You are mounting a platform on the pledge of equality for all. How do you propose to ensure this in a country where the politics are predominantly defined by racial partisanship? In other words, how do you propose to attract the Laventille voter, the Tobago voter, the Westmoorings voter, the St Augustine university voter and retain the Caroni voter?
Let me be clear on this-when I look at the state of our people, I see people, not race and ethnicity, not social and economic classes, and not the geographic boundaries which divide us. We all deserve better.
I have confidence that our people are willing to vote on ability and performance, not solely on race.
The PNM represents the status quo, while we vow to fundamentally change the direction of this country. And I have a record of actually delivering for our people.
I think that contrast will attract many to our cause. It is already happening. That is why I am optimistic about holistic politics.
During the internal elections campaign, all sectors, all parties, all races, all faiths and all genders responded to the message of unity, not to Kamla. The nation is not just ready but is eager for unity.
Unity in diversity, unity to defeat adversity, this will fully manifest itself when we all become fully aware and recognise our interdependence, inter-relatedness and interconnectedness.
The Caroni Bridge will be seen as the bridge that joins, not the one that divides.
I have always been ready... politics is not for the weak of heart. And it is about service. I have always served the people. That’s why they have elected me. Those who represent the status quo, the entrenched interests, those who lack policies, will always try to divide and attack.
I expect those who want to stay the course to attack me. I expect to be attacked by Mr Manning and his PNM cohorts because I am focused on delivering reform for our people. I have entered this arena with my eyes wide open. I know what is ahead and I will do what I have to do.