Washington, DC—Senator Hillary Clinton of New York delivers this week’s Democratic Radio Address. Democrats are committed to offering solutions to the challenges Americans are facing, Clinton says, and urges voters to elect a president and senators committed to change.
The text of the radio address, as delivered, is below:
“Good morning. I’m Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and I speak to you today as a proud Democrat. A proud American. And a proud supporter of Barack Obama.
“Democrats from across the country, Puerto Rico and the territories, met in Denver this past week to nominate Barack Obama and Joe Biden to be the next President and Vice President of the United States.
“During our convention, we Democrats laid out clear, bold solutions to tackle the two biggest challenges confronting our nation – economic disarray at home and a decline in American strength and support around the world. I hope every American will take the time to consider what is at stake in November. The contrasts between us and the Republicans could not be starker, especially on issues that matter to middle class families.
“For me, that’s what this election is all about. When the polls have closed, and the ads are finally off the air, it comes down to you – the American people.
“Like the single mom I met who adopted two kids with autism, didn’t have health insurance and discovered she had cancer. But she greeted me with her bald head painted with my name on it and asked me to fight for health care.
“Or the young man in a Marine Corps t-shirt who waited months for medical care and said to me: ‘Take care of my buddies; a lot of them are still over there….and then will you please help take care of me?’
“And the boy who told me his mom worked for the minimum wage and her employer had cut her hours. He said he just didn’t know what his family was going to do.
“That’s why I ran for president: for all those people who feel invisible in our country. And to help ensure that every child has the chance to live up to his or her God-given potential.
“And that’s why I’m proud to support Barack Obama. We need leaders who can tap into that unique blend of American confidence and optimism that has enabled generations before us to meet our toughest challenges.
“Leaders who will renew the promise of America and restore our leadership in the world.
“With Barack Obama in the White House and Democrats leading in Congress, we will lead the charge to revitalize the economy, create jobs, make college affordable again, and enable hard-working Americans to pay for gas, food, utilities and cover the monthly bills.
“Democrats will continue to fight to lower gas prices, as we are doing now in Congress, even as John McCain and the Republicans side with Big Oil.
“We will tackle the challenge of 47 million Americans without health insurance. And I, for one, can’t wait to watch President Barack Obama, with the support of a Democratic Congress, sign into law universal health care that covers every single American.
“We’ll work hard to give middle class families the tax breaks they deserve. We’ll fight so that women earn equal pay for equal work. We’ll bring our troops home from Iraq responsibly and ensure that our veterans are given the care and respect they have earned.
“But progress won’t be easy. This is a fight for our future.
“Next week, John McCain and the leaders of the Republican Party will hold a convention that offers a starkly different vision for our nation: continuing in the same direction we’re headed now.
“John McCain has said that our economy is fundamentally sound. John McCain doesn’t think that 47 million people without health insurance is a crisis. John McCain wants to privatize Social Security – and he’s promised tax breaks for the biggest corporations instead of middle class families. And in 2008, he still thinks it’s okay that women aren’t earning equal pay for equal work.
“That’s why, as I said to my fellow Democrats in Denver, it makes perfect sense that George Bush and John McCain will be together next week in the Twin Cities for the Republican Convention. Because these days they’re awfully hard to tell apart.
“The choice in this election is as clear as the stakes are high. I urge all of you to join us in supporting the great ticket of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, and help elect Democrats in Congress who will work with them. We don’t have a moment to lose or a vote to spare. Nothing less than the fate of our nation and the future of our children hangs in the balance.
“Thank you very much.”