The Contender

The Contender

The Contender

FACT-CHECKER

The Contender capitalizes on the personal jabs, forced compliments and glorious gaffes of the American political circus. Too over-the-top to be true? Think again! Take a gander at our list of sources below.

SOURCE QUOTE DATE
John Adams Facts are stubborn things, and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the states of facts and evidence. 1770
John Adams Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. 1798
John Quincy Adams To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse. 1809
John Quincy Adams We know the redemption must come. The time and the manner of its coming we know not: it may come in peace, or it may come in blood, but whether in peace or in blood, LET IT COME. 1905
John B. Anderson Governor Reagan is not responsible for what has happened over the last four years, nor am I. 1980
John B. Anderson A generation of office seekers has tried to tell the American people that they could get something for nothing. 1980
John B. Anderson But, unlike Governor Reagan, I do not support a boondoggle like the MX missile. 1980
John B. Anderson I would rather see us reduce the consumption of imported oil than have to send American boys to fight in the Persian Gulf. 1980
Chester A. Arthur Honors to me now are not what they once were. 1905
Chester A. Arthur If it were not for the reporters, I would tell you the truth. 1881
Chester A. Arthur Men may die, but the fabrics of free institutions remains unshaken. 1905
Chester A. Arthur What a pleasant lot of fellows they are. What a pity they have so little sense about politics. unknown
Michele Bachmann And so it reminds me of the Shakespeare line "thou protestest too much." 2013
Michele Bachmann Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas. 2009
Michele Bachmann I know for my family, the only question we will be answering is how many people are in our home. We won’t be answering any information beyond that, because the Constitution doesn’t require any information beyond that. 2009
Michele Bachmann I recognized that I was a sinner, and I also had the Holy Spirit knocking on my heart’s door. 2011
Michele Bachmann I will not seek a higher office if God is not calling me to do it. 2009
Michele Bachmann Literally, if we took away the minimum wage-if conceivably it was gone-we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level. 2005
Michele Bachmann There are hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel Prizes, who believe in intelligent design. 2006
Michele Bachmann We would be fools and knaves to ignore their purpose and their plan. 2011
Roseanne Barr Resist insanity! Embrace sanity! 2012
Gary Bauer Empathy is a virtue, but it should not be a guiding judicial principle. 2009
Gary Bauer I'm going to do as president whatever I have to do to end abortion on demand. 2000
Gary Bauer That's what an education ought to be about: presenting to young people a variety of choices and [letting] them make the decision. 1999
Lloyd Bentsen Because I would be saying, "That's a dumb idea, and now let's put an end to it." And I would speak up on that type of thing. 1988
Lloyd Bentsen I really must say, Brit, I don't make many mistakes, but that one was a real doozy. 1988
Lloyd Bentsen I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy. 1988
Joe Biden A gaffe in Washington is someone telling the truth, and telling the truth has never hurt me. 2009
Joe Biden I graduated from the University of Delaware with a double major in history and political science. 1987
Joe Biden I know I'm not supposed to like muscle cars, but I like muscle cars. 2008
Joe Biden I was not an activist. 1987
Joe Biden Reality has a way of intruding. Reality eventually intrudes on everything. 2013
Joe Biden Rudy Giuliani. There's only three things he [needs] to make...a sentence: a noun and a verb and 9/11. 2007
Joe Biden Stop talking about how you care about people. Show me something. Show me a policy. 2012
Joe Biden The American people have not become heartless. 1987
Joe Biden The greatest gift is the ability to forget -- to forget the bad things and focus on the good. 2014
Joe Biden This is a bunch of stuff. 2012
Joe Biden We don't call a redistribution in my neighborhood Scranton, Claymont, Wilmington, the places I grew up.... We call that fairness number one. 2008
Elaine Brown And, of course, obviously I wasn't killed because here I am. 1988
Elaine Brown Well, the style, and, as I've mentioned to you before, I think that it's important not to be too focused on style. 1988
George H. W. Bush I don't worry about that at all. I really don't. 1990
George H. W. Bush I think for a while, as a nation, we condoned those things we should have condemned. 1988
George H. W. Bush If it hadn't been for us, Saddam Hussein would be sitting on top of three-fifths of the oil supply of the world and he'd have nuclear weapons. 1992
George H. W. Bush Is this the time to unleash our one-liners? 1988
George H. W. Bush It's called America 2000. It literally says to the communities, reinvent the schools -- not just the bricks and mortar, but the curriculum and everything else. 1992
George H. W. Bush That answer was about as clear as Boston Harbor. 1988
George H. W. Bush This new world order to me means freedom and democracy. I think we will have a continuing responsibility, as the only remaining superpower, to stay involved. 1992
George H. W. Bush We're going to keep trying to strengthen the American family. To make them more like the Waltons and less like the Simpsons. 1992
George H. W. Bush Who has the perseverance, the character, the integrity, the maturity, to get the job done? I hope I'm that person. 1992
George H. W. Bush You can't just go up and say, "I'm going to fix it." You've got some pretty strong-willed guys up there that argue with you. 1992
George H. W. Bush You hear all the bad stuff that's happened on my watch; I hope people will recognize that this is something pretty good for mankind. 1992
George H. W. Bush You know, I saw a movie: Crocodile Dundee. And I saw the cocaine scene treated with humor, as though this was a humorous little incident. And it's bad. 1988
George H. W. Bush I was 19 or 20, flying off an aircraft carrier, and that shaped me to be commander-in-chief of the armed forces. 1992
