It's in our country's interests to find those who would do harm to us and get them out of harm's way.
— Prime Time Press Conference, White House, Apr. 28, 2005

If you're a two-working family like a lotta families are here in America, and, uhh — two people working in your family, and the, the spouse dies early -- before 62, for example — all of the money that the spouse has put into the system, uhh, is gum — held there, and then when the other spouse retires, he or she gets to choose the benefits from his or her own work, or the other spouse's benefits, which is ever higher but not both.
—Prime Time Press Conference, White House, Apr. 28, 2005

One of the great sources of energy for the future is liquefied natural gas. There's a lot of gas reserves around the world. Gas is — can only be transported by ship, though, when you liquefy it, when you put it in solid form.
— Prime Time Press Conference, White House, Apr. 28, 2005

But you bet, when we find somebody who might do harm to the American people, we will detain them and ask others from their country of origin to detain them. It makes sense. The American people expect us to do that. We, we — we still at war.
—Prime Time Press Conference, White House, Apr. 28, 2005

Faith-based is an important part of my life, individually, but I don't — I don't ascribe a person's opposing my nominations to an issue of faith.
—Prime Time Press Conference, White House, Apr. 28, 2005

David, I know there's a temptation to try to get me to lay out a timetable, and as you know, during the campaign and — I'll reinnerate it — I don't think it's wise for me to set out a timetable.
— Prime Time Press Conference, White House, Apr. 28, 2005

Polls? You know, if a President tries to govern based upon polls, you're kind of like a dog chasing your tail. I don't think you can make good, sound decisions based upon polls. And I don't think the American people want a President who relies upon polls and focus groups to make decisions for the American people.
— Prime Time Press Conference, White House, Apr. 28, 2005

I look forward to doing something about it with people of both political parties, to permanently solve the Social Security system once and for all, and then we can say we did our duty.
— Galveston, Texas, Apr. 26, 2005

To the American people, "Marine" is shorthand for "can do."
—White House, Apr. 22, 2005

Today I am pleased to announce that I have nominated an outstanding military officer, Admiral Ed — Ammiral Ed Giambasteen — Deh — Giam — Giambastiani.
—White House, Apr. 22, 2005

The thing about the Hispanic community that I know well -- I was taught this by a lot of my friends in Texas -- is that the entrepreneurial spirit is strong in the Latino community.
—White House, Apr. 20, 2005

Our most abundant energy source is coal. We have enough coal to last for 250 years, yet coal also prevents an environmental challenge.
— Washington, D.C., Apr. 20, 2005

INSANA: Mr. President, today is the 10th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing and a lot of people are reflecting on that act of terrorism—
INSANA: —that occurred a decade ago, one that we almost forget in light of what's happened since. Can I get your reflections on that event and what it means still even to the war on terror, even if that's a domestic rather than international issue?
DUBYA: It goes to show that violence can erupt anywhere, any time, and, and as a society we've got to be diligent to those who would try to harm us. It also goes to show that terrorist acts not only come from abroad but can come here at home. The positive news in this instance is the City of Oklahoma came together in strong compassion and decency and care and hope for those who suffered, and our justice system worked.
—Interview with Ron Insana of CNBC, Apr. 19, 2005

But, nevertheless, I think long term, the stock market is, will reflect the long-term strength of America.
Similarly, short term, the stock market will reflect the short-term strength of America, and medium term, the stock market will reflect the medium-term strength of America.
— Interview with Ron Insana of CNBC, Apr. 19, 2005

Look, John Cornyn is a good friend, and we look forward to analyzing and working with legislation that will make — it would hope — put a free press's mind at ease that you're not being denied information you shouldn't see.
—Washington, D.C., Apr. 14, 2005

I think the thing that struck all our delegation most intensely was the final scene of the plain-looking casket — one of three, by the way — lead, wood, and wood — being carried and held up for the seal to be seen, and then the sun pouring out. This will be one of the highlights of my presidency, to have been at this great ceremony.
—Pope John Paul II's funeral, Waco, Texas, Apr. 8, 2005

