Archive: Verbatim
Tailgunner Ted Cruz Says He’s Not ‘All That Conservative’

I don’t think I’m all that conservative.

— Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), quoted by the New York Observer.

Schumer: Democrats Blew It

Unfortunately, Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them… We took their mandate and put all our focus on the wrong problem — health care reform.

— Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), asserting that Democrats made a mistake by passing President Obama’s health-care law in 2010 instead of focusing more directly on helping the middle class, Bloomberg reports.

Nature Is Different in Turkey

You cannot put women and men on an equal footing. It is against nature.

— Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, quoted by the BBC, accusing feminists of rejecting motherhood.

Democrats Gave No Reason to Vote for Them in Midterms

Why come out and vote for the Democratic Party? There was no message to say: Here’s what we’ve done. I wish the party or whoever had done a national media campaign and say, here’s what you get when you elect Democrats. But there was no — what was the message out of ’14? I’m asking you rhetorically — do you know? No. What was it?

— Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), quoted by Politico.

Insights Into Hillary Clinton’s Management Style

Sometimes she’d be in those meetings and I’d think, ‘Please don’t let her yell at me.’

— Clinton White House aide Joan Baggett, quoted in a newly-released Miller Center oral history, about Hillary Clinton.

Obama: Pass a Bill Already

Pass a bill. You don’t need me to call a vote to pass a bill. Pass a bill.

— President Obama, quoted by the New York Times, urging Republicans to vote on the bipartisan immigration reform bill that overwhelmingly passed the Senate.

Graham Calls Shame on GOP

Shame on us as Republicans for having a body that cannot generate a solution to an issue that’s national security, that’s cultural, that’s economic. I’m close to the people in the House, but I’m disappointed in my party. Are we still the party of self-deportation?

— Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), quoted by The Hill.

Bachmann Warns Against ‘Illiterate’ Immigrants

The social cost will be profound on the U.S. taxpayer — millions of unskilled, illiterate, foreign nationals coming into the United States who can’t speak the English language. Even though the president says they won’t be able to vote, we all know that many, in all likelihood, will vote… It’s a wink and a nod, we all know it’s going to happen.

— Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), telling the Washington Post that the immigrants given new protections by President Obama could become “illiterate” Democratic voters.

Democratic Support for Keystone XL Is About One, Not 42,000, Jobs

Hardened cynics, we will also note one job-related reason that this issue is even being discussed today. When Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-La.) political position became obviously tenuous after Election Day, Senate Democrats quickly began pushing forward Keystone XL approval in the hopes that it would help her chances in next month’s runoff against Rep. Bill Cassidy (R). Between Election Day and December 6th, the economy will probably create over 200,000 jobs without the Senate doing anything. The question on Capitol Hill appears to be if the vote will save one short-term job: Landrieu’s.

— Philip Bump, writing on Washington Post’s The Fix political blog.

Malloy Explains How He Survived the Midterms

I was never going to run away from the president. It was not even in consideration. I support the president. I think the president has been right. I mean, look at the numbers, look at the job growth, sustained job growth—the greatest in American history. The. Greatest. In. American. History. Why didn’t people run on that?

— Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D), quoted by the Daily Beast, on why he was one of the few Democrats who survived the 2014 midterm elections.