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A few days back news reports came out about me talking about the 47% that won't vote for me. I was talking about the 47% of people that don't pay any income tax, and also saying that these are the same people that think government "owes" them food, medical care, housing, etc.

What I clearly got wrong in that speech was the number: and it was a very bad mistake. Of all the 47% of people that don't pay income tax, only a percentage of you are those that think you are entitled to benefits. I lumped millions of you that don't pay income tax but are trying with those that feel entitled; maybe you might have fallen on tough times, or you're retired, or a young person just starting out. I get that now, and I'm sorry that I confused you with people that don't want to try.

But what I clearly got right in the speech is the split we have in this country, and it's a serious one: a split between those that want to work, that have hope for the future; even if their life today isn't everything they want it to be. And those people that don't want to work, that have checked out, that have given up hope and don't even want to try; those people that feel entitled to benefits from the government for life. It's those of you that I was referring to in that speech.

And for all you listening that have given up hope, I'm talking to you too. I don't hate you, and I don't want any of my supporters to hate you either. I know you've probably had it tough in life, probably a lot tougher life than I have had. I didn't choose how I was born, just like you didn't either. But life is not about where we came from, it's about the choices we make, every day. This isn't about hate, it's about hope. It's about trying, it's about putting forth an effort.

Maybe it's been a long time, too long to remember, when you had hope for your future. That's what I want to talk about with all of America now; about hope for the future.

Times look pretty gloomy today, and let's face it; times have been pretty gloomy for a long time. I don't know if President Obama cares about you or not, you can make up your own mind about that. What I do know is that President Obama's policies haven't been effective; we're not where we should be, not even close. And even if you do think Obama cares about you; if what he's doing isn't working, why would you want him to keep doing it for another 4 years? Ask yourself: can you afford that?

We need to go in a different direction, the one we have is not the right direction. Just because your car is moving forward, that doesn't mean anything. Your car can be going forward...right off a cliff. We need to move in the right direction, and be able to adjust when we're not in the right direction. It takes me a while, but when I find myself driving in the wrong direction, I don't keep going forward. I stop and figure out which way to go, and yes...even sometimes ask my wife which way is the right way. Honey, thanks for that.

And it's Obama's direction that is wrong; his policies, his advisers he's picked; it's all the thousands of little decisions that affect how business works in the country, and has made it more difficult. It's these little things that, when added together, can make a big difference in preventing businesses from making the economy grow.

And that different direction for the country, it has to involve all of us. It has to mean me working hard for all of you, but it also means you have to meet me half way. You need to try, you need to have some hope. Because together, we CAN make it better.

And you might say you've already tried, and tried; and I respect that. It hasn't been easy the past 4 years or so. I know, I can see that too. There are millions of you out there that have just given up, don't see any future. I know it's hard, it's not easy to make it today.

But I say to you, don't retreat; don't surrender. Don't give up hope and live in fear of the present, or the future. That's who I was talking about, those of you out there that have given up. If you're an adult, and you can work, you know you should. You have to try, and keep trying. To never give up, even when it looks bad. That's what it means to be an American; we've faced hard times before and we got through it.

And why I'm running for President today is I see a lot of you have given up hope, and look to the government to give you everything. And in the last 4 years, a lot more of you, millions of you, have given up hope. I want to turn it around, I don't want to see millions more give up hope after another 4 years of living like this; as a country, I don't want to see us retreat, to be afraid of trying. I want to see more people standing up, that have hope; instead of more people sitting down, giving up hope.

And I won't give up on you, I won't give up on making it better. I do my part as President, and you do your part. That's how it has to work. I can't do it myself, I need you too. We meet in the middle, making it a better America for you and your family. I have the ideas to do that; I've turned around a ton of businesses large and small that were moving in the wrong direction, and I will do it for America too. I know how to do it, you just need to give me a chance. And sometimes…I'll ask my wife which way is the right way. Honey, thanks in advance for that. And I'm going to need your ideas too, we're all in this together; and I will listen to what you have to say.
So I am talking to all Americans today, and I want this message to be heard by all; that hope is coming in November. All I ask from all of you, from 100% of Americans; let's give ourselves another chance for the future, let's stand up and prove to the world America still has hope left!
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