Condoleezza Rice RNC Speech: Best Moments

Former secretary of state leads off with September 11th, ends with school choice.
3:00 | 08/29/12

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Transcript for Condoleezza Rice RNC Speech: Best Moments
Okay okay. Good evening good evening distinguished delegates. Good evening this fellow Republicans. Good evening at my fellow Americans. We -- here at a time of significance and challenge. This young century has been a difficult one. I can remember as if it were yesterday. When my young assistants came into my office at the White House to say. That a plane had hit the World Trade Center. And then a second plane. And then a third plane the Pentagon. And later we -- learned that a plane had crashed into a field. In Pennsylvania. Driven into the ground -- by brave souls who died so that others might live. And we have seen we have seen. That's the desire for liberty and freedom is indeed universal S men and women in the Middle East rise up to -- it. Yet the promise of the Arab Spring is in -- in uncertainty. Internal strife and hostile neighbors. Are challenging the young fragile democracy of Iraq dictators in Iran and Syria butchered their people and threaten regional security. Russia and China prevent a response and every one asks. Where does America stand. We can only know. That there is no choice because one of two things will happen if we don't leave either. No one will lead and there will be chaos. Or someone will fill the vacuum who does not share our values my fellow Americans. We do not have a choice we cannot be reluctant to lead and you cannot lead from behind. Romney and Paul Ryan understand this reality. Our well being at home and our leadership abroad are inextricably linked they know what to do. They know that our friends and allies must again that be able to trust us from Israel to Colombia from Poland to the Philippines. Are -- -- and friends have to know that we will be reliable and consistent and determined. And our phones are close. Can have no reason to doubt our resolve because -- really does come through strength. After all when the world looks to America. They look to us because we are the most successful. Economic and political experiment in human history. That is the true basis of American exceptional listen. You seat the essence of America what really unites us is not nationality. Or ethnicity. Or religion. It is an idea. And what an idea it is. That you can come from humble circumstances and you can do great things that it does not matter where you came from it matters where you are -- -- has never been a narratives. -- grievance and entitlement. We have never believed -- that I am doing poorly because you are doing well. We have never been jealous of one another and never envious of each other's successes. And it has been a constant struggle. Long and hard up and down to try to extend the benefits of the American dream to all. But that American ideals is indeed in danger today. There is no country. No not even a rising China that can do more harm to us than we can do to ourselves if we do not do the hard working. Forests here at -- And successful too because Americans have known. That one status have heard this not a permanent. Condition. Americans have believed that you might not be able to control your circumstances but you can control your response to your circumstances. Your greatest -- In controlling your response to your circumstances has been a quality education. But today. Today when I can look at your zip code and I can tell whether you're gonna get a good education cannot honestly say it doesn't matter where you came from it matters -- you're going. The crisis in K12 education. Is a threat. To the very fabric of who we are. Did parents greater choice particularly. Particularly poor parents. Whose kids very often minorities. Are trapped in failing neighborhood. Schools this is a civil rights issue. Our -- and on a personal note. A little girl grows up in Jim role Birmingham. The segregated city of the south where her parents can't take her to a movie theater or to a restaurant. But they never absolutely convinced that even if she can't have a hamburger at the Woolworth's lunch -- she could be president of the United States -- she wanted to.

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