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So many great friends in this room and across Illinois.
What a night thank you -- -- -- and I.
And of course I'd like to congratulate my fellow candidates on a hard fought contest here.
I'd like to thank in particular the volunteers.
And our friends across the state and frankly in other states who've been working hard.
I appreciate their unwavering support through good times and bad.
And tonight we thank the people of Illinois for their vote and for this extraordinary victory -- And you know elections are about choices.
And today hundreds of thousands.
Of people in Illinois have joined millions of people across the country.
To join our cause.
And this move it began on a small farm in New Hampshire.
On a -- -- today we're surrounded by a small group of our friends and some supporters and family.
We we share to convictions.
That the America we loved was in trouble -- adrift without strong leadership.
And three years of Barack Obama have brought us fewer jobs.
And shrinking paychecks.
But many of us believe we were in danger of losing something even more than the value of our homes and our 401 case.
Of too many apologies.
And not enough jobs.
Historic drops and in -- in historic highs and gas prices.
A president who doesn't hasn't hesitate to use all the means necessary to force to obamacare on the American public.
But -- from behind in the world.
It's time to say these words this word enough.
-- We know our futures brighter than these troubled times.
We still believe in America.
And we deserve a president who believes in us and I believe in the American people.
You know -- yesterday I was giving a speech at the University of Chicago.
-- Very far from here.
Not very far from where professor Barack Obama taught law.
It was a speech on economic freedom.
And as I was right in the speech.
I thought in my lifetime of experiences.
I've had a lot of opportunity to learn about the unique genius.
Of America's free enterprise system started the course with by my dad.
He did you graduate from college and he would tell me about his dad.
Who was a contractor and you know about construction up and down years he he never quite made it but he never gave up and raise great kids.
I upstart companies.
And those began with just an idea and somehow that they made it through the difficult different different times and and were able to create a good return for investors and thousands of jobs.
And those jobs help families buy their first homes those jobs put kids through school.
Those jobs help people live better lives dream a little bigger.
For 25 years.
I live and breathe in business in the economy and jobs.
I had successes.
But each step of the way I am a little bit more about what it is that makes our American system.
You can't learn that teaching constitutional law at -- to Chicago.
You can't even learn that as a community organizer.
This simple process and that this president doesn't understand the genius.
Of America's economy.
Or the secret.
Of the American economic success story.
The American economy.
Is fueled by freedom.
They history of the world has shown that economic freedom is the only force that has consistently.
Lifted people lot of poverty.
Is the only principle that has ever been able to sustain prosperity.
But over the last three years this administration has been engaged in an all out assault on our freedom.
Under this president bureaucrats.
Prevent drilling rigs are going to work in the gulf they have they keep coal from being mind.
They impede the reliable supply of natural gas they even tell farmers what their kids are able to do on their farms.
This administration's assault -- freedom.
Has kept this so called recovery.
For meeting their projections let -- our expectations.
And now by the way the president's trying to -- his record with some new rhetoric.
The other day he said this he said we are inventors.
We -- builders.
We're makers of things.
Where Thomas Edison where the Wright Brothers.
Where Bill Gates.
We're still jobs.
-- -- that -- Steve Jobs.
But the problem is.
He's still Barack Obama.
And you see under Barack Obama those pioneers he mentioned.
Would have faced a very difficult time trying to innovate and vent and invest and create -- jobs.
You see under Dodd-Frank they would have found it almost impossible to get a loan from their community bank.
And of course -- the regulators -- to shut down the Wright Brothers -- dust pollution.
You know -- And -- of course the government would have banned Thomas Edison's -- -- All by the way they just did deny Iraq.
And -- you know.
That the real costs.
Of these misguided policies these attacks and economic for freedom this intrusion of the government into our freedom.
This that the cost of that are the ideas.
They're not pursued.
And the dreams that are realized and therefore all the little business is it -- -- started.
And the tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands of workers who don't get hired.
For centuries the American dream has -- the opportunity to build something to.
Some of America's greatest success stories are part are people who started out with nothing but a good idea.
And a corner -- garage.
But too often today Americans who want to start a business -- launch a new venture they don't -- promise and opportunity.
Basic government standing in the way and I'm gonna change that pretty good.
We once built an interstate highway system and the Hoover Dam.
Now it -- to build a pipeline.
What we want to let the world the manufacturing.
They would be the world and losses.
Why don't we replace a law professor with the conservative businessman as president that's gonna add.
I think you know this every great innovation.
Every world changing business breakthrough.
-- with a dream.
And nothing is more fragile than a dream.
The genius of America is that we nurture those dreams and the dreamers.
We honor them and yes we reward them.
That's part of -- uniquely brilliant about America.
But day by day job killing regulation -- job killing regulation.
Bureaucrat by -- this president is crushing the dream and the dreamers and I will make sure that finally -- Okay.
The -- of the president's failure.
Is seeing how tepid this economy this economic recovery is.
I mean this administration thinks that the economy struggling because the stimulus wasn't large enough.
The truth is the economy is struggling because the government is -- -- it.
-- You and I know something the president still has -- Even after three years and -- hundreds of billions of dollars of spending and borrowing it is not the government that creates our prosperity.
The prosperity of America is the product of free markets and free people and they must be protected and.
-- So tonight was a primary but November.
Is -- -- general election.
And we're gonna face a defining decision as -- people.
Our choice will not be about partying.
Or even personality.
This election will be about principle.
Our economic freedom.
Will be on the ballot.
I'm offering a real choice.
And a new beginning.
I'm running for president.
Because I have the experience.
And the vision to get us out of this mess.
We we don't.
We know what Barack Obama's vision is we've been living -- these last three years.
My my vision is very very very different than what is this.
You see -- -- I see an America where the prospects for our children will be better than even those that we've enjoyed during our lives.
Where where the pursuit of success by all of us will unite us not divide us.
What what -- government finally understands.
I -- -- -- well well finally have a government that that understands it's better for more people to pay less in taxes than for a very you to pay a lot more.
I see America -- the values we pass onto our children are greater than the debts we leave them.
I see -- America.
Where poverty is defeated by an opportunity.
Not enabled by a government check.
I see in America America.
That is humbled.
Excuse me I see in America that is humble.
But it is never humbled.
But is never led.
I see an America that is so unquestionably strong that no one in the world would ever think of testing the might of our military.
Today we took an important step towards that America.
Tomorrow we'll take another.
Each day we move closer not just to victory.
But to a better America.
Join us join us.
We're going to ensure.
That America's greatest days are still ahead.
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