"And fifth, we will champion SMALL businesses, America's engine of job growth. That means reducing taxes on business, not raising them. It means simplifying and modernizing the regulations that hurt small business the most. And it means that we must rein in the skyrocketing cost of healthcare by repealing and replacing Obamacare.
"Today, women are more likely than men to start a business. They need a president who respects and understands what they do.
"And let me make this very clear — unlike President Obama, I will not raise taxes on the middle class.
"As president, I will protect the sanctity of life. I will honor the institution of marriage. And I will guarantee America's first liberty: the freedom of religion.
"President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. MY promise...is to help you and your family.
"I will begin my presidency with a jobs tour. President Obama began with an apology tour. America, he said, had dictated to other nations. No Mr. President, America has freed other nations from dictators.
"Every American was relieved the day President Obama gave the order, and Seal Team Six took out Osama bin Laden. But on another front, every American is less secure today because he has failed to slow Iran's nuclear threat.
"In his first TV interview as president, he said we should talk to Iran. We're still talking, and Iran's centrifuges are still spinning.
"President Obama has thrown allies like Israel under the bus, even as he has relaxed sanctions on Castro's Cuba. He abandoned our friends in Poland by walking away from our missile defense commitments, but is eager to give Russia's President Putin the flexibility he desires, after the election. Under my administration, our friends will see more loyalty, and Mr. Putin will see a little less flexibility and more backbone.
"We will honor America's democratic ideals because a free world is a more peaceful world. This is the bipartisan foreign policy legacy of Truman and Reagan. And under my presidency we will return to it once again.
"You might have asked yourself if these last years are really the America we want, the America won for us by the greatest generation.
"Does the America we want borrow a trillion dollars from China? No.
"Does it fail to find the jobs that are needed for 23 million people and for half the kids graduating from college? No.
"Are its schools lagging behind the rest of the developed world? No.
"And does the America we want succumb to resentment and division? We know the answer.
"The America we all know has been a story of the many becoming one, uniting to preserve liberty, uniting to build the greatest economy in the world, uniting to save the world from unspeakable darkness.
"Everywhere I go in America, there are monuments that list those who have given their lives for America. There is no mention of their race, their party affiliation, or what they did for a living. They lived and died under a single flag, fighting for a single purpose. They pledged allegiance to the UNITED States of America.
"That America, that united America, can unleash an economy that will put Americans back to work, that will once again lead the world with innovation and productivity, and that will restore every father and mother's confidence that their children's future is brighter even than the past.
"That America, that united America, will preserve a military that is so strong, no nation would ever dare to test it.
"That America, that united America, will uphold the constellation of rights that were endowed by our Creator, and codified in our Constitution.
"That united America will care for the poor and the sick, will honor and respect the elderly, and will give a helping hand to those in need.
"That America is the best within each of us. That America we want for our children.
"If I am elected President of these United States, I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America, to lift our eyes to a better future. That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us. Our children deserve it, our nation depends upon it, the peace and freedom of the world require it. And with your help we will deliver it. Let us begin that future together tonight."
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