Story 2004-10-29 Miami, FL

29.10.04 Miami, FLA, intro to ´´The Promised Land´´
´´(someone: ´´You know the man is here, John Kerry, but we have another man….we have another man that´s here….that I´m about to bring on right now….and that man´s name is Bruce Springsteen!)(U2´s ´´Beautiful Day´´ plays) Hola, Miami, como esta ? (cheers) how are you ?….glad to be here tonight, uh, Senator Kerry invited me out to be his opening act so, uh….I´ll do what I can…..´´

29.10.04 Miami, FLA, intro to ´´No Surrender´´
´´Thank you….thank you, Florida….thank you… a songwriter, I've been writing….I´ve been writing about America for 30 years, who we are, what we stand for, what we fight for ….and I believe that these ideals are what's at stake on November 2nd….I think our American government has drifted too far from American values….the human principles, the human principles of economic justice, healing the sick, health care, feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, a living wage so folks don´t have to break their backs and come home at the end of the day and still not being able to make ends meet….protection of our environment….a sane and responsible foreign policy….civil rights…..and the safeguarding of our precious democracy here at home….and I believe Senator Kerry honors these ideals….he´s, uh, he´s lived our history over the past 50 years, he has an informed adult view of America and her people and he´s had the life experience and he understands that we as human beings are not infallible….as Senator Edwards said during the Democratic convention struggle and heartbreak will always be with us and that's why we need each other, that's why ´United We Stand,´ that's why 'One Nation Indivisible´….cannot become empty slogans but they need to remain guiding principles of our public policy….and Senator Kerry, since he was a young man has shown us that by having the courage and facing America's hard truths, that´s both the good and the bad, that that's where we find a deeper patriotism, that's where we find a more complete view of ourselves….that's where we find a more authentic experience as citizens, and that's where the power that is embedded only in truth to make our world a better place for our kids….well, Paul Wellstone….a Minnesota senator….said that the future is for the passionate and those who will work hard for it….well, the future is now, it´s tonight, it's the next three days, four days, so it´s time to roll up your sleeves and let your passions flow….in the service of a more just and responsible American government, together I believe we can move America toward her deepest ideals and that's why I'm here to stand alongside Senator Kerry tonight and to tell you that the country we carry in our hearts is waiting….besides, we´ve already had a sax player, we need a guitar player in the White House, that what I (chuckles)…. so this is for John, this is for you, John…..´´

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