Woman in audience: I don't really understand. How is it the new Social Security plan is going to fix that problem?
President Bush: Because the — all which is on the table begins to address the big cost drivers. For example, how benefits are calculated, for example, is on the table. Whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price increases. There's a series of parts of the formula that are being considered. And when you couple that, those different cost drivers, affecting those — changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get what has been promised more likely to be — or closer delivered to what has been promised. Does that make any sense to you? It's kind of muddled. Look, there's a series of things that cause the — like, for example, benefits are calculated based upon the increase of wages, as opposed to the increase of prices. Some have suggested that we calculate — the benefits will rise based upon inflation, as opposed to wage increases. There is a reform that would help solve the red if that were put into effect. In other words, how fast benefits grow, how fast the promised benefits grow, if those — if that growth is affected, it will help on the red.
—Tampa, Florida, February 4, 2005

Sometimes, words have consequences you don't intend them to mean. "Bring 'em on" is the classic example, when I was really trying to rally the troops and make it clear to them that I fully understood, you know, what a great job they were doing. And those words had an unintended consequence. It kind of, some interpreted it to be defiance in the face of danger. That certainly wasn't the case.—Washington, D.C., Jan. 14, 2005 [Original quote: There are some who feel like that, uhh — if they — attack us, that we may decide to leave prematurely. They don't understand what they're talkin' about, if that's the case. Let me finish. Umm, there are some who, uhh — feel like — that, you know, the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is "bring 'em on." —Washington, D.C., Jul. 2, 2003]

You know, polls change, Dave. Polls go up. Polls go down. I can understand why people — they're looking on your TV screen and seeing indiscriminate bombing where thousands of innocent, or hundreds of innocent Iraqis are getting killed, and they're saying whether or not we're able to achieve the objective.
— Washington, D.C., Dec. 20, 2004

And we will continue to make it clear to both Syria and Iran that — as will other nations in our coalition, including our friend, the Italians, that meddling in the internal affairs of Iraq is not in their interest.
— White House, Dec. 15, 2004

As election day approaches, we can expect further violence from the terrorists. You see, the terrorists understand what is at stake. They know they have no future in a free Iraq, because free people never choose their own enslavement.
—Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 7, 2004

In the war on terror, you have fought enemies' freedom — freedom's enemies from the caves and mountains of Afghanistan to the deserts and cities of Iraq.
—Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 7, 2004

And the reason why I'm so strong on democracy is democracies don't go to war with each other.
—White House, Nov. 12, 2004

It's such a comforting sense for me to be able to tell a loved one, your person hurt, your loved one will get the best care possible.
—Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., Nov. 9, 2004

And so Prime Minister Allawi and his government, which fully understands that, are working with our generals on the ground to do just that. We will work closely with the government. It's their government, it's their country. We're there at their invitation.
—Washington, D.C., Nov. 4, 2004

Bush before the election: "I trust the people."
Bush after the election: "People can't be trusted."

I want to remind the American people, if Senator Kerry had his way, we would still be taking our global test. Saddam Hussein would still be in power. He would control all those weapons and explosives [our quotes] and could have shared them with our terrorist enemies.
— Vienna, Ohio, Oct. 27, 2004

And our strategy is clear. We're going to help the Iraqis. We're going to train Iraqis so they can do the hard work necessary for a free society to emerge. It's their country. We just want to stand with them as democracy comes to that piece of the world. And so we're training the troops. We'll have 125,000 police, Afghan National Army and army trained up by the end of December. It's an essential part of our strategy. We got $7 billion allocated for reconstruction efforts. We're working with a grand coalition. Some 30 nations are involved there in Iraq.
—St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 9, 2004

The first part of the question was, how come we haven't found Zarqawi. We're looking for him. He hides. He is — he is — he's got a effective weapon, and that is terror.
—Washington, D.C., Sep. 23, 2004

I'm not the expert on how the Iraqi people think, because I live in America, where it's nice and safe and secure.
—Washington, D.C., Sep. 23, 2004

