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Rahm Emanuel Democratic convention speech. Transcript

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REP. EMANUEL: Good evening. I'm from Chicago, the hometown of the next president of the United States, Barack Obama. (Cheers, applause.)

In the 2006 election, Democrats, independents and even some Republicans scored a victory that President Bush himself called a "thumping." Well, Mr. President, as Ronald Reagan used to say, you ain't seen nothing yet. (Cheers, applause.)

The truth is, the Bush crowd has been giving the middle class a thumpin'. And this November, the middle class is going to give it right back.

This -- this election comes down to a simple question: do we want four more years of Bush-McCain or do we want the change we need? There is only one candidate from the middle class, only one candidate that understands the middle class and that can deliver the change the middle class needs: Barack Obama. (Cheers, applause.)

A strong economy depends on a strong middle class, but George Bush has put the middle class in a hole, and John McCain has a plan to keep digging that hole with George Bush's shovel. Under George Bush, median household incomes have declined a thousand dollars, health care costs have doubled, college costs have doubled, and energy costs have tripled. Under George Bush, you're paying more and making less.

If John McCain has his way, your bills will continue to grow and your paycheck will continue to shrink.

Under George Bush, millions of Americans are without health care. And those that do have health care are seeing their co-pays go up and their coverage go down. If John McCain has his way, we'll stick with the policies that will leave more Americans uninsured. And far too many Americans are paying more for health care and getting less for it.

You know, President Bush inherited the strongest economy in history. He inherited a huge budget surplus. And he inherited an economy that created 23 million new jobs. I'm a little surprised because I thought the one thing that George Bush was good at was inheriting things. (Cheers, applause.)

Instead he turned $236-billion surplus into a record deficit and added $4 trillion in new debt. The one thing you could say about George Bush -- Mr. President, we'll forever be in your debt. (Applause.)

When it comes to the economy, when it comes to job creation, when it comes to health care reform our deficit reduction, there are three words to describe the Bush-McCain record: mission not accomplished.

It doesn't have to be this way. Barack Obama will make change a reality for middle-class Americans. In an Obama-Biden administration, Americans will finally get a new deal for the new economy -- a tax cut they earned, health care they can afford, a pension they can keep and a college education they deserve -- families like the Walshes from Chicago's Edgebrook neighborhood.

Marge and Don Walsh raised a family and taught their kids to know the difference between right and wrong. Their son Sean (sp) is a plumber who signed up for the Illinois National Guard and did two -- when his nation called, did two tours of duty in Iraq. The Walshes have done everything this country has asked of them and more, but the Walshes and families like them can't afford four more years of playing second fiddle to the well-connected and the powerful.

And our country can't afford four more years of Bush-McCain economics. I know the Walshes. I know Barack Obama. And families like the Walshes can trust Barack Obama because Barack Obama will always put hardworking middle-class families first. He will stand up to the special interests and stand up for middle-class families.

The only special interest that belongs in the Oval Office are the Walshes and middle-class families like them. And Barack Obama will deliver the change our country so desperately needs.

Thank you, and God bless America. (Cheers, applause.)

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