The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

And then, with
the westward march of our nation,

came the pioneer and the buffalo
hunter, the adventurous and the bold.

The boldest of these
were the cattlemen,

who seized the wide-open range
for their own personal domain,

and their law
was the law of the hired gun.

But now, today have come
the railroads and the people.

The steady, hard-working citizens,
the homesteader, the shopkeeper,
the builder of cities.

We need roads to join those cities,
dams to store up
the waters of the Picketwire,

and we need statehood
to protect the rights

of every man and woman,
however humble.

How do we get it? I'll tell you how.
We get it by placing our votes
behind one man.

One man!
And we have that man with us here.

He is a man who came to us
not packing a gun,

but carrying instead
a bag of law books.

Yes. He is a lawyer and a teacher.
The first west of the rosy buttes.
But more important,

he's a man who has come to be known
throughout this territory

in the last few weeks as
a great champion of law and order.

Ladies and gentlemen,
I nominate as your delegate and mine,

to the Congress at Washington,
the Honourable Ransom Stoddard!