tv The Presidency Walter Mondale 1984 Democratic National Convention CSPAN April 30, 2021 8:43pm-9:21pm EDT
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americans, i accept your nomination. [ cheers ] behind us now is the most wide-open race in political history. it was noisy, but our voices were heard. it was long, but our stamina was tested. it was hot, but the heat was passion and not anger. it was a roller coaster, but it made me a better candidate, and it will make me a stronger president of the united states.
[ cheers ] i do not envy the drowsy harmony of the republican party. they squelch debate. we welcome it. they deny differences. we bridge them. they are uniform. we are united. [ cheers ] they are a portrait of privilege, and we are a mirror of america. [ cheers ] just look at us here tonight. black and white, asian and
hispanic, native and immigrant, young and old, urban and rural, male and female, from yuppie to lunch pail, from sea to shining sea, we are all here tonight in this convention speaking for america. [ cheers ] and when we -- and when we in this hall speak for america, it is america that is speaking. when we speak of family, the voice is mario cuomo's, when we speak the voice is gary hart's.
when we speak of fire, the fire is jesse jackson. [ cheers ] when we speak of caring, the spirit is ted kennedy's. [ cheers ] when we speak of patriotism, the strength is john glenn's. and when we speak of the future, the message is geraldine ferrarro. [ cheers ] and now, we leave san francisco together. and over the next 100 days, in
every word we say, in every life we touch, we will be fighting for the future of america. [ cheers ] joan and are parents of three wonderful children who will much of their lives in the 21st century. this election is a referendum on their future and on ours. so tonight i want to speak to the young people of america and to their parents and to their grandparents. i'm walter mondale. [ cheers ] you may have heard of me.
but you may not really know me. i grew up in the farm towns of southern minnesota. [ cheers ] my dad was a preacher, and my mom was a music teacher. we never -- we never had a dime. but we were rich in the values that are important. and i've carried those values with me ever since. they taught me to work hard, to stand on my own, to play by the rules, to tell the truth, to obey the law, to care for others, to love our country, and
to cherish our faith. my story isn't unique. in the last few weeks, i've deepened my admiration for someone who shares those same values. her immigrant father loved our country. her widowed mother sacrificed her family, and her own career is an american classic, doing your work, earning your way, paying your dues, rising on merit. my presidency will be about those values. [ cheers ] my vice president will be geraldine ferarro.
tonight, we opened a new door to the future. mr. reagan calls it tokenism. we call it america. [ cheers ] ever since i graduated from elmore high, i've been a democrat. i was the attorney general of my state, then a united states senator, and then an honest, caring man jimmy carter picked me as running mate. and in 1976 -- [ cheers ] and in 1976, i was elected vice
president. then in 1980, ronald reagan beat the pants off us. so tonight, i want to say something to those of you across the country who voted for ronald reagan, republicans, independents, and yes, some democrats. i heard you and our party heard you. after we lost, we didn't tell the american people that they were wrong. instead, we began asking you what our mistakes had been. and for four years, i listened to all of the people of our country. i traveled everywhere. it seemed like i had visited every area of america. it wasn't easy.
i remember late one night, as i headed from a speech in one city so a hotel 1,000 miles away, a friend of mine said, fritz, i just saw you on tv. are those bags under your eyes natural? [ laughter ] and i said, no, i got them the old-fashioned way. i earned them. [ cheers ] [ chanting ] to the thousands of americans who welcomed me into your homes and into your businesses, your churches and your synagogues, i thank you. you confirmed my belief in our
country's values. and you helped me learn and grow. so tonight wedge to you with a new realism, ready for the future and recapturing the best in our tradition. we know that america must have a strong defense and a sober view of the soviets. we know that government must be as well managed as it is well meaning. we know that a healthy, growing, private economy is the key to the future. we know that harry truman spoke the truth when he said a president has to be able to say "yes" and "no," but mostly "no." look at our platform. there are no defense cuts that weaken our security, no businesses taxes that weaken our
economy, no laundry list that raid our treasury. we are a wiser, stronger, and we are focused on the future. if mr. reagan wants to rerun the 1980 campaign, fine. let them fight over the past. we're fighting for the american future and that's why we're going to win this campaign. [ cheers ] [ chanting ]
>> one last word. one last word to those of you who voted for mr. reagan. i know what you are saying, but i also know what you were not saying. you did not vote for $200 billion deficits. you did not vote for an arms race. you did not vote to turn the heavens into a battleground. you did not vote to savage social security and medicare. >> no! >> you did not vote to destroy family farming. >> no! >> you did not vote to trash the civil rights laws. >> no! >> you did not vote to poison the environment. >> no! >> you did not vote to assault the poor, the sick, and the disabled. >> no!
