Our friends, this is indeed our time and our place for a change that, yes, we can believe in. A change that will usher in hope for future generations of citizens of the world everywhere.
We have been to the Middle East. We have been to Europe. We have been to South America and, of course, to North America. To Mexico, to Canada, and almost every state, city, town, and village in between.
Wherever we went, we have seen people working and living there. Good people. Hard working people. People of every kind, living together and working together for a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities. People from every walk of life who were following a dream of hope, of a future in which all people would have the promise of a brighter and more peaceful tomorrow. A tomorrow that promises a new world of law where the strong are just and the weak secure and the peace preserved.
We have seen people worshiping in accordance with their own religious beliefs. We have seen them going to work everyday, to the farms, factories, marketplaces, and offices spread throughout their own lands. We have talked to ranchers and farmers, accountants and merchants, sales clerks and construction workers, company presidents and CEOs, and to local council members and prime ministers of nations. We have talked to single mothers in Illinois and day laborers in Arizona. We have seen their children going to school. We have also seen young men and women going to college, all pursuing their own individual dreams for the future.
We have seen all kinds of people in all kinds of places doing all kinds of things. But when we talked to each of them, no matter how different or diverse they are, we noticed all of them have one thing in common: Their desire for change.
People want change. They want it now. More than that, they hope that the people they elect to office this November will give it to them.
It is time to put the politics of the past behind us so, yes, we can have a new and better politics now and in the future. A politics that listens to people and talks to them and with them instead of talking at them. A politics that allows everyone, regardless of party, to work together to not only identify problems and challenges, but solve and meet them in a spirit of mutual cooperation instead of constant conflict. A spirit that will let us make America become a nation of hope once again.
It is in this spirit of cooperation that both of us have decided to put aside our differences of the past and to work together for those changes we need now for a much better tomorrow.
Therefore, each of us has chosen the other to be his running mate. That way everyone will have real hope that all of the changes they want will be addressed no matter who is elected president on Election Day.
We also will be campaigning together. And both of us will speak at each other's national party convention.
It will be a change that, yes, all Americans can believe in.
But most of all, a change that gives each and every one of us hope.