Sen. John Kerry: President Obama kept his promises
MA senator addresses the DNC
- Duration 12:28
- Date Sep 6, 2012
MA senator addresses the DNC
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In this campaign we have made fundamental choice.
Will we protect our country.
And our allies advance our interest and our deals.
Do battle where we must.
And make peace -- weekend.
Only -- and trust our place in the world to someone who just hasn't learned the lessons of the last decade.
We've all learned.
Mitt Romney doesn't know much about foreign policy.
But he has all these neo con advisors.
Who know all the wrong things about foreign policy.
Need would rely on them.
After all he's the great outsource -- But I say -- you know this.
Is not good time to outsource the job of commander in chief.
-- -- Our opponents like to talk about American exceptional -- but all they do is talk.
They forget that we are exceptional.
Not because we say we are but because we do exceptional things.
We break out of the great depression and win two world wars save lives fighting aids.
Pulled people out of poverty -- freedom.
Go to the moon and produce exceptional people who even give their lives for civil rights and for human rights.
And despite what you heard in Tampa.
An exceptional country.
Does care about the rise of the oceans and the future of the planet.
-- -- -- -- -- That is a responsibility.
From those scriptures.
And that -- has a responsibility.
Of the leader of the free world.
The only thing exceptional.
About today's Republicans is that almost without exception.
They oppose everything that has made America exceptional in the first place.
An exceptional nation.
It demands the leadership of an exceptional president and my fellow Americans that president is Barack Obama.
Just never -- the disaster.
And disarray that he had inherited.
A war of choice in Iraq could become a war without end in a war of necessity in Afghanistan had become a war of neglect.
Our alliances were shredded.
Our moral authority was in tatters.
America was isolated in the world our military.
Was stretched to the breaking point Iran marching towards a nuclear weapon unchecked.
And Osama bin Laden was still plotting.
-- -- President Obama -- America -- lead like America again.
It -- president.
To restore our moral authority.
It took pres Obama that banned torture.
The president understands.
That our values.
Don't limit our power thought they magnify it.
He showed that global leadership is a strategic imperative for America not in favor that we -- other countries.
And President Obama.
Kept his promises.
He promised to end the war in Iraq.
Andy has and our heroes have come home.
-- the war in Afghanistan.
And he news and our heroes are coming home.
He promised to focus like a laser on al-Qaeda.
And he has.
And our forces.
Have eliminated more of its leadership in the last three years.
Then and all the eight years that came before.
And after more.
Then after more than ten years without justice.
For thousands of Americans murdered on 9/11.
After Mitt Romney said it would be naive to go into Pakistan.
To pursue the terrorists it took President Obama.
Against the advice of many.
-- give that order.
And finally -- this -- of Osama bin Laden.
Fast or some of the bad -- If he is better off now than he was -- years ago.
Barack Obama promised goal is to stand with Israel.
To tighten sanctions on Iran.
And take nothing that off the table again and again the other side has lied about where there's president stands and what this president has done.
But prime minister or not Yahoo! set the record straight.
Our two countries have exactly the same policy.
Our security cooperation.
And when it comes to Israel my friends I'll take the word of Israel's prime minister over Mitt Romney any day.
Promised to work for Russia.
To reduce the threat of nuclear weapons and signed an historic treaty that does just that.
He promised a lock down nuclear materials around the world and he has done just that.
He refuse to accept.
The false choice.
Force without diplomacy and diplomacy without force.
When a brutal dictator.
Hunt down and kill his own people like Iraq's President Obama enlisted our allies build the coalition.
Sharing the burden so that today without -- single American casualty.
Moammar Qaddafi is gone and the people of Libya are free.
On one side.
That this campaign.
We have a president.
Has made America leave like America again.
And what is there are on the other side.
And extreme and expedient candidate.
Who lacks the judgment of the vision so vital to the Oval Office.
The most inexperienced.
Foreign policy twosome to run for president and vice president in decades.
You know it isn't it isn't fair.
Isn't fair to say that Mitt Romney doesn't have a position on Afghanistan he has every position.
He was against.
He was against setting a date for withdrawal.
-- he said it was right.
And then he left the impression that maybe it was wrong to leave as soon he said it was tragic to leave Iraq.
And then he said it was fine.
He said we should have intervened -- -- -- sooner but he ran down a hallway to run away from the reporters are asking questions.
That they said.
The intervention was too aggressive and that he said -- world was a better place because the intervention succeeded.
Talk about being forever before you were against.
The -- and they.
Used to -- then.
Before you debate Barack Obama on farm policy.
You've -- -- finish the debate with yourself.
Very hypothetical words that mystified and alienated our allies this summer.
And then run he would overseas trip was what you call it when you tripled over yourself overseas.
There wasn't a good -- mission.
It was a blooper real.
But -- Romney Iran foreign policy would be anything but funny.
Every president of both parties for sixty years has worked for nuclear arms control but not Mitt Romney.
Republican secretaries of state from Kissinger baker Powell to rice President Bush.
-- anyone United States senators all supported president Obama's new start treaty but not Mitt Romney.
He's even blurted out the preposterous.
That Russia is our number one political geopolitical follow folks Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from Alaska.
Net Mitt Romney talks like he's only -- in Russia by watching rocky horror.
-- So here's the tourists.
Here's the choice in twenty -- Never.
Out of touch should home out of his depth abroad and out of the mainstream.
Or Barack Obama.
A president who is giving new life and truth to America's indispensable role in the world.
A commander in chief who gives our troops the tools and training they need -- war the honor and help they have earned when they come home.
A man who will never asked other men and women to fight a war.
Without a plan to win the.
Let me say.
Let me say something else.
Let me say something else.
No nominee for president.
Should ever fail in the midst of a war.
To pay tribute to our troops overseas -- -- acceptance speech.
-- -- -- -- -- -- was talking about America.
They are on the front lines every day defending America and they -- aren't playing us.
Some of us.
Some of us from -- prior war.
Remember coming home was not always easy.
President Obama has made it his mission.
That we welcome our troops home with care and concern and the respect they deserve.
That is -- an exceptional nation says thank you to its most exceptional men and women.
-- -- -- -- He's -- America.
And that he would restore American exceptional isn't I have news for him.
We already have an exception all American as president and we.
And Barack Obama.