Archive: Verbatim
Rauner Calls N.J. a ‘Disaster’

They’re going down the drain, and they ain’t turning it around.

— Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R), having some harsh words for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who campaigned hard for his election last year, the AP reports. Rauner said that New Jersey “is lost” he said the situation in the state is a disaster.

Buffet: Warren Needs to Be Less Demonizing

I think that she would do better if she was less angry and demonizing. I believe in ‘hate the sin but love the sinner.’ And I’m not sure that I’ve fully convinced Elizabeth Warren that that’s the way to go.

— Billionaire Warren Buffett, saying he isn’t a fan of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) populist rhetoric, Business Insider reports.

Sanders Admits to Being a Curmudgeon

My wife always reminds me I depress everybody so much that I need to pass out tranquilizers.

— Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), quoted by the Boston Globe, joking about his curmudgeonly demeanor.

Netanyahu: I’m Not Dissing Obama

My speech is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama or the esteemed office that he holds. I have great respect for both.

— Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, opening “his high-profile visit to the American capital by playing down any personal dispute with President Obama, but he said that he had a ‘moral obligation’ to warn against the dangers of an American-brokered nuclear deal with Iran,” the New York Times reports.

Is Huckabee Running or Selling Books?

He’s a winsome personality. Everyone here is convinced he’s running…but sometimes I think, ‘well, maybe he’s just selling books.’

— Former Iowa GOP official Craig Robinson, quoted by the Wall Street Journal, on Mike Huckabee’s presidential ambitions.

Clinton Portrait Artist Included Reference to Lewinsky

If you look at the left-hand side of it there’s a mantle in the Oval Office and I put a shadow coming into the painting and it does two things. It actually literally represents a shadow from a blue dress that I had on a mannequin, that I had there while I was painting it, but not when he was there. It is also a bit of a metaphor in that it represents a shadow on the office he held, or on him. And so the Clintons hate the portrait. They want it removed from the National Portrait Gallery. They’re putting a lot of pressure on them.

— Pennsylvania artist Nelson Shanks, telling the Philadelphia Daily News that he included a reference to Monica Lewinsky in his portrait of Bill Clinton.

Hatch Explains Why Senators Aren’t Good Presidential Candidates

I don’t think that senators have much chance of running for president. The reason is, if they’re doing their job, they can’t run. If they don’t do their job, then that’ll be used against them.

— Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), quoted by the New York Times.

Boehner Calls Failed Budget Vote ‘Messy’

It was just messy and I’m not into messy. But listen, I enjoy being in a legislative body. I enjoy all the personalities, and I’ve got a lot of them.

— Speaker John Boehner, in an interview with CBS News, admitting that averting a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security on Friday night “wasn’t a whole lot of fun.”

O’Malley Criticizes Clinton’s ‘Triangulation’

The most fundamental power of our party and our country is the power of our moral principles. Triangulation is not a strategy that will move America forward. History celebrates profiles in courage, not profiles in convenience.

— Martin O’Malley (D), taking “a veiled shot” at Hillary Clinton in a speech in South Carolina, “criticizing the politics of triangulation that have historically been associated with the Clintons,” the New York Times reports.

Boehner’s Only Security Concern Is Over His Gavel

John Boehner’s view of security is the security of his gavel and tonight it’s less secure.

— Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), quoted by Politico, suggesting last night humiliating defeat for Speaker John Boehner “could dislodge the GOP leadership team.”

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