It breaks my heart to see the loss of innocent life and to see brave troops in combat lose their life. It just breaks my heart. But I understand what's going on. These people are trying to shake the will of the Iraqi citizens, and they want us to leave. That's what they want us to do. And I think the world would be better off if we did leave. If we didn't — if we left, the world would be worse.
—Derry, New Hampshire, Sep. 20, 2004

Remember Abu Nidal? He killed Leon Klinghoffer. Abu Nidal and his organization was in Iraq. Zarqawi, he's still lingering around. He had an organization. He's got ties to al Qaeda. He's the guy who beheads people to shake our conscience. He was in and out of Baghdad. Saddam Hussein paid the families of suiciders.
—Muskegon, Michigan, Sep. 13, 2004

We will make sure our troops have all that is necessary to complete their missions. That's why I went to the Congress last September and proposed fundamental — supplemental funding, which is money for armor and body parts and ammunition and fuel.
—Erie, Pennsylvania, Sep. 4, 2004

QUESTION: Can we win [the war on terrorism]?
DUBYA: I don't think you can win it. But I think you can create conditions so that the — those who use terror as a tool are — less acceptable in parts of the world.
—NBC's "Today Show", Aug. 30, 2004

Freedom in the heart of the Middle East is going to serve a powerful example for Palestinians who are wondering whether or not there's a — a free state can emerge. And that's important. That's important, especially for our ally and friend, Israel, that there be a peaceful state grow up.
—Lima, Ohio, Aug. 28, 2004

Once you figure out the nature of the enemy, and know that they hide in caves and dark resorts of the city, it requires a universal effort to find them.
—Lima, Ohio, Aug. 28, 2004

We actually misnamed the war on terror, it ought to be the 'struggle against ideological extremists who do not believe in free societies who happen to use terror as a weapon to try to shake the conscience of the free world.'
I'm impressed with the number of words, but no, I think we should stick with "War on Terror." It's easier to remember. —Washington, D.C., Aug. 6, 2004

Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.
—Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

Americans are serving and sacrificing to keep this country safe and to bring freedom to others. After the attacks of September the 11th, 2001, this nation resolved to fight terrorists where they dwell. We resolved to arm the terrorist enemy.
—Charleston, West Virginia, Jul. 4, 2004

REPORTER: So when you say that you want the U.S. to adhere to international and U.S. laws, that's not very comforting. This is a moral question. Is terr — torture ever justified?
DUBYA: Look, I'm gonna say it one more time. I can — if I can — maybe — maybe I can be more clear. The instructions went out to our people to adhere to law. That oughtta comfort you. We — we're a nation of law. We adhere to laws. We have laws on the books. You might look at those laws. And that might provide comfort for you. And those were the instructions out of — from me to the government.
—Savannah, Georgia, Jun. 10, 2004

REPORTER: Thank you, Mr. President. You do have now the personal gun of Saddam Hussein. Are you willing to give it to President al-Yawar as a symbolic gift, or are you keeping it?
DUBYA: What she's referring to is a — members of a Delta team came to see me in the Oval Office and brought with me — these were the people that found Saddam Hussein, the dictator of Iraq, hiding in a hole. And, by the way, let me remind everybody about Saddam Hussein, just in case we all forget. There were mass graves under his leadership. There were torture chambers. Saddam Hussein — if you — we had seven people come to my office. Perhaps the foreign press didn't see this story. Seven people came to my -- they had their hands cut off because the Iraqi currency had devalued. And Saddam Hussein needed somebody to blame, so he blamed small merchants. And their hands were chopped off, their right hand.
—Savannah, Georgia, Jun. 10, 2004

And there are a lot of nations working in Afghanistan and in Iraq to not only deal with terror — the immediate effects of terror — and that is, finding people before they hurt somebody again — but also to spread freedom. Free societies are peaceful societies, free societies are hopeful societies. And there's a lot of nations working to get her to do so.
—Interview with Paris Match Magazine, Rome, Italy, Jun. 4, 2004

Given the recent increase in violence, we'll maintain our troop level at the current 138,000 as long as necessary. This has required extended duty for the 1st Armored Division and the 2nd Light Calvary Regiment.
—United States Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, May 24, 2004

