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The American people expect the nomination process to be as free of partisanship as possible, and for senators to rive above tricks and gimmicks designed to thwart nominees.
Yes, he actually said "rive". Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct. 6, 2008

Now, I don't know if you know this or not we're up to about 7 billion gallons of ethanol being produced and used in America. That's up from 2 billion three or three or four years ago. That's a good deal, if you're interested about energy independence, because that energy's comin' from corn growers here in America. Problem is, we're growing a lotta corn for ethanol, which means the price of corn is goin' up for the pig farmer. So we gotta relieve the pressure on the pig farmer by well, not all, everybody, you know, but pig farmer's paying like you, you, use a lotta corn. And therefore, we're, we're, we're spending money on technologies. And I believe more and more people are gonna be using ethanol to power their automobiles.
Did you notice how Dubya doesn't actually explain how he plans to help out the pig farmers in the end? Not to mention the American public, which eats corn... Cleveland, Ohio, Jul. 10, 2007

The immediate goal is to make sure there are more people on private insurance plans. I mean, people have access to health care in America. After all, you just go to an emergency room.
Going the extra mile to demonstrate that he has no idea what is wrong with health care in America. You have to hear it to actually believe he said it. Cleveland, Ohio, Jul. 10, 2007

I'm the Commander-in-Chief. I'm also the Educator-in-Chief. Part of my job is to explain the philosophy behind the decisions that I have made. I'm honored you'd give me a chance to do so.
Educator-in-Chief? From his description, it sounds more like he's the Justifier-in-Chief. Cleveland, Ohio, Jul. 10, 2007

You'll hear people say in Washington, well, we need to raise taxes in order to either pay for new programs or balance the budget. I happen to believe we can balance the budget without raising taxes if we're wise about how we spend your money. And we're proving it possible.
At the time of this statement, the United States was consistently deficit spending, with Dubya's approval, for every year since 2001. Cleveland, Ohio, Jul. 10, 2007

How many of you have ever said, gosh, I wonder whether this health care quality is better than the neighbors? I doubt any of you many of you have done that. Why? Because the system is not geared toward that. Somebody else pays your bills. If you really think about it, and you're working, say, for a company in America, and they provide a health care plan for you, there's a third-party payer. Well, if somebody else pays the bills, why do you care what the cost is at the time of purchase?
Some data to put Dubya's assertions in context: 1) Less than 60% of Americans are covered by insurance through their employers. 2) Most employer-sponsored health care coverage requires employee contributions for premiums, as well as requiring co-pays and payment for some percentage of the services they receive; 3) 16% of Americans don't have any insurance at at all; 4) 9% of Americans pay for their own insurance. Cleveland, Ohio, Jul. 10, 2007

I wouldn't ask a mother or a dad I wouldn't put their son in harm's way if I didn't believe this was necessary for the security of the United States and peace of the world.
Another instance (more here) where Dubya decides to pair up mother with dad, in stark contradiction to normal usage rules. Cleveland, Ohio, Jul. 10, 2007

Uhh, we're, we're, we are better prepared, and drill it a lot. Great question. The more difficult question is his question on pandemic flu. I, uhh, asked Mike Leavitt, who is the head of DD, uhh, uhh, HHS, and, and Chertoff, to he's, he's the Homeland guy to chair a Department of Homeland Security. Secretary of Homeland Security. Heh. In Crawford, we kind of shortcut it. Anyway, uh, look, nobody has accused me of bein' Shakespeare, you know, anyway, uhh heh I just hope you can figure out what I'm sayin', uhh Uhh, is, uhh is we spend a lot of time on pandemic flu. One way you anticipate a, umm, umm a crisis is you kinda wargame it.
He got one thing right: Nobody has accused Dubya of being Shakespeare. Cleveland, Ohio, Jul. 10, 2007

