Monday, January 7, 2008

Memorable Debate Quotations

FORMER SEN. JOHN EDWARDS (N.C.): I reject this bumper sticker, Wolf. And that's exactly what it [the War on Terror] is--it's a bumper sticker.

SEN. BARACK OBAMA (ILL.): [To Sen. Edwards] Well look, I think it is important to lead. And I think, John, the fact is, is that I opposed the [Iraq] war from the start. So you are about four and a half years late on leadership on this issue.

SEN. HILLARY CLINTON (N.Y.): Well, and I think it's important particularly to point out this is George Bush's war. He is responsible for this war. He started the war. He mismanaged the war. He escalated the war. And he refuses to end the war.

FORMER SEN. MIKE GRAVEL (ALASKA): It's just that simple. Four of these people here will say that it's George Bush's war. It was facilitated by the Democrats. They brought the resolution up, one of them authored, co-authored it here, standing here, and so it's--sure, it's George Bush's war, but it's the Democrats' war also.

SEN. GRAVEL: How would I use [former President Clinton]? I like Clinton as a roving ambassador around the world. He'd be good. He could take his wife with him, who will still be in the Senate.

SEN. EDWARDS: But the single greatest responsibility of the next President is to travel the world, speak to the world about what real American values are--equality, diversity.

REP. DENNIS KUCINICH (OHIO): Let's end the war and let's make this a productive evening.

SEN. EDWARDS: Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama did not say anything about how they were going to vote [on funding the war] until they appeared on the floor of the Senate and voted. They were among the last people to vote. And I think that the importance of this is---they cast the right vote, and I applaud them for that--but the importance of this is, they're asking to be President of the United States, and there is a difference between speaking to your followers and speaking to the American people about what you believe needs to be done. And I think all of us have a responsibility to lead on these issues.

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (ARIZ.): Presidents don't lose wars. Political parties don't lose wars. Nations lose wars.

FORMER NEW YORK MAYOR RUDY GIULIANI: These are real problems. This war is not a bumper sticker. This war is a real war.

FORMER ARKASAS GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE: I Want to just mention that it is not the size of the dog in the fight--it is the size of the fight in the dog. And we underestimate--grossly underestimate--how fierce this dog [our Islamist enemy] is.

REP. TOM TANCREDO (COLO.): It is exactly that time and it is exactly that thing that we have to say to the Iraqi government. We have given you this. We bought it with our blood and sweat. It is now up to you to keep it.

FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOV. MITT ROMNEY: We have to make sure they understand that we're not arrogant. We have resolve. And we have the strength to protect our interests and to protect people who love liberty.

REP. TANCREDO: [On the Senate amnesty bill] We're tailing about something that goes to the very heart of this nation--whether or not we will actually survive as a nation.… And yes, I am wilting to do whatever is necessary to try to stop this piece of legislation, and that includes go after any Republican that votes for it.

REP. DUNCAN HUNTER(CALIF.): The Hunter bill, which was signed by the President on the 26th of October, mandating 854 miles of double fence--not that scraggly little fence you show on CNN all the time, Wolf, that people get across so easily--if they get across my fence, we sign them up for the Olympics immediately.

REP. RON PAUL (TEX.): But if we had a truly free-market economy, the illegal immigrants would not be the scapegoat. We would probably need them and they would be acceptable, but because of economic conditions, they have become the scapegoat.

FORMER WISCONSIN GOV. TOMMY THOMPSON: [On whether former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson should get into the GOP primary race] I think that anybody with the Thompson name should get involved if they want to get involved. It's a great name, he's a great candidate, and I think it will help the Republican Party to have him in.

GOV. HUCKABEE: [On teaching evolution and Creationism in public schools] I'm not planning on writing the curriculum for an eighth-grade science book. I'm asking for the opportunity to be President of the United States… And in the words of Martin Luther, "Here I stand. I can do no other." And I will not take that back.

MAYOR GIULIANI: Suppose Gen. Petraeus comes back in September and reports that things are going pretty well [in Iraq]. Are we going to report that with the same amount of attention that we report the negative news?

GOV. HUCKABEE: Well, it looks like I'm getting all the moral questions tonight, and I guess that's a good thing. That's better than getting the immoral questions.

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