On Economy

"[B]y the way, we rank 10th amongst the industrialized world in broadband technology and its availability. That's not good enough for America. Tenth is 10 spots too low as far as I'm concerned." —Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 26, 2004 "The march to war affected the people's confidence. It's hard to make investment. See, if you're a small business owner or a large business owner and you're thinking about investing, you've got to be optimistic when you invest. Except when you're marching to war, it's not a very optimistic thought, is it? In other words, it's the opposite of optimistic when you're thinking you're going to war." -— Springfield, Missouri, Feb. 9, 2004 "Let me tell you my thoughts about tax relief. When your economy is kind of ooching along, it's important to let people have more of their own money."—Boston, Oct. 4, 2002 "See, without the tax relief package, there would have been a deficit, but there wouldn't have been the commiserate—not 'commiserate'—the kick to our economy that occurred as a result of the tax relief." "You're working hard to put food on your family."

On Education

"We expect the states to show us whether or not we're achieving simple objectives—like literacy, literacy in math, the ability to read and write." -—on federal education requirements, Washington, D.C., April 28, 2005 "[T]he illiteracy level of our children are appalling." -—Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2004 "Rarely is the question asked: is our children learning?" "You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test." —Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001

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On Foreign Policy

"This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous. And having said that, all options are on the table." -—Brussels, Belgium, Feb. 22, 2005 "Free societies are hopeful societies. And free societies will be allies against these hateful few who have no conscience, who kill at the whim of a hat."-—Washington, D.C., Sept. 17, 2004 "I didn't join the International Criminal Court because I don't want to put our troops in the hands of prosecutors from other nations. Look, if somebody has done some wrong in our military, we'll take care of it. We got plenty of capability of dealing with justice." -—Niceville, Fla., Aug. 10, 2004 "See, free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don't attack each other. Free nations don't develop weapons of mass destruction." -—Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 3, 2003 "I think war is a dangerous place." -—Washington, D.C., May 7, 2003 "In my judgment, when the United States says there will be serious consequences, and if there isn't serious consequences, it creates adverse consequences." "Border relations between Canada and Mexico have never been better." September 24, 2001

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On Health Care

"Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYN's aren't able to practice their love with women all across the country." -—Sept. 6, 2004, Poplar Bluff, Mo. "My pro-life position is I believe there's life. It's not necessarily based in religion. I think there's a life there, therefore the notion of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness." --Quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 23, 2001

On Human Rights

"It seemed like Amnesty International based some of their decisions on the word and allegations by people who were held in detention, people who hate America, people had been trained in some instances to disassemble – that means not tell the truth." --Washington, D.C., 31 May, 2005 "More Muslims have died at the hands of killers than—I say more Muslims—a lot of Muslims have died—I don't know the exact count—at Istanbul. Look at these different places around the world where there's been tremendous death and destruction because killers kill." -—Washington, D.C., Jan. 29, 2004

On Iraq

"But Iraq has—have got people there that are willing to kill, and they're hard-nosed killers. And we will work with the Iraqis to secure their future." --Washington, D.C., April 28, 2005 "I'm honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein." -—Washington, D.C., May 25, 2004 "The ambassador and the general were briefing me on the—the vast majority of Iraqis want to live in a peaceful, free world. And we will find these people and we will bring them to justice." -— Washington, D.C., Oct. 27, 2003 "We ended the rule of one of history's worst tyrants, and in so doing, we not only freed the American people, we made our own people more secure." -—Crawford, Texas, May 3, 2003 "You're free. And freedom is beautiful. And, you know, it'll take time to restore chaos and order— order out of chaos. But we will." -—Washington, D.C., April 13, 2003 "The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein, and his willingness to terrorize himself." -—Grand Rapids, Minn., Jan. 29, 2003 "There is no such thing necessarily in a dictatorial regime of iron-clad absolutely solid evidence. The evidence I had was the best possible evidence that he had a weapon."

On National Security and War on Terror

"It's in our country's interests to find those who would do harm to us and get them out of harm's way." -—Washington, D.C., April 28, 2005 "After standing on the stage, after the debates, I made it very plain, we will not have an all-volunteer army. And yet, this week—we will have an all-volunteer army. Let me restate that."-—Daytona Beach, Fla., Oct. 16, 2004 "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." -—Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

