Nothing is ever easy in Washington, but these goals are rooted in bipartisan agreement, and I will work with members of both parties to accomplish them. As governor of a state that was overwhelmingly Democratic, I was always ready to reach across the aisle and I can proudly point to the results. I’ve learned that when we come together to solve problems in a practical spirit, we can accomplish miracles.

In this respect, I am offering a contrast to what we are seeing in Washington today. We’ve watched as one party has pushed through its agenda without compromising with the other party. We’ve watched gridlock and petty conflict dominate while the most important issues confronting the nation, like chronic high unemployment, go unaddressed. The bickering has to end. I will end it. I will reach across the aisle to solve America’s problems…

Let us remember our history. We have accomplished so much, both in the world and at home. We’ve defeated tyrannies. We’ve lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty. We’ve transformed our own society into a more perfect union. We’ve created a land of freedom and prosperity. The problems we need to overcome now are not bigger than we are. We can defeat them. I am offering real change and a real choice.