Culver’s Dermocratic convention speech, prepared for delivery:
The long journey to this historic convention began on a cold winter’s night in the great State of Iowa!
So, I’m honored to join you – nearly seven months and seven hundred miles from the site of that first contest, as we unite to make Barack Obama the next President of the United States.
This summer, in Iowa, we saw the motivating power of hope and determination when our state was hit with one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history.
Despite three tornados and 500 year flood levels, countless Americans rallied to help us.
So, on behalf of every Iowan, I want to say thank you for assisting us in our time of need. We will get through this difficult challenge!
We know the Iowa values of faith, hard work and common sense will guide us and strengthen us, as we rebuild an even better, safer, and stronger state.
Today I stand proudly with Barack Obama and Joe Biden; no strangers to Iowa who share our heartland values!
When they are in the White House, our country will once again rise to meet the great challenges of our time.
And, at the top of that list of challenges is securing our energy future!
For the last eight years, the big oil companies and their Washington lobbyists have literally written our national energy policies.
They have made billions, while the rest of us are stuck paying the bill.
Now the oil companies are putting their bets on John McCain; bankrolling his campaign and gambling with our future.
McCain has voted against tax credits for renewable energy eleven times, and his only idea to solve our energy crisis is to keep doing what we are doing as prices go up and up and up.
Barack Obama understands our need for change. Only Barack Obama — has a detailed plan to give us the change we need – lower energy prices and more “green-collar jobs!”
If anyone still doubts whether renewable energy can lower prices and create jobs, look no further than Iowa.
We have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in renewables, created more than 100,000 good-paying jobs, and provided clean alternatives to overpriced, foreign oil.
Iowa is fast becoming the renewable energy capital of the United Staes; and other states, like Colorado, are doing the same.
All around the country, entrepreneurs and innovators are joining state and local governments on exciting, cutting-edge projects.
Just think how much we do when we have a president who shares our vision.
Barack Obama’s clean energy plan will create 5 million new jobs.
He will crack down on the special interests who intentionally bid up energy prices for their own profit.
And, he will set a national goal of producing 25 percent of our electricity from renewable sources by 2025.
In just more than two months, Americans will decide the most important election in a generation.
Our choice is to stick with the status quo or to move our country forward. On energy, the stakes couldn’t be higher.
So, my fellow Democrats, let’s lock arms and work together to ensure that the journey that began in Iowa will continue on from Denver to Washington, DC.
Let’s put Barack Obama and Joe Biden in the White House and put our country on a path towards energy independence!
POST SPEECH UPDATE— Culver’s speech went off pretty much without a hitch. He did at one point pronounce Obama’s name so that it rhymed with Alabama, but otherwise it was a typical short convention speech. Hard to pack 5 minutes with substance. He stuck to the text.
I am, however, noticing a slight pullback in our energy capital goal. During his innaugural address, Culver said we would be “Energy Capitol of the World.” He said on that fateful day in 2007, “It’s our time to win the race to become the energy capital of the world.”
Stirring. But now it’s “Energy Capital of the United States of America.” You can’t just go trading one meaningless title for another without some explanation.
Oh well, Houston already claims to be the the energy capital of the world. So does Dubai.
Or perhaps Culver traded the title to Kentucky, where Gov. Steve Beshear is also trying to make his state energy capital of the globe.Delusions of grandeur know no boundries.