John Kerry knows this. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or do we participate in a politics of hope? Our conscience can't rest so long as 37 million Americans are poor and forgotten by their leaders in Washington and by the media elites. Unlike John McCain, I will stop giving tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, and I will start giving them to companies that create good jobs right here in America. This construction violates previous agreements and undermines efforts to achieve peace.
Change happens because the American people demand it - because they rise up and insist on new ideas and new leadership, a new politics for a new time. Let us keep that promise - that American promise - and in the words of Scripture hold firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confess.
In this election, we offer that choice. It seems to me that each day, thousands of Americans are going about their lives - dropping the kids off at school, driving to work, shopping at the mall, trying to stay on their diets, trying to kick a cigarette habit - and they're coming to the realization that something is missing. So let me spell out exactly what that change would mean if I am President. Now is the time to finally keep the promise of affordable, accessible health care for every single American. The Talmud tells us: "The whole of the Torah is for the purpose of promoting peace."
We can affirm our faith without endangering the separation of church and state, as long as we understand that when we're in the public square, we have to speak in universal terms that everyone can understand. I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. For human history has often been a record of nations and tribes subjugating one another to serve their own interests. Suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away.
Religious leaders like my friends Rev. Jim Wallis and Rabbi David Saperstein and Nathan Diament are working for justice and fighting for change. America, we cannot turn back. I know there are many - Muslim and non-Muslim - who question whether we can forge this new beginning.
Thank you very much everybody.