The following is a copy of a speech by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee, at the Democratic National Convention.
To my family: I love you even more. To our wonderful hosts in Charlotte: There's no hospitality quite like Southern hospitality!
I'm proud to be mayor of the great City of Los Angeles, the city of America's hope and promise. It's been the privilege of a lifetime to hold the gavel at this historic convention, where tonight Barack Obama will accept our party's nomination for a second term as president of the United States!
This has been the most diverse, most inclusive convention ever held—a convention not just of symbolism, but of substance. For the first time, a major party platform recognizes marriage equality as a basic human right!
This is a reflection of who we are as a party and who we can be as a nation, because as Democrats, as Americans, whenever we've opened up our party and our country, whenever we've opened up doors for more of our people, whenever we've deepened our democracy and renewed our commitment to equal justice under the law, we've grown stronger as a nation.
Last week in Tampa, we were promised hard truths. And they were right about one thing: The truth was hard to find.
They didn't talk about their plan to cut taxes for millionaires by raising taxes on middle-class families with kids—on your family—by $2,000.
Or their plan to replace the guarantee of Medicare with a voucher that might not cover the cost of care and could force seniors to pay up to $6,400 more a year.
Or their plan to deny a woman control over her basic health decisions.
They didn't share their plan, because they know it's not a plan the American people want. Americans don't want to go backward. We want to go forward.
That's what President Obama's plan will do, by investing in education and manufacturing, bringing clean energy jobs to our shores, ending wars abroad and doing some nation building here at home.
Some of our Republican friends may not have agreed with everything they've heard here in Charlotte, but at least they heard the facts. They heard solutions. They heard an honest description of the choice we face.
And tonight they will hear from a president who is fighting for all of us. He fought for the student who's trying to pay for college. For the small-business owner striving for a piece of the American dream. For the men and women in uniform who are fighting for us. And he fought for the DREAMers—young people brought here as children through no fault of their own.
Instead of supporting their dream, Governor Romney wants to make their lives so miserable, so oppressive, so intolerable that they would leave behind the life they've built and "self-deport."
But we believe we're a better country than that. And thanks to President Obama, as we keep on fighting for the DREAM Act, they can remain in the country they love.