DubyaSpeak.com : Dubya on the Presidency (Democracy in a nutshell, with the emphasis on "nut")

I think the thing that struck all our delegation most intensely was the final scene of the
plain-looking casket -- one of three, by the way -- lead, wood and wood -- being
carried and held up for the seal to be seen, and then the sun pouring out. This will be one
of the highlights of my presidency, to have been at this great ceremony. -- On one of the
highlights of his presidency: Pope John Paul II's funeral, Waco, Texas, Apr. 8, 2005

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

My six years as governor of Texas have been invaluable to me as I carry out my duties
as the presidency.
-- Dubya again identifies himself as being "the presidency", Washington, D.C., Feb. 27,
2005

It's important for people to know that I'm the president of everybody. -- You gotta love
the wording, Air Force One, Jan. 14, 2005

WASHINGTON POST: In Iraq, there's been a steady stream of surprises. We weren't
welcomed as liberators, as Vice President Cheney had talked about. We haven't found
the weapons of mass destruction as predicted. The postwar process hasn't gone as well
as some had hoped. Why hasn't anyone been held accountable, either through firings or
demotions, for what some people see as mistakes or misjudgments?
DUBYA: Well, we had an accountability moment, and that's called the 2004 election.
And the American people listened to different assessments made about what was taking
place in Iraq, and they looked at the two candidates, and chose me, for which I'm
grateful. -- Yeah, that makes sense... Air Force One, Jan. 14, 2005

I think it's very important for the American President to mean what he says. That's why I
understand that the enemy could misread what I say. That's why I try to be as clearly I
can. -- Dubya is as "clearly" as we can hope for, I guess. Washington, D.C., Sep. 23,
2004

You can't lead this country if your ally in Iraq feels like you question his credibility. --
Wow, I had no idea that the authority of the American presidency stems directly from
Iraq, Janesville, Wisconsin, Sep. 24, 2004

Probably the best reason to put me back in there is so that Laura has got four more
years as the First Lady.
-- You said it Dubya, not me, Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, May 7, 2004

And so long as I'm the President, we will be determined, steadfast, and strong as we
pursue those people who kill innocent lives because they hate freedom. -- As soon as he
isn't the president... well, all bets are off,
Washington, D.C., May 5, 2004

What the country needs is a leader who speaks clearly. -- Dubya inadvertently talks
himself out of a job, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 3, 2004

So that's -- what -- there's some ideas. And the -- it's -- my job is to like think beyond
the immediate.
-- Like, for sure? [Extra info on this quote: The White House transcribed it as "So that's
-- those are some ideas. And my job is to think beyond the immediate." That's generous
even by their standards. Washington, D.C., Apr. 21, 2004

See, when they say, Deputy Attorney General, it means he's the number two guy at the
Justice Department. He's the chief -- he was the chief operating officer of the Justice
Department. He was there when he heard the command given that we're at war. --
Apparently Dubya can just command us into war. Whatever happened to Congress
declaring war? And what's the deal with defining the meaning of Deputy Attorney
General for everyone? Buffalo, New York, Apr. 20, 2004

REPORTER: You, yourself, have acknowledged that Osama bin Laden was not a
central focus of the administration in the months before September 11th. "I was not on
point," you told the journalist, Bob Woodward, "I didn't feel that sense of urgency."
Two-and-a-half years later, do you feel any sense of personal responsibility for
September 11th?
DUBYA: Let me put that quote to Woodward in context. He had asked me if I was --
something about killing bin Laden. That's what the question was. And I said, compared
to how I felt at the time, after the attack, I didn't have that -- I also went on to say, my
blood wasn't boiling, I think is what the quote said. I didn't see -- I mean, I didn't have
that great sense of outrage that I felt on September the 11th. I was -- on that day I was
angry and sad. Angry that al Qaeda had -- well, at the time -- thought al Qaeda -- found
out shortly thereafter it was al Qaeda -- had unleashed this attack. Sad for those who
lost their life. -- In other words, Osama bin Laden wasn't a central focus, Prime Time
Press Conference #3, White House, Apr. 13, 2004

I laid out a doctrine that said, if you harbor a terrorist, you're just as guilty as the terrorist.
By the way, when the President says something, you better mean it. It turns out in this
job -- I, of course, meant it.
-- Presidential subject-object agreement gone awry in Appleton, Wisconsin, Mar. 30,
2004

You can't see what you think is a threat and hope it goes away. You used to could when
the oceans protected us, but the lesson of September the 11th is, is when the President
sees a threat, we must deal with it before it -- before it comes to fruition through death
on our own soils, for example. -- Side note on this quote: You have to hear Dubya when
he enunciates the word "fruition"... It's an experience in itself. Albuquerque, New
Mexico, Mar. 26, 2004

See, one of the interesting things in the Oval Office -- I love to bring people into the Oval
Office -- right around the corner from here -- and say, this is where I office. -- Dubya
"officing" in the White House, Washington, D.C., Feb. 18, 2004

I'm a war president. I make decisions here in the Oval Office in foreign policy matters
with war on my mind.
-- Ain't that the truth? On NBC's "Meet the Press", Feb. 8, 2004

