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Obama On Fourth: Rights, Equality Fuel US Success

Obama On Fourth: Rights, Equality Fuel US Success

CREATED Jul 4, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama said the U.S. has only succeeded because generations of Americans have fought to expand rights and opportunity to more people.

Obama reflected on the meaning of the Fourth of July in his weekly radio and Internet address. He said there's no nation on earth that wouldn't trade places with the United States.

Obama said the Founding Fathers were united by a belief that all are created equal and have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. He said America's success has been made possible because Americans never took those truths for granted.

In the Republican address, Arkansas Rep. Steve Womack said Washington has been denying Americans the chance to seize their economic destiny. He said Republicans are working to restore opportunity.

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