George H. W. Bush Read my lips: no new taxes. 1988
George H. W. Bush Think about every problem, every challenge, we face. The solution to each starts with education. 1991
George H. W. Bush What's wrong with being a boring kind of guy? 1988
George H. W. Bush ...what I call a voodoo economic policy. 1980
George W. Bush Fool me once, shame on -- shame on you. Fool me -- you can't get fooled again. 2002
George W. Bush He talked about the reconstruction efforts that are beginning to take hold. He talked about the fact that Iraqis love to be free. 2004
George W. Bush I just don’t think it’s the role of the United States to walk into a country and say, we do it this way; so should you. 2000
George W. Bush I recognize I've made some decisions that have caused people to not understand the great values of our country. 2004
George W. Bush I think we agree the past is over. 2000
George W. Bush I'm a uniter, not a divider 2000
George W. Bush I'm not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. 2001
George W. Bush If we’re an arrogant nation, they’ll resent us; if we’re a humble nation, but strong, they’ll welcome us. 2000
George W. Bush One of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror. 2006
George W. Bush The important question is, how many hands have I shaked? 1999
George W. Bush They want the federal government controlling the Social Security like it's some kind of federal program. 2000
George W. Bush This peaceful transfer of authority is rare in history yet common in our country. With a simple oath, we affirm old traditions and make new beginnings. 2001
George W. Bush To those of you who received honours, awards, and distinctions, I say, well done. And to the C students, I say you, too, can be president of the United States. 2009
George W. Bush We must stop the terror. I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers. Now watch this drive. 2002
George W. Bush Well, actually, he forgot Poland. 2004
George W. Bush When a drug comes in from Canada, I want to make sure it cures you and doesn't kill you. 2004
Herman Cain I believe these words came from the Pokemon movie. "Life can be a challenge. Life can seem impossible. It’s never easy when there’s so much on the line." 2011
Herman Cain I would answer that question this way. 2011
Herman Cain If 10 percent is good enough for God, 9 percent oughta be good enough for the federal government. 2011
Herman Cain Let's cut to the chase. 2011
Herman Cain Michele Bachmann...I'm not going to say it. I'm not going to say it.... Tutti-frutti. I know I’m going to get in trouble! 2011
Herman Cain Nine-nine-nine. 2011
Herman Cain This economy is on life support. 2011
Herman Cain We didn't hear about it in the previous Congress because Princess Nancy sent it to committee and it stayed there. 2011
Herman Cain We need a leader, not a reader. 2011
Herman Cain When they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan I'm going to say, "You know, I don't know. Do you know?" And then I'm going to say, "How's that going to create one job?" 2011
Jimmy Carter As long as there is a Democratic president in the White House, we will have a strong and viable Social Security System, free of the threat of bankruptcy. 1980
Jimmy Carter Governor Reagan has said that the major cause of unemployment is the minimum wage. 1980
Jimmy Carter He wants to put all our eggs in one basket and give that basket to the major oil companies. 1980
Jimmy Carter I'll always remember that the best weapons are the ones that are never fired in combat, and the best soldier is one who never has to lay his life down on the field of battle. 1980
Jimmy Carter Since I've been president, I've appointed, for instance, more than twice as many black federal judges as all previous presidents in the history of this country. 1980
Jimmy Carter Those who suffered from discrimination because of race or sex certainly knew we had a racial problem. We have gone a long way toward correcting these problems, but we still have a long way to go. 1980
Jimmy Carter Tonight I would like first to say a few words about this most special office, the presidency of the United States. 1981
Jimmy Carter We have demanded that the American people sacrifice, and they have done very well. 1980
Jimmy Carter We will drill more oil and gas wells this year than any year in history. We'll produce more coal this year than any year in history. 1980
Shirley Chisholm They are too emotional. 1969
Shirley Chisholm We do not erupt simply for exercise. 1969
Wesley Clark George W. Bush has helped those who have most, hurt those who have least, and ignored everyone in between. 2004
Wesley Clark So what we want to do is take the existing system, make it better, pull people under it. And then we'll see where that goes. 2004
Wesley Clark The president is playing politics with national security when he says we'll be out by the 30th of June. That's just an arbitrary date related to the presidential election. 2004
Wesley Clark The truth is, about the Middle East is, had there been no oil there, it would be like Africa. Nobody is threatening to intervene in Africa. 2007
Wesley Clark Well, Brian, if I’ve learned one thing in my nine days in politics, you better be careful with hypothetical questions, and you’ve just asked one. 2003
Wesley Clark What I learned in the military is that gossip starts early and it stays forever. 2003
Bill Clinton Above all, we must honor those basic values of opportunity, responsibility, and community, of work and family and faith. 1993
Bill Clinton I budget all this in my budget. 1992
Bill Clinton I feel your pain. 1992
Bill Clinton I know what it's like to see somebody you love nearly lose their life, and I hate drugs. 1996
Bill Clinton If you ever got close to how textbooks were selected, you wouldn't want to go back the second day. I don't have time to tell you the stories. 1992
Bill Clinton In February, Senator Dole acknowledged that the American economy was in the best shape it's been in in 30 years. 1996
Bill Clinton In my state, when people lose their jobs there's a good chance I'll know them by their names. 1992
Bill Clinton Most people are working harder for less money than they were making ten years ago. 1992
Bill Clinton So, I don't want you to read my lips, and I sure don't want you to read his. I do hope you will read our plans. 1992
