Deval Patrick's Democratic National Convention Speech

The Massachusetts governor says, "When the American dream is on the line, We want Barack Obama."
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Transcript for Deval Patrick's Democratic National Convention Speech
Welcome to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Good evening Democrats. -- -- -- Here -- go. Wow -- This is the election of a -- Because smaller than any one candidate or policy what's at stake. Is the American dream. That dream the ability. To imagine. A better way for ourselves and our families meant to reach -- that dream is central. To -- we are and what we stand for as a nation. President dream endures for another generation depends on you and me. It also depends. On who leaves us. In Massachusetts. We know Mitt Romney. By the time he left office. Massachusetts was 47. In the nation in job creation. During better economic times and household income in our state with declining. He cut education deeper than anywhere else in America. Roads and bridges were crumbling business taxes were -- -- and business confidence was down. Our clean energy potential was stall. And we had a structural budget deficit. Mitt Romney talks a lot about all the things he -- I can tell you. Massachusetts. Was not one of them. And a great salesman. But as governor. He was a lot more interested in having the job. Then doing the job. So when I came to office we set out on a different course investing. In ourselves and our future. And today Massachusetts leads the nation. -- economic competitiveness. Student achievement health care coverage life sciences and Biotech energy efficiency and veteran services. Today with the help of the Obama administration we are rebuilding our roads and bridges and expanding broadband access. Today. We're out of the deficit -- mr. Romney laughed and we've achieved the highest bond rating in our history. Today. Today winds labor at the table. We made the reforms and -- Benefit systems our schools our transportation system and -- that mr. Romney only talk to them. And today in Massachusetts. You can marry whomever you love. Much much -- did you. But -- -- on a better track because we place our faith not in trickled down fantasies and divisive rhetoric. But it are bad. And our common sense. The same choice faces the nation today. All that Republicans are -- Is that if we just shrink government cut taxes crush unions and wait. All will be well. Never mind that those of the very policies that got us into recession to begin wouldn't. Never mind. That not why not -- the governors who preach that gospel in Tampa last week has the results to show for it. But we Democrats. We -- owe America more than a strong argument for what we are against. We need to be just a strong. About what it is we are floor. The question news. The question is what do we believe. What we believe in an economy that -- opportunity out to the middle class and the disenfranchised. Not just up to the well connected. We believe. That freedom means keeping government. Outside of our most private affairs including. Out of a woman's decision whether to keep an unwanted pregnancy and everybody. -- -- -- -- Generation a better country than we found and that every American has a stake in that. We believe that in times like these we should turn to each other not -- on each other. And we believe. That government has a role to play not in solving every problem and everybody's life. But in helping people help themselves to the American dream. That's what Democrats believe. That's what Americans believe. If we want to win elections in November and keep our country moving forward. If we want to earn the privilege to lead. My message is this it's time for Democrats to grow up backbone and stand up -- why we -- You'll need. Fall. Or super pacs to tell us who the next president or senator or congressman is going to be -- Americans we shape our own future. And let's all start by standing up for president Barack Obama. The the security of -- affordable health care to every single American. Every corner of this country have been ninety years from. We'll run Osama bin Laden to justice who ended the war in -- in Iraq. I'd love of country. Okay. A live in the. The American auto industry -- makes. The American. -- -- -- Four point five million private sector jobs in the last two and a half years -- Then in George -- -- -- Years in -- Impressive and barely told. And even more impressive when you consider that congressional Republicans. Have made obstruction -- self. The centerpiece of their governing spent. With a record like that. And a vision that -- hopeful and powerful I for one will not stand by and let him be bullied out of office and need to -- -- -- -- It's real. The orchard gardens elementary school in Boston was in trouble and its record was -- its spirit was broken and his reputation was a wreck. No matter how bad things -- and other urban schools in the city people would say well at least we're not orchard gardens. Today thanks to a host of new tools many enacted with the help of the Obama administration. Orchard gardens is turning itself around. Teaching standards and accountability are higher the school day is longer -- filled with -- experiential learning are exercising music. The head of pediatric psychology from a local hospital comes to consult with faculty and parents. On the toughest personal issues in students home lives attendance is up. Thanks to a mentoring initiative. In less than a year. Orchard gardens went from number one of the worst schools in the district to one of the best in the state. The whole school communities engaged in -- So -- At the end of my visit about a year and a half ago the first grade led by a veteran teacher. Gathered to recite doctor king's I have a dream speech. And when I started to applaud the teachers did not yet governor. That she began to ask those six and seven year old's questions. What she asked -- creed didn't mean. What does nullification mean where is stone mountain. And -- the hands of those six and seven year old shot up I realize that she atop the children not just to memorize that speech. But to understand it. -- today's Republican. Today -- Republicans and their nominee for president tell us that those first graders are on their own. On their own to deal with their poverty. With ill prepared young parents may -- who speak English as a second language. Within underfunded school -- neighborhood crime and -- with no access to nutritious food and no place for their -- to -- a paycheck. With a job market that needs skills they don't have -- no way to pay for college. But those orchard gardens kids should not be left on their own those children. Our America's children true yours and -- And among them. Among them are the future scientists and entrepreneur -- teachers artists engineers laborers and civic leaders. We desperately needs. For this country to rise today must rise and -- -- and their cause must have they champion in the White House that champion isn't. Barack Obama and batons. And -- Hotel every. That's okay we want. OK you know. A.

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