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" A chief of staff has to reflect the president's governing style. "
" As a pro-business Democrat, I understand the obligations of publicly traded companies to maximize returns to shareholders. "
" As commerce secretary, I led the Clinton administration's effort to ensure China's entry into the World Trade Organization and the permanent normalization of trade between the U.S. and China - steps that produced a 76 percent increase in U.S. exports to China in just three years. "
" As president, you can't just say, 'I want this,' or, 'Do that.' A president has to lead the American people to where he wants to go, and the chief of staff needs to help him get it done. "
" Bernie Sanders is making a big and potentially dangerous mistake with his continuing insistence on changes to the Democratic Party's rules and platform. I should know. As chairman of Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign, I understand too well where such ideological stubbornness can lead. "
" Bob Gates understands the difficulty of going to war. This is a man who spent almost his entire life working for the government. "
" Business leaders should show what our political leaders seem to lack - that is, a common-sense view of the times. "
" Centrist voters typically decide general elections, so hard-left or hard-right platforms don't help. "
" Commerce was the best job I could ever have. "
" Contrary to what most people think, there is a Rich Daley under Mayor Daley. "
" If anything, the Democrats' salvation may lie in the fact that Republicans seem even more hell-bent on allowing their radical wing to drag the party away from the center. "
" If we don't set the rules for commerce in the Asia-Pacific region, China will. "
" I got through at Ignatius. I did OK, not great in any of my academic endeavors. "
" I know something about trade agreements. I was proud to help President Clinton pass the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1993 and create what is still the world's largest free-trade area, linking 426 million people and more than $12 trillion of goods and services. "
" Illinois needs a real strategy for job creation that grows the economy over the long term with high-wage jobs that rebuild the middle class. "
" In my opinion, it is not in our interest to have complicated negotiations with a region, and then have to follow it up with 535 negotiations at home. I have experienced recounts, and it is better to vote once. "
" It's been proven in Washington: It's very hard to negotiate and try to get a deal done in public. "
" It's logical and fair to allow only registered or self-identified Democrats to choose their party's nominee (although numerous states do have open primaries). Letting more non-Democrats choose the nominee doesn't guarantee success in a November general election. And it does nothing to encourage people to join and work for the party. "
" It sounds good to say, 'We're going to do this,' on C-SPAN, but try to do that in real life, and it's not going to work. "
" I was Al Gore's campaign chairman in 2000, when he won a half-million more votes than George W. Bush but lost the presidency. "
" Lots of people throw around phrases of 'no-fly zone,' and they talk about it as though it's just a game - a video game or something. Some people who throw that line out have no idea what they're talking about. "
" Most people who talk about either entitlement cuts or revenue - when you have to put pen to paper, it is much more difficult. "
" Most Republicans and the business community extol the virtues of trade, depicting it as an engine of economic progress, while most Democrats and unions attack the exportation of American jobs, claiming that trade agreements are destroying our economy. "
" No one knows the Senate better than Joe Biden; he lived there for 35 years. "
" Now that Donald Trump has won the presidency despite losing the popular vote, there's a growing cry to rethink, or even abolish, the electoral college. This would be a mistake. "
" Obviously in a campaign, people say lots of things that they find, when they get in the office, life's a little different. "
" Our focus must be on making America the best place on earth to do business. "
" Palin's blatant lack of competence and preparedness needs no belaboring. What's critical is that substantive, serious Republican leaders either wouldn't or couldn't declare, before or after the election, 'This is not what our party stands for. We can and must do better.' "
" Party leaders aren't responsible for every candidate's gaffe. "
" Politics is all about relationships, people. A lot of it's emotional. It's not rocket science. "
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