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Politics Crazy quotes from the campaign

Discussion in 'Tilted Philosophy, Politics, and Economics' started by rogue49, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. rogue49

    rogue49 Tech Kung Fu Artist Staff Member

    The candidates are going to say a lot of silly things as they give speech after speech
    and get damn tired...

    Crazy quotes from the campaign, I'll start you off with 50, compliments of Politico.

    • 'And let's see. I can't. The third one, I can't. Sorry. Oops.' — Perry, Nov. 9, 2011, freezing on the debate stage as he struggled to remember the third federal government department he planned to cut.
    • 'Corporations are people, my friend.' — Romney, Aug. 11, 2011, to a heckler at the Iowa State Fair.
    • 'OK, Libya. President Obama supported the uprising, correct? President Obama called for the removal of Qadhafi. Just want to make sure we’re talking about the same thing before I say, ‘yes I agree,’ or ‘no I didn’t agree.’ I do not agree with the way he handled it for the following reason – nope, that’s a different one. I gotta go back to, see. I got all this stuff twirling around in my head.' — Cain, Nov. 14, 2011, in response to a question about Libya from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board.
    • 'I don't care what the unemployment rate's going to be. Doesn't matter to me.' — Santorum, March 19, 2011, at a campaign stop in Illinois.
    • 'Go get a job right after you take a bath.' — Gingrich, Nov. 19, 2011, speaking about Occupy Wall Street at a 'Thanksgiving Table' forum in Iowa.
    • 'Well what I want them to know is just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That's the kind of spirit that I have, too.' — Bachmann, June 27, 2011, mixing up movie star John Wayne, who was born in Winterset, Iowa, with John Wayne Gacy, the serial killer, who was born in Waterloo.
    • 'I like being able to fire people.' — Romney, Jan. 9, 2012, while speaking about holding insurance service providers accountable at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Nashua, New Hampshire.
    • 'There's no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate.' — Gingrich, March 8, 2011, referring to his extramarital affairs and multiple marriages in an interview taped at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition with CBN’s David Brody.
    • 'I don't want to make black people's lives better by giving them somebody else's money; I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money.' — Santorum, Jan. 1, 2012, at a campaign stop in Sioux City, Iowa. Santorum said he actually mumbled 'blah' people, not 'black' people as was widely reported.
    • 'My strategy for China is three words: Outgrow China.' — Cain, Oct. 19, 2011, in a speech at the Western Republican Leadership Conference.
    • 'And you can always follow me on Tweeter.' — Perry, June. 21, 2011, accepting an award from RightOnline for his work in Texas and his involvement in new media activism.
    • 'He doesn’t quite understand the situation.' — Huntsman, Jan. 7, 2012, speaking Mandarin Chinese during a New Hampshire debate.
    • 'President Obama said that he designed Obamacare after Romneycare and basically made it Obamneycare.' — Pawlenty, June 12, 2011, on 'Fox News Sunday.'
    • '9-9-9.' — Cain, repeatedly.
    • 'I’m not concerned about the very poor.' — Romney, Feb. 1, 2012, in a CNN interview after his Florida primary win.
    • 'President Obama wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob.' — Santorum, Feb. 25, 2012, speaking to a tea party group in Michigan.
    • 'The good news is, that little plan that I just shared with you doesn’t force the Granite state to expand your tax footprint. If you know what I mean. Like 9 percent expansion.' — Perry, Oct. 28, 2011, in a speech at the Cornerstone Action Dinner in Manchester, N.H. that went viral and touched off speculation that he could have been drunk or taking painkillers.
    • 'Rick, I’ll tell you what — ten thousand bucks? Ten thousand dollar bet?' — Romney, Dec. 10, 2011, to Rick Perry during a presidential debate trying to settle a dispute about health insurance.
    • 'And 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?'' — Cain, Oct. 7, 2011, in an interview with CBN News’ David Body.
    • 'Let me say on the record, any ad which quotes what I said Sunday is a falsehood.' — Gingrich, May 17, 2011, telling Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren he made a mistake criticizing Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget.
    • 'When you take the 9-9-9 plan and you turn it upside down, I think the devil’s in the details.' — Bachmann, Oct. 11, 2011, at a debate in New Hampshire.
    • 'Because he’s a fake.' — Paul, Feb. 22, 2012, responding to CNN’s John King’s question at a debate why he was running an attack ad calling Santorum a 'fake.'
    • 'I drive a Mustang and a Chevy pickup truck. Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs, actually.' — Romney, Feb. 24, 2012, in a speech to the Detroit Economic Club at Ford Field.
    • 'A poet once said, ‘life can be a challenge. Life can seem impossible. It’s never easy when there’s so much on the line.’'— Cain, Aug. 11, 2011, actually quoting Donna Summer’s song 'The Power of One' from the film 'Pokémon: The Movie 2000.' Cain frequently quoted the song, most notably in his speech suspending his campaign on Dec. 3, 2011.
