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“I need to know if she really thinks dinosaurs were here 4,000 years ago…. I want to know that, I really do, because she’s going to have the nuclear codes.”
Matt Damon on CBS News criticizing Republican Vice Presidential nominee, Governor Sarah Palin, September 10, 2008

“But don’t you realize, that’s where I sail.”
Ted Kennedy on his opposition to build an offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound, quoted in the book “Cape Wind: Money, Celebrity, Class, Politics, and the Battle for Our Energy Future on Nantucket Sound”, 2007

“General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
Ronald Reagan in his famous “Tear Down This Wall” speech at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin, June 12, 1987

“Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”
Ronald Reagan commenting at a business conference in Los Angeles, March 2, 1977

“Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.”
Ronald Reagan in his First Inaugural Address, January 20, 1981

“That wrinkly white-haired guy used me in his campaign ad, which I guess means I’m running for president. So thanks for the endorsement, white-haired dude, and I want America to know I’m, like, totally ready to lead.”
Paris Hilton responding to John McCain’s ad comparing her to Barack Obama, August 5, 2008

“In the 21st century, nations don’t invade other nations.”
John McCain discussing the Cold War and Russia’s aggression in Georgia, August 13, 2008

“I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession which I entered before my husband was in public life.”
Hillary Clinton at a Chicago bakery during the 1992 election answering reporter’s questions about the possible conflict between her law practice and her husband being governor, March 16, 1992

“I am challenging Senator Obama to a bowl-off, a bowling night right here in Pennsylvania, winner take all. I’ll even spot him two frames.”
Hillary Clinton in an April Fool’s speech on the campaign trail in Pennsylvania, April 1, 2008.

“You’ve got conservative whites here, and I think there are some whites who are probably not ready to vote for an African-American candidate.”
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, supporter of Hillary Clinton, in remarks to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the Pennsylvania primary vote, April 12, 2008

“Could a woman really serve as Commander-in-Chief? Well, I think we answered that one. And could an African American really be our President? Senator Obama has answered that one. Together Senator Obama and I achieved milestones essential to our progress as a nation, part of our perpetual duty to form a more perfect union.”
Hillary Clinton in her 2008 Democratic Primary concession speech in Washington, D.C., June 7, 2008

“You know, I wish the Republicans would apologize for the disaster of the Bush-Cheney years and not run anybody, just say that it’s time for the Democrats to go back into the White House.”
Hillary Clinton in the Pennsylvania primary debate, April 16, 2008

“Yes, it is real, sure is.”
George W. Bush in an interview with the Politico answering the question, “For the record, is global warming real?, May 13, 2008

“I certainly don’t know what he believes in. The only foreign policy thing I remember he said was he’s going to attack Pakistan and embrace Ahmadinejad.”
President George W. Bush responding to a question on Fox News as to whether voters know enough about Barack Obama, February 10, 2008

“No question, there is no question that Senator Clinton understands pressure better than any of the candidates, you know, in the race because she lived in the White House and sees it first — could see it first-hand.”
President George W. Bush in an interview with Charlie Gibson of ABC News from Camp David, November 20, 2007

“If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator.”
George W. Bush in Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2000

“That old Beach Boys song, Bomb Iran… bomb, bomb, bomb,”
John McCain at a town hall meeting in South Carolina singing Bomb Iran to the tune of Barbara Ann in response to a question about possible military action in Iran, April 18, 2007

“God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees. God said, ‘Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It’s yours.’ ”
American conservative social and political columnist Ann Coulter on the Hannity & Colmes show, June 20, 2001

“How does it feel to know that the man you elected to lead us after we were attacked went ahead and put a guy in charge of FEMA whose main qualification was that he ran horse shows? That’s right. Horse shows.”
American documentary filmmaker and author Michael Moore on his website in a “Letter to All Who Voted for George W. Bush”, September 11, 2005