It's not a dictatorship in Washington, but I tried to make it one in that instance. -- Chilling
way to describe his executive order making faith-based groups eligible for federal
subsidies, New Orleans, Louisiana, Jan. 15,
2004

I don't expect people to agree with every decision I make. But regardless of whether
they do or not, I'm going to continue making the decisions in the way that I think is best
for the country. There will be ample time to have the debate about whether or not it's the
right strategy or not. I look forward to the debate.
-- Making debate sound like a meaningless exercise, Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 2003

I take my job seriously, I will do my job and I look forward to the political debate later
on. So I'm confident during the numerous press conferences I'll be having next year --
just like I had this year -- that you'll be asking me questions about this political statement
or that political statement, and my answer is going to be the same until I'm ready to
engage, and that is, let me just tell you what the strategy is of this administration. Forget
politics. The strategy that I've outlined in order to do my solemn duty -- and my duty is
not only to keep the country more secure, but more prosperous and a better country, as
well. -- Yeah, just forget politics and accountability and debate. It's all unnecessary.
Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 2003

A President must set great goals, worthy of a great nation. We're a great nation.
Therefore, a President must set big goals. I set a goal for this country to make the world
more peaceful by spreading freedom. Freedom is not America's gift to the world,
freedom is God's gift to each and every individual in the world. I set a great goal here at
home. -- Self-congratulation (and circular logic) as only Dubya can do it, Dallas, Texas,
Oct. 29, 2003

I remember when we had the discussion down in Crawford, one of reporters, fellow
reporters, said, I hear you don't pay attention to the press. I said, not really. And he said,
why? And I said, well, because sometimes your opinion matters to me and sometimes it
doesn't, but I've got a job and I'm willing to lead. And the fellow said, well, how do you
know what the people think? And I said, well -- I reminded the fellow that people don't
make up their mind based upon what they write, and secondly, my job is to lead. --
Dubya neatly sums up his philosophy of leadership, and how it doesn't involve taking into
consideration any opinions but his own, aboard Air Force One, Oct. 22, 2003

There was a poll that showed me going up yesterday, not to be on the defensive.
Actually I'm in pretty good shape politically, I really am. I didn't mean to sound
defensive. But I am. Politicians, by the way, who pay attention to the polls are doomed,
trying to chase opinion when what you need to do is lead, set the tone.
-- Is Dubya doomed then? Washington, D.C., Oct. 14, 2003

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

REPORTER: Mr. President, with no opponent, how can you spend $170 million or
more on your primary campaign?
DUBYA: Just watch.
-- There's nothing like having money to burn, White House, Jul. 30, 2003

I've seen all kinds of protests since I've been the President. I remember the protests
against trade. A lot of people didn't feel like free trade was good for the world. I
completely disagree. I think free trade is good for both wealthy and impoverished
nations. But that didn't change my opinion about trade. As a matter of fact, I went to the
Congress to get trade promotion authority out. -- So if you were wondering if Dubya is
likely to be swayed by organized protests or even the opinions of "a lot of people", the
answer is no, prime time press conference, White House, Mar. 6, 2003

I was disappointed that the Congress did not respond to the $3.5 billion we asked for.
They not only reduced the budget that we asked for, they earmarked a lot of the money.
That's a disappointment, a disappointment
when the executive branch gets micromanaged by the legislative branch. -- What Dubya
refers to as "micromanaging" is actually better known as the "power of the purse", which
is part of the American form of
democracy, and apparently not a part that Dubya likes, Washington, D.C., Feb. 24,
2003

And I look forward to working with Congress. As you know, appropriators are
appropriators. They live up to their name, whether they be Republicans or Democrats.
They like to appropriate. And our jobs as chief executives is to make sure they
appropriate within reasonable levels. -- Dubya's disdain for the legislative branch of
government now crosses party lines, Washington, D.C., Feb. 24, 2003

You said we're headed to war in Iraq -- I don't know why you say that. I hope we're not
headed to war in Iraq. I'm the person who gets to decide, not you. -- Discounting the
roles of Congress and an inquisitive press in order to look tough in front of a reporter
(and avoid answering the question), Crawford, Texas, Dec. 31, 2002

I want to thank all my citizens for coming. -- Lord Dubya thanks his loyal subjects,
Northern State University,
Aberdeen, South Dakota, Oct. 31, 2002

I'm honored that Governor Shaheen is here today. I appreciate her taking time out of her
schedule to come and pay her respects to the Presidency. -- This just sounds really
strange (not to mention imperious) to me,
Manchester, New Hampshire, Oct. 5, 2002

I don't need a giant -- and when I say "I," it's not only me, it's other Presidents -- don't
need a thick book of regulations trying to micromanage the department of homeland
security. -- Sounds like he serves on a "board of presidents" or something, which would
probably be a good idea in his case, Denver, Colorado Sep. 27, 2002

I refuse to have future Presidents, or this President, deal with a Senate trying to tell me
through micromanaging the process how best to secure the homeland. -- Having trouble
with the space-time continuum here, Trenton, New Jersey, Sep. 23, 2002