"The law I sign today directs new funds and new focus to the task of collecting vital intelligence on terrorist threats and on weapons of mass production." -—Washington, D.C., Nov. 27, 2002 "I was proud the other day when both Republicans and Democrats stood with me in the Rose Garden to announce their support for a clear statement of purpose: you disarm, or we will." -—Speaking about Saddam Hussein, Manchester, N.H., Oct. 5, 2002 "There's no doubt in my mind that we should allow the world worst leaders to hold America hostage, to threaten our peace, to threaten our friends and allies with the world's worst weapons." -—South Bend, Ind., Sept. 5, 2002 "[T]he best way to find these terrorists who hide in holes is to get people coming forth to describe the location of the hole, is to give clues and data." "I think - tide turning - see, as I remember, I was raised in the desert, but tides kind of, it's easy to see a tide turn - did I say those words?" June 14, 2006

On Social Security

"In terms of timetables, as quickly as possible—whatever that means." -—On the president's time frame for shoring up Social Security, Washington D.C., March 16, 2005 "If you're a younger person, you ought to be asking members of Congress and the United States Senate and the president what you intend to do about it. If you see a train wreck coming, you ought to be saying, what are you going to do about it, Mr. Congressman, or Madam Congressman?" -— Detroit, Feb. 8, 2005 "Now, we talked to Joan Hanover. She and her husband, George, were visiting with us. They are near retirement—retiring—in the process of retiring, meaning they're very smart, active, capable people who are retirement age and are retiring." -—Alexandria, Va., Feb. 12, 2003

Logic

"It is better to have lost and .. er to have loved and lost than to have lost.. to have loved never before to have er .. lost." --Dallas, July 11., 2006 "The future will be better tomorrow." [citation needed] "I believe we are called to do the hard work to make our communities and quality of life a better place." -—Collinsville, Ill., 5 Jan., 2005 "It's a time of sorrow and sadness when we lose a loss of life." -—Washington, D.C., Dec. 21, 2004 "I'm so pleased to be able to say hello to Bill Scranton. He's one of the great Pennsylvania political families." -—Drexel Hill, Penn., Sept. 15, 2003 "Our country puts $1 billion a year up to help feed the hungry. And we're by far the most generous nation in the world when it comes to that, and I'm proud to report that. This isn't a contest of who's the most generous. I'm just telling you as an aside. We're generous. We shouldn't be bragging about it. But we are. We're very generous." -—Washington, D.C., July 16, 2003 "There's an old saying in Tennessee—I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee—that says, fool me once, shame on—shame on you. Fool me—you can't get fooled again." -—Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002

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"I'm hopeful. I know there is a lot of ambition in Washington, obviously. But I hope the ambitious realize that they are more likely to succeed with success as opposed to failure." --Interview with the Associated Press, Jan. 18, 2001 "The California crunch really is the result of not enough power-generating plants and then not enough power to power the power of generating plants."--Interview with the New York Times, Jan. 14, 2001

On Pollution

"It is not pollution that is ruining the earth. It is impurities in the water and air."

Misc

"I always jest to people, the Oval Office is the kind of place where people stand outside, they're getting ready to come in and tell me what for, and they walk in and get overwhelmed by the atmosphere. And they say 'man, you're looking pretty.' " -—Washington, D.C., Nov. 4, 2004 "Tribal sovereignty means that, it's sovereign. You're a—you've been given sovereignty, and you're viewed as a sovereign entity. And, therefore, the relationship between the federal government and tribes is one between sovereign entities." -—Washington, D.C., Aug. 6, 2004 "I want to thank my friend, Sen. Bill Frist, for joining us today. … He married a Texas girl, I want you to know. (Laughter.) Karyn is with us. A West Texas girl, just like me. (More laughter.)" -— Nashville, Tenn., May 27, 2004 "One of the most meaningful things that's happened to me since I've been the governor—the president—governor—president. Oops. Ex-governor. I went to Bethesda Naval Hospital to give a fellow a Purple Heart, and at the same moment I watched him—get a Purple Heart for action in Iraq —and at that same—right after I gave him the Purple Heart, he was sworn in as a citizen of the United States—a Mexican citizen, now a United States citizen."—Washington, D.C., Jan. 9, 2004 "Now, there are some who would like to rewrite history—revisionist historians is what I like to call them." -—Elizabeth, N.J., June 16, 2003 "I'm the master of low expectations." -—Aboard Air Force One, June 4, 2003 "Strategery" "I recently met with the finance minister of the Palestinian Authority, was very impressed by his grasp of finances." -—Washington, D.C., May 29, 2003 "I think the American people—I hope the American–I don't think, let me—I hope the American people trust me." -—Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2002 "I know something about being a government. And you've got a good one." -—Stumping for Gov. Mike Huckabee, Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 4, 2002 "They misunderestimated me" "Congress was right to renew the terrorist act...ah patriot act. (winks)" clip played on Lou Dobbs Tonight(September, 2006) "Are these your childrens?" --Washington, D.C., Mar. 12, 2007

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