10 Quotes Of Note From The Debate

The 10 most notable quotes of note from the debate, in order…

10) George Bush: “You know, he talks to the workers. Let me talk to the workers. You’ve got more money in your pocket as a result of the tax relief we passed and he opposed. If you have a child, you got a $1,000 child credit. That’s money in your pocket. If you’re married, we reduced the marriage penalty. The code ought to encourage marriage, not discourage marriage. We created a 10 percent bracket to help lower-income Americans. A family of four making $40,000 received about $1,700 in tax relief. It’s your money. The way my opponent talks, he said, “We’re going to spend the government’s money.” No, we’re spending your money. And when you have more money in your pocket, you’re able to better afford things you want. I believe the role of government is to stand side by side with our citizens to help them realize their dreams, not tell citizens how to live their lives.”

9) George Bush: “I think it’s important, since he talked about the Medicare plan, has he been in the United States Senate for 20 years? He has no record on reforming of health care. No record at all. He introduced some 300 bills and he’s passed five. No record of leadership.”

8) George Bush: I want to remind people listening tonight that a plan is not a litany of complaints, and a plan is not to lay out programs that you can’t pay for.

7) George Bush: “You know, there’s a mainstream in American politics and you sit right on the far left bank. As a matter of fact, your record is such that Ted Kennedy, your colleague, is the conservative senator from Massachusetts.”

6) You could almost imagine David Lee Roth singing “Just A Gigolo” in the background when Kerry answered this one. So were people laughing with Kerry on this one or at him?

Bob Schieffer: We’ve come, gentlemen, to our last question. And it occurred to me as I came to this debate tonight that the three of us share something. All three of us are surrounded by very strong women. We’re all married to strong women. Each of us have two daughters that make us very proud.

John Kerry: “Well, I guess the president and you and I are three examples of lucky people who married up. (LAUGHTER). And some would say maybe me moreso than others. (LAUGHTER). But I can take it. (LAUGHTER)”

5) George Bush: “My opponent keeps mentioning John McCain, and I’m glad he did. John McCain is for me for president because he understands I have the right view in winning the war on terror and that my plan will succeed in Iraq. And my opponent has got a plan of retreat and defeat in Iraq.”

4) George Bush: “(O)nly a liberal senator from Massachusetts would say that a 49 percent increase in funding for education was not enough.”

3) Bob Schieffer: We’ve come, gentlemen, to our last question. And it occurred to me as I came to this debate tonight that the three of us share something. All three of us are surrounded by very strong women. We’re all married to strong women. Each of us have two daughters that make us very proud. I’d like to ask each of you, what is the most important thing you’ve learned from these strong women?

George Bush: To listen to them. (LAUGHTER) To stand up straight and not scowl. (LAUGHTER)

2) This one is worth noting because it’s the second time Kerry and Edwards went out of their way to make Dick Cheney’s daughter’s sexual orientation a campaign issue. What a cheap tactic.

John Kerry: “We’re all God’s children, Bob. And I think if you were to talk to Dick Cheney’s daughter, who is a lesbian, she would tell you that she’s being who she was, she’s being who she was born as.”

1) John Kerry: “Well, two leading national news networks have both said the president’s characterization of my health-care plan is incorrect. One called it fiction. The other called it untrue….”

Bob Schieffer: Mr. President?

George Bush: In all due respect, I’m not so sure it’s credible to quote leading news organizations about — oh, never mind.

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