Joe Biden in Speeches at 2008 Democratic National Convention


On Foreign Policy: The US is less secure and more isolated in recent history

Our country is less secure and more isolated that it has been any time it has in recent history. The Bush foreign policy has dug us into a very deep hole, with very few friends to help us climb out. For the last seven years, the administration has failed to face the biggest forces shaping this century. The emergence of Russia, China and Indiaís great powers, the spread of lethal weapons, the shortage of secure supplies of energy, food and water. The challenge of climate change and the resurgence of fundamentalism in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the real central front in the war on terror. We once again see the consequences of the neglect of Russia challenging the very freedom of a new democratic country of Georgia. Barack and I will end that neglect. We will hold Russia accountable for its action and we will help Georgia rebuild. I have been on the ground in Georgia, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and I can tell you in no uncertain terms, this administrationís policy has been an abysmal failure.
Source: Speech at 2008 Democratic National Convention Aug 27, 2008

On Foreign Policy: Even Bush recognizes we should talk to Iran

After 7 years of denial, even the Bush Administration recognizes we should talk to Iran because that the best way to ensure our security. Should we trust John McCainís judgment when he says that we canít have no timelines to withdraw our troops from Iraq or should we listen to Obama who says shift the responsibility to the Iraqis and set a time to bring our combat troops home. Now, after 6 long years, the administration and the Iraqi government are on the verge of setting a date to bring our troops home.
Source: Speech at 2008 Democratic National Convention Aug 27, 2008

On Principles & Values: Failure is at times inevitable but giving up is unforgivable

My dad, who fell on hard economic times, always told me: ďChamp, when you get knocked down, get up. Get up.Ē I was taught that by my dad, and God, but I am so grateful that my mom, Catherine Eugenia Finnegan Biden, is here tonight. Mom, I love you. She taught her children that you are defined by your sense of honor, and you are redeemed by your loyalty. She believes that bravery lives in every heart and it will be summoned. Failure at some point in your life is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable
Source: Speech at 2008 Democratic National Convention Aug 27, 2008

On Principles & Values: Everyone is your equal, and everyone is equal to you

My motherís creed is the American creed: No one is better than you. Everyone is your equal, and everyone is equal to you. My parents taught us to live our faith, and to treasure our families. We learned the dignity of work, and we were told that anyone can make it if they just try hard enough. That was Americaís promise. For those of us who grew up in middle-class neighborhoods like Scranton and Wilmington, that was the American dream.
Source: Speech at 2008 Democratic National Convention Aug 27, 2008

On Principles & Values: We need a wise leader like Obama, not just a good soldier

These times require more than a good soldier. They require a wise leader. A leader who can change, make the change that everybody knows we need. Obama is going to deliver that change. He will reform our tax code. He will cut taxes for 95% of the American people who draw a pay check. Obama will transform our economy by making alternative energy a national priority and in the process creating 5 million new jobs and finally freeing us from the grip of foreign oil. Obama knows that any country that out teaches us today, will out compete us tomorrow. Thatís why heíll invest in the next generation of teachers and why heíll make college more affordable. Thatís the change we need. Obama will bring down health care cost by $2,500 for the average family and at long last deliver affordable, accessible health care for every American. Thatís the change we need. Barack will put more cops on the street, put security back in social security and heíll never ever give up until we achieve equal pay for women.
Source: Speech at 2008 Democratic National Convention Aug 27, 2008

On Principles & Values: We should embrace change just like the previous generations

When I look at their young children--and when I look at my grandchildren--I realize why Iím here. Iím here for their future. I am here for everyone I grew up with in Scranton and Wilmington. I am here for the cops and firefighters, the teachers and assembly line workers--the folks whose lives are the very measure of whether the American dream endures. Our greatest presidents--from Abraham Lincoln to Franklin Roosevelt to John Kennedy--they all challenged us to embrace change. Now, itís our responsibility to meet that challenge. Millions of Americans have been knocked down. And this is the time as Americans, together, we get back up. Back up together. Our debt to our parents and grandparents too great, our obligation to our children is too sacred. These are extraordinary times. This is an extraordinary election. The American people are ready. Iím ready. Barack is ready. This is his time. This is our time. This is Americaís time.
Source: Speech at 2008 Democratic National Convention Aug 27, 2008

On War & Peace: Al-Qaeda & the Taliban have regrouped due to Bushís neglect

Al-Qaeda and the Taliban- the people who have actually attacked us on 9/11, theyíve regrouped in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan and are plotting new attacks. And the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has echoed Barackís call for more troops and McCain was wrong and Obama was right. Should we trust John McCainís judgment? When he rejected talking with Iran and asked what is there to talk about? Or Barack Obama who said we must talk and must make clear to Iran that it must change.
Source: Speech at 2008 Democratic National Convention Aug 27, 2008

The above quotations are from Speeches at Democratic National Convention, Aug. 26th-Aug. 28th, 2008.
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