This is a city of big and small businesses, of entrepreneur and of dreams, of immigrants who come with nothing and give us everything they've got. And of families who are struggling to make ends meet. Our challenge is to build an economy that rewards their hard work and innovation. And I’m glad that senator Obama has chosen to come to our city to speak out on the economy.
There will be plenty of opinions on what he has to say, this is New York after all. And I’m not sure that all of us will agree with every idea, myself included. But it is critical that we know exactly where each candidate stands as we make perhaps the most important decision in our lives next November. It is now my pleasure to introduce, and not just because he picked up the check when we had breakfast together last month ... ladies and gentleman from the land of Lincoln, a candidate for president of the United States, Senator Barack Obama