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" Having passion does not mean you have to descend into bickering and fighting. "
" Winning the peace is harder than winning the war. "
" If we finally chose as a country to take responsibility for the wars that we believe we must engage in, and rather than borrow money to exercise that authority to go to war, we actually pay for these wars, that would save us over a trillion dollars, because that's what we have spent in Iraq and Afghanistan - all through borrowed money. "
" The Smithsonian museums are among this country's most endearing treasures and I look forward to helping maintain and enhance their coveted works of art. "
" It's good to know people think I'm a nice guy. "
" Individuals with kidney disease who are able to obtain treatment early experience a higher quality of life and are able to maintain more of their day-to-day activities, including keeping their jobs. "
" Today, we have a trade regime which has led to the largest trade deficits this country has ever experienced. "
" According to the American Heart Association, the prevalence of hypertension in African Americans in the United States is among the highest in the world. "
" Diabetes occurs at twice the rate in the African American community as it does in white Americans. "
" We are on pace this year to have a trade deficit that is larger than $800 billion. We have never faced that before, but we continue to put forward trade agreements like these that leave us naked to competition that is neither free nor fair. "
" This is precisely why you choose to run for office and get elected. You're asking the people to let you be their voice. I don't think there is a more powerful and intense experience than the opportunity to be the voice of the 307 million people living in this country. "
" Could today's construction worker married to a clerical worker guarantee four children a college education and buy a house? That's what we're fighting about. "
" I've learned to be pragmatic, but I don't sacrifice my principles, my values. "
" I... now see a rare opportunity to push across the goal line much of the unfinished business of America: investing in our infrastructure and workers, universal healthcare, comprehensive immigration reform and scrubbing a tax code that's out of shape and behind the times. "
" I don't consider this hard work. I love it, and I think I get to make a difference. I really believe in Secretary Clinton, and I want to feel like I'm part of making a difference; I really do. "
" It is critical that parents and other trusted adults initiate conversations with kids about underage drinking well in advance of the first time they are faced with a decision regarding alcohol. "
" When the game is on, I want to be on the field, but I'm willing to catch, walk, run. I just want to be there. I'll even be water boy. "
" You don't win the game if you try to hit home runs all the time. "
" Any effort to create a second class of Americans, I just can't swallow that. "
" As a regent, I hope to bring that important perspective of a typical family visitor in combination with my background as a Member of Congress and a proponent of the Smithsonian's efforts to reach all Americans. "
" My three daughters are all going to go to college, and it's not even a question. When I was applying to college, my parents were hoping that I would just go somewhere. Today, they look at their grandkids, and they know those kids will have a chance to build this country in bigger and better ways than my parents ever had a chance. "
" I think I've been a very good student of all aspects of being in Congress. I think I'm always working hard to get an 'A.' "
" I have a lot of kids in my district who haven't been to the beach, much less Washington, D.C., and that's 20 miles away. "
" I'm going to fight to the death for a public option. "
" My father was a construction worker most of his life. My mother, when she came from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, to the United States, never had a chance to go to college either and became a clerical worker. But they did nothing but build this country. "
" California is a very important state. As goes California, so goes the nation. We need to have strong leadership. Someone who can hit the ground running. "
" The good news is that parents are the leading influence on kids' decision not to drink alcohol. "
" Shame on me if I don't try to do more with what I have. It would be... a terrible thing to waste this opportunity to try to make a difference. "
Make A Difference
" I'm never gonna change the skin, right? I'm very proud of what it implies and what it has meant to me... but then again, in Congress, I hope to make my mark as a colleague and as a leader. "
" We cannot undo the past in this misguided war in Iraq. "
" But 18 years after the passage of the Civil Liberties Act, there still remains unfinished work to completely rectify and close this regrettable chapter in our Nation's history. "