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Tonight's headline speakers someone you know very well former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice.
Whenever you find yourself doubting us.
Just think about all those times that America made the impossible seem inevitable in retrospect.
Our revolutionary pounding against the greatest military power of the time.
A civil war or.
Brother against brother hundreds of thousands dead on both sides that we emerged a more perfect union a second pounding from an impatient patriots.
We're determined to overcome the birth defects of slavery and the scorched about segregation.
And on a personal.
On a personal note.
A little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham.
The segregated city of the south where her parents can't take -- to a movie theater or to a restaurant.
But they never absolutely convinced that even if she can't have a hamburger the Woolworth's -- Cali she could be president of the United States that she wanted to.
Check can't recognizes that icy mess and I get to see is -- And Deb let's say that crowd loved doing talked about how.
-- how things have changed it from the Jim Crow days and in Birmingham for you there's a lot of we -- -- improvement to do but just that.
He -- the tremendous assess success of your career any opportunities.
Well thanks it's it's an American story and that's really what I set -- to say tonight that America's exceptional.
I'm not because of -- power although our power is important to the world but because of what we are and we really are a country where people come from very humble circumstances and do great things than that that's a tribute to to the United States.
We have -- mean as I do -- your parents but that when I hear hear you talk about them -- tonight or other -- -- think that they never see you couldn't.
And you know and second before you do we need to start in different odds and some of the rest of us -- my parents.
I really didn't believe that there were any victims they believe that you worked hard my parents used to say you have to be twice as good.
And it was sort of a matter not of debate -- a matter how those statements about the truth that they thought.
And they just really believed in this country and the values even at a time when really for a black people in the south both values were very much -- evidence so I would I'm very grateful that I have such perfect parents.
That was a big -- -- last couple questions about what you said tonight found what are the things that you said is that the question of the moment is where does America stand.
I'm curious what provoked -- that question.
Well as I look around the world that particularly for instance in the Middle East where we're seeing the horrors in Syria where we see really.
The young Iraqi democracy with really very little attention to it by the United States where we see in Afghanistan that we seem to be an awfully big hurry.
To get out.
We are I think are provoking that question among our friends that are close and that's not a good question.
The United States has to be resolute people have to believe that we will finish the jobs that we began and I do think that that's.
I you seen that President Obama and vice president.
Biden are not doing that -- -- not answer that question and what makes you so certain that I governor Romney if he be elected president and vice president.
Paul Ryan would -- that well I think.
There's no doubt that our voices -- -- -- one in the last several years may -- a sense that time when America speaks loudly.
People will not follow us.
But what we're saying is that when that America doesn't speak people don't really know who to follow and that things start to happen.
I believe that that governor Romney and congressman Ryan -- and -- Understand the first and foremost we are they know that we're a country -- As best they can still be ahead of us they know that we -- country that if we put our minds -- we'll solve our debt problem and our economic problems.
And they know that we have to be leaders in the world and so I do think that they will live that they will speak in a way that lets people know where American fans.
That we you have a rich experience in form possibly -- -- secretary of state before that you -- the White House even many gentleman has formed policies here.
And of course present vomit in the foreign policy is threatening us.
Does -- give me any reason to pause and they've thrown nearly thirty support obviously behind this ticket tonight but he -- -- Well -- the fact is that foreign policy decision making is like almost any other kind of decision making you have to have principles that have values you have to have people who.
They'll have a taken the decision to a tough decision to.
-- guy expert people around them -- for answers to tough questions.
And -- -- those characteristics and -- Mitt Romney with his executive experience and then Paul Ryan with his toughness on.
Insisting on not our fiscal responsibility.
The truth is not very many American presidents come into the oval office of foreign policy experience.
What to do on any given day about China our -- -- or Iran but that -- come what you want is someone who has integrity with some.
Someone who knows what America can meet in the world someone who is prepared to two lead and the rest of it -- -- and take care of itself.
Hey get your mind and that we should be president not know that I don't know.
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-- -- informant rising net present -- in this this ticket this a Republican ticket.
I have I've done my service hitting campaign I was deeply involved in 2000 I talked to governor Romney from time to time with friends and -- certainly feel that I can.
Can call and at any time and he calls from time -- time but he hasn't really good people around him in foreign policy advising that's not a role for me this time around back.
He's tonight our military capability and technological advantage will be safe in Mitt Romney Paul Ryan's hands.
I you say they are not safe and President Obama.
Well I'm I'm concerned about a couple of things first of all that we cannot allow sequestration.
In the budget.
Two damaged our military -- I'm concerned about missile defense.
That really was -- references.
The technological advantage.
IE I don't know that there wouldn't be a move to try and compromise missile defense so.
-- I I can't say that.
I know what will happen in the future with our military power under the current president I do think I know what would happen without Mitt Romney.
They say concerned this is at seven nice polite word like -- -- -- -- well -- maybe a little bit you know or are you saying the outlook you know.
We have we had a real serious problem I -- -- -- some different wild look we really have got to be certain.
That whoever is president on January when he first understands that the military task -- -- are not yet done.
And much of this much of the problem relates to how we're going to handle the budget and the economy.
Because that is really right now the threat to our military strike that we could.
Start making cuts in our budget to -- -- the military again as we did after the end of the Cold War.
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