I will now be blogging about Virginia Governor Mark Warner’s (the keynote speaker) speech:
Mark Warner just entered the stage.
“No American need be left out or left behind.”
“The global competition won’t be one with yesterdays ideas,” and something about a President who can’t lead.
Hang on – got interrupted. Stupid Alan Colmes.
Now he’s talking about getting into the cell phone industry (just like Nebraska Senator, Chuck Hagel the Great). And he only could’ve been successful like that here in America.
“It’s not where you come from that counts; it’s where you want to go.”
“Obama is running to restore that fair shot for every American. … For far too many Americans, that fair shot is becoming a long shot.”
“These threats were more severe and more threatening because of … the policies of this Administration. … The President never tapped into our greatest resource, the character and resolve of the American people.”
Now he’s saying, Bush should’ve gotten us off foreign oil after September 11th, and America would’ve supported it (and we should just get off oil almost totally). John McCain will continue the same (Warner said) – but he won’t. He said we can’t afford more of the same, but that’s not what McCain will give us.
“We have one shot to get it right, and the status quo just won’t cut it.”
Now he’s talking about American technology and American workers. On to health care. “In 4 months, we will have an administration that actually believes in science.” What the heck was that supposed to mean? Is he referring to evolution? Stem cells? What?
“If we rebuild our military [and] alliances, we can restore … America’s leadership around the world.” Well, our military doesn’t need to be rebuilt. Reformed, yes. Rebuilt, no.
“Barack Obama knows … we need leaders who see our common ground as sacred ground … who appeal to us not as Republicans or Democrats, but who appeal to us first and foremost as Americans.”
“If an idea works, it really doesn’t matter if it has a “D” or an “R” next to it. … This election is about the future verses the past.” There you go! I’m tired of partisan crap!
Talking about kids, good education. “We’re all in this together.”
Talking about his job as Governor, bad budget, bad economy, and gridlock in the legislature. Talking about working across the aisle to “make record investments” and help the economy.
Talking about Lebanon, Virginia, in the coal fields. A small town. “Seen the industry that’s sustained it downsized, outsourced, or shut down.” Some say, “Tough luck, you’ve lost.” Warner said, “We shouldn’t give up.” Talking about bringing jobs in to small towns. “Barack Obama and Joe Biden will get it done.”
Talking about Thomas Jefferson writing a letter to John Adams. Jefferson wrote, “‘I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.’ Jefferson got it right at the dawn of the 19th century, and we must get it right at the dawn of the 21st century. … The race for the future will be run when” something about ending partisanship – I couldn’t keep up with him.
“Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.”
And that’s the end of Warner’s speech.
I thought that was a great speech. I disagreed with it at points, but it was definitely a good choce to make him the keynote speaker. It was good to see him address a whole slew of issues from Iraq to health care to science. It was the speech with the most substance so far, but it got the crowd fired up too.
I’ll be doing Hillary Clinton’s speech in less than an hour.
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