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This campaign only ends after the voters have had a chance to speak. No doubt in my mind, with your help, Dave Lamberti will be the next United States congressman.
That would be Jeff Lamberti... And lack of doubts notwithstanding, he wasn't elected to Congress. Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 26, 2006

I don't think there's a Democrat idea, I don't think it's a Republican idea, I think these are just ideas that need to be on the table. I think I'm the first President ever to have stood up and said, bring all your ideas forward.
Delusions of grandeur, anyone? Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mar. 30, 2005

1983, uh, Tip O'Neill, Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole said, we've got a problem, let's, stret, see if we can't fix it. And they put together a 75-year fix, they said. First of all, I appreciate the spirit of Republicans and Democrats comin' together. But it wasn't a 70-yah, 5-year fix. This was 1953. We're only in 2005.
Dubya speaks of shortsighted government fixes, while doing a sterling job of messing up the point of his argument, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mar. 30, 2005

My opponent says that America must submit to what he has called a global test before we take action to defend ourselves. I'm not making that up. I heard it during one of the debates. As far as I can tell, my opponent's global test means America must get permission to defend our country.
Actually, he's kinda making it up... here is what Senator Kerry actually said: "No president, through all of American history, has ever ceded, and nor would I, the right to preempt in any way necessary to protect the United States of America. But ...you have to do it in a way that passes the test, that passes the global test where your countrymen, your people understand fully why you're doing what you're doing and you can prove to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons." Sioux City, Iowa, Nov. 1, 2004

Think how far Iraq has come from the days of torture chambers and mass graves, and the brutal reign of a barbaric tyrant.
Yes, now there are random beheadings, no rule of law, and tons of explosives in the hands of terrorists. It's like Club Med. Sioux City, Iowa, Nov. 1, 2004

When I came into public office too many republic schools were passing children, grade to grade, year after year, without learning the basics.
The best part is he correctly said "public" just 4 words earlier, Mason City, Iowa, Oct. 20, 2004

Mr. Chairman you probably think I've come here to sign an important piece of legislation. Actually, I'm here for a different reason. The south lawn of the White House has a lot of grass I'm looking for somebody to mow it. And so Mr. Chairman, you shall now be known as 'Grass-mower.' And, by the way, when you're through using that car I've always liked an old Olds. I appreciate you being here, Mr. Chairman. Proud to call you friend. ...And I really do appreciate working with Mr. Chairman.
Dubya gets caught up in his Mr. Chairman (Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley) moment, Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 4, 2004

See, I don't think you can be pro-doctor, pro-patient, and pro-hospital and pro-plaintiff attorney at the same time. I think you have to choose. My opponent made his choice and he put him on the ticket. I made my choice. I am for medical liability reform now.
So I guess Dubya is pro-doctor and anti-everyone-else, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sep. 3, 2004

Government can hand out money, but government cannot put hope in a person's heart, or a sense of purpose in a person's life. Government happens when a loving neighbor puts their arm around somebody who hurts and says, "I love you" and "Can I help you?".
On the origins of government...?! Sioux City, Iowa, Aug. 14, 2004

We phased out the death tax, so America's family farmers can stay in the family.
I'm not sure what this means... Davenport, Iowa, Aug. 5, 2004

I want to be the peace president.
I dare say he might be going about it the wrong way, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Jul. 20, 2004

In the campaign, you'll hear, we're going only to tax the rich. That's what you'll hear. Now, this is from a fellow who has promised about $2 trillion of new spending thus far. And only taxing the rich, first of all, creates a huge tax gap, which means buyer beware. You see, if you can't raise enough by taxing the rich, guess who gets to pay next? Yes, the not rich. That's all of us.
Dubya actually tries again to convince an audience that he's from the middle class, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Jul. 20, 2004

By the way, to whom much has been given, much is owed. Not only are we leading the world in terms of encouraging freedom and peace, we're feeding the hungry. We're taking care of, as best as we possibly can, the victims of HIV/AIDS.
Dubya tries to quote scripture here (Luke 12:48 - "To whom much is given, much is required."), only his version means the exact opposite, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Jul. 20, 2004

That's one of the goals we're on, is to encourage programs, community-based you don't have to be a faith-based program, although it turns out faith-based programs are pretty good places to find people who want to love a neighbor just like they'd like to be loved themselves.
I wish I had a count of the number of times Dubya has shoehorned the phrase "love a neighbor" into his public appearances. "One of the goals we're on" is a first, though. Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Jul. 20, 2004

