But I will also renew the tough, direct diplomacy that can prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and curb Russian aggression. But we will support a secure and united Iraq as a partner, and never as a patron.
And until we stop the genocide that's being carried out in Darfur as I speak, our conscience cannot rest. That does not lessen my commitment, however, to governments that reflect the will of the people.
Instead, they expressed a profoundly distorted view of this country - a view that sees white racism as endemic, and that elevates what is wrong with America above all that we know is right with America; a view that sees the conflicts in the Middle East as rooted primarily in the actions of stalwart allies like Israel, instead of emanating from the perverse and hateful ideologies of radical Islam. He is a man who served his country as a U.S. Marine; who has studied and lectured at some of the finest universities and seminaries in the country, and who for over thirty years led a church that serves the community by doing God's work here on Earth - by housing the homeless, ministering to the needy, providing day care services and scholarships and prison ministries, and reaching out to those suffering from HIV/AIDS. No health care? The market will fix it. And now is the time to keep the promise of equal pay for an equal day's work, because I want my daughters to have exactly the same opportunities as your sons. In Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia, we have seen Muslim-majority countries elect a woman to lead.
I'm not talking about blind optimism here - the almost willful ignorance that thinks unemployment will go away if we just don't think about it, or the health care crisis will solve itself if we just ignore it. It should help us, not hurt us. Much has been made of the fact that an African-American with the name Barack Hussein Obama could be elected President. But let us be clear: al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 people on that day.
John Kerry believes in the Constitutional freedoms that have made our country the envy of the world, and he will never sacrifice our basic liberties, nor use faith as a wedge to divide us. No, the word is very near. They have not served a Red America or a Blue America - they have served the United States of America. At this moment, in this election, we must pledge once more to march into the future. Part of this conviction is rooted in my own experience. I know, too, that Islam has always been a part of America's story.