Bill Clinton There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. 1993
Bill Clinton We can't have any more instances like what happened when Mr. Bush went to Japan and the Japanese prime minister said he felt sympathy for our country. 1992
Bill Clinton You gotta really go some to play the race card with me. My office is in Harlem. 2008
Hillary Clinton And I am just delighted to be back here in Austin. 2008
Hillary Clinton Everyday Americans need a champion. And I want to be that champion. 2015
HIllary Clinton I do not want to eat bad food from China or have my children having toys that are going to get them sick. So let's be tougher on China going forward. 2007
Hillary Clinton I have doubts about whether we should continue drilling in the Arctic. 2015
Hillary Clinton I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas. 1992
Hillary Clinton If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle. 1995
Hillary Clinton Showing up is not all of life -- but it counts for a lot. 2009
Hillary Clinton So, I was hoping to be able to do it through spending, but the crisis has gotten too deep, and what happened in the markets globally today is a huge wake-up call. 2008
Hillary Clinton There's a difference between fair game and playing games. 2014
Hillary Clinton We have to do everything we can to prevent President Bush from binding the hands of the next president. 2008
Hillary Clinton Well, fiscal responsibility is a very high priority for me. 2007
Hillary Clinton You know, my late father was a fanatic Bears fan, and the idea that any of his children would be on the 10-yard line in Soldier Field is an extraordinary accomplishment, as far as I'm concerned. 2007
Ted Cruz I am perfectly happy to compromise and work with anybody. Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians. I’ll work with Martians. If -- and the if is critical -- they’re willing to cut spending and reduce the debt. 2012
Ted Cruz I will renounce any Canadian citizenship. Nothing against Canada, but I’m an American by birth and as a US senator, I believe I should be only an American. 2013
Ted Cruz If standing for liberty and the Constitution makes you a wacko bird, then count me a proud wacko bird. 2013
Ted Cruz Instead of nominating a health professional, he nominated someone who is an anti-gun activist 2014
Ted Cruz My music taste changed on 9/11. 2015
Ted Cruz You know, back in the ’70s -- I remember the ’70s -- we were told there was global cooling. 2015
Howard Dean YEAAAUUGHHH! 2004
Howard Dean I've waffled before. I'll waffle again. 2003
Howard Dean Not one Republican president has balanced the budget in 34 years in this country. You cannot trust the right wing with your money. 2004
Howard Dean Prove it, or not. 2004
Howard Dean This is a struggle of good and evil. And we're the good. 2005
Howard Dean You know, I think in some ways, unfortunately, the terrorists have already won. 2004
Bob Dole And with all due respect, I am here to tell you it does not take a village to raise a child. It takes a family to raise a child. 1996
Bob Dole I don't know; I'm not a doctor. 1996
Bob Dole I don’t disagree with anything the president said, except he waited four years to do these things. And my view is, it ought to be, it’ll be done on day one. 1996
Bob Dole If something happened along the route and you had to leave your children with Bob Dole or Bill Clinton, I think you would probably leave them with Bob Dole. 1996
Bob Dole Millions and millions of dollars in negative advertising spent distorting my views. 1996
Bob Dole My word is my bond. 1996
Bob Dole The mainstreaming of deviancy must come to an end. 1995
Bob Dole You do a lot of things nobody knows about. I have a little foundation for the disabled called the Dole Foundation. We've raised about $10 million. We don't talk about it. 1996
Elizabeth Dole America! America! 2000
Elizabeth Dole May God bless America. 2000
Michael Dukakis I believe in the American dream. I'm a product of it, and I want to help that dream come true for every single citizen in this land. 1988
Michael Dukakis I think you know that I've opposed the death penalty during all of my life. 1988
Michael Dukakis I was in Houston on Tuesday meeting with a group of good citizens, working citizen, all of them with little or no health insurance. 1988
Michael Dukakis I would hope that from this point on, we get to the issues that affect the vast majority of Americans: jobs, schools, health care, housing, the environment. 1988
Michael Dukakis It's important that our leaders demonstrate those values from the top. 1988
Michael Dukakis It's no answer to those 37 million people, most of them members of working families who don't have a dime of health insurance and don't know how to pay the bills if their kids get sick at night. 1988
Michael Dukakis Values begin at the top, in the White House. 1988
John Edwards He'd never been able to go to college. And he was trying to learn from public television so he could get a better job in the mill. 2007
John Edwards I think the truth of the matter is, we need to start by recognizing the pain. And not just the economic pain -- the pain that these families are in. 2004
John Edwards I’ve spoken the truth; I will continue to speak the truth, whatever the consequences are and whatever the perception that people have is. 2004
John Edwards It may be great political theater and political rhetoric, but it’s not the truth. 2004
John Edwards The president of the United States has to actually be able to walk and chew chewing gum at the same time, has to be able to do two things at the same time. 2004
John Edwards There are two different Americas. 2004
John Edwards You can't have anything but respect for the fact that they're willing to talk about the fact that they have a gay daughter, the fact that they embrace her. 2008
Dwight D. Eisenhower I should first tell you that I have no words in which to express the gratitude that Mrs. Eisenhower and I feel for the warmth of your welcome. 1956
Dwight D. Eisenhower I'm going to command the whole shebang. 1940s
Geraldine Ferraro But I do think it's necessary to have debates. 1990
Geraldine Ferraro I don't like to practice ahead of time what I'm going to say. 1990