“That is not our plan Jon, but I think your paranoia might make you suitable as a debate moderator.”
Barack Obama on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart responding to the question, “If you are fortunate enough to get the Democratic nomination, fortunate to become President of the United States, will you pull a bait-and-switch, sir, and enslave the white race? Is that your plan?”, April 21, 2008

“I think it’s very clear who Hamas wants to be the next president of the United States.”
John McCain in a conference call with bloggers discussing an endorsement of Barack Obama by Ahmed Yousef, chief political adviser to the Prime Minister of Hamas, April 25, 2008

“My economic plan is better than my bowling.”
Barack Obama to fellow bowlers in Pennsylvania. Obama finished with a score of 37, with a perfect game being 300. March 29, 2008

“I had other priorities in the ’60s than military service.”
Dick Cheney to George Wilson of the Washington Post on his five Vietnam draft deferments, April 5, 1989

“No, but that’s not too important. What’s important is the casualties in Iraq.”
John McCain on the Today Show with Matt Lauer responding to the question “If it’s working (the surge), Senator, do you now have a better estimate of when American forces can come home from Iraq?”, June 11, 2008

“And I will not accept from Senator Obama, who did not feel it was his responsibility to serve our country in uniform, any lectures on my regard for those who did.”
John McCain responding to Barack Obama’s criticism of John McCain and George Bush for not supporting a new GI Bill to make college more affordable for veterans, May 22, 2008

“We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and virtue.”
President James A. Garfield at the very first Memorial Day observance on the ground of Arlington National Cemetery, May 30th, 1868

“One of Clinton’s laws of politics is, if one candidate is trying to scare you and the other one is trying to make you think, if one candidate’s appealing to your fears and the other one’s appealing to your hopes, you better vote for the person who wants you to think and hope.”
Bill Clinton supporting John Kerry at a campaign stop in Philadelphia, October 25, 2004

“I have some news for John McCain, and that is that there was no such thing as al-Qaida in Iraq until George Bush and John McCain decided to invade Iraq.”
Barack Obama to a crowd at Ohio State University in response to John McCain’s comments about his answer to whether a president should militarily enter Iraq to stop an insurrection after removing US troop numbers, February 27, 2008

“So I shamelessly say no, I want him to fail, if his agenda is a far-left collectivism, some people say socialism, as a conservative heartfelt, deeply, why would I want socialism to succeed?”
American entertainer and conservative political commentator Rush Limbaugh in an interview with Sean Hannity, January 21, 2009 (7:17 into video)

“If I had to choose in terms of being a Republican, I’d go with Rush Limbaugh. My take on it was Colin had already left the party. I didn’t know he was still a Republican.”
Dick Cheney on Face the Nation, May 10, 2009

“My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building.”
Ann Coulter to George Gurley, New York Observer, 2002

“We are America, we do not f*cking torture!”
News presenter Shepard Smith on Fox News, April 22, 2009

“So my message to Tiger would be, ‘Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.”
American television journalist Brit Hume on Fox News Sunday discussing that Tiger Woods should trade his Buddhist faith for Christianity to make a personal comeback, January 3, 2010

“The very word ’secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.”
John F. Kennedy to the American Newspaper Publishers Association, April 27, 1961

“It’s like Thomas Jefferson said, a revolution every now and then is a good thing. We are at the point Sean, of revolution.”
Republican Michele Bachmann, Minnesota, on Sean Hannity’s radio show, March 27, 2009

“One of the great challenges facing us is that we do not commit the same mistakes with our growing Hispanic population that we did with African Americans 150 years ago and beyond. We’re still paying the price for the pathetic manner in which this country handled that… I think, frankly, the Lord is giving us a second chance to do better than we did before.”
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee at a meeting of the Political Animals Club in Little Rock, Arkansas, December, 2006

“He’s a militant who avoided any service of his own in the military and he has been most forceful in the last 10 years or more in fulfilling some of his more ancient commitments that the United States has a right to inject its power through military means in other parts of the world.”
Jimmy Carter on Vice President Dick Cheney in an interview with BBC World News America, October 10, 2007

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