In just a few weeks, we will face a critical turning point for our nation. On Tuesday, Nov. 2, your family's future, the strength of your community, and the direction of our country will be on the ballot.
The choice is simple … and the stakes have never been higher.
Should we keep pushing forward towards the brighter days that are just ahead? Or will we allow the forces of intolerance, ignorance, and division to take America back to a much darker time?
So, to all of my Republican colleagues and their new Tea Party friends, I have a message for you: We're not taking one step back.
Hard-working families across this country, especially African Americans, know all too well the pain that this recession has caused. New Census figures show that one in seven Americans is living below the poverty line. That shocking figure includes 25 percent of African Americans.
So while we're fighting to create jobs, preserve families, and lift up our communities, what is the Republican plan?
They want you to stay home on Election Day so that they can elect their Tea Party extremists to Congress.
They want to put insurance companies back in charge of your health care.
They want to give Wall Street speculators a free pass to engage in new reckless financial schemes.
They want to give millionaires a tax cut by adding $700 billion to the deficit.
They want to privatize and cut Social Security.
And that's not the worst of it.
The Republican Tea Party's real objective is to use fear, ignorance, and intolerance to cripple President Obama.
But we won't let that happen. Not this time. Not this year.
We're not taking one step back.
We're not going to allow them to take this country back into the darkness.
With your vote, we're going to keep America moving forward into the light.
With your vote, we're going to give President Obama the tools he needs to create jobs, fight poverty, close disparities in health care and education, extend unemployment benefits, defend Social Security, and fight for all of us.
Your vote is vital on Tuesday, Nov. 2.