Geraldine Ferraro I'd call it a new version of voodoo economics, but I'm afraid that would give witch doctors a bad name. 1984
Geraldine Ferraro I'll become a one-woman truth squad, and we'll start tonight. 1984
Geraldine Ferraro Let me say that I'm not a believer in polls. 1984
Geraldine Ferraro President Reagan's one-liners were terrific. 1990
Carly Fiorina It is this hypocrisy, the hypocrisy of liberals, that enrages me most. 2015
Steve Forbes And I'm tired of these debates.... 2000
Steve Forbes Clearly we are raising a generation in which too many young people are spiritually impoverished, without a sense of right and wrong. unknown
Steve Forbes I'll give you a copy of my book, and you can find it. 2000
Steve Forbes We can’t impose views. We need to persuade. 1999
Steve Forbes When the world of adults winks and nods at drug use, we abandon children to emotional and moral chaos, thus threatening their very lives. unknown
Steve Forbes You have a variety of ways to do it. 2000
Gerald Ford A president can't be all things to all people. 1976
Gerald Ford But this administration doesn't believe the way to reduce unemployment is to go to war, or to increase the number of people in the military. 1976
Gerald Ford He [Gerald R. Ford, Sr.] and Mother had three rules: tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time -- and woe unto any of us who violated those rules. 1979
Gerald Ford I support the Republican platform, which calls for a constitutional amendment that would outlaw abortions. 1976
Gerald Ford Our children have been the victims of mass education. 1976
Gerald Ford The American people will be called upon to tighten their belts a bit in meeting some of the problems that we face domestically. 1976
Gerald Ford There are two, uh, things which cannot be debated -- experience and results. 1976
Gerald Ford There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe, and there never will be under a Ford administration. 1976
Gerald Ford Truth is the glue that holds government together. 1974
Lenora Fulani Voting for either a Republican or a Democrat this year is voting for an evil, the lesser of two evils. 1992
Newt Gingrich I'm not a natural leader. I'm too intellectual; I'm too abstract; I think too much. 1995
Newt Gingrich I've known Bibi since 1984. 2011
Newt Gingrich Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. unknown
Newt Gingrich Well, the question is, would it, in fact, increase jobs or kill jobs? 2011
Newt Gingrich You can't trust anybody with power. 1995
Al Gore [Audible sigh] 2000
Al Gore But I enlisted in the Army because I knew if I didn't go, someone else in the small town of Carthage, Tennessee, would have to go in my place. 2000
Al Gore George Bush taking credit for the Berlin Wall coming down is like the rooster taking credit for the sunrise. 1992
Al Gore I believe we must challenge a culture with too much meanness, and not enough meaning. 2000
Al Gore I have actually not questioned Governor Bush's experience. 2000
Al Gore I will keep Social Security in a lockbox. 2001
Al Gore Well, I've been kind of a hard-liner on this issue for more than eight years. 2000
Ulysses S. Grant I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution. 1869
William Henry Harrison Connected with this subject is the character of the currency. 1841
William Henry Harrison The only legitimate right to govern is an express grant of power from the governed. 1841
William Henry Harrison There is another ground for the adoption of the veto principle. 1841
Orrin Hatch Capital punishment is our society's recognition of the sanctity of human life. unknown
Orrin Hatch I'm not just talking about it. I've actually done it. 2000
Orrin Hatch My gosh, I believe that almost anybody would say if you read the Ten Commandments that it applies universally. 2000
Orrin Hatch The First Amendment is not an altar on which we must sacrifice our children, families, and community standards. Obscene material that is not protected by the First Amendment can and must be prohibited. 2005
Mike Huckabee I believe it's a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God. 2008
Mike Huckabee I believe the Bible is exactly what it is. 2007
Mike Huckabee I didn't major in math. I majored in miracles, and I still believe in them, too. 2008
Mike Huckabee I know this is probably a very controversial thing, but may I say to you, Merry Christmas! 2007
Mike Huckabee I may not be the expert that some people are on foreign policy, but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night. 2007
Mike Huckabee My plan to secure the border? Two words: Chuck Norris. 2007
Mike Huckabee There's never been a civilization that has rewritten what marriage and family means and survived. 2007
Mike Huckabee There's only one explanation for it, and it's not a human one. 2007
Mike Huckabee We are moving rapidly towards the criminalization of Christianity. 2015
Mike Huckabee We don't have a health care system. We have a health care maze. And we don't have a health care crisis. We have a health crisis. 2007
Thomas Jefferson He who knows most, knows best how little he knows. 1812
Thomas Jefferson I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office. 1796
Thomas Jefferson I sincerely believe...that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies. 1816
Thomas Jefferson The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money. 1773
Thomas Jefferson Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far. 1785
Thomas Jefferson When angry, count to ten before you speak; if very angry, a hundred. unknown
Lyndon B. Johnson A man can take a little bourbon without getting drunk, but if you hold his mouth open and pour in a quart, he's going to get sick on it. unknown
Lyndon B. Johnson A president's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right. 1965
Lyndon B. Johnson And I just want to tell you this:we're in favor of a lot of things, and we're against mighty few. 1964
Lyndon B. Johnson He's a nice guy, but he played too much football with his helmet off. unknown
Lyndon B. Johnson It is empty to plead that the solution to the dilemmas of the present rests on the hands of the clock. The solution is in our hands. 1963
Lyndon B. Johnson What we won when all of our people united just must not now be lost in suspicion, distrust, selfishness and politics among any of our people. 1968