And I call upon the Iraqi people to reject violence, band together to insist that the country move toward a peaceful tomorrow. Iraq is changing for the better. I mean, look at the soccer team.
—Washington, D.C., May 20, 2004

We're encouraged to see more Iraqs take responsibility for resolving the standoff in Najaf.
—Washington, D.C., May 10, 2004

Soldiers from the 2nd Light Calvary Regiment are conducting reconnaissance to learn the precise strength and location of enemy forces.
—Washington, D.C., May 10, 2004

Mr. Secretary, thank you for your hospitality, and thank you for your leadership. You are courageously leading our nation in the war against terror. You're doing a superb job. You are a strong Secretary of Defense, and our nation owes you a debt of gratitude.
—Washington, D.C., May 10, 2004

Freedom will prevail, so long as the United States and allies don't give the people of Iraq mixed signals, so long as we don't cower in the face of suiciders, or do what many Iraqis still suspect might happen, and that is cut and run early, like what happened in '91.
—Washington Times, May 10, 2004

Iraqis are sick of foreign people coming in their country and trying to destabilize their country.
—Washington, D.C., May 5, 2004

And so the people in the Middle East must understand that this [the abuse of Iraqi prisoners] was horrible.
—Washington, D.C., May 5, 2004

I saw a threat in Afghanistan. I looked at the intelligence and saw a threat. The Congress looked at the intelligence. Members of both political parties looked at that same intelligence and saw and threat. The United Nations Security Council looked at the intelligence and it saw a threat. The United Nations Security Council, like me, remembered -- we saw more than a threat, we remembered that Saddam Hussein had used weapons of mass destruction against his own people and against his neighborhood, that Saddam Hussein professed hatred for America, that he had terrorist ties, that he paid suiciders to kill innocent citizens in the Middle East. We remembered all that.
— Lebanon, Ohio, May 4, 2004

This is the war that other Presidents will be facing as we head into the 21st century.
—Prime Time Press Conference, White House, Apr. 13, 2004

Obviously, every day I pray there is less casualty, but I know what we are doing in Iraq is right.
—Fort Hood, Texas, Apr. 11, 2004

I looked at the intelligence and saw a threat in Iraq. The United States Congress looked at the same intelligence, and they saw a threat. The United Nations Security Council looked at the intelligence, and it saw a threat. In fall of 2002, I went back to the United Nations, I said, look, why don't we deal with this threat together? We all see a threat, so why don't we get Saddam Hussein to do what the world has been demanding to do for over a decade, which is to reveal the weapons programs and get rid of him, for the sake of the security of the world. Your choice, Mr. Saddam. He said, no, I'm not interested. You see, given that choice whether to trust the word of a madman, a man who had used chemical weapons on his own people, or to defend our country, I will choose to defend America every time.
—Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mar. 26, 2004

Laura reminded me, in July of 2002, on the television screens came to the notation, "America is Marching to War."
—Louisville, Kentucky, Feb. 26, 2004

Marching for war doesn't instill a lot of confidence in the future.
—Washington, D.C., Feb. 19, 2004

More Muslims have died at the hands of killers than — I say more Muslims — a lot of Muslims have died — I don't know the exact count — at Istanbul. Look at these different places around the world where there's been tremendous death and destruction because killers kill.
—Washington, D.C., Feb. 18, 2004

I'm dealing with a world in which we have gotten struck by terrorists with airplanes, and we get intelligence saying that there is, you know, we want to harm America.
—NBC's "Meet the Press", Feb. 8, 2004

What we don't know yet is what we thought and what the Iraqi Survey Group has found, and we want to look at that.
—Washington, D.C., Feb. 2, 2004

We're on an international manhunt for those who would do harm to America, or for anybody else who loves freedom.
—Roswell, New Mexico, Feb. 2, 2004

"Security is the essential roadblock to achieving the road map to peace."
—Washington, D.C., July 25, 2003

