When I compiled quotes made by officials during the Republican National Convention about their parents, I promised to do so for the Democratic National Convention as well. Unlike politicians from both parties, I keep my campaign promises. Here you go!
1. "[M]y mother fought hard for civil rights so that instead of a mop, I could hold this microphone. And while she may be proud of me tonight, I've got to tell you, Mom, I'm even more proud of you. Thank you, Mom." - San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro
2. "Our parents taught us to love God, love our family and love our country. Their own grandparents were immigrants. Their first language may not have been English, but the hopes and dreams they had for their children were purely American." - Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley
3. "[My parents] simply believed in that fundamental American promise that, even if you don't start out with much, if you work hard and do what you're supposed to do, then you should be able to build a decent life for yourself and an even better life for your kids and grandkids. That's how they raised us...that's what we learned from their example. We learned about dignity and decency – that how hard you work matters more than how much you make...that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself." - First Lady Michelle Obama
4. "Four years ago, when my mom was still with us, sitting in the stadium in Denver, I quoted one of her favorite expressions. She used to say, Joey, bravery resides in every heart, and the time will come, when it must be summoned." - Vice President Joe Biden