth. I'm sure the only apology Obama told Osama was is that he was sorry –sorry he didn't locate him sooner.

    My son is about to enlist in the Air Force. I certainly don't want Romney as POTUS.

    September 6, 2012 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  8. Pete

    Romney not only has no foriegn policy experience but he'd get us in hot water with our allies as well.And you people here,the politically inept,ignorent republicans want a Commander in Chief that would not only create war but send your kids off to battle and that he himself a draftdodger hiding in France so he wouldn't go to Vietnam,patriotic ha.His five sons not enlisting either ,how nice of those wealthy white boys that hide behind their father the Mormon leper!!Is that what you want,a man thats only a shadow of a real man and claims he's patriotic having not only never enlisted,but ran from war himself,Mormon my butt,then he should go where his Swiss accounts are,maybe they'll like him more than his money!!

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