"You've also got to measure in order to begin to effect change that's just more— when there's more than talk, there's just actual— a paradigm shift."
—Washington, D.C., July 1, 2003

"I'm the master of low expectations."
—Aboard Air Force One, June 4, 2003

"First, let me make it very clear, poor people aren't necessarily killers. Just because you happen to be not rich doesn't mean you're willing to kill."
—Washington, D.C., May 19, 2003

"I think war is a dangerous place."
—Washington, D.C., May 7, 2003

"I don't bring God into my life to— to, you know, kind of be a political person."
—Interview with Tom Brokaw aboard Air Force One, April 24, 2003

"You're free. And freedom is beautiful. And, you know, it'll take time to restore chaos and order— order out of chaos. But we will."
—Washington, D.C., April 13, 2003

"I think the American people— I hope the American— I don't think, let me— I hope the American people trust me."
—Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2002

"There's only one person who hugs the mothers and the widows, the wives and the kids upon the death of their loved one. Others hug but having committed the troops, I've got an additional responsibility to hug and that's me and I know what it's like."
—Washington, D.C., Dec. 11, 2002

We need an energy bill that encourages consumption."
—Trenton, N.J., Sept. 23, 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

"There may be some tough times here in America. But this country has gone through tough times before, and we're going to do it again."
—Waco, Texas, Aug. 13, 2002

"And so, in my State of the— my State of the Union— or state— my speech to the nation, whatever you want to call it, speech to the nation— I asked Americans to give 4,000 years— 4,000 hours over the next— the rest of your life— of service to America. That's what I asked— 4,000 hours."
—Bridgeport, Conn., April 9, 2002

"Do you have blacks, too?"
—To Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso, Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2001

''I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe— I believe what I believe is right."
—Rome, July 22, 2001

"We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease."
— Gothenburg, Sweden, June 14, 2001

"Our nation must come together to unite."
—Tampa, Fla., June 4, 2001

"If a person doesn't have the capacity that we all want that person to have, I suspect hope is in the far distant future, if at all."
—Remarks to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute, Washington, D.C., May 22, 2001

"I want it to be said that the Bush administration was a results-oriented administration, because I believe the results of focusing our attention and energy on teaching children to read and having an education system that's responsive to the child and to the parents, as opposed to mired in a system that refuses to change, will make America what we want it to be— a literate country and a hopefuller country."
—Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2001

"I would have to ask the questioner. I haven't had a chance to ask the questioners the question they've been questioning. On the other hand, I firmly believe she'll be a fine secretary of labor. And I've got confidence in Linda Chavez. She is a— she'll bring an interesting perspective to the Labor Department."
—Austin, Texas, Jan. 8, 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 

"I mean, these good folks are revolutionizing how businesses conduct their business. And, like them, I am very optimistic about our position in the world and about its influence on the United States. We're concerned about the short-term economic news, but long-term I'm optimistic. And so, I hope investors, you know— secondly, I hope investors hold investments for periods of time — that I've always found the best investments are those that you salt away based on economics."
—Austin, Texas, Jan. 4, 2001 

"The person who runs FEMA is someone who must have the trust of the president. Because the person who runs FEMA is the first voice, oftentimes, of someone whose life has been turned upside down hears from."
—Austin, Texas, Jan. 4, 2001

"She is a member of a labor union at one point."
—Announcing his nomination of Linda Chavez as secretary of labor; Austin, Texas, Jan. 2, 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 great thing about America is everybody should vote."
—Austin, Texas, Dec. 8, 2000

"Dick Cheney and I do not want this nation to be in a recession. We want anybody who can find work to be able to find work."
60 Minutes II, Dec. 5, 2000

"I knew it might put him in an awkward position that we had a discussion before finality has finally happened in this presidential race."
—Describing a phone call to Sen. John Breaux in Crawford, Texas, Dec. 2, 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 misunderestimated me."
—Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000

"They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program."
—St. Charles, Mo., Nov. 2, 2000

"States should have the right to enact reasonable laws and restrictions particularly to end the inhumane practice of ending a life that otherwise could live."
—Cleveland, June 29, 2000

