Archive: Verbatim
Clinton Ramps Up Attacks on GOP Candidates

How many people running on the Republican side try to demean immigrants, insult immigrants, cast aspersions on immigrants? They know as well as we know, we are not going to deport 11 or 12 million people living here. I hear the Republican candidates — and it’s not even the most vitriolic — none of them any longer support a path to citizenship. All of them would basically consign immigrants to second-class status.

— Hillary Clinton, escalating her criticism of her GOP presidential rivals during a campaign stop here in Iowa, “knocking the field of candidates on immigration reform, health care and LGBT issues while steering clear of directly attacking her Democratic primary rivals,” the Washington Post reports.

Dems Admit Clinton Has an Enthusiasm Problem

Hillary is not bad. It’s just, we all know she is having an excitement problem. We all know that. It’s not a secret.

— Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA), quoted by the Boston Herald.

Christie Says He Won’t Be Lectured to by Cruz

I find it ironic that Ted Cruz is giving lectures on Republican-on-Republican violence. I mean with all due respect, I don’t need to be lectured by Ted Cruz.

— Gov. Chris Christie (R), quoted by the Dallas Morning News, calling Cruz “hypocritical” for saying he refuses to attack Republicans even though he worked to support primary challengers to incumbent Republicans in 2014.

One GOP Donor Seeks to Block Trump from Debates

Someone in the party ought to start some sort of petition saying, ‘If Trump’s going to be on the stage, I’m not going to be on there with him.’ I’m toying with the idea of it.

— Republican donor John Jordan, who, along with other donors, is worried about “Republican-on-Republican violence,” the AP reports.

Nader Says Sanders Sounds Like Him

When I hear Bernie talk I’m almost inclined to accuse him of plagiarizing me.

— Ralph Nader, quoted by Politico, on Sen. Bernie Sanders.

One Reason People Are Excited About Bernie Sanders

Now, I’ve known Hillary Clinton for many years. Let me confess: I like Hillary. I disagree with Hillary Clinton on many issues. My job is to differentiate myself from her on the issues — not by personal attacks. I’ve never run a negative ad in my life. Why not? First of all, in Vermont, they don’t work — and, frankly, I think increasingly around this country they don’t work. I really do believe that people want a candidate to come up with solutions to America’s problems rather than just attacking his or her opponent.

— Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), in an interview with The Nation.

Two Reasons the GOP Can’t Dismiss Donald Trump

Mr. Trump is important for two reasons: first for the damage he can do to the Republican Party, and second for the useful lesson he can teach that same party. The potential damage comes largely in the harm he can do—indeed, already may have done—to Republicans’ crucial mission of building better bridges to Hispanics. The lesson comes by way of illustrating the depths of populist anger running through sectors of the GOP right now.

— Gerald Seib, in the Wall Street Journal.

How the South Makes America American

A lot of the traits that make the United States exceptional these days are undesirable, like higher violence and less social mobility. Many of these differences can be attributed largely to the South… Minus the South, the rest of the U.S. probably would be more like Canada or Australia or Britain or New Zealand—more secular, more socially liberal, more moderate in the tone of its politics and somewhat more generous in social policy. And it would not be as centralized as France or as social democratic as Sweden.


Clinton Touts Her Progressive Record

I take a backseat to no one when you look at my record in standing up and fighting for progressive values.

— Hilary Clinton, quoted by Politico.

Obama Attacks Walker in Wisconsin

You still love him. He’s still a member of your family. Right? But you’ve got to correct him. You don’t want to put him in charge of stuff.

— President Obama, likening Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and the “bus full” of Republican candidates to an “Uncle Harry” at Thanksgiving dinner who says something that makes no sense, during a visit to his state, the New York Times reports.