Tom Menino in 2012 Democratic National Convention speeches

On Budget & Economy: Don't go back to trickle-down philosophies

Up in Boston, we have a plaque that says: "Paul Revere started a ride, which in a way has never ended." That's true about our country, too. In every generation, the American people have taken up that ride, pushing the US forward. We've never gone back. So today we have a clear choice to make. Will we move forward together? Or will we go back to the trickle-down philosophies that Mitt Romney believes in? The choice is clear--it's time to keep moving forward.
Source: 2012 Democratic National Convention speech Sep 5, 2012

On Budget & Economy: Boston is seeing progress because of Recovery Act dollars

In Boston--like many cities around this country--we're seeing progress all around us today. In large part, it's because this president and this administration gave ordinary people a leg up: construction jobs supported by Recovery Act dollars; better schools pushed by the president's education reforms; growing hospitals and health centers; and booming life science companies born from national research support. So today, we stand with President Obama and his plan to lead us forward.
Source: 2012 Democratic National Convention speech Sep 5, 2012

On Civil Rights: You know what we call "same sex couples"? Our friends

All Americans are proud to carry the torch of progress, and in Boston, we take that job very seriously. Mitt Romney may come from Boston, but his campaign's values aren't Boston values. Because in Boston, we know this country didn't become great by excluding folks and leaving each other on their own. In Boston you know what we call immigrants? Mom & Dad. You know what we call "same sex couples"? Our friends. Our brothers and sisters. And in Boston, we know government isn't the enemy. It's a partner
Source: 2012 Democratic National Convention speech Sep 5, 2012

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