In other words, I don't think people ought to be
compelled to make the
decision which they think is best for their
family."- Washington, D.C., Dec. 11, 2002
I need to be able to move the right people to the right place at the right time to protect you, and I'm not going to accept a lousy bill out of the United Nations Senate."-South Bend, Ind., Oct. 31, 2002
"John Thune has got a common-sense vision for good forest policy. I look forward to working with him in the United Nations Senate to preserve these national heritages."
There's no doubt in my mind that we should allow the world worst leaders to hold America hostage, to threaten our peace, to threaten our friends and allies with the world's worst weapons."-South Bend, Ind., Sept. 5, 2002
"You see, the Senate wants to take away some of the powers of the administrative branch."- Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2002
There's an old saying in Tennessee-I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee-that says, fool me once, shame on-shame on you. Fool me-you can't get fooled again."-Nashville, Tenn., - Sept. 17, 2002
We need an energy bill that encourages consumption."-Trenton, N.J., Sept. 23, 2002
I promise you I will listen to what has been said here, even though I wasn't here."
"Do you have blacks, too?"-To Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso, Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2001
"I understand that the unrest in the Middle East creates unrest throughout the region."-Washington, D.C., March 13, 2002 "My administration has been calling upon all the leaders in the-in the Middle East to do everything they can to stop the violence, to tell the different parties involved that peace will never happen."-Crawford, Texas, Aug, 13, 2001
Russia is no longer our enemy and therefore we shouldn't be locked into a Cold War mentality that says we keep the peace by blowing each other up. In my attitude, that's old, that's tired, that's stale."-Des Moines, Iowa, June 8, 2001
"But I also made it clear to [Vladimir Putin] that it's important to think beyond the old days of when we had the concept that if we blew each other up, the world would be safe."-Washington, D.C., May 1, 2001
First, we would not accept a treaty that would not have been ratified, nor a treaty that I thought made sense for the country."- On the Kyoto accord in an interview with the Washington Post, April 24, 2001
"But the true threats to stability and peace are these nations that are not very transparent, that hide behind the-that don't let people in to take a look and see what they're up to. They're very kind of authoritarian regimes. The true threat is whether or not one of these people decide, peak of anger, try to hold us hostage, ourselves; the Israelis, for example, to whom we'll defend, offer our defenses; the South Koreans."- Media roundtable, Washington, D.C., March 13, 2001
I'm also honored to be here with the speaker of the House-just happens to be from the state of Illinois. I'd like to describe the speaker as a trustworthy man. He's the kind of fellow who says when he gives you his word he means it. Sometimes that doesn't happen all the time in the political process."-Chicago, March 6, 2001
I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors as well."-Washington, D.C., Jan. 29, 2001
"My pro-life position is I believe there's life. It's not necessarily based in religion. I think there's a life there, therefore the notion of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness."-Quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 23, 2001
If he's-the inference is that somehow he thinks slavery is a-is a noble institution I would-I would strongly reject that assumption-that John Ashcroft is a open-minded, inclusive person."-NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw, Jan. 14, 2001
"I do remain confident in Linda. She'll make a fine labor secretary. From what I've read in the press accounts, she's perfectly qualified."-Austin, Texas, Jan. 8, 2001
"Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods."-Austin, Texas, Dec. 20, 2000
I am mindful of the difference between the executive branch and the legislative branch. I assured all four of these leaders that I know the difference, and that difference is they pass the laws and I execute them."-Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2000
The legislature's job is to write law. It's the executive branch's job to interpret law."-Austin, Texas, Nov. 22, 2000
They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program."-St. Charles, Mo., Nov. 2, 2000
Anyway, after we go out and work our hearts out, after you go out and help us turn out the vote, after we've convinced the good Americans to vote, and while they're at it, pull that old George W. lever, if I'm the one, when I put my hand on the Bible, when I put my hand on the Bible, that day when they swear us in, when I put my hand on the Bible, I will swear to not-to uphold the laws of the land."-Toledo, Ohio, Oct. 27, 2000
If I'm the president, we're going to have emergency-room care, we're going to have gag orders."
The best way to relieve families from time is to let them keep some of their own money."-Westminster, Calif., Sept. 13, 2000
"We don't believe in planners and deciders making the decisions on behalf of Americans."-Scranton, Pa., Sept. 6, 2000
Actually, I-this may sound a little West Texan to you, but I like it. When I'm talking about-when I'm talking about myself, and when he's talking about myself, all of us are talking about me."-Ibid.
The most important job is not to be governor, or first lady in my case."-Pella, Iowa, as quoted by the San Antonio Express-News, Jan 30, 2000
"The great thing about America is everybody should vote."-Austin, Texas, Dec. 8, 2000