I've chosen a path that says we will go overseas and defeat them there. I also know full well that it's important for us if we're facing an ideology, if we're facing ideologues, if we're confronting people who believe something, that we have got to defeat their belief system with a better belief system. Forms of government matter, in my opinion. It matters how the nature of the government in which people live. And therefore, I have put as part of our foreign policy not only an aggressive plan to find extremists and radicals and bring them to justice before they hurt us, but also to help people live in liberty free societies, as the great alternative to people living under a tyrant, for example.
I'm confused. What tyrant is the U.S. going against? And how does Dubya explain the lack of liberty in nations friendly to the U.S. like Saudi Arabia and Egypt? Tipp City, Ohio, Apr. 19, 2007

Iran is influential inside of Iraq. They are influential by providing advanced weaponry. They are influential by dealing with some militias, tend to be Shia militias, all aiming to create discomfort, all aiming to kind of according to some to create enough discomfort for the United States, but in doing so, they're making it harder for this young democracy to emerge. Isn't it interesting, when you really take a step back and think about what I just said, that al Qaeda is making serious moves in Iraq, as is surrogates for Iran?
It's more frightening than interesting, given that what he just said makes no sense. Tipp City, Ohio, Apr. 19, 2007

If the definition of success in Iraq or anywhere is no suicide bombers, we'll never be successful. We will have handed al Qaeda that's what it takes in order to determine whether or not these young democracies, for example, can survive. Think about that: if our definition is no more suiciders, you've just basically said to the suiciders, go ahead. ...Yesterday's bombing we don't have the intel on it. I suspect it's al Qaeda. Al Qaeda convinces the suiciders to show up. Al Qaeda understands the effects of this kind of warfare on the minds of not only people in Iraq, but here and elsewhere in the world.
Even though he gets the term right at the beginning (suicide bombers), he goes right back to using his favorite made-up word: suiciders. Tipp City, Ohio, Apr. 19, 2007

You know, I'm I've been in politics long enough to know that polls just go poof at times.
Dubya explains his low poll numbers with a poof, Tipp City, Ohio, Apr. 19, 2007

There are some similarities, of course death is terrible. Another similarity, of course, is that Vietnam was the first time a war was brought to our TV screens here in America on a regular basis.
On similarities between America's wars in Vietnam and Iraq, Tipp City, Ohio, Apr. 19, 2007

One of my concerns is that the health care not be as good as it can possibly be.
He's succeeding if that really is one of his concerns, Tipp City, Ohio, Apr. 19, 2007

Q: Do you believe this, that the war in Iraq and the rise of terrorism are signs of the apocalypse? And if not, why not?
DUBYA: Hmmm, uhh, hah ummm I, the answer is I haven't really thought of it that way, heh, heh. Heh. Here's how I think of it. Ummm heh heh. First I've heard of that, by the way, I, ah uhh the, uhh I, I guess I'm more of a practical fella. Uhh. I vowed after September the 11th that I would do everything I could to protect the American people. And, uhh my attitude, of course, was affected by the attacks. I knew we were at a war. I knew that the enemy, obviously, had to be sophisticated, and lethal, to fly hijacked airplanes, uhh, into facilities that would, we would, killing thousands of people, innocent people, doin' nothing, just sittin' there goin' to work.
The White House transcript is considerably more generous in its accounting of this exchange, which is peppered with false starts, snickers, and umms. I reckon this wasn't the sort of question he was expecting, since he never actually answered it, even after the 73 seconds that expired here. Cleveland, Ohio, Mar. 20, 2006

