DENVER (AP) - Barack Obama, launching his historic fall campaign for the White House with an outdoor Democratic National Convention extravaganza, pledged Thursday to “fix the broken politics in Washington” after he defeats Republican John McCain in the fall.
“We are better than these last eight years. We are a better country than this,” Obama said in excerpts of his acceptance speech released in advance of his speech.
Seeking to weld his Republican rival to the outgoing Bush presidency, Obama declared that McCain as a senator had voted with Bush 90 percent of the time. “I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to take a 10 percent chance on change,” he said.
“We meet at one of those defining moments a moment when our nation is at war, our economy is in turmoil and the American promise has been threatened once more,” Obama said in the excerpts.
He said it’s time to change leadership in Washington after two terms of the Bush administration. “On Nov. 4,” he said, “we must stand up and say: ‘Eight is enough.”
Obama said that more Americans now are out of work or working harder for less, more have lost homes or are watching home values plummet, have cars they can’t afford, credit card bills they can’t pay and tuition that is beyond reach.
“These challenges are not all of government’s making. But the failure to respond is a direct result of a broken politics in Washington and the failed presidency of George W. Bush,” he said.