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years at the forces that collided on the capital streets. our guest is investigative journalist lawrence roberts, author of "may day 1971: a white house at war. a revolt in the streets and the untold history of america's biggest mass arrest." watch tonight, beginning at 8:00 p.m. eastern and watch american history tv every weekend on c-span 3.
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walter mondale, who served as jimmy carter's vice president, died on april 19th. in 1984, he accepted his party's presidential nomination at the democratic national convention in san francisco. in the november general election, mr. mondale was defeated by incumbent president ronald reagan. ♪♪ ♪♪ >> thank you very much.
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>> thank you very much. thank you. thank you very much. thank you very much. thank you very much. thank you very, very much. my fellow democrats, my fellow americans, i accept your nomination. behind us now is the most wide
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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. i do not envy the drowsy harmony of the republican party. they squelched debate, we welcome it. they deny differences, we bridge them. they are uniform, we are united.
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they are a portrait of privilege and we are a mirror of america. 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 yuppy to lunch pail. from sea to shining sea, we are all here tonight at this convention, speaking for america.
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and when we in this hall speak for america, it is america that is speaking. when we speak of family, the voice the mario cuomo. when we speak of change, the words are gary hart's. when we speak -- when we speak of hope, the fire is jesse jackson. when we speak of carrying, the spirit is ted kennedy's. when we speak of patriotism, the strength is john glenn's. and when we speak of the future,
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the message is geraldine ferraro. 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. joan and i are parents of three wonderful children who will live much of their lives in the 21st
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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. you may have heard of me but you may not really know me. i grew up in the farm towns of southern minnesota. many dad was a preacher and my mom was a music teacher. we never -- we never had a dime
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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
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classic. doing your work, earning your way, paying your dues, rising on merit. my presidency will be about those values and my -- my vice president will be geraldine ferraro. tonight, we open a new door to the future. mr. reagan calls it tokenism. we call it america.
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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 a running mate. and in 1976 -- 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, yes, some democrats.
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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 edge of america. it wasn't easy. i remember late one night as i headed from a speech in one city to a hotel 1,000 miles away, a friend of mine came up to me and said, fritz, i just saw you on tv. are those bags under your eyes natural? and i said, no, i got them the
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old fashioned way. i earned them. 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, we come to you with a new realism, ready for the future and recapturing the best in our traditions. 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
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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 business 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.
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one last word -- one last word to those of you who voted for mr. reagan. i know what you were 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
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race. you did not vote to turn the heavens into a battleground. you did not vote to savage social security and medicare. social security and medicare. you did not vote to destroy family farming. >> no. >> you did not vote to trash the civil rights law. >> 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! >> four years ago -- four years ago many of you voted for mr. reagan because he promised that
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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, ours is to be a government of the people, 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. look at the record. first there was mr. reagan's tax program. what happened was this.
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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 at the rip-offs, soaring utility bills, phone bills, medical bills, and then they crimped our future, they let us be rooted in international competition, and now the help wanted ads are full of listings for executives and dish washers, but not much in between. then they socked it to the workers, they encouraged executives to vote themselves huge bonuses while using king kong tactics to make workers take hong kong wages. [ applause ]
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mr. reagan -- [ chanting ] mr. reagan -- mr. reagan believes 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
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built our nation, knew its worth 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 are living on borrowed money and borrowed time. these deficits 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 will have to pay mr. reagan's bills. the budget will be squeezed,
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taxes will go up. anybody who says they won't is not telling the truth to the american people. i mean -- 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. that must be done. it must be done. mr. reagan will raise taxes. so will i. he won't tell you. i just did. there's another difference,
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there's another difference -- [ chanting ] >> there's another difference -- there's another difference. when he raises taxes, it won't be done fairly. he will sock average-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 and the free loaders who play the loopholes and pay no taxes, my message is you're free ride is over.
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to the congress my message is, 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 mine and let's debate it on national
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television before the people of this country. americans -- americans -- americans want the truth about their future. they're entitled to it. they want the truth now, not after the election. when the economy -- 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's happening today. this is the worst trade year in american history. 3 million of our best jobs have
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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 in the world economy. we will lunch a renaissance in education, science and learning, a 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 to the best system this nation has ever seen. we must do it. we must do it.
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it is time -- it is time for america to have a season of excellence. parents must turn off that television. students must do their homework. teachers must teach and america compete. we'll be number one if we will follow those rules. let's get with it in america again. there are companies that send our best jobs overseas, and we need those jobs here at home, and our country won't help your business unless your business helps our country.
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to 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, people asked us to imagine the future, we were full of dreams. but a few months ago when i visited grade school class in texas and asked the children to imagine the future, they talked to me about nuclear war.
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lately as we have neared the election, this administration has begun to talk about a safer world. but there's a big difference. as president i will work for peace from my first day in office and not from my first day of campaigning for re-election. as president -- as president i will reassert american values. i'll press for human rights in central america. for the removal of all foreign forces from the region, and in my first 100 days i will stop the illegal war in nicaragua. [ applause ]
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we know the deep differences with the soviets and america condemns their suppression of solidarity, and their invasion of afghanistan and their meddling around the world, but the truth is that the cleanest compassion capacity to destroy the planet, and why has this administration failed? why haven't they tried? why can't they understand the cry of americans and human beings for sense and sanity and
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controlled these god-awful weapons? why? why? why? why can't we meet in summit conferences in the soviet union at least once a year? why can't we reach an agreement
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to save this earth? the truth is we can. president kennedy was right when he said we must never negotiate out of fear, but we must never fear to negotiate. for the second of civilization, we must negotiate a nuclear freeze before these weapons destroy us all. the second term of a mondale/ferraro administration will begin in 1989. by the start of the next decade, i want to ask our children their
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dreams and hear not one word about nuclear nightmares.
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by the start of the next decade, i want to walk into any store in america and pick up the best product of the best quality and 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 america and see as many minorities and women in that room as i see in this room here tonight.
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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 preserve, protect and defend the constitution that includes the equal rights amendment. [ applause ]
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my friends, america is a future that each generation must 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,
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whatever their sex, i want to hear some of them saying what i say with joy and reverence tonight. i want to be president of the united states. thank you. thank you. ♪♪ ♪♪
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♪♪ weeknights this month we're featuring american history tv programs as a preview of what is available every weekend on c-span 3. tonight we take a look back to when tens of thousands of anti-vietnam war protesters, young people and military veterans alike converged on washington, d.c. in the spring of 1971. more than 7,000 of them were arrested in a single day. we look back 50 years on the forces that collided on the capitol streets. our guests is investigative journalist lawrence roberts, author of "a white house at war," "and "the untold history of america's biggest mass arrest." watch american history tv every weekend on c-span3. we continue to look back at the life of walterda

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