Sen. Fred Thompson has still got some -- he's got a task ahead there on the floor of the
Senate, and that's to make sure I get a homeland security department that is unfettered
from government rules and bureaucracies, a homeland security department that will allow
this President and future Presidents to move people to the right place at the right time, in
order to protect the homeland from an enemy which still hates us. -- By all means, untie
Dubya's cabinet from the pesky encumbrance of "government rules". Rules are for
terrorists, after all. Lamar Alexander for Senate Luncheon, Nashville, Tennessee, Sep.
17, 2002

One of my jobs is to think ahead and to think -- is to cause debate, and I started that
yesterday, to encourage the American people to listen to and have a dialogue about Iraq.
-- Louisville, Kentucky, Sep. 5, 2002

I try to go for longer runs, but it's tough around here at the White House on the outdoor
track. It's sad that I can't run longer. It's one of the saddest things about the presidency. -
- I guess short running times are on par with sending soldiers to their death and
witnessing the Sept. 11 attacks, Washington Post, Aug. 21, 2002

You know, the threats we face are real. I mean, it is real. I like to remind people that I'm
an early morning guy. I get to the Oval Office about -- oh, generally about 6:50 a.m. or
so. It's not a very long commute (laughter). And I sit at the great desk that other
Presidents have used -- Teddy and Frank, and -- I can call them that, since (laughter) --
and Spot the dog comes in with me, and I read a threat assessment. -- Dubya taking the
possibility of American deaths in an oddly comical, inappropriately irreverent manner,
Washington, D.C., July 10, 2002

REPORTER: The NAACP is meeting this week in Houston, as you probably know.
And there's been some criticism that you've not attended their convention since the 2000
campaign. How would you respond to that, and respond generally to suggestions from
some critics that your civil rights record in the administration is not a stellar one?
DUBYA: Let's see. There I was, sitting around the leader with -- the table with foreign
leaders, looking at Colin Powell and Condi Rice.
-- This incomplete sentence was the only answer Dubya provided to this
question, and seems to suggest, "Hey, I've got two colored people in positions of
authority in my administration, what more do they want?" White House, July 9, 2002

We were concerned about threats on the President. We were worried about future
attacks, and there's a lot of belief that Flight 93 was headed to the White House. --
Talking about his concerns immediately following the attacks on September 11, 2001,
and apparently forgetting that he was President at the time, interview with ARD German
Television, May 22, 2002

You see, the President is -- can still learn. -- I couldn't resist this one, Los Angeles,
California, Apr. 29, 2002

Far be it from the American President to get to decide who leads what country... I made
up my mind that Saddam needs to go. -- Statements separated by only a few minutes in
interview with ITN, Crawford, Texas, Apr. 5, 2002

Do you know that since 1878, Presidents have hosted this event? And it is our honor to
continue this tradition. The first President who did so was a guy named Rutherford B.
Hayes. He decided to have the Easter Egg Roll here at the White House because the
members of the United States Congress said you couldn't be -- they wouldn't want to
host the Easter Egg Roll anymore on the congressional grounds.
-- Another tense mismatch jamboree, White House, Mar. 31, 2002

I don't want to hold two press conferences in one week. -- Having problems with the
concept of presidential accountability and accessibility, or maybe just sleepy, Mar. 20,
2002

And so one of my jobs is to make sure that entrepreneurial spirit is strong and alive in
America, that it continues to flourish so that the great American dream of owning your
own business is vibrant and alive
and well and when we go into the 21st century. -- Albers Manufacturing, O'Fallon,
Missouri, Mar. 18, 2002

It's an encroachment on the executive branch's ability to conduct business. -- Response
to investigators asking for the names of Enron executives who met with him in energy
policy meetings, and apparently stating a new doctrine on the purpose of the executive
branch, "conducting business", Jan. 28, 2002

I don't believe God picked who was going to be the president. -- We'd have a problem
if he did, Barbara Walters interview, Dec. 4, 2001

And I was sitting outside the classroom waiting to go in, and I saw an airplane hit the
tower -- the TV was obviously on, and I use to fly myself, and I said, "There's one
terrible pilot." -- Dubya quoting himself on his first reaction to seeing an airliner piloted
into the World Trade Center, Orlando, Florida, Dec. 4, 2001

She had a relative named Eisenhower, and he and I share something in common -- we're
both Presidents.
-- Engaging again in present tense references to long-deceased leaders, at Thurgood
Marshall Elementary School, Washington, D.C., Oct. 25, 2001

I'm the commander -- see, I don't need to explain -- I do not need to explain why I say
things. That's the interesting thing about being the president. Maybe somebody needs to
explain to me why they say something, but I don't feel like I owe anybody an
explanation. -- As quoted in "Bush at War" (Bob Woodward), Washington, D.C., Sep.
2001

A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it. -- And after
all, being easy is what it's all about, July 26, 2001

Well, it's an unimaginable honor to be the president during the Fourth of July of this
country. It means what these words say, for starters. The great inalienable rights of our
country. We're blessed with such values in America. And I - it's - I'm a proud man to be
the nation based upon such wonderful values. -- Washington, D.C., July 2, 2001

