But I don't get discouraged -- (applause) -- because the cynics who say that our best days are behind us, they haven’t witnessed the everyday courage and the essential character of the American people. (Applause.)
They haven’t met the small business owners in Minnesota who chose to sacrifice some of their own perks, some of their own pay, to avoid laying off a single worker during that recession. They haven’t been to the auto companies in Michigan and Ohio that were never supposed to build another car again, but now they can't build them fast enough. (Applause.)...
I'm running because in 2008, I promised to end the war in Iraq -- and thanks to our outstanding men and women in uniform, we kept that promise. (Applause.) It’s time to do some nation-building here at home. (Applause.) America is safer and more respected because of the selflessness of our troops. Not only did we end the war in Iraq, we've been able to go after al Qaeda and get bin Laden. (Applause.) We have set a timeline to end the war in Afghanistan. And as long as I'm Commander-in-Chief, this country will care for our veterans and serve our veterans as well as they've served us. (Applause.) Nobody who fights for this country should have to fight for a job or a roof over their heads when they come home. (Applause.)...
We've already helped more than a million responsible homeowners refinance their mortgages. And now I want to give everybody the change to refinance and save $3,000 a year. That's a plan for housing. That's the choice in this election. (Applause.)
I'm running because I believe nobody in America should go broke just because they get sick. (Applause.) And because we passed the health care law, we are going to realize that goal. The Supreme Court has spoken. We are moving forward. We are going to help people who are working hard to make sure that just because they have an illness in their family, they don't lose everything. (Applause.)
And, by the way, if you’ve already got health insurance, this just gives you the guarantee and security when you’re dealing with your insurance company that they won’t jerk you around because of the fine print. (Applause.) And it lets your young -- it lets young people stay on their parent’s plan until they’re 26 years old. (Applause.) And it helps our seniors reduce their prescription drug costs. We’re not going to roll that back. We’re not going to refight that fight for the next four years. We need to move forwards, not backwards. (Applause.)
Just like we’re not going to refight the issue of whether you can serve the country you love just -- depending on who you love. We ended "don’t ask, don’t tell" -- it was the right thing to do. We’re not going back and having that fight. (Applause.) We need to move forward.
We need to make sure that women have control over their own health care decisions. (Applause.) We’re not going backwards. We’re moving forward.