Archive for October, 2007
October 1, 2007
- Asked whether he believed the United States was ready for a woman president, Clinton replied, “I think so. Hillary is the right one, and I think the American people are ready.”
- But, Obama said: “My belief is that the American people are looking for a fundamental break from the way we’ve been doing business.”
- “Once again the administration seems to be preparing the American people for a ramp-up in action, and it would be, I believe, another disastrous foreign policy decision,” Richardson said.
October 2, 2007
- "There is a choice that has emerged in this campaign, one that the American people need to understand," Obama said in a speech in Chicago.
- “Nowadays the modern day president is a communicator above all. And it doesn’t mean that you’ve got to make the best speech or that you have to have the most charisma … but the main thing, you’ve got to be looked upon (by) the American people as somebody who’s shooting on the level.”
- “Some seek to rewrite history. They argue that they weren’t really voting for war, they were voting for inspectors, or for diplomacy. But the Congress, the administration, the media and the American people all understood what we were debating in the fall of 2002,” Obama said. “And we need to ask those who voted for the war: How can you give the president a blank check and then act surprised when he cashes it?”
October 3, 2007
- “Never has it been clearer how detached President Bush is from the priorities of the American people,” Reid said in a statement. “By vetoing a bipartisan bill to renew the successful Children’s Health Insurance Program, President Bush is denying health care to millions of low-income kids in America. “
- “I’ve been tested in a way in which the American people can look to me. They’re not going to find perfection, but they’re gonna find somebody who’s dealt with crisis almost on a regular basis and has had results, results people thought were impossible,” says the former New York mayor, whose role during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks cemented his national reputation.
October 4, 2007
- “I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest,” he said in the interview. “Instead, I’m going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testament to my patriotism.”
- On Thursday, his campaign issued a statement: “We all revere the flag, but Senator Obama believes that being a patriot is about more than a symbol. It’s about fighting for our veterans when they get home and speaking honestly with the American people about this disastrous war.”
October 6, 2007
- “When we find somebody who may have information regarding a potential attack on America, you bet we’re going to detain them, and you bet we’re going to question them,” he said during a hastily called Oval Office appearance. “The American people expect us to find out information, actionable intelligence so we can help protect them. That’s our job.”
- “The American people expect their government to take action to protect them from further attack,” Bush said. “And that’s exactly what this government is doing. And that’s exactly what we’ll continue to do.”
- “I just fundamentally disagree that that would be a good thing for national security,” she said. “I think the American people recognize that there are needs that the federal government has to keep certain information private in order to help their national security. … We cannot provide more information about techniques. It’s not appropriate.”
- “The American people are wise enough to understand the difference between petty symbolism and real substance, real courage, real judgment, which is what Barack brings to this ball game,” McPeak said.
October 7, 2007
- “This campaign is about calling forth the courage of the American people to reject not just the occupation in Iraq, to reject not just a potential attack on Iran, but to reject war as an instrument of policy,” the Ohio congressman said. “It is time that we reclaimed our nation.”
- Pelosi, however, said violent interrogation methods did not work "and I think that protecting the American people being our top priority, we should do so in a way that is within the law."
- "And experts agree that you do not obtain reliable intelligence through using these tactics and you diminish our reputation in the world, which hurts the cooperation we need to collect the intelligence we need to protect the American people."
- In an editorial Sunday, the New York Times accused Bush and his aides of conducting "a systematic campaign to mislead Congress, the American people and the world about those policies."
October 8, 2007
- “Clinton’s tax-and-spend express makes it clear once more that she truly believes the government knows best how to spend our money, run our health care, and raise our children,” he said. “Luckily, the American people know better.”
October 9, 2007
- “I would not be running for president if I did not believe this time could be different, not because I have some perfect solution that every other expert and every other candidate has somehow missed, but because I believe the American people are ready for a president who can unite us around a common purpose,” Obama said.
- “I thought the idea of the former mayor of New York claiming 9/11 as a political slogan for himself was insulting to the American people, insulting to those who lost their lives, insulting to the 343 firefighters who lost their lives that day,” Dodd said.
- “In these early states issues matter more than money, celebrity and advertisements. Voters want and deserve a candidate who represents real people, not corporate special interests, and this primary process will help ensure that’s exactly what the American people get,” he said.
- "It's a troubling example of Senator Clinton's belief thatthe government should have more power over your savings," saidKevin Madden, a spokesman for Republican presidential contenderMitt Romney. "Hillary Clinton puts her faith in governmentwhile Governor Romney puts his faith in the wisdom of theAmerican people."
October 11, 2007
- “That’s a phony issue,” he told reporters as he campaigned in Michigan. “I made it very clear. … I’d make a decision based on the safety of the American people. But of course we’d also check to make sure what our legal and constitutional responsibilities are.”
- The practice, House Republican leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, wrote in a letter Wednesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., “has rightly drawn outrage from the American people, who have grown weary of endless attempts by politicians and bureaucrats to bar the word God and even the most tacit references to faith from our public institutions.”
- “The solution, my friends, isn’t a one-size-fits-all, big-government takeover of health care,” he told the Rotary Club of Des Moines. “It resides where every important social advance has always resided with the American people themselves, with well-informed American families making practical decisions to address their imperatives for better health and more secure prosperity.”
- “He made a mistake he knows it,” Giuliani said, adding that Romney should “tell the American people, ‘I made a mistake.’”
October 12, 2007
- “The solution, my friends, isn’t a one-size-fits-all-big government takeover of health care,” McCain said. “It resides where every important social advance has always resided — with the American people themselves, with well-informed American families, making practical decisions to address their imperatives for better health and more secure prosperity.”
