Transcript: Obama and Clinton Debate

And I will turn this economy around. We will get back to shared prosperity. And we will see, once again, that we can do this the right way so it's not just a government of the few, by the few, and for the few.

And I need your help. I need the help of the voters here in Pennsylvania, first and foremost, in order to be able to get to those conversations. And I hope that I have demonstrated not just over the last weeks or even over the last hour-and-a-half, but over a lifetime that you can count on me.

You know where I stand. You know that I will fight for you and that, together, we're going to take back our country.

GIBSON: Senator Obama?

OBAMA: Well, when we started this campaign 15 months ago, it was based on a couple of simple principles, number one, that we were in a defining moment in our history.

Our nation's at war. Our planet's in peril. Our economy is in a shambles. And, most importantly, the American people have lost trust in their government, not just Democrats, but independents and Republicans, who've been disillusioned about promises that have been made, election after election, decade after decade.

And the bet I was making was a bet on the American people, that they were tired of a politics that was about tearing each other down, but wanted a politics that was about lifting the country up, that they didn't want spin and P.R. out of their elected officials. They wanted an honest conversation.

And most importantly, I believed that change does not happen from the top down. It happens from the bottom up. And that's why we decided we weren't going to take PAC money or money from federal registered lobbyists, that we were not going to be subject to special interest influence but, instead, we're going to enlist the American people in the project of changing this country.

And during the course of these last 15 months, my bets paid off, because the American people have responded in record numbers. And not just people who are accustomed to participating, but people who haven't participated in years. I talked to a woman here in Pennsylvania, 70 years old. She whispered to me, "I've never voted before, but I'm going to vote in this election."

And so my point to the superdelegates would be that, if we're going to deliver on health care for every American, improve our schools, deliver on jobs, then it's going to be absolutely vital we form a new political coalition in this country. That's what we've been doing in this campaign, and that's what I'm going to do when I'm president of the United States of America.

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