Sen. Tom Cotton: 'Help Is on the Way'

U.S. Army veteran and Arkansas senator speaks about strengthening the military at the Republican National Convention.
7:00 | 07/19/16

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For eight years. We've seen what happens when America leads from behind. Leading from behind. That's not what the army taught me. And everyone. Who agrees that America ought to leave the way. I have a message to deliver and let me say it loud and clear help is on I'll go away. Let me. Let me tell you a story. About an Arkansas farm boy who became a soldier. When America was at war. He was away at school. And yet in a comfortable. Professional job exempt from service. But he sacrifice that comfort. Against the wishes of his family against the wishes of his father. Who himself served. He volunteered for the army. He became an infantryman. That farm boy. Was my dad Lynn cotton. He went to Vietnam in 1969. 35 or 35 years later. Because of 9/11 but. I did the same. I'd. Okay the in. Against the wishes of my family. I gave up my legal career. And I volunteered for the army. And I became an instrument. And I went to Iraq and Afghanistan. My dad said he felt like god was punishing him for what he did to his dad. But the god was punishing them god had called us to serve. Just as he also mean a view to serve as well. My family is an extraordinary. In fact act revered ordinary. From the farms of Arkansas the fire stations in New York so many families could tell the same story. The Dixon this country is always family affair and the Stanley shoulder more than their share of the task. We don't fight because we. We hate our enemies but because we love our country. We love. It's freedom and we love that we have as Americans are born equal and live free and that no one can boss us around her role us without our consent. We know we know these things are worth fighting for and dying for because they make life worth living form. Our warriors and their families don't ask for much we're blessed to serve in we're grateful for the generosity of our fellow citizens. But there are a few things. We'd like. We'd like commander in chief who speaks at winning wars and not merely ending wars. I. We'd like. Commander in chief who calls the enemy by kids man. A commander in chief who draws red lines cautiously. But it forces them ruthlessly. Yeah. It and it would be nice to have a and we'd like politician to trade our common that the ads as the chief responsibility of the federal government. Not just another government program. This. This isn't much to ask him. But eight years without it is more than enough and another four years is unthinkable. So. So let me. What the last Republican vice president about the consequences of the last time the Clinton was in the White House and let me say again. This time directly to our troops in a Trot Nixon administration and where they Republican congress kelp is all I'm go away. Now believe me. Believe me. No man wants Moore war. If he seen the face of war. I planned memorial services for cult following comrades in the mountains of Afghanistan. I've carried their flag draped caskets off a plane. I've buried and at Arlington national cemetery. But the wisdom of the ages affirms the council of our first president. To be prepared for war. Is one of the most of natural means of preserving peace. The purpose of our common defense after all is to protect the American people and preserve our independence so that we can enjoy it. The blessings of peace. Faith. Freedom. Family prosperity. My father and his father were willing to fight so that their children. And grandchildren. Might live in peace. Sadly. That wasn't to be. But my generation. Is fighting. Has thought. And will fight. So that our children. My infant son Gabriel. And the Christmas baby my wife and I are expecting that might one day live in peace. And for that cause. I speak tonight not only to Republicans. But to the millions of independents and Democrats who share that dream and and who wish to make America safe again. Thank you and god bless you.

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