- "It is very disappointing that Sen. Clinton seemsdetermined to hedge her responses on the issues that mattermost to the American people," he said. "The American peopledeserve a president who will tell them the truth and offerstraight answers, not flip-flops and political double-speak."
- Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards today accusedClinton of reversing her positions. “Senator Clinton needs to behonest with the American people about her plans, but oneverything from Iran to Iraq to Social Security it seems she'strying to have it both ways,'' he said in a statement.
- “It’s time to get back to focusing on the issues that matter to the American people,” said David Bonior, Edwards’ campaign manager. “That’s why John Edwards has decided to play by the rules that were designed to ensure fairness in the election process by capping his campaign spending and seeking public financing.”
- “I would love to see an America where there was no abortion. But that’s not where the American people are,” Romney said.
- “What I do want to see, and where I think the American people are today, is to see a conservative jurist on the Supreme Court and to see Roe v. Wade overturned.” Copyright © 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.
October 13, 2007
- Obama said Friday, “So I’m not sure if any of us knows exactly where she is standing on this issue. But I can tell you this when I am president of the United States, the American people and the world will always know where I stand.”
- “You can’t have it both ways on this or any other issue,” said a statement released by Edwards communications director Chris Kofinis. “Senator Clinton needs to be honest with the American people about her plans.”
October 15, 2007
- Second, core opposition for all Presidential candidates has grown since summer. For much of the year, Clinton was the only candidate with core opposition approaching the 50% mark but now the rest of the field has caught up. Five of the seven leading candidates (four Republican, three Democrat) now have more than 40% of all voters committed to voting against them. The other two (McCain and Thompson) face core opposition of 39%. In addition to its impact on Election 2008, a commentary by Douglas Schoen says that the "cynicism of the American people is only hardening and deepening."
October 16, 2007
- “We Americans are very gullible,” he said. “Tell me how honest and how sincere a person you are. When you become president, how much will you be able to do for the middle class and the American people?”
October 17, 2007
- • Said he is looking forward to the final 15 months of his presidency and denied that he was losing leverage as a lame duck president. “Quite the contrary. I’ve never felt more engaged and more capable of helping people recognize American people recognize that there’s a lot of unfinished business.”
- “I’m a different candidate,” he said during a stop at a volunteer fire station. “The most important thing is to have a president that you trust. Forget politics for a minute. … What we’ve seen happen in the last six or seven years is the utter destruction of trust between the president and the American people.”
- He added: “As a Democrat, I am proud that the field of Democratic contenders is so strong. Many are friends and colleagues with whom I have worked over the years. But frankly, I believe the importance of this election transcends friendships and party. I believe we need unifying, visionary leadership. I believe we need a president who would level with the American people. I believe we need Barack Obama.”
October 18, 2007
- “Woodstock Museum is a shining example of what’s wrong with Washington on pork-barrel, out-of-control spending,” said John McCain, Arizona senator and Republican presidential hopeful. An example, he said, of “the earmark pork-barrel spending which has made the American people disenchanted and angry.”
- “My opponent won’t be able to say that I haven’t been open or straight with the American people or that I’ve flipped and flopped my positions, because I haven’t. I’ve been consistent this whole time.”
October 19, 2007
- “The American people … don’t want blow-dried candidates with perfection,” Richardson said during the first Democratic presidential debate. No chance of that with Richardson.
October 21, 2007
- • “We in this party have to realize the American people are sick and tired of big government, big government overseas, an empire we can’t maintain, the bankruptcy of this country, and also the attack on our personal civil liberties. We don’t have privacy left anymore, and Hillary Clinton offers no solution to that, and neither does any of the Democrats. And we are not doing a very good job either.”
- McCain and Romney were then asked about their attacks on each other’s conservative bona fides. This prompted McCain to directly and sharply criticize Romney, accusing him of falsely claiming to be a conservative. “Gov. Romney, you’ve spent the last year trying to fool people about your record, I don’t want you to start fooling them about mine. I stand on the record of the conservative,” McCain said. “I don’t think you can fool the American people.”
October 22, 2007
- The clashes in the early moments of a 90-minute debate prompted former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to say he wanted no part of a “demolition derby” with others of his own party. “What I’m interested in is fighting for the American people.”
- Saying he would run on his record as a conservative, McCain added, “I don’t think you can fool the American people. I think the first thing you’d need is their respect.” Copyright © 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.
October 23, 2007
- “The colossal cost of this war grows every day in lives lost, dollars spent, and to our reputation around the world,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. “The American people long ago rejected the president’s planned 10-year occupation of Iraq and want the administration to provide a concrete plan to bring our troops home.
- “John has every right to argue his credentials and put them in front of the American people,” Giuliani said. “I think he said, you know, he thought it was superior to governors or mayors I think the American people can decide that. On my side of it, I’ve had the most executive experience of anyone running.”
October 25, 2007
- “I’m not just going to have one of these press conferences every six months where I call on my three favorite reporters. We’re going to have regular press conferences to explain to the American people here’s what we’re trying to do and to be held accountable,” said Obama, though like Clinton, he rarely holds news conferences on the campaign trail.
October 26, 2007
- Bush said that Congress needs to “stop wasting time and get essential work done on behalf of the American people.”
October 29, 2007
- "And, as a result, the American people have lost faith inour broken system in Washington, and believe it no longer worksfor ordinary Americans," Edwards said in Manchester, NewHampshire.
- “On issues as fundamental as how to protect Social Security a candidate for president owes it to the American people to tell us where they stand,” Obama told about 100 people at a town hall-style meeting in Iowa.
- “The American people know that this president has dug us into a very, very deep hole,” Biden said.