Dear Friend,

I'm running for President of the United States because it's unacceptable that we've lost nearly 3 million jobs in the last two years. I'm running for President of the United States to put America back on track, to put Americans back to work, and to make it clear that the one American that ought to be laid off is George W. Bush, and we intend to do it. I'm running for President because it is long since time that in the richest country on the planet, we recognize that health care in America is a right not a privilege -- health care must be affordable, accessible for everyone. I'm running for President to hold George W. Bush accountable for making a mockery of the words leave no child left behind. And I'm running for President to restore a foreign policy that lives up to our highest values and makes us safer.

With so much at stake, we need to bring that sense of urgency to the center of our effort to win back the White House. This is a contest between common sense American values and extreme ideologues whose agenda is to dismantle 50 years of Democratic achievement and we're not going to let them do it.

- John Kerry