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”

John Kerry’s 5 scathing attacks at Romney

John Kerry’s 5 scathing attacks at Romney

By KEVIN CIRILLI | 9/6/12 9:05 PM EDT

Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry attacked GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s foreign policy Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention. Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Hillary Clinton as secretary of state if President Barack Obama is reelected.

Here are five of Kerry’s best lines:

1. “This is not the time to outsource the job of commander in chief.”

2. “Ask Osama bin Laden if he is better off now than he was four years ago.”

3. “It isn’t fair to say Mitt Romney doesn’t have a position on Afghanistan. He has every position…. Mr. Romney, here’s a little advice: Before you debate Barack Obama on foreign policy, you better finish the debate with yourself.”

4. “For Mitt Romney, an overseas trip is what you call it when you trip all over yourself overseas. It wasn’t a goodwill mission — it was a blooper reel.”

5. “Folks, Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from Alaska. Mitt Romney talks like he’s only seen Russia by watching ‘Rocky IV.’”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/80881.html#ixzz25kRlfxo2

In Late Boost, Unions Chipped In More for Convention

Washington Wire

September 6, 2012, 1:35 PM

By Alicia Mundy,Associated Press

Delegates hold up signs during union leaders’ speeches at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Labor unions gave new donations to the Democratic Party for its national convention just as delegates were convening for the event, people with knowledge of the matter say.

The contributions marked something of a change for organized labor, which had scaled back its donations compared to prior years. That was due in part to the Democrats’ decision to hold the event in North Carolina, whose right-work-laws are bitterly opposed by unions. Continue reading “In Late Boost, Unions Chipped In More for Convention”

Richard Trumka: ‘We Love Our Country….We Built It’

09/05/2012; Jackie Tortora

America needs good jobs and shared prosperity, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told delegates at the Democratic National Convention tonight. It’s abundantly clear the Romney-Ryan ticket is only offering prosperity for the rich and an economic nightmare for everyone else, whether it’s cutting Medicare and Social Security, giving the rich more tax breaks or outsourcing America’s jobs. “Prosperity requires democracy—starting with the essential right of everyone in this great country to a voice, both in the ballot box and in the workplace.”  Continue reading “Richard Trumka: ‘We Love Our Country….We Built It’”

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”