Below are some of the best quotes from last night’s GOP Presidential debate. The exchanges are listed at the bottom.
“Is this our sixth debate, I think “” something like that?
And this has a lot “” this is a lot like ‘Law & Order.’ “¦
It has a huge cast, the series seems to go on forever
and Fred Thompson shows up at the end,”
“And to think I thought I was going to be the best actor on the stage.”
Fred Thompson reply
“You can bang your head up against the stone wall all you want. I am in favor of a line item veto, expect you have to do it legally. And as the mayor of New York, if I had let President Clinton take $250 million away from the people of my city illegally and unconstitutionally, I wouldn’t have been much of a mayor, So I took President Clinton to court and I beat him. And I don’t think it’s a bad idea to have a Republican presidential candidate who actually has beat President Clinton at something.”
“And, by the way, I have a glass of ethanol every morning before breakfast, but I still don’t support the subsidies. And I don’t think we need them.”
“I don’t think I waited too long. It seems about right to me,” Thompson said. “I’ve enjoyed watching these fellas. I’ve got to admit, it was getting a little boring without me, but I’m glad to be here now.”
“Right now, [the U.S. is] less than 5 percent of the world’s population, yet 20 percent of the world’s economy, a third of the world’s military spending,Forty percent of our research and development budget around the world is in this country. I mean, this place rocks.”
“Sometimes it’s strange to me to think that the average 20-year-old serving us in Iraq knows more about what it takes for our national security than the average 20-year veteran on Capitol Hill,”
“We can’t wait until another generation,” he said. “Instead of running it like NASCAR, we’ve been running it like taking the family station wagon in for letting Goober and Gomer take a look at it when they get time, under the shade tree. So it’s critical that for our own interest, economically and from a point of national security, that we become energy independent and commit to doing it within a decade.”
“As long as we live beyond our means we are destined to live beneath our means. And we have lived beyond our means because we are financing a foreign policy that is so extravagant and beyond what we can control, as well as the spending here at home. And we’re depending on the creation of money out of thin air, which is nothing more than debasement of the currency. It’s counterfeit.”
ROMNEY – GIULIANI EXCHANGE (in part)
“[Giuliani] fought to keep the commuter tax, which is a very substantial tax … on consumers coming into New York.”
Mitt Romney attack on Giuliani
“The point is that you’ve got to control taxes. I did it, he didn’t. … I led, he lagged.”
“It’s baloney. I did not increase taxes in Massachusetts. I lowered taxes.”
CHRIS MATHEWS ECHANGE
(as detailed here by Politico.com)
Chris Matthews has been fairly sedate and even-handed throughout the afternoon, but he just gave conservatives some ammunition by offering an editorial comment about an extended answer Fred Thompson gave on whether the feds should step in on a labor dispute.
Thompson initially just responded “no,” but then explained why he would not support a government intervention.
“You should’ve stopped at no,” Matthews told Thompson.
“Well, that’s your opinion, Chris,” Thompson shot back.