John F. Kennedy Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future. 1963
John F. Kennedy Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. 1961
John F. Kennedy I think "Hail to the Chief" has a nice ring to it. unknown
John F. Kennedy If we fail, then freedom fails. 1960
John F. Kennedy The question is, are we moving in the direction of peace and security? 1960
John F. Kennedy The question now is, can freedom be maintained under the most severe attack it has ever known? I think it can be. 1960
John F. Kennedy There is an old saying that things don't happen; they are made to happen. 1963
John F. Kennedy We can no longer afford to be second best. I want people all over the world to look to the United States again, to feel that we're on the move, to feel that our high noon is in the future. 1960
John F. Kennedy We must use time as a tool, not as a couch. 1961
John F. Kennedy We want peace. We want freedom. We want security. We want to be stronger. We want freedom to gain. 1960
John F. Kennedy We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it. 1963
John Kerry He can't come here and tell you that he's left no child behind because he didn't fund No Child Left Behind. 2004
John Kerry I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it. 2004
John Kerry I have a plan to put people back to work. That's not wishy-washy. 2004
John Kerry I said at the beginning, "I support affirmative action." I said at the end, "I support affirmative action." 2004
John Kerry I will finally complete the mission begun by Harry Truman, and I will make sure that at long last, affordable health care is a right, and not a privilege, for every American. 2004
John Kerry I would reach out to our allies in a way that this president hasn't. He pushed them away time and again, pushed them away at the UN, pushed them away individually. 2004
John Kerry I'm John Kerry, and I'm reporting for duty. 2004
John Kerry It's very hard to get other countries to give up their weapons when you're busy developing a new one. 2004
John Kerry Mr. President, you're batting 0 for 2. 2004
John Kerry Senator Hagel of Nebraska said that the handling of Iraq is beyond pitiful, beyond embarrassing; it's in the zone of dangerous. 2004
John Kerry There's a great passage of the Bible that says, "What does it mean, my brother, to say you have faith if there are no deeds? Faith without works is dead." 2004
John Kerry This president chose a tax cut over homeland security. Wrong choice. 2004
John Kerry Unlike the Bush Administration, I want to repeal every tax break and loophole that rewards any Benedict Arnold CEO or corporation for shipping American jobs overseas. 2004
John Kerry Well, let me tell you straight up: I've never changed my mind about Iraq. I do believe Saddam Hussein was a threat. I always believed he was a threat. 2004
John Kerry When you get on an airplane, your bag is x-rayed, but the cargo hold isn't x-rayed. Do you feel safer? 2004
John Kerry You rely on good military people to execute the military component of the strategy, but winning the peace is larger than just the military component. 2004
Caroline Killeen The issue of hemp breaks down to everything that’s destroying us as a nation. It’s a salvation. 1996
Dennis Kucinich Buy America, or it's bye-bye, America. 2011
Dennis Kucinich I am running for president of the United States to enable the goddess of peace to encircle within her arms all the children of this country and all the children of the world. 2003
Dennis Kucinich I think the Lord's Prayer is a very powerful prayer. And the prayer of St. Francis. unknown
Dennis Kucinich Just say, no money. 2007
Dennis Kucinich Look, I've lost before. And there's always a tomorrow. 2012
Dennis Kucinich When you have real power, you don't threaten. People know what your capabilities are. 2012
Dennis Kucinich You know, I started my career in politics in 1967. I'm not new to this. I did not just fall off the Christmas tree. unknown
Joe Lieberman Candidates who run for president are very optimistic people. 2004
Joe Lieberman I believe that our national security lies not just in protecting our borders, but in bridging divides. 2005
Joe Lieberman I have a reputation for giving unpopular answers. I never used marijuana. Sorry! 2003
Joe Lieberman I want to assure the American people that the American military is the best-trained, best-equipped, most powerful force in the world. 2000
Joe Lieberman I'll follow a policy that makes abortion safe, rare, and legal. 2003
Joe Lieberman Not long ago, I met a man whose son has Canavan’s disease. He told me that stem cell research carried the promise of a cure -- but that the Bush administration was blocking that research from happening. 2004
Joe Lieberman Some in my party threaten to send a message that they don't know a just war when they see it, and more broadly that they're not prepared to use our military strength to protect our security and the cause of freedom. 2003
Abraham Lincoln I am a slow walker, but I never walk back. 1864
Abraham Lincoln Stand with anybody that stands right. 1854
Abraham Lincoln When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion. unknown
Abraham Lincoln When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees. unknown
Abraham Lincoln Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. 1865
James Madison A general prosperity is visible in the public countenance. 1813
James Madison Reasonable and universal as this expectation was, it also has not been fulfilled. 1809
James Madison The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted. 1787
John McCain Do not yield. Do not flinch. Stand up. Stand up with our president and fight. We're Americans. We're Americans, and we'll never surrender. 2004
John McCain However just the cause, we should mourn for all that is lost when war claims its wages from us. 2004
John McCain I believe in evolution. But I also believe, when I hike the Grand Canyon and see it at sunset, that the hand of God is there also. 2007
John McCain I'm going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. 2005
John McCain Never get into a wrestling match with a pig. You both get dirty, and the pig likes it. 2008
John McCain There's never been a problem Americans couldn't solve. 2007
