Transcript: Ryan Case’s remarks at the Democratic National Convention
Edited by Jenny Jiang
Transcript of remarks by Ryan Case at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, September 4, 2012:
“I wish you all could have met my parents. They were amazing people. I miss them every day. They’d be so happy to see how far I’ve come.
“In fact, the last thing my dad said to me was that he was proud I was taking school seriously for the first time in a long time.
“Both of my parents were scientists, and they wanted me to be a scientist. But I’ve always been more interested in how we pick our leaders, and how they help us. So I’m making a compromise—I’m studying political science. At 28, I’m two semesters away from graduating from the University of Colorado.
“I’ve so worked so hard and so long to get here and it feels great. And it wouldn’t have been possible if President Obama hadn’t fought for students like me. There’s just no way I’d be able to pay for school without the Pell grant funding President Obama doubled.
“And while I’m determined to get my degree, I also can’t sit on the sidelines. That’s why I’m knocking on doors for President Obama. He believes no child should see his parents suffer like I did, and believes all of us deserve the education we need to get the jobs our country needs.
“But Gov. Romney’s plan could reduce Pell grants for 10 million young people like me. We’d still work as hard; we’d just wouldn’t see that hard work pay off. That’s the difference in this election.
“President Obama believed in me. He fought for me. This fall, let’s fight for him. Thank you.”
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