Barack Obama

Barack Obama

“So, let me spell out exactly what that change would mean if I am president:

Change means a tax code that doesn’t rewards the lobbyist who wrote it, but the American workers and small businesses who deserve it. Unlike John McCain, I will stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas and I will start giving them to companies that create them in America.

I’ll eliminate capital gains taxes for the small businesses and startups that will create the high wages, high tech jobs of tomorrow.

I will, listen now, I will cut taxes, cut taxes for 95% of all working families because in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class.

And for the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as President – in ten years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East.

We will do this. Washington has been talking about our oil addiction for the last 30 years and by the way, John McCain has been there for 26 of them. And in that time, he has said “no” to higher fuel efficiency standards for cars, “no” to investment in renewable energy, “no” to renewable fuels. And today, we import triple the amount of oil that we had on the day that Sen. McCain took office. Now is the time to end this addiction and to understand that drilling is a stop-gap measure not a long term solution… not even close.

As president, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power. I’ll help our auto companies retool so that the fuel efficient cars of the future are built right here in America.

I’ll make it easier for the American people to afford these new cars. And I’ll invest $150 billion over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources in energy – wind power and solar power and the next generation of bio fuels. An investment that will lead to new industries and 5 million new jobs that pay well and cannot be outsourced.”

“If John McCain, wants to have a debate about who has the temperment and judgement to serve as the next Commander in Chief, that’s a debate I’m ready to have.”

“You know, John McCain likes to say that he’ll follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell. But he won’t even follow him to the cave where he lives!”

“The times are too serious, the stakes are too high for the same partisan playbook. So let us agree that patriotism has no party. I love this country and so do you and so does John McCain. The men and women who serve in our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and Independents but they have fought together and bled together and some died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a Red America or a Blue America, they have served the United States of America. So I’ve got news for you, John McCain. We all put our country first!”

“You understand that in this election the greatest risk we can take is to try the same old politics with the same old players and expect a different result. You have shown what history teaches us. That in defining moments like this one – the change we need doesn’t come from Washington, change comes to Washington.”