REPORTER: Before we went to war in Iraq we said there were three main reasons for going to war in Iraq. Weapons of mass destruction, the claim that Iraq was sponsoring terrorists who had attacked us on 9/11, and that Iraq had purchased nuclear materials from Niger. All three of those turned out to be false. My question is, how do we restore confidence that Americans may have in their leaders and to be sure that the information they are getting now is correct?
DUBYA: That's a great question. First, just if I might correct a misperception. I don't think we ever said at least I know I didn't say that there was a direct connection between September the 11th and Saddam Hussein. We did say that he was a state sponsor of terror by the way, not declared a state sponsor of terror by me, but declared by other administrations. We also did say that Zarqawi, the man who is now wreaking havoc and killing innocent life, was in Iraq. And so the state sponsor of terror was a declaration by a previous administration. But I don't want to be argumentative, but I was very careful never to say that Saddam Hussein ordered the attacks on America.
1) The reporter never suggested that Dubya had claimed Saddam Hussein ordered the September 11 attacks. 2) This is what Dubya said on the matter on Jun. 17, 2004: "The reason I keep insisting that there was a relationship between Iraq and Saddam and Al Qaeda, because there was a relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda." I'll let you draw your own conclusion. Cleveland, Ohio, Mar. 20, 2006

We need to apply the same rigor of No Child Left Behind, particularly in middle age for math and science, to make sure that we're able to compete for the jobs of the 21st century.
Is he volunteering to be the test case? Cleveland, Ohio, Mar. 20, 2006

One of the interesting things about Katrina, as you well know, is many of the people displaced did not own their own homes, that they were renters.
Yeah, that's... interesting... Cleveland, Ohio, Mar. 20, 2006

Step one of any immigration policy is to enforce our border in practical ways. We are spending additional resources to be able to use different detection devices, unmanned UAVs, to help
As opposed to the manned UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), Cleveland, Ohio, Mar. 20, 2006

The people of the city still have many challenges to overcome, including old-age resentments that still create suspicion.
I think he's looking for "age-old", but his version is more fun. Cleveland, Ohio, Mar. 20, 2006

The Senator's willingness to trade principle for political convenience makes it clear that John Kerry is the wrong man for the wrong job at the wrong time.
Dubya offers a triple negative to dissuade voters from supporting Senator Kerry, Westlake, Ohio, Oct. 28, 2004

The Senator's willingness to trade principle for political convenience makes it clear that John Kerry is the wrong man for the wrong job at the wrong time.
And the trifecta is complete, Dayton, Ohio, Oct. 28, 2004

And a political candidate who jumps to conclusions without knowing the facts is not the person you want as the Commander-in-Chief.
History repeats in rapid succession... Vienna, Ohio, Oct. 27, 2004

I want to remind the American people, if Senator Kerry had his way, we would still be taking our global test. Saddam Hussein would still be in power. He would control all those weapons and explosives and could have shared them with our terrorist enemies.
Hello? Who do you think has the weapons now? Vienna, Ohio, Oct. 27, 2004

You've got to be able to speak clearly in order to make this world a more peaceful place.
Dubya talks himself out of his own job, Springfield, Ohio, Sep. 27, 2004

DUBYA: And you came up from where?
CHRIS SANFORD (Dep't of Energy Employee): We were relocated from West Tennessee
DUBYA: Yes, Tennessee, good. Nice part of the world.
I guess for Dubya, "world" and "America" are interchangeable, Portsmouth, Ohio, Sep. 10, 2004

The short-term objective of this country is to find an enemy and bring them to justice before they strike us. The long-term objective is to make this world a more free and hopeful and peaceful place. I believe we'll succeed because freedom is the Almighty God's gift to every man and woman in this world.
Without the slightest sign of compunction, Dubya enters the muddy waters of religiosity mixed with warfare once again, Portsmouth, Ohio, Sep. 10, 2004

We stand for a culture of life in which every person matters, every being counts. We stand for marriage and family, which are the foundations of society. We stand for the Second Amendment.
Dubya offers here an interesting combination of support for family values and firearms, Portsmouth, Ohio, Sep. 10, 2004

SPANISH SPEAKER: Mr. President, mi amigo.
DUBYA: Come esta?
SPANISH SPEAKER: Muy bien. Muchas gracias. The Cubans in Miami want to know if you're going to be the President, going to get rid of Fidel Castro. You got rid of Saddam Hussein... so I hope you'll be the one to clean Cuba. Hey, Puerto Rico and Cuba are for you.
DUBYA: Gracias.
SPANISH SPEAKER: No hay de que.
DUBYA: All right, let me tell you what he's talking about. Cuba libre.
DUBYA: Sí. Ahora. Here's what he said. We're talking about Cuba.
Dubya thoughtfully translates English into English for the audience, Portsmouth, Ohio, Sep. 10, 2004

