Excerpts from the Vice President's speech:
The Vice President on the opportunities available in this great land:
\"It is the story of this country that people have been able to dream big dreams with confidence they would come true, if not for themselves, then for their children and grandchildren. And that sense of boundless opportunity is a gift that we must pass on to all who come after us.\"
The Vice President on the greatest challenge of our time:
\"These have been years of achievement, and we are eager for the work ahead. And in all that we do, we will never lose sight of the greatest challenge of our time: preserving the freedom and security of this nation against determined enemies.\"
The Vice President on the stakes of this election:
\"In this election, we will decide who leads our country for the next four years. Yet, there is more in the balance than that. Moments come along in history when leaders must make fundamental decisions about how to confront a long term challenge abroad and how best to keep the American people secure. This nation has reached another of those defining moments.\"
The Vice President on the sharp contrast between the President and Senator Kerry:
\"And on the question of America\'s role in the world, the differences between Senator Kerry and President Bush are the sharpest, and the stakes for the country are the highest.\"
The Vice President on President Bush's vision for a safer world and a more hopeful America:
\"The historian Bernard DeVoto once wrote that when America was created, the stars must have danced in the sky. Our President understands the miracle of this great country. He knows the hope that drives it and shares the optimism that has long been so important a part of our national character. He gets up each and every day determined to keep our great nation safe so that generations to come will know the freedom and opportunities we have known - and more.\"