Lamont's victory speech
August 09, 2006
Ned Lamont delivered a rousing victory speech, calling for a Ã¢â‚¬Ëœcoalition for change.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ He outlined plans to re-haul Congress, bring troops home and reclaim foreign policy:
"They call Connecticut the land of steady habits. tonight we voted for a big change. Staying the course--thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not a winning strategy in Iraq, and its not a winning strategy for America."
"How many lobbyists are there for every single congressman in D.CÃ¢â‚¬Â¦63...Lets send some leaders to Washington, D.C., start fighting for the common interests, start fighting for the common good. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s time to fix Congress.Ã¢â‚¬Â
"One more number. We have 132,000 of our bravest troops stuck in the middle of a bloody civil war in Iraq, and I say it's high time we bring them home to the heroes welcome.Ã¢â‚¬Â
"ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s time we fixed George BushÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s failed foreign policy. President Kennedy said it so well, Ã¢â‚¬Ëœwe never negotiate from fear, but we can never be afraid to negotiateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬Â¦America is strongest when we work in concert with our alliesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦and we deal with the rest of the world with respect, with respect.Ã¢â‚¬Â