Transcript: Vice President Biden’s Convention Speech

 Transcript of Vice President Joe Biden‘s speech at the Democratic National Convention, as prepared for delivery:
September 6, 2012
Enlarge J. Scott Applewhite/APVice President Joe Biden addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday.

My fellow Democrats, and my favorite Democrat.

Jilly, I want you to know that Beau, Hunt, Ashley, and I are so proud of you. We admire the way you treat every single student who walks into your classroom. You not only teach them. You give them confidence. And the passion you bring to easing the burden on the families of our warriors. They know you understand what they’re going through. It makes a difference. And I’m grateful. So grateful that you said Yes on that fifth try.

And Beau, thank you for placing my name in nomination to be Vice President of the United States. I accept. Continue reading “Transcript: Vice President Biden’s Convention Speech”

Democratic platform supports collective bargaining

Democratic platform supports collective bargaining

Sep. 4, 2012 – 02:05PM   |  By STEPHEN LOSEY
 Three women wear T-shirts with pictures of President Obama stating "He saved our jobs" as they walk outside the Time Warner Arena, where this year's Democratic National Convention takes place, in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday. Preparations for the Democratic National Convention have begun around Charlotte, where the party is expected to nominate Obama for a second term.

Three women wear T-shirts with pictures of President Obama stating “He saved our jobs” as they walk outside the Time Warner Arena, where this year’s Democratic National Convention takes place, in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday. Preparations for the Democratic National Convention have begun around Charlotte, where the party is expected to nominate Obama for a second term. (Mladen Antonov / AFP)

The Democratic Party reaffirms its support for collective bargaining rights for public-sector workers in its 2012 platform, which it released Monday night.

“Democrats believe that the right to organize and collectively bargain is a fundamental value,” the platform said. “Unions helped build the greatest middle class the world has ever known. We will fight for collective bargaining rights for police officers, nurses, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, teachers and other public-sector workers — jobs that are a proven path to the middle class for millions of Americans.” Continue reading “Democratic platform supports collective bargaining”