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" As the polarization in D.C. spreads, the people willing to come to the middle find less and less acceptance. "
" I think it becomes incumbent upon a candidate to essentially disavow some of the things that are in that party platform. Otherwise, I think the assumption is that you are a true believer. "
" Our voting records are not necessarily the same, but, you know, we're all Texans, and at the end of the day, we try to help each other out. "
End Of The Day
" A robust democracy requires active participation. "
" My family never took vacations; we never traveled together. We never did anything. My spring breaks were going home to help my dad at the restaurant. "
" In Mexico, they don't have birth certificates... They don't have registration cards for voters. They have one national ID. We don't have a national ID. "
" Frankly, no issue is worth shutting down the government and denying pay to those committed to public service. "
" It was in the best interests of Zavala and other counties that we move forward with a farm bill and provide certainty to ranchers, farmers, food banks, and other providers. "
" How do you defend inaction in the face of crisis? How is that defensible for anybody? "
" If immigration reform doesn't happen, that doesn't say good things about our democracy, that everybody wants it, but Congress couldn't pass it. "
" In the old way of doing business, it was fine to disagree and then go to dinner. Now it's personal and more partisan, and a disagreement on one issue leads to a disagreement on another issue. "
" If you want to come fight the good fight to make a difference for people and to try to get the government back on track, where we govern from the middle and not from the extremes, then understand that it's a lonely road, and you're going to have a hard time. "
" The irony is that kids are treated equally when it comes to tests and standards and expectations but not treated equally when providing funds to meet those standards and expectations. "
" Because fossil fuels are not only a finite resource but hazardous to the environment, it is imperative that we diversify the resources used in generating electricity. "
" It's important we understand our system seeks justice and not revenge. "
" The fact that I am Latino is not a secret. There's not much I can do about that. It is what it is. I think people know that my last name ends in a vowel. What can I tell you? "
" HB 2 leaves 90% of the children behind. The disconnect between this bill and the basic needs of Texas schoolchildren is appalling. "
" Our challenge is to stop people from driving drunk. Punishing them afterwards doesn't bring back the victim or make the family feel better. The idea is to stop the DWI before it happens. "
" I learned long ago you run unopposed, or you run scared. "
" There's no such thing as anybody who can't be beat; everybody can be beat. It's a question of how hard you're willing to work. It's a question of the environment, the surroundings. Frankly, there's a lot of issues with timing. "
" I didn't come to Washington to be part of the problem. "
" Every decision I make in Congress will be centered on the needs of the district. "
" PACs don't vote in the district; people do. "
" I saw how hard my parents worked, and I didn't want to be a freeloader. "
" I'm confident in my strengths. I'm prepared to jump any hurdle. "