John McCain We have many advantages in the fight against global warming, but time is not one of them. 2008
John McCain Whoever controls oil controls much more than oil. 2008
Pete McCloskey I'm not so sure I even want to be president. I just want to smash this guy. 1972
Pete McCloskey No, I like it when the questions are tough. 1972
Cynthia McKinney But we make history today only because we must. 2008
Cynthia McKinney Politics is not a beauty contest; it is not a fashion show; it is not a horse race. 2008
Charlene Mitchell I do not accept non-violence as a principle. 1968
Walter Mondale A president is called the Commander-in-Chief. And he's called that because he's supposed to be in charge of facts and run our government and strengthen our nation. 1984
Walter Mondale And any research or development along the Star Wars schemes would inevitably involve our most advanced computers, our most advanced engineering. 1984
Walter Mondale I believe that the question oversimplifies the difficulties of what we must do in Central America. 1984
Walter Mondale The president told the terrorists he was going to retaliate. He didn't. They called their bluff. And the bottom line is that the United States left in humiliation and our enemies are stronger. 1984
Walter Mondale When I hear your new ideas, I'm reminded of that ad, "Where's the beef?" 1984
Walter Mondale Your definition of national strength is to throw money at the Defense Department. My definition of national strength is to make certain that a dollar spent buys us a dollar's worth of defense.... When you pay $500 for a $5 hammer, you're not buying strength. 1984
James Monroe National honor is the national property of the highest value. 1817
Ralph Nader If you do not turn on to politics, politics will turn on you. 2000
Ralph Nader This country has far more problems than it deserves and far more solutions than it applies. 2014
Ralph Nader We have the phenomenon now known as flammable water. 1970
Richard Nixon I have no comment. 1960
Richard Nixon I would be willing as president to meet with Mr. Khrushchev or any other world leader if it would serve the cause of peace. 1960
Richard Nixon I've reached the conclusion that the Soviets may be cheating. 1960
Richard Nixon It recognizes that the government has a responsibility to get the farmer out of the trouble he presently is in because the government got him into it. 1960
Richard Nixon It was because they were too extreme. 1960
Richard Nixon The president has asked for my advice. I have given it. 1960
Richard Nixon When the President does it, that means that it's not illegal. 1977
Barack Obama Contrary to the rumors you have heard, I was not born in a manger. I was actually born on Krypton and sent here by my father, Jor-El, to save the Planet Earth. 2008
Barack Obama I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being. 2014
Barack Obama I can bring this country together. I have a track record, starting from the days I moved to Chicago as a community organizer. 2008
Barack Obama I don’t welcome leaks, because there’s a reason why these programs are classified. 2013
Barack Obama Let me be clear. 2004
Barack Obama Nothing Governor Romney just said is true. 2012
Barack Obama The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back. 2012
Barack Obama The world saw in gruesome detail the terrible nature of chemical weapons, and why the overwhelming majority of humanity has declared them off-limits -- a crime against humanity. 2013
Barack Obama This has been probably the biggest whopper told during the course of this campaign. 2012
Barack Obama We will finish what we started in 2008. 2012
Barack Obama We will not rest until we build an economy that’s ready for America’s future. 2010
Barack Obama Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets. 2012
Barack Obama When I went to Israel as a candidate...I went to the Holocaust Museum. 2012
Barack Obama You're likable enough. 2008
Barack Obama If I had to name my greatest strength, I guess it would be my humility. Greatest weakness, it’s possible that I’m a little too awesome. 2008
Sarah Palin I do not like this Uncle Sam. I do not like his health care scam. I do not like these dirty crooks, or how they lie and cook the books. 2014
Sarah Palin I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities. 2008
Sarah Palin If I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists. 2014
Sarah Palin The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke. 2014
Sarah Palin Together, we’ll go beyond the sound bites and cut through the media’s politically correct filter. 2014
Sarah Palin We say keep your change; we'll keep our God, our guns, our constitution. 2012
Ron Paul Boy, that's a tough question. 2011
Ron Paul I have to admit, I voted for that. It was against the principles I believed in, but when you're part of the team, sometimes you take one for the team, for the leader, and I made a mistake. 2012
Ron Paul Just for the record, I wasn’t even thinking about you when I was giving my statement, so you’re overly sensitive. 2012
Ron Paul Law will not correct the basic problem, and that is the morality of the people. 2012
Ron Paul Well, it all depends on what you mean by "all of this." 2007
Ron Paul What you're inferring is, you know what, if we legalize heroin tomorrow, everyone's gonna use heroin. 2011
Ron Paul When I see these young men coming back, my heart weeps for them. 2012
Ross Perot Congress, they're all good people. They're all patriots. But you've got to link arms and work with them. 1992
Ross Perot Do you want to fix the problem or sound-bite it? 1992
Ross Perot First contact should be with the mother when she's pregnant. That little child needs to be loved and hugged and nurtured and made to feel special, like your children were. 1992
Ross Perot Found a boy -- excuse me, but this gives the flavor -- a boy in Houston kept a chicken in the bathtub in downtown Houston and missed 65 days going to livestock shows. 1992
Ross Perot If they just want to keep slow-dancing and talk about it and not do it, I'm not your man. 1992
Ross Perot Let me finish! 1993
Ross Perot Now, that would put you in jail in corporate America if you kept books that way, but in government it's just kind of the way things are. 1992
Ross Perot One more time you've bought a front-row box seat and got a third-rate performance. 1992
