believe it is wrong, in a country of such wealth and prosperity, to have 36 million
Americans living in poverty."
should begin by returning to a promise once kept and now broken: If you work full-time,
you shouldn't have to raise your children in poverty.
is the great moral issue in America
will this attention to poverty be sustained or transient? That depends on our
leaders - whether we step up and sustain our moral commitment as the country's
conscience would naturally want us to do.
with me today and pledge to work for an America that doesn't ignore those in need
and lifts up those who wish to succeed. Pledge to hold your government accountable
for ignoring the suffering of so many for far too long. And pledge to do your
part to build the America that we have dreamed of - where the bright light of
opportunity shines on every person - an America where the family you are born
into, or the color of your skin, will never control your destiny.
win the war on terror, we must preserve our moral authority to lead the world.
If we are to succeed in spreading democracy abroad, we must defend the fundamental
principles of democracy at home.
if the billions of dollars spent on the war in Iraq so far had been directed towards
giving people the ability to feed their families, access to clean water and healthcare,
and a basic education. These missed opportunities must be kept in mind when evaluating
the actual cost of the war in Iraq.