Not only do I want you to remember September the 11th, but I want you to think about Indonesia, and the attack on our Marines in Kuwait, the attack on a French freighter. I mean, they're out there. And the only way to deal with them and by the way, I've come to the conclusion, and I hope you have, that therapy is not going to work.
Apparently not... Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Nov. 4, 2002

And, therefore, it's important for all of us in elective office to be clear-eyed about the threats we face, to see the world exactly the way it is, not the way we wish it would be. In order to protect America from current threats and future threats, we've got to be cold-eyed realists.
Is it "clear-eyed" or "cold-eyed"? Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Nov. 4, 2002

Of course, we've got a our economy is kind of bumping along. It's not as strong as it should be. It's bumping and bumping.
Putting it in layman terms that only he understands, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Nov. 4, 2002

And don't be afraid to talking to Democrats. There's some discerning Democrats who know the difference between lousy government and good government.
Just as there's undoubtedly some Republicans who can correctly use the English language, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Nov. 4, 2002

They're nothing but a bunch of cold-blooded killers. You've just got to understand that about the nature of the enemy. They hate us because we love. They hate, we love freedom, is why they hate us, and we're not going to quit loving freedom.
More drivel for the masses, Davenport, Iowa, Sep. 16, 2002

The best strategy, and only strategy, to defend the homeland is to chase the killers down, one at a time, and bring them to justice. It's if they're in a cave, we head into a cave. If they're in some shadowy neighborhood, we'll finally put the spotlight on the shadowy neighborhood.
What killers? The killers of Sept. 11 are dead, Dubya. Are we defending the homeland from ghosts or from people who have yet to kill anyone? I love "shadowy neighborhood". Davenport, Iowa, Sep. 16, 2002

My, we have got a fabulous United States military.
Davenport, Iowa, Sep. 16, 2002

You see, if you have more money in your pocket, you're going to demand a good or a service. And when you demand a good or a service, somebody is likely to produce or to make that good, or produce that service. And when somebody produces the good and service, it means somebody is more likely to find work.
Davenport, Iowa, Sep. 16, 2002

And if Iraq regimes continues to defy us, and the world, we will move deliberately, yet decisively, to hold Iraq to account.
Davenport, Iowa, Sep. 16, 2002

I gave a speech to the United Nations talking about Iraq, and making it crystal-clear to the United Nations that Saddam poses an international problem. ...He basically told the United Nations, your deal don't mean anything to me.
On a first name basis with his nemesis, and adding some downhome grammar to the mix, Davenport, Iowa, Sep. 16, 2002

If you find a neighbor in need, you're responsible for serving that neighbor in need, you're responsible for loving a neighbor just like you'd like to love yourself.
Dubya turns inadvertently narcissistic, Davenport, Iowa, Sep. 16, 2002

You see, when you love a neighbor, you fight evil, but you also leave behind a legacy of compassion and decency. It's what I call the gathering momentum of millions of acts of kindness and decency, which take place in spite of government.
Are we to presume that government is inherently evil, or at least detrimental kindness and decency? Hmmm. Davenport, Iowa, Sep. 16, 2002

We've got a fabulous military, a lot of young men and women who are taking a risk on behalf of freedom.
Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 14, 2002

I want to thank our Secretary of Agriculture, Ann Veneman. She's doing a fabulous job.
Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 14, 2002

The country is has gotten to know Laura, like I have gotten to know her.
Puzzling in more ways than one, Des Moines, Iowa, Jun. 7, 2002

Walking across the street to a shut-in, saying, "I love you, what can I do to help you?" is part of loving your neighbor like you'd like to be loved yourself.
A neighbor coming out of the blue and telling a shut-in "I love you" seems more likely to be a sure fire way to scare the living daylights out of them, Des Moines, Iowa, Jun. 7, 2002

I believe by being strong, diligent, by speaking out against right from wrong, by calling evil what it is, we can lead the world to a more peaceful tomorrow.
Des Moines, Iowa, Jun. 7, 2002

And, finally, we repealed the death tax. Now but because of a quirk in the law, that repeal isn't permanent. It's hard for me to explain why. They repeal it, but didn't repeal it.
The President of the United States finding the legislative process too difficult to explain, in reference to the estate tax, a.k.a. the "death tax", Des Moines, Iowa, Jun. 7, 2002

I don't know what got in their mind on that day, when they attacked us. They must have thought this country of ours was so weak, and so materialistic, so self-absorbed, that all we would do would be to file a lawsuit.
Reusing a favorite here. See several more instances on the Repeat Offender page, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Apr. 15, 2002

