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Obama: ‘America Is the Most Powerful Nation — Period’

Concern that America is getting weaker as our enemies are getting stronger is “hot air,” President Obama argued tonight. “Let me tell you something, the United States of America is the most powerful nation on Earth – period,” he said.

“It is not even close,” Obama continued. “No nation attacks us directly, because they know that is the path to ruin. Surveys show are standing around the world is higher than when I was elected to this office and when it comes to every important international issue.”

Here’s the transcript:

That is why the third the question that we have to answer together is how to keep America safe and strong without either isolating ourselves or — every trying to nation build everywhere there is a problem. As I mentioned, all the talk about America economic decline is political hot air, so is the rhetoric you hear about our enemies getting stronger and America getting weaker. Let me tell you something, the United States of America is the most powerful nation on Earth. Period. Period. It is not even close. [Applause] It is not even close. [Applause] It is not even close. We spend more on our military than the next eight nations combined. Our troops are the finest fighting force in the history of the world. [Applause] No nation attacks us directly, because they know that is the path to ruin. Surveys show are standing around the world is higher than when I was elected to this office and when it comes to every important international issue, people of the world do not look to Beijing or Moscow to lead, they call us.

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