Here is the full text of Setti Warren’s speech this morning announcing he has quit the race for US Senate:
“Thank you all for coming this morning.
I wanted to end my campaign for the US Senate, where it began, in front of the home where I grew up and now live with my wife Tassy and two children – Abigail and John - who are here with me today.
I got in to this race for one reason and one reason only – to beat Scott Brown. And I am getting out now for one reason and one reason only – because I no longer believe I have a clear path to victory in this race.
Last summer, I watched as the junior Senator from Massachusetts, my senator, our senator, vote against the interests of my city – and communities all across this Commonwealth. He voted against funding for teachers, police officers and firefighters. He voted against Pell Grants and Head Start –two key building blocks to opportunity for our children. And he threatened to hold up unemployment benefits until the wealthiest Americans got their tax cuts preserved.
These aren’t the values I was raised with – and they aren’t the values of the people of Massachusetts.
Making the difference has been central to my life – and it should be at the heart of why anyone would run for office and ask for your votes. Making a difference is why I knocked on 11,000 doors to become the Mayor of Newton when my community was in trouble. Making a difference is why I enlisted in the Navy Reserves shortly after 9/11 and served a year-long tour of duty in Iraq.
And making a difference is why six other highly qualified Democrats are out on the campaign trail week in and week out, making the case against Scott Brown and for a different vision of our country. I am certain that one of these Democrats will emerge, as our nominee, and will beat Scott Brown in November 2012.
I want to take a few minutes to thank my family, my staff and my supporters. Over the course of the last five months you have been my rock, you have fueled my momentum and lifted my spirits. I am so proud of the campaign we ran with very limited resources. We did over 110 campaign stops, met with thousands of voters face to face, garnered support in every corner of the Commonwealth and relentlessly held Scott Brown accountable for his votes.
In more than 81 cities and towns, I heard directly from you about the need to get Americans back to work, to invest in our infrastructure, to guarantee affordable health care for all and cost effectively safeguard our nation.
I want to close by talking about my experience in Iraq. When I was deployed, I saw the worst of humanity – carnage, death.
The men and women I served with came from all different backgrounds and walks of life came together around a common purpose - to serve our country honorably, to protect one another and preserve our way of life.
When I returned home to this great country, I saw what is best about humanity – the opportunity, our freedom, our ingenuity, our spirit creates. But I also saw that my country and my community was in trouble.
Today, America, and particularly lawmakers in Washington, must try to capture the bond of common purpose that I felt serving with my unit in Iraq. We must do this to move forward together as a country. We must focus on solutions rather than ideology. We must find common ground without compromising our principles.
We must always ask ourselves, “Am I doing this for the right reasons – to serve my country, to strengthen my community, to meet the needs of my fellow citizens?”
I believe that through a sense of shared responsibility, we can lift our fellow citizens up in their time of need, rebuild the middle class – what made this country great ... and ensure that America lives up to its full potential for everyone.
Today, I head into Newton City Hall as I have throughout this campaign – delighted to be my hometown’s Mayor, anxious to continue the great work we’ve started here and looking forward to fighting for democratic values and principles in whatever way I can.”