    • 'Well, I don't think we should go to the moon. I think we maybe should send some politicians up there.' — Paul, Jan. 26, 2012, responding to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer’s question about his thoughts on the space program at the Jacksonville, Fla. debate.
    • 'Quit distorting my words. If I see it, it’s bull——.' — Santorum, March 25, 2012, to New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny when asked about his line that Romney was 'the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama.'
    • 'I think grandiose thoughts.' — Gingrich, Jan. 19, 2012, at the South Carolina Republican debate
    • 'Aw, shucky ducky!' — Cain, May 21, 2011, officially announcing his presidential bid at a rally in Atlanta.
    • 'The trees are the right height. I like seeing the lakes. I love the lakes. There’s something very special here. The Great Lakes, but also all the little inland lakes that dot the parts of Michigan. I love cars.' — Romney, Feb. 16, 2012, at a campaign stop in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
    • 'One of the reasons we fought the revolution in the 16th century was to get away from that kind of onerous crown.' — Perry, Oct. 11, 2011, speaking after a debate on the Dartmouth College campus.
    • 'If you're going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk with what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate of the future.' — Santorum, March 22, 2012, at a campaign stop in San Antonio, Texas.
    • 'These schools ought to get rid of the unionized janitors, have one master janitor and pay local students to take care of the school.' — Gingrich, Nov. 18, 2011, at an address at Harvard.
    • 'You're the state where the shot was heard around the world at Lexington and Concord.' — Bachmann, March 12, 2011, to a crowd in Manchester, N.H., mixing up Concord, N.H. with Lexington and Concord, Mass.
    • 'My next door neighbor’s two dogs have created more shovel-ready jobs than this administration.' — Johnson, Sept. 22, 2011, at the Fox News-Google debate in Orlando, Fla.
    • 'This is an unusual interview.' — Romney, Nov. 29, 2011, in a testy interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier.
    • 'Those who are going to be over 21 on November 12, I ask for your support. Those who won’t be, just work hard.' — Perry, Nov. 29, 2011, at a town hall meeting at the Institute of Politics at New Hampshire’s Saint Anselm’s College.
    • 'What kind of country do we live in where only people of non-faith can come in the public square and make their case? That makes me throw up.' — Santorum, Feb. 26, 2011, on ABC's 'This Week.'
    • 'Go talk to Tiffany’s.' — Gingrich, May 22, 2011, asked about the $500,000 he spent at the jewelry store.
    • 'I am the Koch brothers’ brother from another mother.' – Cain, Nov. 4, 2011, speaking at an Americans for Prosperity summit in Washington.
    • 'I should tell my story. I’m also unemployed.' — Romney, June 16, 2011, after listening to a group of unemployed Floridians talk about their difficulties find a job.
    • 'One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country.' — Santorum, Oct. 18, 2011, in an interview with CaffeinatedThoughts.com.
    • 'I’m appalled you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that.' — Gingrich, Jan. 19, 2011, to CNN’s John King after he opened the South Carolina debate asking if Gingrich wanted to respond to the allegations that he asked for an “open marriage” with his ex-wife.
    • 'So I advocate legalizing marijuana — control it, regulate, tax it.' — Johnson, May 5, 2011, at the first Republican presidential debate in Greenville, South Carolina.
    • 'When you say to me about really great moments of happiness, it is hanging out at zoos.' — Gingrich, Nov. 8, 2011, in an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan.
    • 'When I'm in charge of the fence, we going to have a fence. It's going to be 20 feet high. It's going to have barbed wire on the top. It's going to be electrocuted, electrified. And there's going to be a sign on the other side that says it will kill you.' — Cain, Oct. 15, 2011, talking about the United States-Mexico border at a rally in Tennessee. A day later, he called the proposal a joke.
    • 'Obama is an enormous success — the most successful food stamp president in American history.' — Gingrich, May 13, 2011, in a speech to the Georgia Republican convention.
    • '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!' — Cain, on what ice cream flavor would best describe Michele Bachmann in a mid-October interview with GQ that ran in the Dec. 2011 issue.
    • 'Washington has abused the Constitution. You go back to the, a decade ago, with Woodrow Wilson.' — Perry, Nov. 29, 2011, in an interview with CNN citing Pres.
    • 'I know what it’s like to worry whether you’re going to get fired. There were a couple of times I wondered whether I was going to get a pink slip.' – Romney, Jan. 8, 2012, speaking at a rally about sharing the anxiety of workers worried about losing their jobs.
    • 'How do you say ‘delicious’ in Cuban?' — Cain, Nov. 16, 2011, in a question to reporters in Miami.
    (Damn, my fingers are sweating, I didn't want you sitting thru a slideshow)
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  2. At least it sounds like Cain knew that the whole thing was a joke.
  3. rogue49

