Obama’s speech to focus on goals, choice for a generation

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President Barack Obama will accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for another term later tonight. His speech will focus on a set of goals for the country and the choice “between two different paths for America.”

The president will ask the country to rally around goals on manufacturing, education, national security and the deficit to create jobs, expand opportunity and ensure an economy “built to last.”

Those goals, in a release that included excerpts from his prepared remarks, include:

• Create a million new manufacturing jobs by the end of 2016.

• Double exports by the end of 2014.

• Cut net oil imports in half by 2020.

• Support 600,000 natural gas jobs by the end of the decade.

• Cut the growth of college tuition in half over the next 10 years.

• Recruit 100,000 math and science teachers over the next 10 years.

• Train 2 million workers at community colleges.

• Invest in the economy with money not being spent on war.

• Reduce the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next decade.

The president, according to an prepared remarks, will say, “But when all is said and done – when you pick up that ballot to vote – you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation. Over the next few years, big decisions will be made in Washington, on jobs and the economy; taxes and deficits; energy and education, war and peace – decisions that will have a huge impact on our lives and our children’s lives for decades to come.

"On every issue, the choice you face won't be just between two candidates or two parties.

"It will be a choice between two different paths for America.

"A choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future."