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Obama: We Can 'Rebuild'

President Barack Obama waves to delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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September 6, 2012

President Obama said Thursday in excerpts of his convention speech that the path he offers is not easy but will lead to a better place.

  •  Obama presented the election as a choice between two fundamentally different visions of the future, and himself as a truth-teller addressing longstanding challenges.
  • It was an acknowledgment that the last four years have been difficult for many Americans and an attempt to assure them that if they stick with him, there will be a payoff.
  • Obama urged the country to rally around a series of oft-stated goals in manufacturing, energy, education, national security, and the deficit – “a real, achievable plan that will lead to new jobs, more opportunity, and rebuild this economy on a stronger foundation."
  • “I won’t pretend the path I’m offering is quick or easy. I never have,” he will tell the delegates. “You didn’t elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth. And the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades.”
  • With an eye toward voters wary of federal government expansion during his term, Obama reminded his party that ”not every problem can be remedied with another government program or dictate from Washington.”
  • Obama’s goals, most of which he has outlined before, include creating 1 million new manufacturing jobs by the end of 2016; doubling exports by the end of 2014; cutting net oil imports in half by 2020; supporting 600,000 natural gas jobs by the end of the decade; cutting the growth of college tuition in half over 10 years; recruiting 100,000 math and science teachers over 10 years; training 2 million workers at community colleges, and reducing the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next 10 years.

(FULL COVERAGE: The Democratic National Convention)

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