"Because of America's good fortune, the first stop on the road to the White House, is here in Iowa"
Bob Graham and his family took an RV trip of Iowa in August of 2003 designed to "invade and persuade Iowans." His entry into the race was delayed by health problems and would be the first candidate to drop out.
On July 17, Senator Graham became the first candidate to unveil a comprehensive, detailed jobs-growth plan, titled "Opportunity for All: Bob Graham's Plan for America's Economic Renewal." The Graham plan will create millions of new jobs, balance the budget, and provide middle-class families needed tax relief.
Bob Graham's Declaration of Candidacy for President of the United States.
"We are gathered here today because this is where the future is built. In communities across America. And especially in places like Florida.
This land at the southern tip of the United States has lured people for centuries with the promise of a better future.
But we Floridians know well that a dynamic future rests on a fragile foundation: an environment we must protect; diversity we must nurture; values we must safeguard; families and communities in which we must invest.
We know we will be judged by whether we leave our children and grandchildren an America that is better than the one we inherited.
I am an optimist. America's best days are still ahead of us. Yet, realizing that future starts with an honest assessment of where we are today"