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I may hate bullets, but I love quotes

August 12, 2011

I may hate bullets, but I love quotes. There were just so many short, sweet nuggets of wisdom last night, so in lieu of a summary I’ve gathered my favorites.

Sidenote: It will be very hard for me to vote for any member of the 111th or 112th Congress, ever again. So I cannot publish any reaction to last night’s debate without a list and partial resume of each of the contenders.

  • Michelle Bachmann: Three terms in the House
  • Herman Cain: no previous elected or appointed positions, failed runs for Presidential nomination (2000), and Senate (2004)
  • Newt Gingrich: 20 years in the House, Former Minority Whip (1989-1995), and Speaker (1995-1999)
  • Jon Huntsman: Governor of Utah (2005-2009), Former Ambassador to Singapore (1992-1993), and China (2009-2011)
  • Ron Paul: 22 years in the House (1976-1977, 1979-1985, & 1997-present)
  • Tim Pawlenty: Governor of Minnesota (2003-2011), ten years in the Minnesota House of Reps. (1993-2003), Former Majority Leader (1999-2003)
  • Mitt Romney: Governor of Massachusetts (2003-2007)
  • Rick Santorum: 12 years in the Senate (1995-2007), Four years in the House (1991-1995)
Most Outrageous:
  • Romney: “We are inches away from ceasing to be a free market economy,” It was a ridiculous lie in June, it’s a ridiculous lie now
  • Pawlenty: “There should be no daylight between us and the nation of Israel,” Like with any budget, we must weigh our foreign policy costs and benefits carefully. At best, we are paying for our enemies’ recruitment; at worst, we are the worlds’ biggest hypocrites when it comes to democratic accountability for human rights
  • Huntsman: “If you want to build a facility in the US, you can’t, because of the EPA’s regulatory reign of terror.” Huntsman Corp. is a chemical manufacturer with a long record of environmental and health violations (see here, here, here, and here), and of using campaign cash to avoid their responsibility for cleaning up their mess. In fact, the Port Arthur, TX plant was listed among the worst facilities in the US for waste generation and chemical releases
  • Cain: [not a direct quote] The last set of tax cuts didn’t create jobs because they weren’t permanent, “…uncertainty is what’s killing this country,” Cain had said earlier in the debate that we should cap corporate and personal income tax to 25% and completely eliminate all taxes on capital gains. He went on to say that he believes the companies who didn’t use tax cuts to create jobs acted responsibly, in the best interest of their stockholders
Outstanding Truths [read: Soundbites]:
  • Pawlenty: to Michelle Bachmann “…if that’s your records of results, please stop, because you’re killing us,” Michelle fights, but she fails
  • Gingrich: “Congress should come back Monday,” If he’d have stopped there, everyone in the nation would agree with him. But he went on to say that they should get to work repealing. That’s the GOP’s mission, reversing whatever progress has been made over any period of time
  • Romney: on foreign students who graduate from American universities with PhDs: “I’d like to staple a green card to their diploma”
  • Paul: [not a direct quote] We pay more attention to the Middle East’s borders than to our own
  • Santorum: “You can’t stand and say, ‘You give me everything I want or I’ll vote no,'” But later he answered that he would veto a bill that had a 10/1 ratio of cuts to tax increases
  • Pawlenty: “We need to honor [veterans] not just with our words, but with our deeds,” This would have been a great opportunity to call Bachmann and Santorum out on the bill that would cut veterans’ retirement
  • Paul: on the war with Iran: “We started it in 1953 [when the CIA orchestrated a coup to install the Shah]…because we just plain don’t mind our own business, that’s our problem,” Can I be a liberal and a fan of Ron Paul? I’m not saying I agree with him, but sometimes he says what no one else can afford to say and exactly what people need to hear
  • Cain: [not a direct quote] Foreign Policy is more than bombs and bullets. It is bombs and bullets and economics. We must be energy independent to be a player on the world stage
  • Huntsman: on gay marriage: “I think this nation can do a better job when it comes to equality,” This was by far the ballsiest move of the night, especially when you put it against the backdrop of the Minnesota Cat Fight
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