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Quotes - This Day in Dubya History (September 30)
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There are 11 quotes on this date.
JIM LEHRER: New question, Mr. President, two minutes. Do you believe the election of Senator Kerry on November the 2nd would increase the chances of the U.S. being hit by another 9/11-type terrorist attack?
DUBYA: I don't believe it's gonna happen. I believe I'm gonna win because the American people know I know how to lead. I've shown the American people I know how to lead.
My concerns about the Senator is that, in the course of this campaign I've been listening very carefully to what he says, and he changes positions on the war on Iraq. It's a — changes positions on something as ff — fundamental as what you believe in your core, in your heart of hearts is right for — in Iraq. I — you cannot lead if you send mexed miss — mixed messages.
Dubya sending mexed missages of his own in the First Presidential Debate, Coral Gables, Florida, Sep. 30, 2004
As a matter of fact, this is a global effort. We're facing a — a — group of folks who have such hatred in their heart, they'll strike anywhere — with any means, and that's why it's essential that we have strong alliances, and we do.
As much as Dubya's handlers would likely prefer him to remove the word "folks" from his terrorism playbook, he just can't let it go, First Presidential Debate, Coral Gables, Florida, Sep. 30, 2004
But I, again, I wanna tell the American people, we're doin' everything we can at home, but you better have a president who chases these terrorists down and bring 'em to justice before they hurt us again.
Dubya takes a chastising, podium-pounding attitude and forgets to add an "s" to "bring" in the shuffle, First Presidential Debate, Coral Gables, Florida, Sep. 30, 2004
I have — I understand everybody in this country doesn't agree with the decisions I've made. And I made some tough decisions. But people know where I stand.
Sometimes his mistaken statements ring truer than what he means to say, First Presidential Debate, Coral Gables, Florida, Sep. 30, 2004
We work very closely with the foreign ministers of France, Germany, and Great Britain, who have been the folks delivering the message to the mullahs that if you expect to be part of the world of nations, get rid of your nukyular programs.
As soon as they figure out what the world of nations is, perhaps they'll take Dubya up on his offer, First Presidential Debate, Coral Gables, Florida, Sep. 30, 2004
That's kind of a pre-September 10th mentality, to hope that somehow resolutions and failed inspections would make this world a more peaceful place.
Or even kind of a pre-September 11th mentality, but close enough, I guess... First Presidential Debate, Coral Gables, Florida, Sep. 30, 2004
In Iraq, no doubt about it, it's tough. It's hard work. It's incredibly hard. You know why? Because an enemy realizes the stakes. The enemy understands a free Iraq will be a major defeat in their ideology of hatred. That's why they're fighting so vociferously.
Dubya tries (in vain) to insert a big word into his repertoire, First Presidential Debate, Coral Gables, Florida, Sep. 30, 2004
And you know, I think about — Missy Johnson's a fantastic young lady I met in Charlotte, North Carolina, she and her son, Bryan. They came to see me. Her husband, P.J., got killed. He'd been in Afghanistan, went to Iraq. You know, it's hard work to try to love her as best as I can, knowing full well that the decision I made caused her — her loved one to be in harm's way.
Wow, that sure paints an uncomfortable mental image, First Presidential Debate, Coral Gables, Florida, Sep. 30, 2004
JIM LEHRER: Does the Iraq experience make it more likely or less likely that you would take the United States into another preemptive military action?
DUBYA: I would hope I'd never have to. I understand how hard it is to commit troops. I never wanted to commit troops. I never — when I was running — when we had the debate in 2000, I never dreamt I'd be doing that. But the enemy attacked us, Jim, and — ah — I have a solemn duty to protect the American people, to do everything I can to protect us.
Dubya again conflates Iraq and the 9/11 attackers as "the enemy", First Presidential Debate, Coral Gables, Florida, Sep. 30, 2004
We'll get to the bottom of this and move on. But I want to tell you something — leaks of classified information are a bad thing. And we've had them — there's too much leaking in Washington. That's just the way it is. And we've had leaks out of the administrative branch, had leaks out of the legislative branch, and out of the executive branch and the legislative branch, and I've spoken out consistently against them and I want to know who the leakers are.
There's so much wreckage to work through here... But probably the worst is Dubya's addition of a 4th branch of government, the "administrative branch", and this isn't the first time he's done that, Chicago, Illinois, Sep. 30, 2003
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