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Claiming mantle of the Democratic nominee, Obama promises not to use "religion as a wedge"

Democrats reveled Tuesday night in coalescence around one candidate after a long primary battle. For many Catholics and other people of conscience, the political debate centered on the gross immorality of US foreign policy under the Bush Administration and the idea that threatening people around the world was somehow a means to advance the cause of peace.

In his speech Tuesday in Minneapolis, Senator Barack Obama spoke to those who saw in Iraq one of our greatest moral failures as a nation: "I won't stand here and pretend that there are many good options left in Iraq, but what's not an option is leaving our troops in that country for the next hundred years, especially at a time when our military is overstretched, our nation is isolated, and nearly every other threat to America is being ignored. We must be as careful getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in, but we -- but start leaving we must."

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

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"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.

"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

"On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics."

First Inaugural Address, President Barack Obama

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