The following are excerpts from speeches at the Democratic National Convention.
Kerry 'will lead the world, not alienate it'
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's remarks:
Tonight, I have the pleasure of introducing the last great Democratic president. But first, I want to say a few words about the next great Democratic president, John Kerry.
. . . He will lead the world, not alienate it. Lower the deficit, not raise it. Create good jobs, not lose them. Solve a health care crisis, not ignore it. I know a thing or two about health care. And the problems have only gotten worse in the past four years.
. . . John Kerry will give America something else, a great vice president by the name of John Edwards . . . Americans will be proud to have the Kerry-Edwards team in the White House, and they'll be proud, as we all will be, to have their extraordinary partners, Teresa Heinz Kerry and Elizabeth Edwards.
. . . John Kerry is a serious man for a serious job in a serious time . . . And I'm very optimistic about this election because I think I know a great leader when I see one. And so does America.
In 1992 and 1996, Americans chose a president who left our country in far better shape than when he took office. He still spends his days working to empower the powerless, promote racial, religious, and ethnic reconciliation, to inspire young people to citizen service, and to bring life-saving medicines to people living with HIV/AIDS throughout the world. He showed Democrats how to win again. And so will John Kerry. Please welcome the 42d president of the United States, Bill Clinton.
'His first priority will be to keep America safe'
Former President Bill Clinton's remarks:
. . . Tonight, I speak as a citizen, eager to join you here in Boston as a foot soldier in the fight for our future, as we nominate a true New England patriot for president. The state that gave us John Adams and John Kennedy has now given us John Kerry, a good man, a great Senator, a visionary leader . . .
Democrats and Republicans have very different and deeply felt ideas about what choices we should make. They're rooted in fundamentally different views of how we should meet our common challenges at home, and how we should play our role in the world. We Democrats want to build a world and an America of shared responsibilities and shared opportunities . . . On the other hand, the Republicans in Washington believe that America should be run by the right people -- their people -- in a world in which America acts unilaterally when we can and cooperates when we have to.
. . . I've been seeing all of the Republican ads about him. Let me tell you what I know about him. During the Vietnam War, many young men, including the current president, the vice president and me, could have gone to Vietnam and didn't. John Kerry came from a privileged background. He could have avoided going too, but instead, he said: Send me. When they sent those swiftboats up the river in Vietnam and they told them their job was to draw hostile fire . . . John Kerry said: Send me . . . And then, on my watch, when it was time to heal the wounds of war and normalize relations with Vietnam and to demand an accounting of the POWs and MIAs we lost there, John Kerry said: Send me. Then when we needed someone to push the cause of inner-city children struggling to avoid a life of crime or to bring the benefits of high technology to ordinary Americans or to clean the environment in a way that created new jobs, or to give small businesses a better chance to make it, John Kerry said: Send me.
. . . Their opponents will tell you we should be afraid of John Kerry and John Edwards, because they won't stand up to the terrorists. Don't you believe it. Strength and wisdom are not opposing values. They go hand in hand. And John Kerry has both. His first priority will be to keep America safe. Remember the scripture -- Be not afraid.
. . . We have an obligation, both to work hard and to help our fellow citizens, an obligation both to fight terror and to build a world with more cooperation and less terror. Now, again, it is time to choose. . . . So let us go in tonight and say to America in a loud, clear voice: Send John Kerry.
'Trust is at the very heart' of democracy'
Former President Jimmy Carter's remarks:
. . . Today, our dominant international challenge is to restore the greatness of America -- based on telling the truth . . . Truth is the foundation of our global leadership, but our credibility has been shattered and we are left increasingly isolated and vulnerable in a hostile world . . . Trust is at the very heart of our democracy, the sacred covenant between the president and the people.