    rogue49 Tech Kung Fu Artist Staff Member

    No quotes
    But Dog on the Car Roof or Dog as Food

    Nice controversy, very absurd.
  4. rogue49

    rogue49 Tech Kung Fu Artist Staff Member

    “I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids."

    -Ann Romney, Apr 24, 2012
  5. redux

    redux Very Tilted Donor

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    From Congressional campaign -- Joe the Plumber, Republican candidate in OH suggests gun control was responsible for the Holocaust and Armenian genocide. He loves America!

    When questioned by the media, his campaign spokesman responded:
    Should make one proud to be a Republican in Ohio.
  6. Baraka_Guru

    Baraka_Guru Möderätor Staff Member




    Of course, because Joe the Plumber is clearly a student of propaganda.
  7. redux

    redux Very Tilted Donor

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    Joe: "I wasn't talking about the Holocaust" when I said this in the video:
    "In 1939, Germany established gun control. From 1938 to 1945, 6 million Jews and 7 million others, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated."

    It's the left wing media's fault for misrepresenting what he said! :eek:
  8. I don't understand two things-

    1- Why did he try to "walk back" a factually correct statement? So far as I know, every single genocide of the 20th century was preceeded, and greatly simplified, by the disarmament of the targeted group. This is just a fact. It's a lot easier to round up and exterminate people who can't shoot back, after all. None of the facts he cites are anything other than that- facts. The Turks -did- disarm the Armenians, the Nazis -did- disarm the Jews and other non-Aryans, the Communists -did- disarm the Kulaks (along with the rest of the population), freedmen -were- disarmed in both the antebellum and postwar South (as were "swarthy immigrants and Irishmen" in the North) etc. None of this is even remotely open for debate.

    2- Why does stating these simple facts make him some kind of a nutter? His observation is accurate. Not all gun-grabs lead to genocide, no- but the percentage is worryingly high, and civilian disarmament is a reliable sign of a government which respects neither its' citizens, nor their rights, nor their safety. And while not all gun-grabs lead to genocide, all genocides have been (again, so far as I know) been preceeded by gun-grabs. In Europe, the pattern goes back at least as far as Revolutionary France and the suppression of the Vendee. It is consistent to a disturbing, if logical, degree. So again- what part of this indicates that he's nuts? Looks more to me as if he's maybe cracked a history book sometime since 7th Grade.
  9. redux

    redux Very Tilted Donor

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    To infer or imply that gun control in the US makes the US comparable to post post-Ottoman Turkey, Nazi Germany, Communist Russia , Pol Pot's Cambodia or any such oppressive regime is a gross distortion of the representation of those regimes and the role of gun control.