Ross Perot These big factories? Everybody told me they were cost-effective. I did a study on it; they're cost-ineffective. 1992
Ross Perot We cannot be the policeman for the world any longer. We spent $300 billion a year defending the world. 1992
Ross Perot Well, it's cost-effective to help Russia succeed in its revolution; it's pennies on the dollar compared to going back to the Cold War. 1992
Ross Perot Well, they've got a point. I don't have any experience in running up a $4 trillion debt. 1992
Ross Perot Within the first few years, they either learn how to learn or don't learn how to learn. And if they don't, they wind up in prison. 1992
Rick Perry America's greatness is not found in the size of its government. America's greatness resides in the hearts and the minds of the people. 2011
Rick Perry Dark economic clouds are dissipating into an emerging blue sky of opportunity. 2005
Rick Perry I don't know what y'all would do to him in Iowa, but...we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. 2011
Rick Perry I'm just going to tell you from my own personal life, abstinence works. 2010
Rick Perry It's time for us to just hand it over to God and say, "God, you're gonna have to fix this." 2011
Rick Perry The third agency of government I would do away with -- the education, the uh, the commerce and let's see. I can't. The third one. I can't, sorry. Oops. 2011
Rick Perry There's nothing wrong with America that an extra dose of freedom won't cure. 2012
Dan Quayle For NASA, space is still a high priority. 1990
Dan Quayle He just raised taxes this past year. And that's why a lot of people refer to him as Tax Hike Mike. That's why they refer to the State of Massachusetts as Taxachusetts. 1988
Dan Quayle I believe that I've made good judgments in the past, and I think I've made good judgments in the future. unknown
Dan Quayle I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy -- but that could change. 1989
Dan Quayle If we do not succeed, then we run the risk of failure. 1990
Dan Quayle Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children. 1992
Dan Quayle We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur. 1990
Dan Quayle We're going to have the best-educated American people in the world. 1992
Dan Quayle You’re close, but you left a little something off. The "e" on the end. unknown
Ronald Reagan Are you better off now than you were four years ago? 1980
Ronald Reagan For our friends in the press who place a high premium on accuracy, let me say: I did not actually hear George Washington say that. 1982
Ronald Reagan I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience. 1980
Ronald Reagan I have submitted an economic plan that I've worked out in concert with a number of fine economists in this country, all of whom approve it. 1980
Ronald Reagan I sometimes think he’s like the witch doctor that gets mad when a good doctor comes along with a cure that’ll work. 1980
Ronald Reagan I think it is safe to say that we do have sources of energy that have not yet been used or found. 1980
Ronald Reagan I think some of my ideas might involve quiet diplomacy, where you don't say in advance, or say to anyone, what it is you're thinking of doing. 1980
Ronald Reagan I would like to ask the president why is it inflationary to let the people keep more of their money and spend it the way that they'd like, and it isn't inflationary to let him take that money and spend it the way he wants? 1980
Ronald Reagan My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes. 1984
Ronald Reagan President Carter also has spoken of the new jobs created. Well, we always, with the normal growth in our country and increase in population, increase the number of jobs. 1980
Ronald Reagan That's why, when I said "Star Wars" and criticized it, I never mentioned space or anything. I don't know. I'm not a scientist. 1985
Ronald Reagan The law of the land, passed by Congress, says that we cannot accept a treaty in which we are not equal. 1980
Ronald Reagan There you go again. 1980
Ronald Reagan We cannot shirk our responsibility as the leader of the free world, because we're the only one that can do it. 1980
Ronald Reagan We don't have inflation because the people are living too well. We have inflation because the government is living too well. 1980
Ronald Reagan We're not going to simply kill some people to say, "Oh, look, we got even.'' 1984
Ronald Reagan With our modern technology, yes, we can burn our coal within the limits of the Clean Air Act. I think, as technology improves, we'll be able to do even better with that. 1980
Mitt Romney Humanity is not common in its views. 2014
Mitt Romney I care about 100 percent of the American people. I want 100 percent of the American people to have a bright and prosperous future. 2012
Mitt Romney I have clear eyes on this. I’m not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia, or Mr. Putin. 2012
Mitt Romney I love practical jokes and humor. [Frankly, there's] no joke that I don't think is funny. I love practical jokes, but I don't like being scared. 2007
Mitt Romney I’m not familiar precisely with what I said, but I’ll stand by what I said, whatever it was. 2012
Mitt Romney If you live in the mountains, you long for the trees and the lakes. 2014
Mitt Romney It's time for the party of big ideas, not the party of Big Brother! 2008
Mitt Romney On abortion, I was wrong and I changed my mind. 2007
Mitt Romney Republicans prefer straight talk to politically correct talk. 2008
Mitt Romney Rick, I'll tell ya what: 10,000 bucks? 2011
Mitt Romney They brought us whole binders full of women. 2012
Mitt Romney This feels good, being back in Michigan…. You know, the trees are the right height. 2012
Mitt Romney We can’t kill our way out of this mess. 2012
Mitt Romney When it comes to pinning blame, pin the tail on the donkeys. 2010
Franklin D. Roosevelt I have seen war. 1936
Franklin D. Roosevelt I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people. 1932
Franklin D. Roosevelt If you treat people right, they will treat you right 90 percent of the time. unknown
Franklin D. Roosevelt Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth. 1939
Franklin D. Roosevelt They are unanimous in their hate for me -- and I welcome their hatred. 1936
