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" For Mr. Putin, vacillation invites aggression. His world is a brutish, cynical place, where power is worshiped, weakness is despised, and all rivalries are zero-sum. "
" For much of my life, the Navy was the only world I knew. It is still the world I know best and love most. "
" Some men are much more self-sufficient than others. "
" I used to write books and plays in my mind, but I doubt that any of them would have been above the level of the cheapest dime novel. "
" To argue against the global economy is like stating opposition to the weather - it continues whether you like it or not. "
" We need to listen to the views and respect the collective will of our democratic allies. When we believe that international action is necessary, whether military, economic, or diplomatic, we will try to persuade our friends that we are right. But we, in return, must also be willing to be persuaded by them. "
" Our national political campaigns never stop. We seem convinced that majorities exist to impose their will with few concessions and that minorities exist to prevent the party in power from doing anything important. That's not how we were meant to govern. "
" I'm proud of my record of reform, taking on my own party. "
" I know that victims of torture will offer intentionally misleading information if they think their captors will believe it. "
" You cannot tell the enemy you're going to leave and expect the enemy to not - and expect to succeed. I mean, that's just a fundamental of warfare. "
" Political leaders are not and cannot reasonably be expected to be indifferent to the cruelest calumnies aimed at their character. "
" The U.S. never lost a battle against North Vietnam, but it lost the war. "
" The United States must look beyond Mr. Putin. His regime may appear imposing, but it is rotting inside. His Russia is not a great power on par with America. It is a gas station run by a corrupt, autocratic regime. "
" I think it's important that the President of the United States consult as widely as possible with those who have different views so that he can - he or she - can make the most informed decisions. "
" I am a Republican. I'm loyal to the party of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. And I believe that my party, in some ways, has strayed from those principles, particularly on the issue of fiscal discipline. "
" Our shared values define us more than our differences. And acknowledging those shared values can see us through our challenges today if we have the wisdom to trust in them again. "
" Depriving the oppressed of a beacon of hope could lose us the world we have built and thrived in. It could cost our reputation in history as the nation distinct from all others in our achievements, our identity, and our enduring influence on mankind. Our values are central to all three. "
" Thank God for our form of government. The media won't let there be any cover-up. "
" I don't think Roger Ailes is ham-fisted. "
" I admire the Islam. There's a lot of good principles in it. "
" I believe that the world is better off without Saddam Hussein. I believe it's clear that he had every intention to acquire and use weapons of mass destruction. I can only imagine what Saddam Hussein would be doing with the wealth he would acquire with oil at $110 and $120 a barrel. "
" I've tried to say that I admire and respect Sen. Obama. He has accomplished great things, and he has motivated people, and so - and he loves his country, just as I do. "
" Our great power does not mean we can do whatever we want whenever we want, nor should we assume we have all the wisdom and knowledge necessary to succeed. "
" I have watched men suffer the anguish of imprisonment, defy appalling human cruelty... break for a moment, then recover inhuman strength to defy their enemies once more. "
" I know from personal experience that the abuse of prisoners will produce more bad than good intelligence. "
" The American people want us to stop spending. And so let's just give them some certainty. Let's extend the tax - the existing tax cuts. And then let's give some more tax breaks to small businesses and large. And then maybe the American people will have some confidence. "
" The way you have bipartisan negotiations, you sit down across the table, as we did with Ted Kennedy, as I've done with many other members, and you say, 'OK, here's what I want, here's what you want. We'll adhere to your principles, but we'll make concessions.' "
" I thought I'd be president of the United States. "
" I think that it's important that we understand the importance of the Hispanic vote in America. "
" In 1987, I had my first opportunity to provide 'advice and consent' on a Supreme Court nominee. At that time, I stated that the qualifications essential for evaluating a nominee for the bench included 'integrity, character, legal competence and ability, experience, and philosophy and judicial temperament.' On that test, Elena Kagan fails. "
" Politics abhors a vacuum, and Asian countries will gravitate towards China if U.S. influence is perceived as declining. "