Transcript for John Kerry Full Speech at DNC
Thank you. Thank you. In this. In this campaign we have a fundamental choice. Will we protect our country. And our allies advance our interest in our -- Do battle where we must. And make peace where -- can. Well where we Entrust our place in the world to someone -- just hasn't learned the lessons of the last decade. We've all learned. Mitt Romney doesn't know much about foreign policy. But he has all these neo con advisors. Who know all the wrong things about foreign policy. He would rely on them. After all he's the great outsource -- But I say you know this. Is not the time to outsource the job of commander in chief. -- Arab movements. Our opponents like to talk about American exceptional -- but all they do is talk. They forget that we are exceptional. Not because we say we are. But because we do exceptional things. We break out of the Great Depression win two world wars save lives fighting aids pulled people out of poverty defend freedom. Go to the moon and produce exceptional people who we even give their lives first civil rights and for human rights. Despite. And despite. And despite what you heard in Tampa. And exceptional country. Does care about the rise of the oceans and the future of the planet. That. That bears -- responsibility. That is our responsibility. From those scriptures. And that too is our responsibility. Of the leader of the free world. 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. An exceptional nation. Demands. Exceptional leadership. It demands the leadership of an exceptional president and my fellow Americans that president is Barack Obama. -- -- Giants manager the disaster. And disarray that he inherited. A war of choice in Iraq -- become a war without end. And a war of necessity in Afghanistan had become award 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 marching towards a nuclear weapon unchecked. And Osama bin Laden was still plotting. It took President Obama to make America -- lead like America again. It -- President Obama. To restore our moral authority. It -- pres Obama the ban torture the president understands. That our values. Don't limit our power they magnify it. He showed that global leadership is a strategic imperative. For America not a favored that we -- -- countries. And President Obama. Kept his promises. He promised to end the war in Iraq and he hands and our heroes have come home. He promised. And the war in Afghanistan. Responsibly. And he news and our heroes are coming home. He promised to focus like a laser on outside. And he has and our forces. Have eliminated more of its leadership in the last three years. Then and all the eight years that came before. And after more. Then after more than ten years without justice. For thousands of Americans murdered on 9/11. After Mitt Romney said it would be naive to go into Pakistan to pursue the terrorists it put President Obama. Against the advice of many. Dick -- that order. And finally -- this earth of Osama bin Laden. And ask Osama bin Laden. If he is better off now than it was four years ago. -- -- -- Barack Obama promised goal is to stand -- Israel. To tighten sanctions on Iran. And take nothing off the table again and again the other side has lied about where there's president stands and what this president has done. But prime minister -- not Yahoo! set the record straight. He said our two countries have exactly the same policy. Our security cooperation. Is unprecedented. And when it comes to Israel of my friends. I'll take the word of Israel's prime minister over Mitt Romney. Any day. President Obama promised to work -- 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 against that. He refuse to accept. The false choice. Between force without diplomacy -- diplomacy without force. When a brutal dictator. Comments to hunt down and kill his own people like rats. President Obama enlisted our allies built the coalition shared the burden so that today without a single American casualty. Moammar Qaddafi is gone and the people of Libya are free. So. On one side. So 115. Of this campaign. We have a president. Who has made America -- -- like America again. And what is there on the other side. And extreme and expedient candidate who lacks the judgment -- the vision so vital to the Oval Office. The most inexperienced. Foreign policy to -- the run for president and vice president in decades. -- -- It isn't it isn't fair. This isn't fair to say that Mitt Romney doesn't have a position on Afghanistan he has every position. He was against. He was against setting a date for withdrawal. -- he said it was right. And then he left the impression that maybe it was wrong to leave as soon he said it was tragic to leave Iraq. And then he said it was fine. He said we should've intervened in Libya sooner but he ran down a hallway to run away from that reporters are asking questions that he said. The intervention in the -- president and that he said -- world was a better place because the intervention. Succeeded. Talk about being forever before you were against -- -- -- the -- and they. -- -- Mr. -- -- here's a little advice. Before you debate Barack Obama on foreign policy. You better finish the debate -- yourself. -- President Mitt Romney. President. President. Mitt Romney. Very hypothetical words that mystified and alienated our allies this summer. For Mitt Romney and overseas trip -- what you call it when you trip all over yourself overseas. Now. It wasn't. There wasn't a good will mission it was a blooper -- But. But. But -- Romney Ryan foreign policy would be anything but funny. Every president of both parties for sixty years has worked for nuclear arms control but not Mitt Romney. Republican secretaries of state from Kissinger baker Powell to rice President Bush. 71 United States senators all supported president Obama's new start -- but not Mitt Romney. He's even blurted out the preposterous. Notion. That Russia is our number one political geopolitical follow float Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from Alaska. Net Mitt Romney talks like he's only -- in Russia by watching rocky horror. -- Okay. -- So here's the tourists. Here's the choice in 2012. Minute. Out of touch at home out of his depth abroad and out of the mainstream. Or Barack Obama. A president who is giving new life the truth to America's indispensable role in the world. The commander in chief who gives our troops the tools and training they need -- war. The honor and help they have earned when they come home. A man. A man. A man who will never ask other men and women defied -- war. Without a plan to win the peace. -- let me say. Let me say something else. Let me say something else. -- -- nominee for president. Should ever fail in the midst of a war. To pay tribute to our troops overseas and his acceptance speech. Mitt Romney -- Mitt -- that he was talking about America. Today are on the front lines every day and defending America and they -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Some of us some of us from a prior war. Remember coming home was not always easy. President Obama has made it his mission. That we welcome our troops home with care and concern and the respect they deserve. That is -- an exceptional nation says thank you to its most exceptional men and women. Mitt Romney. Says he believes in America. And that he will restore American except journalism. I have news for him. We already have an exceptional American as president and we believe -- Barack Obama. -- -- and god bless America.
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