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Quotes - This Day in Dubya History (October 8)
(What did Dubya say on today's date in previous years?)
There are 24 quotes on this date.
By undertaking new cooperation on civil nuclear energy, India will be able to count on a reliable fuel supply for its civilian reactors, meet the energy demands of its people, and reduce its independence on fossil fuels.
Let's hope they reduce their dependence instead... White House, Oct. 8, 2008
Uhh — I hear there's rumors on the, uhh, Internets that we're gonna have a — draft. We're not going to have a draft. Period.
There's more than one Internet? Astounding. Second Presidential Debate, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 8, 2004
JOHN KERRY: We're gonna build alliances. We're not gonna go unilaterally, we're not gonna go alone like this President did.
CHARLES GIBSON: Mr. President, let's extend for a minute.
DUBYA: Let me just — I've gotta answer this.
GIBSON: Exactly. And with Reservists being held on duty and —
DUBYA: Let me answer just, what he just said about going alone.
GIBSON: [obscured] Well, I wanted to get into the issue of the backdoor draft.
DUBYA: You tell Tony Blair we're going alone! Tell Tony Blair we're going alone!
It is naive and dangerous to take a policy that he suggested the other day, which is to have bilatarelations with North Korea.
This is what happens when Dubya tries to say "bilateral relations", Second Presidential Debate, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 8, 2004
You see, he's proposed 2.2 trillion dollars of new spending. And say, you say "Well, how are you gonna pay for it?" He said, well, he's going to raise the taxes on the rich — that's what he said — the top two brackets. That raises, he says 800 billion. We say 600 billion. We've got battling green eye shades.
Nothing really wrong with this phrase, it just sounds funny coming out of Dubya's mouth, Second Presidential Debate, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 8, 2004
When a drug comes in from Canada, I want to make sure it cures you and doesn't kill you. And that's why the FDA and that's why the Surgeon General are looking very carefully to make sure it can be done in a safe way. I've got an obligation to make sure our government does everything we can to protect you. And what my worry is is that, you know, it looks like it's from Canada, and it might be from a third world.
Dubya comes close to making his point without messing up, Second Presidential Debate, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 8, 2004
I can see why people at your workplace think [John Kerry] changes positions a lot, because he does. He said he voted for the $87 billion and — or voted against it right before he voted for it. And that sends a confusing signal to people.
Dubya's John Kerry story is so confusing that even Dubya couldn't get it straight. What he was trying to say was that Kerry voted for it before voting against it, but close enough, I guess. Second Presidential Debate, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 8, 2004
I wasn't happy when we found out there wasn't weapons, and we've got an intelligence group together to figure out why.
To figure out why there weren't weapons, or why Dubya wasn't happy about there not being weapons? Second Presidential Debate, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 8, 2004
JOHN KERRY: Ninety-eight percent of America, I'm giving you a tax cut and I'm giving you health care.
CHARLES GIBSON: Mr. President, a minute-and-a-half.
DUBYA: Let me see where to start here. First, the National Journal named Senator Kennedy the most liberal senator of all. And that's saying something in that bunch. You might say that took a lot of hard work.
This point might have hit home a little better if Dubya had gotten Senator Kerry's name right, Second Presidential Debate, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 8, 2004
I'm going to tell you what I really think is going to happen over time is technology is going to change the way we live for the good for the environment. That's why I proposed a hydrogen automobile — hydrogen-generated automobile. We're spending 1 billion dollars to come up with the technologies to do that.
Are "hydrogen-generated automobiles" actually made from hydrogen? That would be quite a vehicle. Second Presidential Debate, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 8, 2004
I don't think my opponent has got the right view about the world to make us safe. I really don't. First of all, I don't think he can succeed in Iraq. And if Iraq were to fail, it'd be a haven for terrorists, and there would be money and the world would be much more dangerous.
There would be money? Second Presidential Debate, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 8, 2004
And so people are going to have to look at the record. Look at the record of the man running for the President.
