I’ll have to be sure to send this along to Sen. Bob Menendez’s opponent for U.S. Senate this year, Tom Kean, Jr.
Remarks of Rep. Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
Democratic National Convention
August 16, 2000
I come before you tonight, the son of immigrants, whose family fled from Cuba to freedom and now serves as the Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, the first Hispanic ever elected to serve in a leadership position in the Congress.
That is the timeless wonder of America and our Democratic Party.
Unlike the Republican convention, we Democrats don’t need to masquerade as inclusionary, we live that creed in every way—and Joe Lieberman is a shining example.
That is why the victory we seek, is not a victory of party, but a victory for people. We are the party of the people, they are the party of the powerful.
To be the party of the people, you must have principled fighters, like Al Gore and Joe Lieberman. Eight years ago, Vice President Gore, Senator Lieberman, and my Democratic congressional colleagues took the principled position that turned around the exploding deficits of the Bush-Quayle years. Now, we have the longest and strongest economic expansion in American history.
Don’t tell us having principled fighters like Joe Lieberman doesn’t make a difference.
Joe Lieberman’s accomplishments reflect his economic priorities of maintaining growth through fiscal discipline, enhancing our competitive position, and expanding economic opportunity to lower income families to ensure they too can benefit.
As a fighter for working families, Joe Lieberman has fought to expand the winner’s circle of this new economy.
Whether through his work to help families save for retirement, his efforts to bring new businesses and jobs to our cities, or fighting for targeted tax cuts, Joe Lieberman has shown through his life’s work, that we can make the American dream real for all.
Joe Lieberman understands that our nation’s competitive future depends on how well the next generation of Americans is educated. Together, we will give all our children a world-class education — by raising standards, demanding greater accountability, but also reducing class sizes, training a new generation of highly qualified teachers, that will teach our children starting in preschool, and in classrooms that meet the challenges of the future.
We Democrats believe that we can both put 100,000 police officers on the streets, and place 100,000 qualified teachers in the classrooms of the nation.
If we can build jails, then we can build 21st century schools.
That’s why we are the party of the people, and they are the party of the powerful.
Joe Lieberman and Al Gore believe in empowerment, not simply compassion. As Latinos, we tell those that speak of “compassionate conservatism” whether in English or Spanish that what we need is opportunity – not compassion – the type of opportunity Al Gore and Joe Lieberman have spent their lives fighting for.
Mis hermanos Latinos no nos hace falta la compasion que nos ofrecen los Republicanos. Lo que nos hace falta es oportunidad – La oportunidad de educacion de poder economico, de seguridad de salud de dignidad para nuestros ancianos, de respetar y ayudar a los immigrantes, el respeto y el apoyo que Al Gore y Joe Lieberman siempre nos han ofrecido. Por eso ganamos con nuestro amigos Al Gore y Joe Lieberman.
Thank you, Al Gore and Joe Lieberman for standing with our community all the time–not just at election time.
This is a party of inclusion, not just in theme, but in reality. Look around this hall. It looks like America – it is America.
Let us elect a Vice President who embodies the values, the principles and the opportunities America is all about. Let us make Joe Lieberman the next Vice President of the United States.
Thank you, and God Bless America.