Change We Can Believe In
Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America
Published Sept. 9, 2008
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This book details Obama's presidential platform.
The platform is organized by Obama's campaign, with a personal foreword by Barack Obama.
The book includes seven of Obama's key speeches, which we excerpt below. They are:
|Declaration of Candidacy||2/10/07, Springfield IL|
|Iowa Caucus Night||1/3/08, Des Moines IA|
|N.H. Primary Night||1/8/08, Nashua NH|
|A More Perfect Union (address on race)||3/18/08, Philadelphia PA|
|Father's Day||6/15/08, Chicago IL|
|Renewing American Competitiveness||6/16/08, Flint MI|
|A World That Stands As One||7/24/08, Berlin, Germany|
We'll use this opportunity to analyze the McCain-Obama race.
McCain comes into the election with three strikes against him:
- A bad economy favors Obama because McCain has little economic background, and economic issues traditionally favor the Democrat.
With the ongoing financial crisis, the economy will certainly be high on voters' agendas on Election Day.
McCain took a shot at raising his profile on this issue, by "suspending" his campaign for an economic vote, but that tactic did not play too well.
- Bad news from Iraq favors Obama because McCain has invested so much in the success of the surge.
Obama gains by focusing on his "judgment" early against the war, if Iraq is discussed at all.
If there's GOOD news from Iraq, that DOES help McCain, but BAD news typically gets more headlines.
And the ongoing expense of the Iraq war, at $10 billion per month, clearly ties the Republicans' and McCain's Iraq stance to our economic woes.
- McCain is hurt further on both of these issues by being tied to Pres. Bush.
McCain has made strides in distancing himself from Bush, but he worked WITH Bush on the economic crisis, and AGREES with Bush on the surge.
Distancing himself on other issues is challenging, since those two issues so dominate the news.
With three strikes against him -- and BIG strikes -- McCain has his work cut out for him.
McCain's slide in the polls reflects that challenge.
All Obama has to do is carry on looking presidential, without any serious gaffes, and the election is his.
-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@Massscorecard.org, Oct. 2008
Click here for 41 full quotes from Barack Obama in the book Change We Can Believe In, by Barack Obama.
OR click on an issue category below for a subset.
Budget & Economy|
Clinton left behind a surplus; Bush squandered it.
Legalized discrimination meant blacks could not amass wealth.
Reformed death penalty by listening & compromising.
We need more cops; but we also need more families.
To compete, students need at least H.S. & college degree.
We need real commitment to education; instead we got NCLB.
$10 billion to guarantee early childhood education for all.
Pay for college education for those who commit to teaching.
Energy & Oil|
Harness homegrown, alternative fuels like ethanol.
$150B over 10 years to establish a green energy sector.
All nations must act to reduce carbon emissions.
Families & Children|
Admit that too many fathers are missing from too many homes.
I know what it means to have an absent father.
Reward fathers who pay child support with larger EITC.
In Berlin: proud citizen of US; fellow citizen of the world.
Dangers of intertwined world can’t be contained in borders.
Cooperation among nations is not a choice; it’s the only way.
In Cold War, we won hearts & minds; now do same to world.
Impossible to turn back globalization; we’d be worse off.
Don’t let trade policy be dictated by special interests.
Global trade is unsustainable if it favors only the few.
Use technology to shine a light on spending.
Universal health care by of first term.
Wrote law to secure & destroy world’s deadliest weapons.
$4,000 tuition tax credit in exchange for community service.
Seek the peace of a world without nuclear weapons.
Principles & Values|
Moved to Illinois as community organizer, for $13,000 a year.
I’ve been in DC long enough to know that it must change.
End politics of division; make it about addition.
Hope is the bedrock of this nation.
We are choosing hope over fear.
In no other country is my story even possible.
This candidacy is not just an exercise in affirmative action.
We’ve never really worked through complexities of race.
Working together we can move beyond some old racial wounds.
This union may never be perfect, but can always be perfected.
Middle class tax cut helps offset rising cost of gas & food.
Broadband in heart of inner cities and rural towns.
Double basic research funding; make the R&D tax permanent.
National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank: $60B in 10 years.
Welfare & Poverty|
Welfare policies contributed to erosion of black families.
The above quotations are from Change We Can Believe In
Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America
Published Sept. 9, 2008.