First on the economy:
Come November, the voters are going to have a very clear choice. It's a choice between keeping the tax relief that is moving this economy forward, or putting the burden of higher taxes back on the American people.... Our opponents talk about job creation, but they're against every one of these job-creating measures. Empty talk about jobs won't get anybody hired. The way to create jobs is our pro-growth, pro-entrepreneur, pro-small business owner agenda.
Next on Personal Liberty:
The American people will decide between two visions of government: a government that encourages ownership and opportunity and responsibility, or a government that takes your money and makes your choices.... On issue after issue, the American people have a clear choice. Our opponents are against personal retirement accounts, against putting patients in charge of Medicare, against tax relief. They seem to be against every idea that gives Americans more authority, and more choices, and more control over their own lives.... I trust the people, not Washington politicians, to make the best decisions for their own money, their own health, their own retirement, and their own lives.
The War on Terror:
It is a choice between an America that leads the world with strength and confidence, or an America that is uncertain in the face of danger.... Our opponents say they approve of bold action in the world, but only if no other government disagrees. I'm all for united action, and so are the 34 coalition partners we have in Iraq right now. But America must never out-source America's national security decisions to the leaders of other governments. Some of our opponents are skeptical that the war on terror is really a war at all. They view terrorism more as a crime -- a problem to be solved with law enforcement and indictments.... After the chaos and carnage of September the 11th, it is not enough to serve our enemies with legal papers. With those attacks, the terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States -- and war is what they got.Damn, that is tough!
This stump stuff is pretty good, (a lot of it is rhetoric and will be quickly refuted for example, "against putting patients in charge of Medicare." I doubt Mr. Kerry will let that stand.) but will get tuned up and better as the campaign trail goes on. I would say that conservatives should be pretty optimistic right now about November. That said, it is a long way off and there is still plenty of time for the topic of conversation to get shifted. I hope this gay marriage thing blows over soon.