My grandfather was raised right here in Columbus, Ohio. So I'm here to ask that you send a homeboy back to Washington, D.C.
Dubya pushes his tenuous third generation connection to Ohio, and throws in the word "homeboy" for good measure, Columbus, Ohio, Sep. 1, 2004

It's only fair if other countries treat us the way they treat them.
The way they treat who? Columbus, Ohio, Sep. 1, 2004

I'm here to tell you I've got a reason to seek the presidency again. There is a reason to want to serve, and that's to keep the country safer and stronger and better.
That's something we can all get behind: keeping the country better! Lima, Ohio, Aug. 28, 2004

Freedom in the heart of the Middle East is going to serve a powerful example for Palestinians who are wondering whether or not there's a a free state can emerge. And that's important. That's important, especially for our ally and friend, Israel, that there be a peaceful state grow up.
You gotta love the wording, Lima, Ohio, Aug. 28, 2004

I love the entrepreneurial spirit of America, don't you? Good job. There's nothing better. There is nothing better, is it, to be in an ownership society. Don't you love the idea of somebody saying, this is my business? How about the fact that home ownership rates in America are at an all-time high? More people and it's a fantastic statistic. It is a fantastic statistic of our society. It means more people are opening up that front door, saying, welcome to my home. Come into my piece of property. See, I love an ownership society.
Convoluted, as always, and concluded with his trademark expression: "See, ..." Lima, Ohio, Aug. 28, 2004

[Laura] was a public school librarian when I asked her to marry me. She said, I'll marry you just so long as I don't have to give any speeches. It's the only political promise I've ever broken. And thankfully, I broke it. What a fabulous, articulate woman she is.
Lima, Ohio, Aug. 28, 2004

Once you figure out the nature of the enemy, and know that they hide in caves and dark resorts of the city, it requires a universal effort to find them.
Dark resorts? Lima, Ohio, Aug. 24, 2004

We will not rest until every America who wants to find a job has one.
Maybe I should let this one slide, but then again, it's not like it's first time to make a mistake like this one, Cambridge, Ohio, Jul. 31, 2004

I saw a threat in Afghanistan. I looked at the intelligence and saw a threat. The Congress looked at the intelligence. Members of both political parties looked at that same intelligence and saw and threat. The United Nations Security Council looked at the intelligence and it saw a threat. The United Nations Security Council, like me, remembered we saw more than a threat, we remembered that Saddam Hussein had used weapons of mass destruction against his own people and against his neighborhood, that Saddam Hussein professed hatred for America, that he had terrorist ties, that he paid suiciders to kill innocent citizens in the Middle East. We remembered all that.
I'll leave Dubya's repeat usage of the non-word "suicider" alone this time, and instead direct your attention to the first sentence of the quote, Lebanon, Ohio, May 4, 2004

You can't tax the rich enough to pay for his promises. Guess who he's going to tax? He's going to tax me and you.
This is perhaps one of the funniest things I've ever heard Dubya say. Dubya isn't rich... he's middle class just like you and me. Lebanon, Ohio, May 4, 2004

Higher productivity means that workers earn more.
I always thought it meant something different, but I guess I've learned something here, Richfield, Ohio, Sep. 1, 2003

These highway bills come in six-year increments. I proposed $30 billion more spending on highways over the next six, and the last six.
Dubya travels back through time to propose highway spending, Richfield, Ohio, Sep. 1, 2003

Three million people are now off the tax rolls. 3.9 million households received tax relief. No, we're making a difference.
I always marvel at Dubya's misuse of the word "no", Richfield, Ohio, Sep. 1, 2003

Companies are seeing more orders, especially orders for heavy equipment. No, things are getting better.
Once more for good measure, Richfield, Ohio, Sep. 1, 2003

