Saturday, August 30, 2008

DNC Day 5 - Some Quotes from the Week

"When I first sat in the Armed Services Committee, my first meeting. They said now, the question you ask, I was on the lower tier, the first row, now I'm on the second row. They said the question should be kind of generic and not too specific. So I had this question written out.Then I heard the rest of them, "my base" and "my state." I says, "Hey!" So when it came down to me, I said, "I want a carrier sent to Guam."
Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo in an interview on the Convention Floor, Wednesday

"John McCain may pay hundred of dollars for his shoes, but we're the ones who will pay for his flip-flops."
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson during his speech on Thursday.

"We can't simply drill our way to energy independence if you drilled everywhere, if you drilled in all of John McCain's backyards, even the ones he doesn't know he has."
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer from his speech on energy independence.

"For every American who is trying to do the right thing, for all those people in government who are honoring the pledge to uphold the law and honor the Constitution, no longer will you hear the eight most dreaded words in the English language: The Vice President's Office is on the phone."
Delaware Senator Joe Biden from his acceptance speech.

"The last election was deicded by a fraction of a percentage. We are that percentage."
California Congressman Mike Honda at the "APA Power Hour"

"We need to organize and make the difference. In the 6th district of Illinois, Asian American Pacific Islanders and Latinos make up 8 percent of the vote. I lost by 1.2 % of the vote. Think if we were able to get more people registered to vote, if we were able to get more people turned out to the polls."
Tammy Duckworth, at the Asian American Pacific Islander Caucus Meeting

"Brothers don't fight with brothers in public. When you do that's when they can tear you apart."
California Congressman Mike Honda at the "APA Power Hour" on the need for Democrats to unite behind Barack Obama.

"[Ashwin Madia] He needs our help...I have good news and bad news...The bad news is that he needs a million dollars. The good news is that he already has it. Its in each of your pockets.
California Congressman Mike Honda at the "APA Power Hour"

"We have staff in Alaska, and I am not kidding you."
Betsy Kim, Obama Campaign surrogate at the "APA Power Hour" (this was before Sarah Palin was chosen as McCain's VP)
"Women voting for John McCain are like chickens voting for Colonel Sanders."
"Insurance companies cover Viagra, but not birth control."
"We need a candidate that will not legislate a woman's body."
Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood president and daughter of former Texas Governor Ann Richards

Voting gets you a "D." Donating money gets you a "C." Working or volunteering for a campaign gets you a "B." And running for office gets you an "A."
Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean at the Tailgate '08 meeting for bloggers at the DNC.

[Robert Underwood] had a bill that he introduced saying "Don't Forget About the Territories Whenever You're Doing Anything," was some name like that. Alot of it is reminding them that the territories exist. But also to tell them about the unique challenges that we have, so legislation isn't just automatically applied to us if it can be hurtful, or that it be automatically applied to us if it can be helpful."
Virgin Islands Congresswomen Donna Christensen on Federal ignorance of the territories.

"This is our election to win or to lose. Americans want change, Barack Obama and Joe Biden are change. But we need to allow Americans to voice and speak their minds. And the way to do that is to vote. We need you. This is a group of people who have worked hard, understand the process, you've got yourself elected, spent money, showed up in Denver. We're going to have a great four days. Then we get home, we all need to take a thiry minute nap, and they we're gonna head right out to vote."
Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean at the Asian American Pacific Islander Caucus Meeting

"People the world around have always been impressed by the power of our example, not the example of our power."
Former President Bill Clinton during his speech.

When I first came into the [Foreign Affairs] Committee, no one wanted to be on the Asia-Pacific subcommittee, it was the pits! Everyone wanted to be on the Middle East and Europe subcommittees. I'm serious. Its only been in the last three or four years, that our whole economic, social, and strategic interests as being tied to the Asia-Pacific.
American Samoa Congressman Eni Faleomavaega, on the strategic importance of Guam, from the floor of the Convention Wednesday

"Ask her if she wants to make a statement to the hostages in Columbia."
A South American TV journalist, speaking from the floor of Invesco field to people in the crowd sitting next to actress Susan Sarandon.

"Look! Jimmy Carter!"
A random person, pointing at former Democratic Candidate for President George McGovern

"Say it. Speak the truth. Ask'em to sacrifice. Ask'em!"
A New York delegate cheering on Senator Obama during his acceptance speech.

"I know you, you're from Guam!"
Former President Bill Clinton to Guam Congressman Madeleine Bordallo, just minutes before he spoke on Wednesday. After saying this he leaned over and gave her a hug and a kiss.

"I love Guam!"
Former Democratic Party Chairman Terry Mcauliffe to the Guam delegation.
"Guam? Isn't that part of Hawai'i?"
Statement made to Guam delegates, multiple times over the week.

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