Obama, McCain Invoke Nation's Founders in Dueling Independence Day Speeches
Obama, McCain Invoke Nation's Founders in Dueling Independence Day Speeches - Political News - FOXNews.com
President Obama sought to rally support for his domestic initiatives, while Sen. John McCain called for Americans to support millions of Iranian election protesters.
The onetime presidential rivals both cited the spirit of the nation's founders in their U.S. Independence Day radio and Internet addresses Saturday.
Obama said an "unyielding spirit is what defines us as Americans" and led people during the nation's history to explore the West, persevere during the Depression and build a robust industrial economy.
"That is the spirit we are called to show once more," Obama said. "We are facing an array of challenges on a scale unseen in our time. We are waging two wars. We are battling a deep recession. And our economy -- and our nation itself -- are endangered by festering problems we have kicked down the road for far too long: spiraling health care costs; inadequate schools; and a dependence on foreign oil."
He said the same spirit will be needed to deal with problems "we cannot defer any longer," citing several areas:
--Revamping the education system, demand more from teachers, parents and students and "build schools that prepare every child in America to outcompete any worker in the world."
--Overhauling the health care system "that is imposing crushing costs on families, businesses, large and small, and state and federal budgets."
--Making clean energy "the profitable kind of energy so that we can end our dependence on foreign oil and reclaim America's future."
The House narrowly passed Obama's energy bill, and Congress is developing legislation to overhaul the health care system, making care more affordable and providing coverage for millions of the uninsured.
McCain, an Arizona Republican, says the United States has a moral obligation to publicly denounce the Iranian government and support Iranians who feel cheated by the election.
"Today, we stand with the millions of Iranians who brave batons, imprisonment and gunfire to have their voices heard and their votes counted," McCain said. "They do not ask us to arm them or come to their assistance with anything other than public declarations of solidarity, and public denunciations of the tyrants who oppress them. We have a moral obligation to do so."
See here is the big difference between the two while Mr. Obama's lack of any quts to take a REAL STAND for Iran Mr. McCain show's us all what Mr. Obama should do.