FROM THE 2004 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION
NEW YORK • AUGUST 30, 2004
On behalf of the Bush-Cheney campaign, I'm
grateful for your enthusiastic welcome to New York provided
by the great mayor of New York, Mike Bloomberg.
The mayor is rightly proud of his city. The resurgence in
New York over the last 10 years and its amazing strength
after September 11th confirm that there is a spectacular
energy to this city that makes it one of the most exciting
places on earth. This is a hopeful town. For decades it was
the first place people saw as they journeyed to America.
Throughout American history it has attracted people who
want to pursue their dreams. And at the beginning of the
21st century, it has inspired every American. There is no
better place to celebrate President Bush's leadership and
present his vision for the future than here in New York.
In this city George W. Bush confronted one of the greatest
tests of leadership ever to face a president. In this city
America finally awoke to the realities of a world at war.
In this city, vibrant and better than ever, we find confirmation
that America, though bruised, can never be shattered.
Led by President Bush and Vice President Cheney, Americans
have moved our economy from recession to expansion.
Today, more people are working. More people than ever are
homeowners. Schools are focused on success, and children
are learning. America's charities and faith-based groups
are getting support from the federal government to expand
their compassionate works. More Americans are volunteering
to help their neighbors. We are leading the world to fight
to eradicate disease and hunger. And we are confronting the
forces of terrorism and tyranny, to make our own nation safer
and bring peace to people across the globe.
Accomplishing the goals we laid out for our party, for our
president, and for our nation required new thinking. Republicans
and President Bush have brought needed reform and welcome
change to Washington. Our president has proven his ability
to adapt to changing times while holding true to his basic
beliefs in freedom, opportunity and compassion.
Under President Bush, we have a safer, more hopeful America.
We meet here to applaud the accomplishments and re-affirm
our support for one of the greatest leaders our nation has
ever known. (Applause.) On behalf of the Bush-Cheney campaign,
welcome to New York! (Applause.)
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