I don't have a calendar on my desk that says by a certain date, all this business has got to end. That's not how it works. That's what the enemy wants. They want us to quit, because we're impatient. But it's not going to happen. It can't happen. History has called us into action. We must never look back and say, how come we didn't act when there's called into action. We must be steadfast in that which we believe, and steady in our resolve. And I can assure you it doesn't matter whether you're a Republican or whether you're a Democrat, or whether you don't even give a darn about political parties.
Rambling further and further off course, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Apr. 15, 2002

And I've told world leaders: either you're with us or you're not with us. And I mean every word of it. And they now know our country means every word of it, as well.
And how is it that they know this now? Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Apr. 15, 2002

The people who care more about the Iowa children when it comes to education, are Iowans, not people in Washington, D.C.
According to Dubya, the federal government doesn't care about Iowa's school childern. Maybe he knows something we don't. Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Apr. 15, 2002

I believe that one of these days we're going to have brand new types of cars that are going to make us less dependent on foreign sources of crude oil, and we'll be more better at cleaning our air.
Imagine how "more better" we will be. Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Apr. 15, 2002

This is a fabulous country and I want to thank you all.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Apr. 15, 2002

And that thing greater than ourselves is freedom. And that thing greater than ourselves is a country based upon fabulous values.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Apr. 15, 2002

But if you're fortunate enough to be an American responsibility to love your neighbor. That if you run in if you're in corporate America you have a responsibility to your workers and your shareholders to fully disclose assets and liabilities.
Two unrelated themes tied together unconvincingly, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Apr. 15, 2002

When the enemy hit, they not only killed a lot of innocent people, but they affected our economy. And it's one of the reasons I'm so proud we cut the taxes on the people who work.... I want to remind the people about what took place before September the 11th. Tax rebate checks started coming in the mail.
So which is it Dubya? Were the tax cuts meant to address the aftermath of Sept. 11 or not? Kind of hard to if they were made beforehand. Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Apr. 15, 2002

I want to talk about three issues facing America. The first are homeland security.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Apr. 15, 2002

First, any time we commit a troop into action, that person must have the best equipment, the best training, the best possible the best pay possible.
Resurrecting a vintage expression of his, creating a non-existent singular version of a plural noun, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Apr. 15, 2002

We're deliberate. We're patient. I'm under no hurry.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Apr. 15, 2002

The best way to battle an economic slowdown is to get people your own money back so you can spend it.
Des Moines, Iowa, Mar. 1, 2002

You know, I remember campaigning in Chicago and somebody said, would you ever spend a deficit? And I said, only if we're at war or we had a recession or there was a national emergency. Little did I realize we'd get the trifecta.
Yeah, lucky us, we hit the jackpot!!! As always, nice word choice, Dubya. Des Moines, Iowa, Mar. 1, 2002

Russia is no longer our enemy and therefore we shouldn't be locked into a Cold War mentality that says we keep the peace by blowing each other up. In my attitude, that's old, that's tired, that's stale.
Des Moines, Iowa, Jun. 8, 2001

Of all states that understands local control of schools, Iowa is such a state.
Dubya tries to be complimentary, but comes across as grammatically-challenged instead, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Feb. 28, 2001

I don't want nations feeling like that they can bully ourselves and our allies. I want to have a ballistic defense system so that we can make the world more peaceful, and at the same time I want to reduce our own nukyular capacities to the level commiserate with keeping the peace.
Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 23, 2000

We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile.
Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 21, 2000

This campaign not only hears the voices of the entrepreneurs and the farmers and the entrepreneurs, we hear the voices of those struggling to get ahead.
Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 21, 2000

I don't know whether I'm going to win or not. I think I am. I do know I'm ready for the job. And, if not, that's just the way it goes.
Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 21, 2000

The most important job is not to be governor, or first lady in my case.
As quoted by the San Antonio Express-News, Pella, Iowa, Jan. 30, 2000

Some say give it [the Federal Budget Surplus] to the taxpayers who pay the bills. That some is George W. Bush.
Dubya dispensing with the surplus while simultaneously dispensing with all command of the English language, Sioux City, Iowa, Jan. 22, 2000

"Thou shalt not kill" is pretty universal. [School] districts ought to be allowed to post the Ten Commandments, no matter what a person's religion is.
Supporting the concept of a wrathful God in motivating "goodness" in schoolchildren, because it's universal, GOP Debate in Johnston, Iowa, Jan. 16, 2000

The administration I'll bring is a group of men and women who are focused on what's best for America, honest men and women, decent men and women, women who will see service to our country as a great privilege and who will not stain the house.
Great choice of words... Des Moines Register debate, Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 15, 2000

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