    Joe's "cracking of history books" further ignores the fact that citizens of these countries have virtually no rights - to assemble and redress grievances, habeus corpus, a freely elected representative government, etc. - or such facts as having an independent judiciary. I would suggest that Joe's understanding of history is spotty and selective at best.

    It is dishonest, disingenuous and yes, nutty to the extreme. Much like the rhetoric about Obama's secret plan "to remove the Second Amendment from the Bill of Rights." (quote from NRA).
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  10. KirStang

    KirStang Something Patriotic.

    I know I'm going to regret posting in politics, but here goes:

    While the idea that gun grabbing is will invariably lead to genocide is a stretch, dismissing such an idea as simply "nutty" is improper. Indeed, I think that speaks to a "can't happen here" mindset. Think about the concentration of executive power that we have witnessed over the last 12 years. Unilaterally authorizing military action in Libya, the targeted execution of an American citizen, and the issuance of an executive order that suspends enforcement of immigration laws. More apropos, may be the recent invocation of Executive Privilege in to the probe on Operation Fast and Furious.

    To be honest, I think that's alarming, and maybe this might be appropriate for another thread, but I'm not comfortable with branches of government which flout the systems of checks and balances.

    In sum, I disagree. Inferring gun control to a repressive regime is not nutty.
  11. redux

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    It is far more than a stretch, IMO, given the checks and balances and the means of redress that exist under the US constitution that did not exist in any of those regimes.

    To point to those regimes and suggest it could happen here is nonsense and extreme, ie nutty.
  12. KirStang

    KirStang Something Patriotic.

    I dunno Dux. What about Japanese Internment Camps and McCarthyism?
  13. redux

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    I believe the Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of the internment camps and McCarthyism was fueled as much by right wing induced fear mongering as anything else, much like recent hearings on Islamic extremism.
  14. Baraka_Guru

    Baraka_Guru Möderätor Staff Member

    Wait, is Obama disarming his opponents? Are any other Democrats disarming their opponents? Are any Republicans disarming their opponents?

    If the answer to these three questions is no, then Wurzelbacher's message is hyperbole.

    It would be just as ridiculous to compare Republicans to Nazi Germany for their stance against homosexuals, not to mention their stance against communism in favour of a stratified economy with social classes.
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    Michele Bachmann earlier this week in an interview with the American Family Association:
    The new McCarthyism?
  16. KirStang

    KirStang Something Patriotic.

    So if right wing fear mongering is capable of producing internment camps, what's to prevent left wing fear mongering from achieving the same?
  17. redux

    redux Very Tilted Donor

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    Right wing fear mongering produced McCarthyism, not the internment camps.

    As I noted, the Supreme Court - the independent judiciary that does not exist in dictatorships or other oppressive regimes - ruled on the internment camps.
  18. Baraka_Guru

    Baraka_Guru Möderätor Staff Member

    "In 1930, there was a gentleman in Germany who took away private gun ownership and you know what happened to that population. You must be well informed and well armed, because this government we have right now is a tyrannical government."
    — Congressman Allen West (R-FL), 2010​

    "Some say I push too hard. That I ask too much. My response — I’m just getting started. That’s the American way."
    —Allen West in a recent ad for his reelection campaign​

    Allen West kick starts reelection campaign with new television ad | Politics-FL.com
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    Mitt Romney, March 18, 2012: “He gets full credit or blame for what’s happened in this economy, and what’s happened to gasoline prices under his watch...


    When gas prices hit a record high, Romney/Republicans attributed sole responsibility to the President. Suddenly, they are silent. When prices fall below $3/gal before Labor Day, will they give Obama all the credit?
  20. rogue49

    rogue49 Tech Kung Fu Artist Staff Member

    What??? Are you friggin' kidding?
    They'll twist into a pretzel to try not to give ANY credit to Obama.

    see...this is where Romney's Etch-A-Sketch starts a shakin'...
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