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" Armed and law-abiding citizens are a greater deterrent to violent crime than 1,000 laws passed by Congress. "
" What I learned growing up on the farm was a way of life that was centered on hard work, and on faith and on thrift. Those values have stuck with me my whole life. "
" Our shared conservative values, our belief in the individual is the great hope of our nation. "
" Crucial to understanding federalism in modern day America is the concept of mobility, or 'the ability to vote with your feet.' If you don't support the death penalty and citizens packing a pistol - don't come to Texas. If you don't like medicinal marijuana and gay marriage, don't move to California. "
" The fact is there is forgiveness for those who seek God. And I believe in the power of redemption. "
" We've got the wind at our back right now. Americans are waking up to the realities of their previous choices. We must keep America moving back to preeminence because our values and conservative ideas are the world's greatest hope. "
" As Americans, we don't see the role of government as guaranteeing outcomes, but allowing free men and women to flourish based on their own vision, their hard work and their personal responsibility. "
" I happily cling to my guns and my God, even if President Obama thinks that that is a simpleminded thing in his elitist heart. "
" I come by my conservatism authentically, not by convenience. And I offer the American people a new direction. "
" In the rush to become all things to all people, the federal government has lost sight of its core responsibilities. As a result we're stuck in this frustrating paradox where Washington actually neglects things it's clearly supposed to be doing, while interfering in other areas where they are neither welcome nor authorized. "
" I don't want to look like Connecticut, no offense, I don't want to look like Oklahoma, I don't want to look like California. I want to be uniquely Texas. And that's not to diss anybody else. "
" Guns require a finger to pull the trigger. "
" This administration in Washington that's in power now clearly believes that government is not only the answer to every need, but it's the most qualified to make the most central decisions for every American in every area. "
" I hope I am the Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses. "
" I believe in America. I believe in her purpose and her promise. I believe her best days have not yet been lived. I believe her greatest deeds are reserved for the generations to come. "
" I disagree with the concept that somehow or another we're going to pack up 10, to 12, to 15 million people and ship them back to the country of origin. That's not going to happen. "
" I've always believed the mission is greater than the man. "
" The God we serve does not seek out the perfect, but instead uses our imperfections and our shortcomings for his greater good. I am humbled by my own limitations. But where I am weak, He is strong. "
" When a criminal breaks into your home I'll let the liberals call the lawyer. I'm going to call Smith & Wesson. "
" Washington's insatiable desire to spend our children's inheritance on failed stimulus plans and other misguided economic theories have given record debt and left us with far too many unemployed. "
" I grew up in a house with no running water, 16 miles from the closest place that had a post office. I had a very parochial view of the world. "
" The people who illegally cross into the country are from countries that have very close ties to al Qaeda, whether it's Yemen or Afghanistan, Pakistan, China. It is an absolute national disgrace. "
" In Michigan, a liberal democrat raised taxes and kept their government programs at the same level. And guess what? Their economy continued into the toilet, it continued down. "
" When I make a vow to God, then I would suggest to you that's even stronger than a handshake in Texas. "
" Our party cannot be all things to all people. It can't be. Our loudest opponents on the left are never going to like us so let's stop trying to curry favor with them. "
" We believe in government involvement that leads to independence: good schools, quality roads and the best health care. "
" It is time to change our policy of appeasement toward the Palestinians, to strengthen our ties with the nation of Israel. "
" Democracy functions best when we have an active citizenry. "
" We are a resilient country. We've been through a Civil War; we've been through two World Wars. We've been through a Great Depression; we even made it through Jimmy Carter! We will make it through the Obama years! "
" Reforming public education, cutting property taxes, fixing adult and child protective services and funding our budget can all occur when Democrats and Republicans engage in consensus and cooperation - not cynicism and combat. "
" We will reverse course on the heavy hand of regulation, discarding Dodd-Frank and any other regulations that advance a political agenda at the expense of jobs and investment on Main Street. "