We are 17 months from the time for choosing. The stakes for America’s future are about as great as they come. Our prosperity and our security are in the balance. So is opportunity, in this nation where every life matters and everyone has the right to rise.
Already, the choice is taking shape. The party now in the White House is planning a no-suspense primary, for a no-change election. To hold onto power. To slog on with the same agenda under another name: That’s our opponents’ call to action this time around. That’s all they’ve got left.
And you and I know that America deserves better.
They have offered a progressive agenda that includes everything but progress. They are responsible for the slowest economic recovery ever, the biggest debt increases ever, a massive tax increase on the middle class, the relentless buildup of the regulatory state, and the swift, mindless drawdown of a military that was generations in the making.
I, for one, am not eager to see what another four years would look like under that kind of leadership.
The presidency should not be passed on from one liberal to the next.
So, here’s what it comes down to. Our country is on a very bad course. And the question is: What are we going to do about it?
The question for me is: What am I going to do about it?
And I have decided.
I am a candidate for president of the United States.
We will take command of our future once again in this country.
We will lift our sights again, mak...
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...s no passing off responsibility when you’re a governor, no blending into the legislative crowd or filing an amendment and calling that success.
As our whole nation has learned since 2008, executive experience is another term for preparation, and there is no substitute for that.
We are not going to clean up the mess in Washington by electing the people who either helped create it or have proven incapable of fixing it.
In government, if we get a few big things right, we can make life better for millions of people, especially for kids in public schools. Think of what we all watched not long ago in Baltimore where so many young adults are walking around with no vision of a life beyond the life they know.
It’s a tragedy played out over and over and over again.
After we reformed education in Florida, low-income student achievement improved here more than in any other state.
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