"Unfairly but truthfully, our party has been tagged as being against things. Anti-immigrant, for example. And we're not a party of anti-immigrants. Quite the opposite. We're a party that welcomes people."
—campaigning in Cleveland, July 1, 2000

"The fundamental question is, 'Will I be a successful president when it comes to foreign policy?' I will be, but until I'm the president, it's going to be hard for me to verify that I think I'll be more effective."
—In Wayne, Mich., as quoted in The New York Times, June 28, 2000

"The only things that I can tell you is that every case I have reviewed I have been comfortable with the innocence or guilt of the person that I've looked at. I do not believe we've put a guilty... I mean innocent person to death in the state of Texas."
All Things Considered, NPR, June 16, 2000

"I'm gonna talk about the ideal world, Chris. I've read— I understand reality. If you're asking me as the president, would I understand reality, I do."
—On abortion, Hardball, MSNBC, May 31, 2000

"There's not going to be enough people in the system to take advantage of people like me."
—On the coming Social Security crisis. Wilton, Conn., June 9, 2000

BUSH: "First of all, Cinco de Mayo is not the independence day. That's dieciseis de Septiembre, and ..." MATTHEWS: "What's that in English?" BUSH: "Fifteenth of September." (Dieciseis de Septiembre = Sept. 16)
Hardball, MSNBC, May 31, 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."
Hardball, MSNBC, May 31, 2000

"This is a world that is much more uncertain than the past. In the past we were certain, we were certain it was us versus the Russians in the past. We were certain, and therefore we had huge nucular arsenals aimed at each other to keep the peace. That's what we were certain of... You see, even though it's an uncertain world, we're certain of some things. We're certain that even though the 'evil empire' may have passed, evil still remains. We're certain there are people that can't stand what America stands for... We're certain there are madmen in this world, and there's terror, and there's missiles and I'm certain of this, too: I'm certain to maintain the peace, we better have a military of high morale, and I'm certain that under this administration, morale in the military is dangerously low."
—Albuquerque, N.M., the Washington Post, May 31, 2000

"He has certainly earned a reputation as a fantastic mayor, because the results speak for themselves. I mean, New York's a safer place for him to be."
—On Rudy Giuliani, The Edge With Paula Zahn, May 18, 2000

"The fact that he relies on facts... says things that are not factual... are going to undermine his campaign."
The New York Times, March 4, 2000

"It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it."
—Reuters, May 5, 2000

GOV. BUSH: "Because the picture on the newspaper. It just seems so un-American to me, the picture of the guy storming the house with a scared little boy there. I talked to my little brother, Jeb... I haven't told this to many people. But he's the governor of... I shouldn't call him my little brother... my brother, Jeb, the great governor of Texas." JIM LEHRER: "Florida." GOV. BUSH: "Florida. The state of the Florida."
The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer, April 27, 2000

"I was raised in the West. The west of Texas. It's pretty close to California. In more ways than Washington, D.C., is close to California."
—In Los Angeles as quoted by the Los Angeles Times, April 8, 2000

"Other Republican candidates may retort to personal attacks and negative ads."
—from a fund-raising letter from Bush, quoted in the Washington Post, March 24, 2000

"People make suggestions on what to say all the time. I'll give you an example; I don't read what's handed to me. People say, 'Here, here's your speech, or here's an idea for a speech.' They're changed. Trust me."
—Interview with The New York Times, March 15, 2000

"It's evolutionary, going from governor to president, and this is a significant step, to be able to vote for yourself on the ballot, and I'll be able to do so next fall, I hope."
—Interview with the Associated Press, March 8, 2000

"It is not Reaganesque to support a tax plan that is Clinton in nature."
—Los Angeles, Feb. 23, 2000

"I understand small business growth. I was one."
New York Daily News, Feb. 19, 2000

"The senator has got to understand if he's going to have... he can't have it both ways. He can't take the high horse and then claim the low road."
—To reporters in Florence, S.C., Feb. 17, 2000

"I thought how proud I am to be standing up beside my Dad. Never did it occur to me that he would become the gist for cartoonists."
—To reporters in Florence, S.C., Feb. 17, 2000

