- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 15, 2000

Tuesday, August 15, 2000

I'm proud to be from the Free State of Maryland, birthplace of religious freedom and the Star Spangled Banner, home of the Chesapeake Bay, Johns Hopkins, the University of Maryland, the U.S. Naval Academy, Baltimore's digital Harbor, the Orioles and Ravens, the biotech capital of the world;
c the first state to require childproof locks on every new handgun sold;
c and the site of the first Democratic national convention.
But my first Democratic convention was right here in 1960.
That year, as a young girl, I watched as my uncle John Kennedy was nominated to be this party's candidate.
We made history by summoning the best of our country, challenging Americans to serve, and insisting that everyone have a place in that new frontier.
This year, with renewed resolve, we'll make history again.
As Co-Chair of the Platform Drafting Committee, it's an honor to be here to talk about our platform and how it will continue this remarkable era of prosperity, progress and peace.
Thanks to Bill Clinton and Al Gore, and the hard work and imagination of the American people, we've built the greatest era of growth ever.
We've reestablished America as a lighthouse of prosperity and hope.
But this didn't happen automatically and there's no guarantee it will continue.
It takes leadership, responsibility, and vision.
Al Gore knows how the economic breakthroughs of the past eight years can engender stronger, and still broader growth.
There are three important ways for Democrats to expand the winner's circle and the circle of HOPE.
c First, create the best-trained work force anywhere.
We will invest in our children's education, set high standards, and recruit the best teachers.
But it cannot end there.
We'll bring together labor and management to insure that people of all ages and incomes have the skills the marketplace demands today.
Not yesterday. Today.
c Second, put to work the best ideas from our universities, by making sure they have the resources to discover knowledge and move breakthroughs from the lab to the marketplace to create jobs.
c Third, make revolutionary changes in government to match the revolutionary changes in business.
We can use technology to make government more efficient and more responsive.
But as we discuss the limitless potential of a new century, we recognize that while our economy offers unprecedented opportunities, to many Americans, the Information Age is a distant blur.
We must not let it be that our wealth merely affords more powerful computers to connect us to other elites, but sever us from the poor in our hometowns.
All Americans share a common future and a common responsibility to one another.
We can eradicate the opportunity divide running through our country.
We can offer everyone the chance to use their talents to pursue their dreams.
Most important, we can provide Americans with the time and the means to give of themselves: to their families, communities and our country.
The chance to serve is the truest wealth.
THAT is the American Dream.
It is a dream that my uncle and my father, Robert Kennedy, shared, just as they shared a love for this Democratic party.
We will not achieve that dream unless we have a leader who understands the forces at work in our world, and works to extend the blessings of prosperity to every American.
That leader is Al Gore.
As we head forward, we cannot leave anyone behind.
We Democrats stand not just for the success of the few, but for opportunity for all.
We will press onward, with a passion for justice.
Al Gore, Joe Lieberman, and the Democratic Party will make sure the future works for all Americans

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