>> and you did not vote to pay 50 bucks for a 50 cent light bulb. >> no! [ cheers and applause ] four years ago, four years ago, many of you voted for mr. reagan because he promised that you would be better off. and today, the rich are better off. but working americans are worse off. and the middle class is standing on a trap door. lincoln once said if ours is to be the government by the people and for the people, but what we have today is a government of the rich, by the rich, and for
the rich, and we're going to make a change in november. [ cheers ] look at the record. first there was mr. reagan's tax plan. what happened with this? he gave each of his rich friends enough tax relief to buy a rolls royce. and then he asked your family to pay for the hubcaps. then they looked the other way. sorry, utility bills, phone bills, medical bills. then they crimped our future. they let us be routed in international competition. now the help wanted ads are full of listings for executives and for dish washers but not much in
>> mr. reagan -- mr. reagan believes that the genius of america is in the board rooms and exclusive country clubs. i believe that greatness can be found in the men and women who build our nation, do its work, and defend our freedom. if this administration has a plan for a better future, they're keeping a secret. here's the truth about the future. we're living on borrowed money and borrowed time. these deaf stits hike interest rates, clobber exports, stunt
investment, kill jobs, undermine growth cheat our kids and shrink our future. whoever is inaugurated in january the american people have pay mr. reagan's bills. the budgets will be squeezed, taxes will go up and anyone that says they won't is not telling the truth to the american people. i mean business. by the end of my first term, i will reduce the reagan budget deficit by two-thirds. let's tell the truth. it must be done. it must be done.
mr. reagan will raise taxes. and sol i. he won't tell you. i just did. >> there's another difference. there's another difference -- >> there's another difference. there's another difference when he raises taxes, it won't be done fairly. he will sock it every income families again and he'll leave his rich friends alone.
and i won't stand for it and neither will you and neither will the american people. to the corporations in the field your free ride is over. to the congress, my mess saj, we must cut spending and pay as we go. if you don't hold the line, i will. that's what the veto is for. now that's my plan to cut the deficit. mr. reagan is keeping his plan secret until after the election.
that's not leadership. that's salesmanship and i think the american people know the difference. i challenge tonight -- i challenge mr. reagan to put his plan on the table next to mun and then let's debate it on national television before the people of this country! americans -- americans want the truth about their future. they're entitled to it. and they want the truth now, not after the election.
when the american economy leads the world, the jobs are here. the prosperity is here. and the future is here for our children. but that's not what is happening today. three mullon of our best jobs have gone overseas. mr. reagan has done nothing about it. they have no plan to get our competitive edge back but we do. we will cut the deficit, reduce interest rates, make our exports affordable and make america number one again! we will launch a renaissance in
education and science and learning. mind is a terrible thing to waste. and this must be the best educated generation in american history and i will lead our nation forward for the best system that this nation has ever seen. we must do it. we must do it. it is time -- it is time for america to have a season of excellence. parents must turn off that television. students must do their home work teachers must teach and america will be number one if we will follow those rules. let's get with it in america again!
two too big companies that send our best jobs overseas, my message is we need those jobs here at home. and our country won't help your business unless your business helps our country. two countries that close their markets to us, my message is, we will not be pushed around anymore. we will have a president who stands up for american workers and american businesses and american farmers in international trade.
when i grew up and people ask us to imagine the future, we were full of dreams. but a few months ago when i visited a grade school class in texas and asked the children about their future, they talked to me about nuclear war. lately as we neared the election this administration has begun to talk about a safer world. but there say big difference. as president, i'll work for peace from the first day in office and not from my first day of campaigning for re-election. adds president -- as president, i'll reassert american values.
there are law enforcement forces from the region. and in my first 100 days i will stop the illegal war in nicaragua. >> we know the differences. and america condemns the dissidents and jews and suppression of solidarity. invasion of afghanistan. they're meddling around the world. that between us, we have the capacity to destroy the planet. every president says the bond
>> why can't we meet in summit conferences with the soviet union at least once a year? why can't we reach agreements to save this earth? the truth is we can. president kennedy said we must never negotiate out of fear but we must never fear to negotiate. for the sake of civilization we must negotiate a nuclear freeze before the weapons destroy us
all. the second term -- the secretary term of a mondale-ferraro administration will begin in 1989. by the start of the next decade, i want to ask our children their dreams and hear not one word about nuclear nightmares. by the start of the next decade, i want to walk into any classroom in america and talk to some of the brightest teachers and students and have them tell me i want to be a teacher.
by the start -- by the start of the next decade, i want to walk into any public health clinic in america and hear the doctor say we haven't seen a hungry child this year. by the start of the next decade, i want to walk into any store in america and i want to pick up the best product of the best quality and the best price and turn it over and read made in the usa. by the start -- by the start of
the next decade, i want to meet with the most successful business leaders anywhere in the america. and see as many minorities and women in that room as i see in this room here tonight. by the start of the next decade, i want to point to the supreme court and say justice is in good hands. before the start of the next decade, i want to go to my second inaugural and raise my right hand and swear to
enlarge. a door each generation must open. a promise that each generation must keep. for the rest of my life, i want to talk to young people about their future. and whatever their race, whatever their religion, whatever their sex, i want to hear some of them say what i say with joy and reverence tonight. i want to be president of the united states. thank you.