"If you're sick and tired of the politics of cynicism and polls and principles, come and join this campaign."
—Hilton Head, S.C., Feb. 16, 2000

"How do you know if you don't measure if you have a system that simply suckles kids through?"
—Explaining the need for educational accountability in Beaufort, S.C., Feb. 16, 2000

"We ought to make the pie higher."
—South Carolina Republican Debate, Feb. 15, 2000

"I've changed my style somewhat, as you know. I'm less... I pontificate less, although it may be hard to tell it from this show. And I'm more interacting with people."
—South Carolina Republican Debate, Feb. 15, 2000

"I think we need not only to eliminate the tollbooth to the middle class, I think we should knock down the tollbooth."
—Nashua, N.H., as quoted in The New York Times, Feb. 1, 2000

"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

"Will the highways on the Internet become more few?"
—Concord, N.H., Jan. 29, 2000

"This is Preservation Month. I appreciate preservation. It's what you do when you run for president. You gotta preserve."
—Speaking during "PERSEVERENCE Month" at Fairgrounds Elementary School in Nashua, N.H. As quoted in the Los Angeles Times, Jan. 28, 2000

"I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family."
—Greater Nashua, N.H., Chamber of Commerce, Jan. 27, 2000

"What I am against is quotas. I am against hard quotas, quotas they basically delineate based upon whatever. However they delineate, quotas, I think vulcanize society. So I don't know how that fits into what everybody else is saying, their relative positions, but that's my position."
The San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 21, 2000

"When I was coming up, it was a dangerous world, and you knew exactly who they were. It was us vs. them, and it was clear who them was. Today, we are not so sure who the they are, but we know they're there."
—Iowa Western Community College, Jan 21, 2000

"The administration I'll bring is a group of men and women who are focused on what's best for America, honest men and women, decent men and women, women who will see service to our country as a great privilege and who will not stain the house."
Des Moines Register debate, Iowa, Jan. 15, 2000

"This is still a dangerous world. It's a world of madmen and uncertainty and potential mental losses."
—At a South Carolina oyster roast, as quoted in the Financial Times, Jan. 14, 2000

"We must all hear the universal call to like your neighbor just like you like to be liked yourself."
—South Carolina oyster roast, Jan. 14, 2000

"Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?"
—Florence, South Carolina, Jan. 11, 2000

"Gov. Bush will not stand for the subsidation of failure."
—Florence, South Carolina, Jan. 11, 2000

"There needs to be debates, like we're going through. There needs to be town hall meetings. There needs to be travel. This is a huge country."
Larry King Live, Dec. 16, 1999

"I think it's important for those of us in a position of responsibility to be firm in sharing our experiences, to understand that the babies out of wedlock is a very difficult chore for mom and baby alike... I believe we ought to say there is a different alternative than the culture that is proposed by people like Miss Wolf in society... and, you know, hopefully, condoms will work, but it hasn't worked."
Meet the Press, Nov. 21, 1999

"The important question is, How many hands have I shaked?"
—Answering a question about why he hasn't spent more time in New Hampshire, in The New York Times, Oct. 23, 1999

"I don't remember debates. I don't think we spent a lot of time debating it. Maybe we did, but I don't remember."
—On discussions of the Vietnam War when he was an undergraduate at Yale, Washington Post, July 27, 1999

"It was just inebriating what Midland was all about then."
—From a 1994 interview, as quoted in First Son by Bill Minutaglio

"I think anybody who doesn't think I'm smart enough to handle the job is underestimating."
U.S. News & World Report, April 3, 2000

"Tribal sovereignty means that, it's sovereign. You're a—you've been given sovereignty, and you're viewed as a sovereign entity. And, therefore, the relationship between the federal government and tribes is one between sovereign entities."

"Secondly, the tactics of our—as you know, we don't have relationships with Iran. I mean, that's—ever since the late '70s, we have no contacts with them, and we've totally sanctioned them. In other words, there's no sanctions—you can't—we're out of sanctions."