On the Republican philosophy: "You know, if you're out of work, can't find a job, tough luck; you're on your own. If you don't have health care, that's your problem; you're on your own. If you're born into poverty, lift yourself up out of your own -- with your own bootstraps, even if you don't have boots; you're on your own."

On his record: "Change is passing health-care reform after over a century of trying. ... Change is you don't have to hide who you love in order to serve the country you love. Change is for the first time in nine years there are no Americans fighting in Iraq."

On what's at stake: "This is the defining issue of our time, a make-or-break moment for the middle class."

On values: "I hear politicians talking about values in an election year. Let me tell you about values. Hard work, personal responsibility -- those are values. But looking out for one another, that's a value. The idea we're all in this together, I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper -- that's a value."


On Obama's philosophy: "In Barack Obama's government-centered society, the government must do more because the economy is doomed to do less. When you attack business and vilify success, you will have less business and less success."

On the president's record: "The ironic tragedy is that the community organizer who wanted to help those hurt by a plant closing became the President on whose watch more jobs were lost than any time since the Great Depression."

On what's at stake: "In the days and months ahead, we should ask ourselves some very fundamental questions about who we are as a nation and who we are becoming. What does it mean to be an American in 2012? What will it mean in 2016 and beyond? Are we keeping faith with the great legacy -- and trust -- that has been handed to us by previous generations?"

On his goals: "I will spend the next four years rebuilding the foundation of our opportunity society, led by free people and free enterprises."