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A preview of President Obama's speech tonight
President Obama's speech moves inside because of rain

This story is part of a special series.

In The Region:

President Obama will be speaking to a much smaller crowd -- about 20,000 -- than anticipated tonight. Rain forced the speech indoors, instead ofhe outdoor stadium where some 70,000 were expected.

Ohio's delegation will be front and center on the convention floor as it has been all week -- and as its Republican counterpart was last week. But even some of the 225 members of the delegation will not be able to get tickets. So the Ohio Democratic Party has prepared a watch party downtown for them.

Here are excerpts of President Obama’s remarks as they've been prepared to deliver at the Democratic National Convention tonight. 

“When all is said and done – when you pick up that ballot to vote – you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation. Over the next few years, big decisions will be made in Washington, on jobs and the economy; taxes and deficits; energy and education; war and peace – decisions that will have a huge impact on our lives and our children’s lives for decades to come. 

“On every issue, the choice you face won’t be just between two candidates or two parties.

“It will be a choice between two different paths for America.

“A choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future.

“I won’t pretend the path I’m offering is quick or easy. I never have. 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. It will require common effort, shared responsibility, and the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one. And by the way – those of us who carry on his party’s legacy should remember that not every problem can be remedied with another government program or dictate from Washington. 

“But know this, America: Our problems can be solved. Our challenges can be met. The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place. And I’m asking you to choose that future. I’m asking you to rally around a set of goals for your country – 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. That’s what we can do in the next four years, and that’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States.”


Here's the list of the president's goals for America


  • Create one million new manufacturing jobs by the end of 2016
  • Double exports by the end of 2014


  • Cut net oil imports in half by 2020
  • Support 600,000 natural gas jobs by the end of the decade


  • Cut the growth of college tuition in half over the next 10 years
  • Recruit 100,000 math and science teachers over the next 10 years
  • Train two million workers for real jobs at community colleges

National Security

  • Invest in the economy with the money we’re no longer spending on war


  • Reduce the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next decade


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