There's no question that the minute I got elected, the storm clouds on the horizon were
getting nearly directly overhead. -- Washington, D.C., May 11, 2001

There are some times when a president shows up that can make a situation worse...
And, you know, I'm adverse to a camera. On the other hand, I think the president can
either help or not help a situation, and I'll
just have to make a judgment call each time. -- to John King, CNN interview, Apr. 25,
2001

I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors as
well. -- Washington, D.C., Jan. 29, 2001

We're concerned about AIDS inside our White House -- make no mistake about it. --
Washington, D.C., Feb. 7, 2001

Then I went for a run with the other dog and just walked. And I started thinking about a
lot of things. I was able to -- can't remember what it was. Oh, the inaugural speech,
started thinking through that. -- Pre-inaugural interview with U.S. News & World
Report, Jan. 22, 2001 issue

The way I like to put it is this: There's no bigger issue for the President to remind the
moms and dads of America, if you happen to have a child, be fortunate to have a child. -
- President Dubya in a talk to workers at the U.S. Treasury Department, Mar. 16, 2001

Redefining the role of the United States from enablers to keep the peace to enablers to
keep the peace from peacekeepers is going to be an assignment. -- Interview with the
New York Times, Jan. 14, 2001

I want it to be said that the Bush administration was a results-oriented administration,
because I believe the results of focusing our attention and energy on teaching children to
read and having an education system
that's responsive to the child and to the parents, as opposed to mired in a system that
refuses to change, will make America what we want it to be, a literate country and a
hopefuller country. -- Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2001

I am mindful of the difference between the executive branch and the legislative branch. I
assured all four of these leaders that I know the difference, and that difference is they
pass the laws and I execute them. -- Hopefully not to be taken literally, Washington,
D.C., Dec. 18, 2000

If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier... just so long as I'm the dictator.
-- During his first trip to Washington as President-Elect, Washington, D.C., Dec. 18,
2000

Dick Cheney and I felt like we won the first election three times and we're confident that
when it's all said and done that he and I will be honored to be the president and vice
president. -- Yet again confirming the sense that Cheney's really in charge, Dec. 2, 2000

Dick Cheney and I will be the president and vice president. -- Having trouble
remembering his and Dick Cheney's respective roles in his upcoming administration,
Nov. 30, 2000

The legislature's job is to write law. It's the executive branch's job to interpret law. --
Dubya confusing the executive and the judicial branches of government in Austin, Texas,
Nov. 22, 2000

There is a very good chance that Dick Cheney and I will be President and Vice
President. -- A repeat performance of the Nov. 30 quote above, Nov. 11, 2000

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. -- Toledo, Ohio, Oct. 27, 2000

But it's the president who sets the tone. And it's the president who reaches out. But it's
the president who also must share credit, as well, if something positively is done. But the
president is also going to spend the capital -- sorry to be blowing on too long. --
Displaying his smooth delivery in discussion with Jim Lehrer, Apr. 27, 2000

I'm going to be a president who hails success as well as failure. -- At least he's honest, I
guess, March, 2000

If I'm the president, we're going to have emergency-room care, we're going to have gag
orders. -- Candidate George W. Bush

I'm a decisive person.... I'll read. I won't read treatises. I'll read summaries. -- Explaining
his notion of "Cliff's Notes" leadership to the National Journal, 1999

Mr. Vice President, in all due respect, it is -- I'm not sure 80 percent of the people get
the death tax. I know this: 100 percent will get it if I'm the president. -- Candidate
George W. Bush putting the public at ease

I would have my secretary of treasury be in touch with the financial centers, not only here
but at home.
-- Boston, Massachusetts, Oct. 3, 2000

I will have a foreign-handed foreign policy. -- Redwood, California, Sept. 27, 2000

As president, I will work to build a culture that respects life. -- Death sentence supporter
George W. Bush, Sep. 29, 2000

I want you to know that farmers are not going to be secondary thoughts to a Bush
administration. They will be in the forethought of our thinking. -- Salinas, California,
Aug. 10, 2000

It's amazing to me that the president of the United States would spend time trying to be a
political pundit. He's so desperate to keep his legacy intact he'll say anything, just like Al
Gore. -- Dubya takes the high road on the campaign circuit with a two-pronged jab at
President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, on his campaign plane, Aug. 1, 2000

The fundamental question is, 'Will I be a successful president when it comes to foreign
policy?' I will be, but until I'm the president, it's going to be hard for me to verify that I
think I'll be more effective. -- In Wayne, Mich., as quoted by Katharine Q. Seelye in
the New York Times, June 28, 2000

I'm gonna talk about the ideal world, Chris. I've read--I understand reality. If you're
asking me as the president, would I understand reality, I do. -- On abortion, Hardball,
MSNBC, May 31, 2000

