August 16, 2000
The wife of the Democratic candidate for vice president tells the Democratic convention about her husband. Below is the text of her prepared remarks.
It's hard to believe that it was only one week ago that Tipper and I were in my hometown of Gardner, Massachusetts to celebrate the newest adventure in our lives.
To all of our family, our old friends and our new friends: we thank you for your support and your enthusiasm.
It has been overwhelming and gratifying.
Tonight, I want to share with you some personal thoughts about my Joe...
what public service means to him,
and how his service has been shaped by the values that are his heart and soul.
For Joe, family, faith, neighborhood, congregation and community are the guideposts of his life, orienting the choices he makes and the causes he champions.
Community keeps Joe grounded and reminds him of his commitment to respectful living.
It reminds him to embrace our nation's diversity and celebrate our differences.
It reminds him of the Republic he serves, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Joe often says, effective public service casts a wide net and gathers the community together to support one another.
A kind of approach that demands living up to your obligations, but leaves no person behind.
An approach that invites collaboration and rewards the results.
Some folks have said my husband is just a "regular joe."
He is that-- and more.
His connection to the larger community has molded a vision that is anything but ordinary.
When Al Gore chose my husband as his running mate, this country got a man whose mission in life is inspired by the people he serves and the community he loves.
Ladies and gentlemen... my husband, my best friend, the love of my life... the next Vice President of the United States of America...