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Thank you. Thank you for that welcome.
And thank you, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York. Thank you.
And tonight I can also say, "Thank you, America,"
because after forty-three primaries and caucuses,
many long days and more than a few long nights,
I can say with confidence and gratitude
that you have given me a great honor and solemn responsibility,
and together we are going to win on November 6th.
We launched this campaign not far from here:
beautiful day in June in a farm in New Hampshire.
It's been an extraordinary journey.
You know, Americans have always been eternal optimists,
but over the last three and a half years,
we've seen hopes and dreams diminished
by false promises and weak leadership.
Everywhere I go, Americans are tired of being tired,
and many of those who are fortunate to have a job are working harder for less.
For every single mom, who feels heartbroken when she has to explain to her kids
that she needs to take a second job and won't be home as often;
for grandparents, who can't afford the gas to visit their grandchildren anymore;
for the mom and dad, who'd never though they'd be on food stamps;
for the small business owner, desperately cutting back just to keep the doors open one more month;
to all of the thousands of good and decent Americans I've met,
who want nothing more than a better chance - a fighting chance;
to all of you, I have a simple message:
hold on a little longer; a better America begins tonight.
Tonight is the start of a new campaign
to unite every American, who knows in their heart that we can do better.
The last few years have been the best that Barack Obama can do, but it's not the best American can do.
Tonight is the beginning of the end of the disappointments of the Obama years.
And it's the start of a better and new chapter that we will write together.
It's already been a long campaign,
but many Americans are just beginning to focus on the choice before the country.
In the days ahead, I'll look forward to spending time with many of you personally.
I want to hear what's on your mind - hear about your concerns.
And I want to learn about your families.
I want to know what you think we can do to make this country better,
and what you expect from your next president.
And I'll probably tell you a little bit about myself.
I'll start by talking about my wife Ann, of course.
And I'll probably bore you with stories about my sons and my grandkids.
I'll tell ya how much I love the country.
This extraordinary land, where someone like my dad,
who grew up poor, never graduated from college,
could pursue his dreams and work his way up to running a great car company.
Only in America could a man like my dad
become governor of a state where he once sold paint from the trunk of his car.
When I see you, I think I'll tell you that
you may have heard I was successful in business.
Yep, that rumor's true.
But you might not have heard that
I became successful by helping start a business that grew from ten people to hundreds of people.
You might not have heard that our business helps start other businesses,
like Staples and the Sports Authority, and a new steel mill, and a learning center called Bright Horizons.
And I'd tell you that not every business made it.
And there were good days, and bad days.
But everyday was a lesson.
And after twenty-five years,
I know how to lead us out of this stagnant Obama economy
and into a job-creating recovery.
Four years ago, Barack Obama dazzled us, in front of Greek columns,
with sweeping promises of hope and change,
but after we can down to earth, after all the celbration and the parades,
what do we have to show for three and a half years of President Obama?
Is it easier to make ends meet?
Is it easier to sell your home or buy a new one?
Have you saved what you needed for retirement?
Are you making more at your job?
Do you have a better chance to get a better job?
Are you paying less at the pump?
You know, if the answer were "yes" to those questions,
then President Obama would be running for reelection based on his record, and rightly so.
But because he has failed,
he will run a campaign of diversions and distractions and distortions.
That kind of campaign may have worked in another place and at a different time,
but not here and not now.
It's still about the economy, and we're not stupid.
People are hurting in America, and we know that something is wrong, terribly wrong, with the direction of the country.
We know that this election is about the kind of America we will live in
and the kind of America we will leave to future generations.
Now when it comes to the character of America,
President Obama and I have very different visions.
Government is at the center of his vision.
It dispenses the benefits, borrows what it can't take, consumes a greater and greater share of the economy.
You know, with Obamacare fully installed, government would have control of almost half of the economy.
And we would have effectively cease to be a free enterprise society.
This president's putting us on a path
where our lives will be ruled by bureaucrats and boards, commisions and czars.
He's asking us to accept that Washington knows best and can provide all.
We've already seen where that path leads.
It erodes freedom. It deadens the entrepreneurial spirit.
And it hurts the very people it's supposed to help.
Those who promise to spread the wealth around only ever succeed in spreading poverty around.
Other nations have chosen that path.
It leads to chronic high unemployment, crushing debt, and stagnant wages.
I have a very different vision for America and for our future.
It's an America driven by freedom,
where free people, pursuing happiness in their own unique ways,
create free enterprises that employ more and more Americans.
And because there are so many enterprises that are succeeding,
the competition for hardworking, educated, skilled employees is intense; so wages and salaries rise.
I see an America with a growing middle class, with rising standards of living.
I see children even more successful than their parents;
some successful even beyond their wildest dreams.
And others congratulating them for their achievement, not attacking them for it.
This America is fundamentally fair.
We will stop the unfairness of urban children being denied access to the good schools of their choice.
We will stop the unfairness of politicians giving taxpayer money to their friends' businesses.
We will stop the unfairness of requiring union workers to contribute to politicians not of their choosing.
We will stop the unfairness of government workers getting better pay and benefits than very the taxpayers they serve.
And we will stop the unfairness of one generation passing larger and larger debts on to the next.
In the America I see, character and choices matter.
And education, hard work, and living within our means are valued and rewarded.
And poverty will be defeated, not with a government check,
but with respect and achievement that's taught by parents, learned in school, and practiced in the workplace.
This is the America that was won for us by the nation's founders,
and earned for us by the greatest generation.
It's the America that has produced the most innovative,
most productive, and most powerful economy in the world.
As I look around at the millions of Americans without work,
the graduates who can't get a job,
the soldiers who return home to an unemployment line,
it breaks my heart.
This does not have to be.
It's the result of failed leadership and a faulty vision.
We will restore the promise of America only if we restore
the principles of freedom and opportunity that made this nation the greatest nation on earth.
Today the hill before us is a little steep, but we've always been a nation of big steppers.
Many Americans have given up on this president,
but they haven't ever thought of giving up.
Not on themselves, not on each other, and certainly not on America.
In the days ahead, join me.
Join me in the next step towards that destination of November 6th,
when across America, we can give a sigh of relief
and know that the promise of America has been kept.
The dreamers can dream a little bigger.
The "Help Wanted" signs can be dusted off.
And we can start again. And this time we'll get it right.
We will stop the days of apologizing for success at home,
and never again apologize for America abroad.
There was a time not so long ago, when each of us could walk a little taller,
and stand a little straighter, because we had a gift that no one else in the world shared.
That meant something different to each of us, but it meant something special to all of us.
We knew it without question, and so did the world.
Those days are coming back. That's our destiny.
You see, we believe in America. We believe in ourselves.
Our greatest days are ahead. We are, after all, Americans.
God bless this great nation, God bless the United States of America, and God bless you good people.
Thank you so much. Thank you.