HILLER: "Can you name the president of Chechnya?"
DUBYA: "No, can you?"
HILLER: "Can you name the president of Taiwan?"
DUBYA: "Yeah, Lee."
HILLER: "Can you name the general who is in charge of Pakistan?"
DUBYA: "Wait, wait, is this 50 questions?"
HILLER: "No, it's four questions of four leaders in four hot spots."
DUBYA: "The new Pakistani general, he's just been elected, not elected, this guy took
over office. It appears this guy is going to bring stability to the country and I think that's
good news for the sub-continent."
HILLER: "Can you name him?"
DUBYA: "General. I can't name the general. General."
HILLER: "And the prime minister of India?"
DUBYA: "The new prime minister of India is - (pause) No." Then Bush hit back.
DUBYA: "Can you name the foreign minister of Mexico?"
HILLER: "No sir, but I would say to that, I'm not running for President."
-- Showing his extensive knowledge of world politics and capacity to accept criticism, or
not, when questioned by Andy Hiller, political correspondent for WHDH-TV, Nov. 3,
1999

What I'm suggesting to you is, if you can't name the foreign minister of Mexico, therefore,
you know, you're not capable about what you do. But the truth of the matter is you are,
whether you can or not. -- Offering turbid justification for his lack of knowledge, as
demonstrated above, Nov. 3, 1999
 

DubyaSpeak.com : Dubya the Campaigner
(Dubya working hard toward four more years of DubyaSpeak)

The campaign has ended, and the United States of America goes forward with
confidence and faith. -- Or at least with the confidence and faith of 51% of the voting
public, Dubya's acceptance speech, Washington, D.C., Nov. 3, 2004

I want to thank you all for your hard work. I was impressed every day by how hard and
how skillful our team was. -- Write your own joke here... Dubya's acceptance speech,
Washington, D.C., Nov. 3, 2004

Perhaps the most important reason to put me back in is so that Laura will be the First
Lady for four more years. ...We were campaigning together tomorrow. -- Dubya spends
his eleventh hour campaigning in full time travel mode, Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, Nov.
1, 2004

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

And next Tuesday, the American people will go to the polls. They will be voting for
vision. They will be voting for consistency. They will be voting for conviction. And no
doubt in my help, they'll be voting for Bush/Cheney. -- Not sure what the last sentence
was supposed to mean, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Oct. 30, 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. -- 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. -- He offers this
phrase once again, Saginaw, Michigan, 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

John Kerry voted against that tax relief at a vital time. Plus, he's decided to raise $2.2
million in new federal spending. He's going to spend it. That's what he said. -- Million...
Trillion... Whatever. And, of course, 2.2 is Dubya's calculation, not Kerry's, so in
actuality, Kerry has never said he would spend 2.2 trillion (or million, in this case)
dollars. Saginaw, Michigan, Oct. 28, 2004

And a political candidate who jumps to conclusions without knowing the facts is not a
person you want as your Commander-in-Chief. -- Is he referring to his own invasion of
Iraq here? Lititz, Pennsylvania, Oct. 27, 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

We have a different point of view when it comes to defending America. Senator Kerry
now calls Iraq a diversion. But the case of just one terrorist shows how wrong his
thinking is. A man named Zarqawi is responsible for planting car bombs and beheading
Americans in Iraq. He ran a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan, until coalition forces
arrived. And then he fled to Iraq, where he's fighting us today. -- I don't think Kerry ever
called the Iraq war a diversion that failed to create enemies, Alamogordo, New Mexico,
Oct. 24, 2004

Americans will go to the polls in a time of war and ongoing threats any unlike we have
seen before. -- As usual, you know what he was supposed to say, right? Lakeland,
Florida, Oct. 23, 2004

Saddam Hussein was a threat. He was a threat because he hated America. He was a
threat because he was shooting missiles at American airplanes. He was a threat because
he harbored terrorists. He was a threat because he invaded his neighbors. He was a
threat because he had used weapons of mass destruction. He was a threat. Now, we
didn't find the stockpiles we all thought were there. That includes me and my opponent. -
- Dubya finds an improbable way to include Kerry in the fact that no WMDs were found
in Iraq, Rochester, Minnesota, Oct. 20, 2004

We will not have an all-volunteer army. And yet, this week ---- we will have an all-
volunteer army!
-- Dubya's own supporters bail him out of a verbal snafu, Daytona Beach, Florida, Oct.
16, 2004

We need a safety net for those with the greatest needs. I believe in community health
centers, where low and poor can get their preventative and care. -- Dubya seems to be
missing a few words here, Daytona Beach, Florida, Oct. 16, 2004

See, I have a different philosophy. I'm a compassionate conservative. I think government
ought to help people realize their dreams, not tell them how to live their lives. -- Except
when it comes to family planning and who they can marry, right Dubya? Colorado
Springs, Colorado, Oct. 12, 2004

You heard my opponent -- I talked a little bit a while ago about it -- he said, oh, he's
going to pay for all his programs by taxing the rich. We've heard that kind of rhetoric
before. The rich hire lawyers and accountants for a reason -- to pass the tax bill on to
you. -- Again, I fail to understand the logic... Since the rich are really
good at evading taxes, we should just give up on the idea of trying to tax them any more
than we are now? Colorado Springs, Colorado, Oct. 12, 2004

