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Barack in Virgina

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At a defining moment like this we don’t have the luxury of relying on the same political games, the same political tactics that we become so accustomed to... this slash and burn politics that divides us from one another... The reason why Mark Warner and Tim Kaine do well is because they are all about solving problems. They are not about… trying to make other people look bad… With the challenges and crisis we face right now… We can’t afford to divide this country.. by race, by class, by region, by who we are, or what policies we support. Let me tell you something… Cause I know you’ve been hearing a lot of stuff lately There are no “real” and “fake” parts of the country… There are no “pro-America” and “anti-America” parts of the country... We all love this country… No matter where we live, or where we come from… Black, White, Hispanic, Asian... Native American, young, old, rich, poor, gay, straight, city-dwellers, farm-dwellers… It doesn’t matter… we are all together… There are patriots who supported this war in Iraq, there are patriots who opposed it... There are patriots who believe in Democratic policies... And those who believe in Republican policies. The men and women from Virginia and all across this country who served on our battlefields… Some are democrats, some are republicans, some are independents… But they fought together and some bled together, some died together under the same proud flag, They have not served a red America... They have not served a Blue America... They have served the United States of America… Nobody should forget that… Pues bien…. So we’ve always been at our best when we’ve had leadership that called on us to look past our differences... To come together as a nation, leadership that rallies us to a common purpose... to a higher purpose... I am running for president because that’s the country we need to be right now. This country and the dream it represents are being tested in ways we haven’t seen in nearly a century. Future generations will judge us by how we respond to this test. Will they say that this was a time when America lost its way? When it lost its nerve… When we allow the same divisions, the same petty differences to plunge this country into a dark and painful recession... Or will they say this was another one of those moments when America rose up, when we overcame… when we battled back from adversity, when we recognized the common stake we have in each other. Now this one of those moments when... I realize many of you are cynical. Many of you are feed up with politics. I understand you are disappointed even angry with your leaders... And you have every right to be. But despite all this I ask of you what’s been asked of Americans throughout our history... I ask you to believe... Believe in yourselves, believe in each other, Believe in the future we can build together. See, together we can't fail... not now Together we can’t fail, not when we have a crisis to solve. Not when we have an economy to save. Not when there are so many Americans without jobs, losing their homes, can’t afford to see a doctor, can’t send their kids to college, or pay their bills... Not when there’s a generation counting on us to give them the same opportunities someone gave us… You know, everybody in this auditorium, at some point... Somebody stood up for you… Some of you have parents or grandparents who…they couldn’t go to college but they fought so that you could go to college. You have parents or grandparents they couldn’t start their own business, but they struggled so that you could start your own business… They might not have been able to vote but they marched and fought so that you could vote... Maybe you can run for the United States Senate. Maybe you can run for the presidency of the United States of America... That’s what this election is about..! That’s what we are fighting for! And in 13 days… if you fight for me If you work with me If you make phone calls with me If you organize with me… I promise you... we will win Virginia! We’ll win this election! And you and I together will change the country and change the world! Thank you everybody God bless you!

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Duration: 5 minutes and 36 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: None
Producer: OFA
Director: New Media
Views: 1,329
Posted by: rpena on Oct 22, 2008

With 13 days left until the general election, Barack addresses a crowd of 12,900 in Richmond, VA.

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