And we had an emergency and a recession, which affected the revenue growth of the U.S. Treasury. I mean, the stock market went down. Some of the pie-in-the-sky projections didn't make, and the investors said, oops. The numbers weren't real. The investors said, well, it looks like the days of everything is going up may end. And so people started selling, and the markets went down. That affected the revenues coming into the U.S. Treasury. Recession negative growth means less revenues. And so, of course, we've got a deficit.
Proving he earned his MBA (?), Canton, Ohio, Apr. 24, 2003

But this nation has got a deficit because we have been through a war.
Do me a favor and refresh my memory... Who was it who sent us to war again? Canton, Ohio, Apr. 24, 2003

Last year, this company paid out more than $30 million in dividends and a lot of that went to Timken employees. So when you hear politicians say the tax cut is only for the rich, they're talking about you.
So is he admitting that the critics are right, or just trying to be cute? Canton, Ohio, Apr. 24, 2003

Work is not done. There's still dangers and challenges to remain.
Having a hard time grammatically, Lima, Ohio, Apr. 24, 2003

Last year, one of the first preparations for possible war one of the first parts of our planning for war came when General Tommy Franks from Midland, Texas I want you to know went to the same high school as First Lady Laura Bush did who, by the way, sends her love, and her best Tommy Franks asked one of the first requests in preparation for possible war was that we send 1,200 Abrams tanks to the field.
Off on a tangent, Lima, Ohio, Apr. 24, 2003

You see, it wasn't all that long ago that our tanks were in Baghdad. It may seem like a lot of time there's a lot on our TV screens but it wasn't all that long ago that the people got the first whiff of freedom.
Said a couple of weeks after U.S. tanks entered Baghdad, and as they still occupied the country, Lima, Ohio, Apr. 23, 2003

Eleven years ago, as a condition for ending the Persian Gulf War, the Iraqi regime was required to destroy its weapons of mass destruction, to cease all development of such weapons, and to stop all support for terrorist groups. The Iraqi regime has violated all of those obligations. It possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nukyular weapons. ... Many people have asked how close Saddam Hussein is to developing a nukyular weapon. Well, we don't know exactly, and that's the problem. Before the Gulf War, the best intelligence indicated that Iraq was eight to ten years away from developing a nukyular weapon. After the war, international inspectors learned that the regime has been much closer the regime in Iraq would likely have possessed a nukyular weapon no later than 1993. The inspectors discovered that Iraq had an advanced nukyular weapons development program, had a design for a workable nukyular weapon, and was pursuing several different methods of enriching uranium for a bomb. Before being barred from Iraq in 1998, the International Atomic Energy Agency dismantled extensive nukyular weapons-related facilities, including three uranium enrichment sites. That same year, information from a high-ranking Iraqi nukyular engineer who had defected revealed that despite his public promises, Saddam Hussein had ordered his nukyular program to continue. The evidence indicates that Iraq is reconstituting its nukyular weapons program. Saddam Hussein has held numerous meetings with Iraqi nukyular scientists, a group he calls his nukyular mujahideen his nukyular holy warriors. Satellite photographs reveal that Iraq is rebuilding facilities at sites that have been part of its nukyular program in the past. Iraq has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes and other equipment needed for gas centrifuges, which are used to enrich uranium for nukyular weapons. If the Iraqi regime is able to produce, buy, or steal an amount of highly enriched uranium a little larger than a single softball, it could have a nukyular weapon in less than a year. And if we allow that to happen, a terrible line would be crossed. Saddam Hussein would be in a position to blackmail anyone who opposes his aggression. He would be in a position to dominate the Middle East. He would be in a position to threaten America. And Saddam Hussein would be in a position to pass nukyular technology to terrorists. Some citizens wonder, after 11 years of living with this problem, why do we need to confront it now? And there's a reason. We've experienced the horror of September the 11th. We have seen that those who hate America are willing to crash airplanes into buildings full of innocent people. Our enemies would be no less willing, in fact, they would be eager, to use biological or chemical, or a nukyular weapon. ...After eleven years during which we have tried containment, sanctions, inspections, even selected military action, the end result is that Saddam Hussein still has chemical and biological weapons and is increasing his capabilities to make more. And he is moving ever closer to developing a nukyular weapon. ...We could wait and hope that Saddam does not give weapons to terrorists, or develop a nukyular weapon to blackmail the world.
Dubya goes on a nukyular-powered romp in his buildup to invading Iraq, Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct. 7, 2002