You know, I went to Washington to solve problems, not to pass them on to future
Presidents and future generations. -- As Dubya ratchets up the campaign rhetoric, I may
be coming across as more partisan than average here, but is Dubya forgetting about the
largest deficit in American history? I think that may very well affect future Presidents and
future generations. Call me crazy. Colorado Springs, Colorado, Oct. 12, 2004

I am sure many of you stayed up to watch the vice presidential debate last night. America
saw two very different visions of our country, and two different hairdos. I didn't pick my
Vice President for his hairdo. I
picked him for his judgment, his experience. -- Two things: Staying up until 9 PM ain't
exactly "staying up", and is Dubya trying to suggest that John Kerry chose his running
mate for his hairdo? Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Oct. 6, 2004

My opponent is a tax-and-spend liberal. I'm a compassionate conservative. -- Help me,
I'm suffering a 1980s flashback here, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Oct. 6, 2004

Forty-three days before the election, my opponent has now suddenly settled on a
proposal for what to do next, and it's exactly what we're currently doing. We're working
with the international partners. We're training Iraqi troops. We're reconstructing the --
reconstructing the company. We're preparing for elections. -- I'm pretty sure that John
Kerry has never called for "reconstructing the company", Derry, New Hampshire, Sep.
20, 2004

If you're a baby boomer, you don't have to worry about Social Security. And by the
way, you'll hear the same rhetoric you hear every campaign, believe me, you know. Oh,
don't worry, they're going to take away your Social Security check. It is the most tired,
pathetic way to campaign for the presidency. So you don't have to worry about that.
And baby boomers are fine. We're in good shape, you know. The people who aren't in
good shape are the children and grandchildren in this country, because there's a lot fewer
payer-inners than there are recipients when it comes to Social Security checks. --
Between the payer-inners and the puzzling use of "don't worry", we have ourselves a
winner here, Muskegon, Michigan, Sep. 13, 2004

You know, Zell Miller, he represents a lot of folks out there who are wondering whether
or not it's okay to vote Republican. He's what I would call a discerning Democrat. --
"Discerning" because he conveniently supports Dubya... Huntington, West Virginia, Sep.
10, 2004

When you're out rounding up the vote, remind people about what this economy has been
through. Five months before we got into office the stock market had started to decline.
We had a recession right as we got there. There was corporate scandals. By the way,
we made it clear we're not going to tolerate dishonesty in the boardrooms of America.
We had a terrorist attack on our country. All those were obstacles for our American
workers. See, we're overcoming these obstacles. We're overcoming these obstacles
because we got great workers, great farmers. We're overcoming it because the
entrepreneurial spirit is strong. We're
overcoming it because of well-time tax relief. -- For those nagging questions about all of
the problems that the average American faces, Dubya proposes a doom-and-gloom-
laden explanation, Huntington, West Virginia, Sep. 10, 2004

You cannot be pro-doctor, pro-patient, pro-hospital and pro-trial lawyer at the same
time. You have to choose. My opponent made his choice, and he put him on the ticket. -
- So if John Kerry is "pro-trial lawyer", what is Dubya? Pro-hospital? Huntington, West
Virginia, Sep. 10, 2004

Awfully tempting when you're coming down the pike to tell everybody what they want to
hear. So they said, well, how are you going to pay for it? John Kerry said, oh, that's
simple, we'll just tax the rich. There's two problems with that. One is that you can't raise
enough money by taxing the rich to pay for $2 trillion. There's a gap between what he
promises and what he says he's going to do. -- The other problem is that "what he
promises" and "what he says he's going to do" mean exactly the same thing. But you
know what he's trying
to say, right? Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Sep. 9, 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

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

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

DUBYA: We received great bipartisan support. In the Senate, matter of fact, the
bipartisan support was so strong only 12 members voted against it.
CROWD: Booo!
DUBYA: Two of those 12 senators are my opponent and his running mate.
CROWD: Booo!
DUBYA: He said -- they asked him, they said, why did you do that? He said, well, I
actually did vote for the $87 billion right before I voted against it. Voto si, y despues
voto no. Muy claro. And so they said, well, wait a minute. And they kept pressing. And
he said, well, I was proud of the vote. And then finally he said, it's just a complicated
matter. There's nothing complicated about supporting our troops in combat.
-- When you oversimplify this much, complication becomes an impossibility (but nice
Spanish, Dubya), Miami, Florida, Aug. 27, 2004

When you're out there campaigning and talking to people, remind them what we have
been through as a country. We've been through a recession -- that means we're going
backwards. -- This riff about going backwards seems out of place given the usual talk
about the economy being out of recession, Hudson, Wisconsin, Aug. 18, 2004

Now, look, I don't think you can choose -- I mean, I know you have to choose between
patients and doctors and plaintiff's attorneys. You have to make a choice. You can't be
for both. And my opponent made his choice and he put him on the ticket. -- Dubya
seems determined to make this new "joke" a repeat offense,
Hudson, Wisconsin, Aug. 18, 2004

You know, my opponent said the other day you can find the heart and soul in Hollywood
-- I think you find it right here in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. -- In Dubya's world, a
light-hearted statement made by his opponent one month earlier on July 17 is still fair
game, and still just "the other day", Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Aug. 18, 2004

