Mitt is a patriot and I join many in hoping his days of serving our nation and our party are not over.
— Jeb Bush, on Facebook, after Mitt Romney announced he would not run again for president.
Steve Scalise, let me tell you something, this is the way I view it now: I mean this guy is a sellout. I mean he’s a sellout. He’s not David. He used to say that he was David Duke of course without the baggage, whatever that means… I might have to run against Steve Scalise because you know, I really might. I mean, I’m definitely going to consider it because its so disgusting to me to see…he got elected on false pretenses.
— Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, saying he might run for office against Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), BuzzFeed reports. Scalise faced questions earlier this month about a 2003 appearance he made before a white supremacist group founded by Duke and called the appearance “a mistake I regret.”
I’ve been a member of this committee for many years and I have never seen anything as disgraceful and outrageous and despicable as the last demonstration that just took place. You know, you’re going to have to shut up or I’m going have you arrested.
— Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ), giving harsh words to protesters who shouted criticism at 91-year-old Henry Kissinger at a hearing, CNN reports. He added, to a smattering of applause: “Get out of here you low-life scum.”
Our message cannot be a bunch of Democrats running around saying we have no message. That’s not a good message.
— Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), quoted by the Washington Post.
She’s very interesting. And I’m sure she’d do great.
— Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), telling the Washington Post that his former vice presidential running mate, Sarah Palin, would be a viable White House contender if she chose to run.
That is the decision the majority leader is going to have to make. I believe we should use every constitutional tool available to stop the president’s unconstitutional executive action. That’s what Republicans, Republican candidates all over the country said over and over again last year.
— Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), telling Roll Call that attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch’s immigration views were “dangerous” and questioned whether Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) should even have the chamber consider her nomination.
These women gave me a better understanding of how complex and difficult certain situations can become. And while there are people of good conscience on both sides of this argument, one thing has become abundantly clear to me: the heavy hand of government must not make this decision for women and families.
— Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who has taken pro-life positions, wrote in the Akron Beacon Journal that he changed his mind on abortion after talking with his female constituents.
The media is going to peg any prospective candidate with a tag. I’d rather have bland or uncharismatic than dumb or ignorant, or corrupt or any of the other things that they could label other would-be candidates out there, or old for that matter.
— Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), saying that he “is seriously considering running for president because he sees gaps in the field of likely Republican candidates, and that he doesn’t have a problem with being branded as bland or uncharismatic,” the AP reports.
In the South, or in the Midwest, there in Iowa, you would not have people who would just throw the F-bomb or use gratuitous profanity in a professional setting. In New York, not only do the men do it, but the women. My gosh, this is worse than locker-room talk. As we would say in the South, that’s just trashy.”
— Mike Huckabee, saying that while in New York for his Fox News show, he experienced significant culture shock from all the “trashy” women swearing in a professional setting, Politico reports.
Let me put it this way — I hope he’s their nominee.
— House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, quoted by The Hill, on Mitt Romney considering another presidential bid.