When did Bush accept the Republican nomination?

"America and the World Safer Today"

New York - US President George W. Bush accepted the nomination for presidential candidate at the Republican party congress and presented himself as a determined fighter against terrorism and for the spread of freedom. After the terrorist attacks of September 11th he made America and the world safer through his decisive action, he defended the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as the elimination of murderous regimes. "If America shows weakness and insecurity, the world will drift into tragedy. That will not happen under my leadership," promised Bush. The candidate’s speech Thursday evening concluded the four-day Republican nomination convention in New York.

Protesters disrupted the party conference

Bush accused his Democratic challenger, John F. Kerry, of demanding tax increases and of not supporting US troops in Iraq. Bush criticized Kerry, while his voters knew who they were up against after four years. The speech in Madison Square Garden in New York was interrupted again and again by enthusiastic calls from the delegates "Four more years" and "USA". Despite strict security precautions and constant controls of the visitors, some demonstrators were able to get into the hall, they were led away by the security forces after shouts of protest.

"Freedom is a gift from God"

Bush announced that the US wanted to further spread freedom in the Middle East. "Freedom is not America's gift to the world, it is God's gift to every man and woman in this world". The American strategy has been successful: four years ago Afghanistan was the base of al Qaeda, Pakistan a transit country for terrorists and Saudi Arabia fertile soil for terrorist financing. Libya secretly sought nuclear weapons, Iraq was a constant threat, and Al Qaeda was able to prepare further attacks undisturbed. Today the government of a free Afghanistan is fighting terrorism, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have arrested terror chiefs, Libya is giving up its weapons programs, the army of free Iraq is fighting for freedom and more than three quarters of al Qaeda leaders have been captured or killed Bush listed as his merits. "We led, many followed, and America and the world are safer today."

"September 11th Lessons"

Since September 11, America has had to face the threats before it was too late, he defended the Iraq war. Shaped by the "lessons of September 11th," he will always defend America. "Because we acted to defend our country, the murderous regimes of Saddam Hussein and the Taliban are history, more than 50 million people have been liberated, and democracy is spreading in the Middle East." Bush expressly thanked the US allies in the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, in particular Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Poland's President Aleksander Kwasniewski, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

"A compassionate conservative"

Bush once again described himself as a "compassionate conservative". Because a caring society protects even the weakest members, space must be created for the unborn children. Religious associations should not be discriminated against in their social work. He would protect marriage against "activist judges", he reiterated his call for a constitutional amendment to ban homosexual marriage. Bush sees the American economy on the right track. The Republican candidate promised to keep the tax cuts and announced simplifications in the tax system. Bush also campaigned for reforms in the social system and the "owner society": property brings security, dignity and independence. In the new Ownership Society, more citizens should have their own homes, health and retirement accounts. (APA)