Now, my opponent is trying to turn Yucca Mountain into a political poker chip. He says
he's strongly against yucca here in Nevada. -- Or something like that... Las Vegas,
Nevada, Aug. 12, 2004

You can't be pro-doctor and pro-patient and pro-trial lawyer at the same time. You
have to choose. My opponent made his choice, and he put him on the ticket. I made my
choice. -- So what's Dubya's choice? If Kerry has made his choice and Dubya has to
choose one out of the remaining two, I guess that means doctors are out of luck. I don't
get it... Annandale, Virginia, Aug. 9, 2004

There will be big differences in this campaign. They're going to raise your taxes, we're
not.
-- Gross oversimplification (prevarication?) at its finest, Jul. 26, 2004

John Kerry is up to $1.9 trillion so far, of new promises. And we got a long way to go in
the campaign. Pretty easy to stand up in front of people and say, well, I promise you this,
and I'll spend that, and then it begins to mount up after a while. So the question is, how is
he going to pay for it? -- Comment made against the backdrop of the $7.1 trillion
national debt, $1.4 trillion of which has accrued on his watch, Prairie Du Chien,
Wisconsin, May 7, 2004

He's going to tax all of you. -- Dubya on John Kerry, sounding pretty silly unless Dubya
is planning to unilaterally outlaw all taxes, Washington, D.C., Mar. 23, 2004

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

There needs to be debates, like we're going through. There needs to be town-hall
meetings. There needs to be travel. This is a huge country. -- Larry King Live, CNN,
Dec. 16, 1999

It is incredibly presumptive for somebody who has not yet earned his party's nomination
to start speculating about vice presidents. -- Keene, New Hampshire, Oct. 22, 1999,
quoted in the New Republic, Nov. 15, 1999

The important question is, How many hands have I shaked? -- Answering a question
about why he hasn't spent more time in New Hampshire, in the New York Times, Oct.
23, 1999
 

DubyaSpeak.com : Dubya the Debater
(Dubya unleashing his immense rhetorical prowess)

Uhh -- Gosh, I -- don't think I ever said I'm not worried about Osama bin Laden. It's
kind of one of those, uhh, exaggerations. -- To quote Dubya (3/13/2002): "I -- I'll repeat
what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him." Third Presidential Debate, Tempe,
Arizona, Oct. 13, 2004

BOB SCHIEFFER: Suddenly we find ourselves with a severe shortage of flu vaccine.
How did that happen?
DUBYA: Uhhh -- Bob, we relied upon a company out of England to provide about half
of the flu vaccines for the United States citizen, and it turned out that the vaccine they
were producing was contaminated. And so
we took the right action and didn't allow contamidated medicine into our country. -- Yes,
he actually said "contamidated", while taking credit for the UK government's intervention
in preventing export of contaminated vaccine (and by the way, the "company out of
England" is Chiron Corporation of Emeryville, California, which operates a vaccine
production facility in England), Third Presidential Debate, Tempe, Arizona, Oct. 13,
2004

We have a problem with litigation in the United States of America. Vaccine
manufacturers are worried about getting sued, and therefore they have backed off from
providing this kind of vaccine. One of the reasons I'm such a strong believer in legal
reform is so that people aren't afraid of producing a product that is necessary for the
health of our citizens and then end up getting sued in a court of law. -- On why America
doesn't produce all of its flu vaccine domestically, and trying to blame it on medical
litigation, Third Presidential Debate, Tempe, Arizona, Oct. 13, 2004

The last debate, my opponent said well they only -- those lawsuits only caused costs to
go up by 1 percent. Well, he didn't -- he didn't in -- include the defensive practice of
medicine, that costs the federal government some 28 billion dollars a year and costs our
society between 60 and 100 billion dollars a year. Uhh, thirdly, one of the reasons why
there's still high cost in, in medicine is because this is -- the, the, the, they don't use an
information technology. It's like if you looked at the -- it's the equivalent of the -- of the
buggy and horse days. -- Dubya never explains the meaning of "defensive practice of
medicine", but rewards the patient listener with the "buggy and horse" line, Third
Presidential Debate, Tempe, Arizona, Oct. 13, 2004

I believe we ought to love our neighbor like we love ourself, as manifested in public
policy through the faith-based initiative where we've unleashed the armies of compassion
to help heal people who hurt. -- Dubya comes out boldly for narcissism, and the
stormtroopers of compassion, Third Presidential Debate, Tempe, Arizona, Oct. 13,
2004

In all due respect, I'm not so sure it's credible to quote leading news organizations about
-- oh, never mind.
-- One of many attempts at humor in the Third Presidential Debate, Tempe, Arizona,
Oct. 13, 2004

But the best way to protect our citizens from guns is to prosecute those who commit
crimes with guns. -- I'm trying to figure out how gun crime victims are protected by this
solution, since you can't prosecute in advance of the crime, Third Presidential Debate,
Tempe, Arizona, Oct. 13, 2004

