Artur Davis: President cannot run on his record in 2012
Former Democratic congressman addresses GOP convention
- Duration 9:28
- Date Aug 28, 2012
Former Democratic congressman addresses GOP convention
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The gentlemen thank you.
Ladies and gentlemen thank you so much thank you.
Thank you so much for that warm welcome thank you so much.
Now some of you may know.
The last time I spoke at a convention.
It turned out I was in the wrong place.
So now bump my fellow Republicans.
Thank you both -- -- -- where.
I -- Now.
Now we got to get all of this now.
We've got to get -- to show because we have the country to turn around.
This buried by eight you nominate it.
The most experienced executive.
To seek the presidency in sixty years -- met -- name.
He has no illusions.
About what makes America great.
He doesn't confuse the presidency -- elaborate a bit.
Are locked in this but -- -- -- what paid their friends for years makes.
The Democrats negative ads.
-- convinced me the governor Romney can't sing.
But his record convinces Maine he knows how to leave it.
And I think you know we're still we -- -- -- Now home.
America as a land of second chances.
And I gather -- -- close race you have room for the estimated.
Six million of us who got it wrong in 2008 and who want to fix it.
-- -- -- Maybe we should have known that night in Denver.
-- things that began with styrofoam Greek columns and artificial smoke typically don't and well.
-- -- -- Woods stars in the -- aren't blinded us a little you thought it was the glare of some of us thought it was -- -- But.
In all seriousness.
-- you know why.
So many of us believe.
We met with our hearts and our dreams.
That we could be more inclusive than America -- -- -- And no candidate -- ever spoken so beautifully.
But dreams -- Dave Wright.
The jobless snow and I remain.
So all of the families who wonder how this administration and the -- recovery for three years and counting.
So many of those have flown words of -- it.
Remember my friends the president saying of negative politics and untrue ads not this time.
Who knew not this time just -- not unless the economy is stuck and we can't run on our record.
-- -- -- Remember when the president say out of his own election.
This was the moment when the ride is a -- how soon began to slow and our planet began to -- -- Who knew the plain English -- -- and I've -- was middle America get ready to shell out sixty bucks to fill your car.
And in terms -- they are crowned jewel legislative achievement.
Who knew that when asked.
Could government conceivably.
Impose a federal mandate.
Requiring middle class Americans.
To buy health -- -- -- whether they can afford it or not.
That -- -- my answer would be yes we can't.
So this time.
And the name of 21 -- three million of our children and parents and Brothers and sisters who are officially unemployed.
Or who have stopped looking for work let's put the poetry -- side.
Let's suspend the -- let's come down to.
Instead of moving our own sins.
And healing the planet.
Let's pay our bills down and pay down the dead on that walls and we control our own did -- And the Boris.
And of course we know that opportunity lies outside the reasons some of our people.
We don't need flowery words about inequality just tell us that.
And we don't need a party that is lay ahead.
While poverty and hunger rose to record levels to give us lectures about suffering.
Now ladies and gentlemen.
There are Americans who were listening to this speech right now.
Who haven't always been with you.
And I want you to let me talk just of them for moment.
I know how loaded up our -- -- cereals with anger and animosity.
But I have to believe.
We can still make the case over the raised voices.
There are Americans watching right now who -- for the president.
But they're searching right now.
But because they know that their votes didn't build the country they want -- To those Democrats and independents.
Whose minds are open to argue month.
Listen closely to the Democratic Party that would gather in Charlotte and ask yourself if you hear your voice in the -- Ask yourself -- these Democrats still speak for you.
When they say we have a due date to grow government even when we cannot afford it does -- sound like -- -- -- -- don't.
Or does it sound like -- recklessness.
When you hear the party that glorified Occupy Wall Street blast success.
When you hear them minimize the genius of the men -- women who make jobs out of nothing is that would you teach your children about Bart.
When they tell you what America has this unequal place.
Where the -- -- -- trample on the panel -- lists.
Does that sound like the -- rate your children or your spouse who risked their lives -- in Iraq correct yeah man.
Did you even recognize the America they are talking about.
And what can we say about a house that doesn't none of the pictures on its walls.
John Kennedy asks us what we could do for America.
This Democratic Party asked what can government give you don't worry about paying the bills on your kids and grandkids.
Bill Clinton look on his base and made welfare of a thing you have to work born.
This current crowd got the welfare work requirement in the dead of night I won't tell the truth about -- bill Blanton.
-- -- And then that John's son reached across the -- and said meet me in the middle.
But Vera parred eight ram through lack health care bill that took over 16 America -- of -- Would -- excepting a single Republican idea.
Without winning a single vote.
It in their house from a party whose constituents make up half of this country.
You know the Democrats.
Used to have a night when they presented a film of their presidential legends.
Though that they do it in Charlotte the themes designed to be this year's hit.
Now -- just somebody that I used to now.
My fellow Americans.
When great athletes -- Their coaches sometimes a whispered to them.
Remember who you are.
The call to their greatness of a moment when their bodies and spirited to -- to remember their stress.
This week the last six.
Got inspired place called America.
Is a -- -- and has absorbed some blows.
But we -- that.
We do not break.
This is no dark hour.
This is no dark out work this is that done both floor where you run -- are who we are.
So may get these bad.
But this time and -- history.
A lesson learned.
Mistake correct it.
Thought god bless America.
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