E pluribus unum. We can pounce on some gaffe by a Hillary supporter as evidence that she's playing the race card, or we can speculate on whether white men will all flock to John McCain in the general election regardless of his policies. Indeed, it suggests the opposite: we must face these tensions squarely. The Holy Bible tells us, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."
Our conscience cannot rest until we not only secure our borders, but give the 12 million undocumented immigrants in this country a chance to earn their citizenship by paying a fine and waiting in line behind all those who came here legally. I get it. For more than sixty years they have endured the pain of dislocation.
Now Ashley might have made a different choice. If you have health care, my plan will lower your premiums. I am also proud to carry with me the goodwill of the American people, and a greeting of peace from Muslim communities in my country: assalaamu alaykum. All of us share this world for but a brief moment in time.
The President vetoed a similar plan, but he doesn't have the last word, and we're going to keep at it, until we bring this war to an end. These are the policies I will pursue. Today, America has a dual responsibility: to help Iraq forge a better future - and to leave Iraq to Iraqis.
And as a consequence, so did I. It came about as a choice, and not an epiphany. It requires all Americans to realize that your dreams do not have to come at the expense of my dreams; that investing in the health, welfare, and education of black and brown and white children will ultimately help all of America prosper. I am grateful to finish this journey with one of the finest statesmen of our time, a man at ease with everyone from world leaders to the conductors on the Amtrak train he still takes home every night. And I've seen it in this campaign.
Thank you, and God bless America.