If only he could have said "running for President" or "running for the Presidency", Second Presidential Debate, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 8, 2004
JAMES HUBB: Mr. President, how would you rate yourself as an environmentalist? What specifically has your administration done to improve the condition of our nation's air and water supply?
DUBYA: Off-road diesel engines. We have reached an agreement to reduce pollution from off-road diesel engines by 90 percent. I've got a plan to increase the wetlands by three million.
Three million what? Second Presidential Debate, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 8, 2004
We proposed and passed a Healthy Forest bill, which was essential to working with — particularly in western states, to make sure that our forests were protected. What happens in those forests, because of lousy federal policy, is they grow to be — they are not — they're not harvested. They're not taken care of.
By "taken care of" and "protected", Dubya of course means "chopped down and sold as lumber", Second Presidential Debate, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 8, 2004
JOHN KERRY: Ladies and gentlemen, that's just not true what he said. The Wall Street Journal said 96 percent of small businesses are not affected at all by my plan. And you know why he gets that count? The president got $84 from a timber company that he owns, and he's counted as a small business. Dick Cheney's counted as a small business. That's how they do things. That's just not right.
DUBYA: I own a timber company? [LAUGHTER] That's news to me. [LAUGHTER] Need some wood?
Actually, Dubya does own a timber company. You can read the details at factcheck.org (you know, the website Dick Cheney got wrong in the 2004 VP debate?), Second Presidential Debate, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 8, 2004
I wouldn't pick a judge who said that the Pledge of Allegiance couldn't be said in a school because it had the words "under God" in it. I think that's an example of a judge allowing personal opinion to enter into the decision-making process, as opposed to strict interpretation of the Constitution. Another example would be the Dred Scott case, which is where judges years ago said that the Constitution allowed slavery because of personal property rights. That's personal opinion. That's not what the Constitution says. The Constitution of the United States says we're all — it doesn't say that, it doesn't speak to the equality of America.
Sorta ran out of logical steam toward the end there, Second Presidential Debate, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 8, 2004
On the tax cut, it's a big decision. I did the right decision.
Yes, you... did? Second Presidential Debate, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 8, 2004
[John Kerry] complains about the fact our troops don't have adequate equipment, yet he voted against the $87 billion supplemental I sent to the Congress, and then issued one of the most amazing quotes in political history: "I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it."
I'm not sure if Dubya is the most reliable judge of what constitutes "one of the most amazing quotes in political history", Second Presidential Debate, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 8, 2004
The truth of the matter is, if you listen carefully, Saddam would still be in power if he [John Kerry] were the President of the United States, and the world would be a lot better off.
Speaking carefully... well, that's a different matter, Second Presidential Debate, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 8, 2004
AUDIENCE MEMBER: With expansions to the Patriot Act and Patriot Act II, my question to you is, why are my rights being watered down and my citizens' around me? And what are the specific justifications for these reforms?
DUBYA: I appreciate that. I really don't think your rights are being watered down. As a matter of fact, I wouldn't support it if I thought that. Every action being taken against terrorists requires court order, requires scrutiny.
Another statement cast in a totally different light by the revelation in January 2006 that at the time of the 2004 presidential debates, Dubya had already initiated a covert program that bypassed the courts and secretly ordered wire taps under his own authority, Second Presidential Debate, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 8, 2004
I was not about to leave the security of the American people in the hands of a madman. I was not going to stand by and wait and trust the sanity and restraint of Mr. Saddam Hussein.
Although this is grammatically accurate, the fact that Dubya is still trying to prove Hussein had American security at his fingertips is unsettling, Washington, D.C., Oct. 8, 2003
You see, the enemies want to create a sense of fear and intrepidation.
Dubya coins another new word, Washington, D.C., Oct. 8, 2003
This is historic times.
Washington, D.C., Oct. 8, 2003
See, free nations do not develop weapons of mass destruction.
I wonder if Dubya is going to try and rewrite the history of the 20th century to agree with this statement, Washington, D.C., Oct. 8, 2003
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