This isn't a the type of war we're all used to. It's not the kind of war where there's tanks moving across, you know, some plain, everybody gets to see the progress of the tanks. This isn't the kind of war where planes are in formation.
Are they just flying however they like now? Cleveland, Ohio, Jul. 1, 2002

Roberta is a mom of five children, and her passion is a passion which is shared by moms all across America. Her passion is pretty simple. I want my children to go to a safe school where he or she can realize their full potential.
Textbook Dubya-style pronoun mismatch, Cleveland, Ohio, Jul. 1, 2002

For the first time, young girls go to school in Afghanistan, thanks to the United States and our coalition.
Actually, I think young girls went to school in Afghanistan before the Taliban regime took power, Dubya. Cleveland, Ohio, Jul. 1, 2002

Over 75 percent of white Americans own their home, and less than 50 percent of Hispanos and African Americans don't own their home. And that's a gap, that's a homeownership gap.
Less than 50 percent of white Americans (25% to be precise) don't own their homes, either, Dubya. Cleveland, Ohio, Jul. 1, 2002

It is conservative to understand government can hand out money, but it cannot put hope in people's hearts.
Dubya offering up a pretty cynical view of the government he oversees, Cleveland, Ohio, Jul. 1, 2002

When we were walking in, Bob was telling me how proud he is of Hope and the job she does, particularly to promote literacy. And I told him, I'm real proud of my wife, too.
Apparently the First Lady's literacy outreach doesn't stretch to the Oval Office, Columbus, Ohio, May 10, 2002

We have just passed historic reform in Washington, D.C., education reform. It may be hard for you to believe, but there are, at moments, when Republicans and Democrats come together for the good of the nation.
Remarks at Taft for Governor Luncheon, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Columbus, Ohio, May 10, 2002

Tommy [Thompson] did a fabulous job as the governor of Wisconsin in helping people, and he's doing a great job as the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Columbus, Ohio, May 10, 2002

I'm here to talk about welfare reform, but I'm also here to make sure that the good people of Ohio send this good man back to the Governor's Mansion. There was a lot of reasons to send him back, but none greater than the fact that he married well.
Remarks at Taft for Governor Luncheon, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Columbus, Ohio, May 10, 2002

I understand taking tests aren't fun.
Spoken like a true scholar, Hamilton High School, Hamilton, Ohio, Jan. 8, 2002

There are mothers and dads in Mexico who love their children just as much as mothers and dads in America do. And if there are a mother or dad who can't find work, worried about food on the table, they're going to come and find work in America.
Dubya unloads a triple repeat offense: his mother/dad combination. Toledo, Ohio, Sep. 6, 2001

Anyway, after we go out and work our hearts out, after you go out and help us turn out the vote, after we've convinced the good Americans to vote, and while they're at it, pull that old George W. lever, if I'm the one, when I put my hand on the Bible, when I put my hand on the Bible, that day when they swear us in, when I put my hand on the Bible, I will swear to not to uphold the laws of the land.
Well, at least he managed to slip the Bible in three times, right? Toledo, Ohio, Oct. 27, 2000

I think if you know what you believe, it makes it a lot easier to answer questions. I can't answer your question.
In response to a question about whether he wished he could take back any of his answers in the first debate. Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Oct. 4, 2000

Unfairly but truthfully, our party has been tagged as being against things. Anti-immigrant, for example.
Cleveland, Ohio, Jul. 1, 2000

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