Cory Booker in 2012 Democratic National Convention speeches


On Budget & Economy: Paying your fair share isn't class warfare, it's patriotism

Our platform calls for significant cuts in federal spending. Our platform calls for a balanced deficit reduction plan where the wealthy pay their fair share.

This platform is a clear choice between economic pathways: forward or back, inclusion or exclusion, grow together as a nation or be a country of savage disparities that favor the fortunate few over the greatest driving force of any economy--a large and robust middle class.

And when your country is in a costly war, with our soldiers sacrificing abroad and our nation facing a debt crisis at home, being asked to pay your fair share isn't class warfare--it's patriotism.

We choose forward. We choose inclusion. We choose growing together. We choose American economic might and muscle, standing strong on the bedrock of the American ideal: a strong, empowered and ever-growing middle class.

Source: 2012 Democratic National Convention speech Sep 4, 2012

On Corporations: Predatory lending & unchecked avarice destabilized economy

American economic might [stands] strong on the bedrock of the American ideal: a strong, empowered and ever-growing middle class. Our platform emphasizes that a vibrant, free and fair market is essential to economic growth.

We also must pull from our highest ideals of justice and protect against those ills that destabilized our economy--like predatory lending, over-leveraged financial institutions and the unchecked avarice of the past that trumped fairness and common sense.

Source: 2012 Democratic National Convention speech Sep 4, 2012

On Homeland Security: Incentives to train & hire troops returning home

For President Obama, "home of the brave" are not just the last words of our national anthem, but also a call to action. This is why the president's policies and our platform include incentives to train and hire our troops returning home. Not only because of our moral responsibility, but because it makes for a stronger, more secure American economy.
Source: 2012 Democratic National Convention speech Sep 4, 2012

On Technology: Businesses realize a return on our infrastructure investment

But we all know--it's common sense--that for an economy built to last we must invest in what will fuel us for generations to come. This is our history--from the Transcontinental Railroad to the Hoover Dam, to the dredging of our ports and building of our most historic bridges--our American ancestors prioritized growth and investment in our nation's infrastructure.

And today our businesses, industries, entrepreneurs and economy realize a return on those investments. Let us not fall prey to rhetoric that seeks to gut investment and starve our nation of critical, common-sense building for our future. And investment must include the real engine of job growth in America: the American small business.

Source: 2012 Democratic National Convention speech Sep 4, 2012

The above quotations are from Speeches at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte NC, Sept. 4-6, 2012.
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