Text of state Rep. Judy Baker's speech at the Biden rally in Columbia

Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | 2:25 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — State Rep. Judy Baker, candidate for Congress in Missouri's 9th District, joined vice-presidential nominee Joseph Biden on Tuesday and spoke to Missouri voters about the change needed to restart the economy, fix health care and improve services for our veterans. The text of that speech is below:

Sen. Biden, you are a tiger in the Senate, so welcome to the home of the Cotton Bowl Champion Missouri Tigers.

And how about that invocation from the best pastor I know. That's my husband John Baker!

You know we've heard a lot about change over the course of this campaign.

And I'll tell you, that campaigning from Miller County up through Boone and all the way up to Scotland County, change is what our state wants.

Missouri wants change. And I know America wants change.

But I'll also tell you that Missouri needs change and America needs change.

I see it on the faces of the Chrysler workers in Franklin and Warren counties who worry about how they'll afford the payments on the minivans they use to make-now that their plant is closed.

I hear it when I listen to a small business owner tell me that they want to expand, they want to grow, but they can't afford the cost of health care and they won't-they will not-leave their workers without good benefits.

And I feel it when a mom grabs my arm at a church picnic and tells me that her son has just come home from Iraq and she needs my help to make sure he gets the care he has earned.

I'll tell you something else. Barack Obama and Joe Biden know what we need to get Missouri and America back on track.

Barack and Joe know we need a united America, not defined by ideology or party, but redefined by the American spirit that says we can do anything, as long as we do it together.

Not as Democrats. Not as Republican. We can do better. We must do better. And we will do better.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden personify that spirit with a great faith in America and they will change Washington.

But to get there: to get American going again-to get those Chrysler workers new jobs, to help mom and pop get health insurance, to honor that soldier who fought hard enough on the battlefield and shouldn't have to for health care-we're going to need some fighters in Washington.

Joe Biden's mom taught him right.

Respect hard work. Don't back down. Fight for what you know is right.

And-if you have to-bloody some noses.

Joe, I want you to know that this election won't be easy. And when we-WE-get to Washington, change won't be easy.

But I'll promise you that Missouri is going to send you some fighters to help bring the change we need.

I am proud to stand with a man that is tough. A man that is strong. A man that feels the pressure every American family faces.

And I am proud of a man that went to Washington to work, but returned home every night.

That man is the next vice president of the United States: Joe Biden!

But we aren't here just to talk. We are here to work. Work for our candidates on the local level, work for candidates like me running for Congress and work for the next president of the United States Barack Obama.




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