You cannot solve a problem unless you diagnose the problem. And we weren't
diagnosing problems. And therefore just kids were being shuffled through the school.
And guess who would get shuffled through? Children whose parents wouldn't speak
English as a first language just move through. -- A display of sloppy diction that seems to
make the point that some children have parents who refuse to speak English, Third
Presidential Debate, Tempe, Arizona, Oct. 13, 2004

I believe part of a hopeful society is one in which somebody owns something. -- For
Dubya's sake, I wish that made sense, Third Presidential Debate, Tempe, Arizona, Oct.
13, 2004

Laura is out campaigning along with our girls. And she speaks English a lot better than I
do. -- She ain't the only one, Tempe, Arizona, Oct. 13, 2004

After listening to the litany of complaints and the dour pessimism, I did all I could not to
make a bad face. -- It sounds like it genuinely was hard for Dubya to avoid making faces
during the debate, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 9, 2004

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!
-- Dubya blows a few gaskets in the Second Presidential Debate, St. Louis, Missouri,
Oct. 8, 2004

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 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

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. -- Dubya's first non-answer in the First Presidential Debate, Coral Gables,
Florida, Sep. 30, 2004

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

Quotas are bad for America. It's not the way America is all about. -- No, I guess it isn't,
Presidential Debate #3, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 17, 2000

I think also what you need to think about is not the immediate, but what about
Medicare? You get a plan that will include prescription drugs, a plan that will give you
options. Now, I hope people understand that Medicare today is - is - is important, but it
doesn't keep up with the new medicines. If you're a Medicare person, on Medicare, you
don't get the new procedures. You're stuck in a time warp in many ways. So it will
be a modern Medicare system that trusts you to make a variety of options for you. --
Dubya attempts to explain his vision for Medicare, Presidential Debate #3, St. Louis,
Missouri, Oct. 17, 2000

Well, you know, it's hard to make people love one another. I wish I knew the law
because I would darn sure sign it. I wish I knew the law that said all of us would be good
parents. -- He is right about one thing: It is hard to make people love one another.
Presidential Debate #3, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 17, 2000

The federal government puts about 6% of the money up. They put about, you know,
60% of the strings where you have to fill out the paperwork. I don't know if you have to
be a paperwork-filler-outer, but most of it's because of the federal government. -- On
education spending, Presidential Debate #3, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 17, 2000

Should I be fortunate enough to earn your confidence, the mission of the United States
military will be to be prepared and ready to fight and win war. And therefore prevent
war from happening in the first place.
-- Dubya can't get enough of this logically flawed concept, Presidential Debate #3, St.
Louis, Missouri, Oct. 17, 2000

I mean, there needs to be a wholesale effort against racial profiling, which is illiterate
children. -- Dubya finds a way to combine two concepts in a way previously unimagined
by anyone, Presidential Debate #2, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Oct. 11, 2000

But younger workers, in order to make sure the system exists tomorrow, younger
workers ought to be able to take some of your own money and invest it in safe securities
to get a better rate of return on that money.
-- Who's taking whose money? Presidential debate #2, Winston-Salem, North Carolina,
Oct. 11, 2000

I think what we need to do is convince people who live in the lands they live in to build
the nations.
-- I think I know what he means... Presidential Debate #2, Winston-Salem, North
Carolina, Oct. 11, 2000

These folks have had eight years to get something done in Washington, D.C. on the
uninsured. They have not done it... And my case to the American people is, if you're
happy with inactivity, stay with the horse. The horse is up there now. -- Dubya tries in
vain to come up with an understandable analogy, Presidential Debate #2, Winston-
Salem, North Carolina, Oct. 11, 2000

Let me make sure the seniors hear me loud and clear. They've had their chance to get
something done.
-- Classy statement. Presidential Debate #1, Boston, Massachusetts, Oct. 3, 2000

I've been talking to Vicente Fox, the new president of Mexico... I know him... to have
gas and oil sent to U.S.... so we'll not depend on foreign oil. -- You know, because oil
from Mexico isn't foreign at all, Presidential Debate #1, Boston, Massachusetts, Oct. 3,
2000

A family in Allentown, Pennsylvania, I campaigned with them the other day... Under my
plan, they get $1800 of tax relief. Under Vice President Gore's plan, they get $145 of
tax relief. Now you tell me who stands on the side of the fence. -- Specifying who stood
on the side of the fence in the first presidential debate, Boston, Massachusetts, Oct. 3,
2000

I believe the role of the military is to fight and win war and therefore prevent war from
happening in the first place. -- Ummm, Dubya... I think "fighting and winning a war"
constitutes a war "happening", Presidential Debate #1, Boston, Massachusetts, Oct. 3,
2000

We ought to make the pie higher. -- South Carolina Republican Debate, Feb. 15, 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, Iowa, Jan. 15, 2000

I will have a vice president who can become the president. ...I will have a vice president
that agrees with my policy. I'm going to have a vice president that likes me. -- That last
part is especially important, GOP presidential debate in Michigan, Jan. 11, 2000

I read the newspaper. -- In answer to a question about his reading habits, New
Hampshire Republican Debate, Dec. 2, 1999

The only thing he didn't say was "VOTE EARLY AND OFTEN"..