Franklin D. Roosevelt This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. 1933
Franklin D. Roosevelt We defend and we build a way of life, not for America alone, but for all mankind. 1940
Franklin D. Roosevelt The only important increase in any part of the budget is the estimate for national defense. Practically all other important items show a reduction. But, you know, you can’t eat your cake and have it too. 1940
Theodore Roosevelt A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. 1930
Theodore Roosevelt Anarchy is a crime against the whole human race, and all mankind should band against the anarchist. 1901
Theodore Roosevelt The government is us; we are the government, you and I. 1902
Theodore Roosevelt The man who loves other countries as much as his own stands on a level with the man who loves other women as much as he loves his own wife. 1918
Theodore Roosevelt The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything. 1900
Theodore Roosevelt There is not a cloud on the horizon at present. There seems not the slightest chance of trouble with a foreign power. 1902
Paul Ryan Child support should do just that -- support children, not the federal government. 2006
Paul Ryan I grew up reading Ayn Rand, and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are and what my beliefs are. 2005
Paul Ryan I voted to send people to war. 2012
Paul Ryan No, I never asked for stimulus. 2012
Paul Ryan Now it's a war on women; tomorrow it's going to be a war on left-handed Irishmen or something like that. 2012
Paul Ryan We call it a poverty trap. 2014
Rick Santorum Calling same-sex marriage a marriage would be like calling a cup of tea a basketball. 2011
Rick Santorum Here, we can thank the influence of radical feminism. 2005
Rick Santorum Is anyone saying same-sex couples can't love each other? I love my children. I love my friends, my brother. Heck, I even love my mother-in-law. Should we call these relationships marriage, too? 2008
Rick Santorum Karen and I are the parents of seven children. 2011
Rick Santorum Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that's okay, contraception is okay. It's not okay. It's a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be. 2011
Al Sharpton But people are suffering. People are literally choosing one month to buy prescription drugs, pay their rent the next month. They want answers. They don't want our best shot at each other. 2004
Al Sharpton Did you come in to win, or did you come in to stand up for something -- and make that win? 2004
Al Sharpton My religion says that abortion is wrong. And while I may believe that life begins when the sperm meets the egg, and that only God should decide whether to take a life, I will not stand in the way of a woman's right to choose. 2002
Al Sharpton So let's not blame the religion. Let's blame those that use religion to do some ruthless, deadly, wicked acts. 2004
Al Sharpton The [Confederate] flag represents a thought, a philosophy, and a political movement built on racism, slavery, and rape. You can't redo the flag and what it stands for. 2004
Al Sharpton We were told, in the wake of 9/11, we were in imminent danger with weapons of mass destruction. 2004
Al Sharpton Well, I'm the son of a man who couldn't be a mill worker because of the color of his skin. But his son can be the president of the United States. 2004
Cindy Sheehan I have three words for the Nobel committee and for my president: "How dare you!" 2009
Jill Stein Great, so first let me say that President Obama was drinking the Kool-Aid in a big way. 2012
Jill Stein We don’t believe in one dollar, one vote. We believe in one person, one vote. 2012
Jill Stein The heat is rising. The ranks of the poor are swelling. Our young people are drowning in debt. 2012
James Stockdale I think character is permanent and issues are transient. 1999
James Stockdale I'm not a politician -- everybody knows that. 1992
James Stockdale Well, I'm out of ammunition on this. 1992
James Stockdale Who am I? Why am I here? 1992
Harry S. Truman All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it. 1959
Harry S. Truman It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose your own. 1958
Harry S. Truman The buck stops here. 1945
Harry S. Truman The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit. unknown
Harry S. Truman Why, this fellow don't know any more about politics than a pig knows about Sunday. 1952
Donald Trump [NBC and Comcast are] friends of mine, but I'll probably never speak to them again. 2015
Donald Trump He loves Trump. He goes around saying, “Trump is my all-time hero.” He says it to everybody. So Kanye West, I love him. 2015
Donald Trump I have a deal for the president, a deal that I don’t believe he can refuse, and I hope he doesn’t. 2012
Donald Trump I was so misquoted, it's incredible. 2015
Donald Trump I will make America great again. 2015
Donald Trump I'm a lover, not a fighter. You've been reading about that for years. 1980
Donald Trump The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing noncompetitive. 2012
Donald Trump We don't have victories anymore. We used to have victories. 2015
Donald Trump You can see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever, but she was, in my opinion, she was...off-base. 2015
Martin Van Buren I tread in the footsteps of illustrious men 1837
George Washington Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder. 1779
George Washington Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism. 1796
George Washington I die hard but am not afraid to go. 1799
George Washington It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one. 1791
George Washington My first wish is to see this plague to mankind [war] banished from the earth. 1875
Woodrow Wilson I am inclined to follow the course suggested by a friend of mine who says that he has always followed the rule never to murder a man who is committing suicide. 1916
Woodrow Wilson I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow. 1914
Woodrow Wilson I would rather belong to a poor nation that was free than to a rich nation that had ceased to be in love with liberty. 1913
Woodrow Wilson Tell me what is right, and I will fight for it. unknown
Woodrow Wilson The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it. unknown