FROM THE 2004 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION
NEW YORK • SEPTEMBER 1, 2004
I’m proud to be from Massachusetts,
where John Kerry will be the junior senator until 2008.
You see, I don’t believe Senator Kerry is the leader
our country needs.
Let me say I respect his four months under enemy fire in
Vietnam; we should honor that service as we do the service
of all our fighting men and women.
No, it’s John Kerry’s record in his nearly 40
years since Vietnam that’s the question. Study that
record; if you want someone who voted for tax hikes 98 times,
then yes, send him. If you want cuts in intelligence funding,
then yes, send him. If you think that during the great national
policy debate of the 1980’s Ronald Reagan was wrong
and Ted Kennedy was right, then by all means send in John
Kerry. Senator Kerry now tells us he has a clear position
on the war on terror.
He voted NO on Desert Storm in 1991 and YES on Desert Shield
today. Then he voted NO on troop funding, just after he had
He’s campaigned against the war all year, but says
he’d vote YES today. I don’t want Presidential
leadership that comes in 57 varieties! I want a strong President
who stands his ground.
I want George W. Bush! We need unwavering leadership. America
is under attack from almost every direction. We have been
attacked by murderous, crazed terrorists, even in this great
city. Our employers and jobs are threatened by low cost,
highly skilled labor from abroad. American values are under
attack from within.
Throughout our history, when our country needed us, Americans
have stepped forward, standing up to every challenge. We
need to step forward again today. We step forward by pursuing
our education, pushing our minds to their limits, and by
insisting that our schools are accountable for their successes
and failures. Schools must be run for the benefit of our
children, not the teacher’s unions.
We step forward by innovating and taking risk in our free
enterprises, by caring more about the quality of our work.
We step forward by insisting on Ronald Reagan’s vision
of a compassionate and fiscally conservative government that
promotes the opportunity of ownership and leaves more money
in the hands of the taxpayers. We step forward by entering
marriage before we enter parenthood.
We step forward by expressing tolerance and respect for
all God’s children, regardless of their differences
At the same time, because every child deserves a mother
and a father, we step forward by recognizing that marriage
is between a man and a woman.
We step forward by never forgetting that America is a force
for good in the world, fighting for freedom and human rights.
On this, there is no question: George W.
Bush is right and the Blame America First Crowd is wrong!
Americans will rise to every challenge we face.
I saw the character of America’s people when I ran
the Olympics in Salt Lake City. I asked speed skater Derek
Parra what had been his most memorable Olympic experience.
It was not winning the silver medal. It was not winning
the gold medal.
It was carrying the flag that had flown above the World
Trade Center on September 11 into the Opening Ceremonies.
We had expected cheers from the 60,000 person audience as
the flag entered the stadium. Instead, total silence, complete
Derek maintained his composure as the national anthem was
But then the choir surprised him by singing a reprise of
the last line: "O say does that star- spangled banner
yet wave, oe’r the land of the free and the home of
the brave?” A gust of wind lifted the flag in his hands.
Derek said it was as if it came from the countless men and
women who had paid the ultimate price for America’s
freedoms – A BREATH FROM ABOVE THAT STIRRED THE HEARTS
OF THOSE OF US BELOW, WHO WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THEM.
My friends, we will move forward – safer, stronger,
and to better days – under the courageous and compassionate
leadership of President George W. Bush and Vice President
Thank you and God Bless You.
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