"I don’t need Michael Moore to tell me about September 11."
"It's about time law enforcement got as organized as organized crime."
"I don’t like taxes. I don’t know how to make that any clearer. I don’t like taxes."
"God bless all those who are currently at risk and in harm’s way defending our freedom."
"When it catches hold there is nothing more powerful than freedom. Give it some hope and it will overwhelm dictators and even defeat terrorists."
"Terrorism didn’t start on Sept. 11, 2001. It started a long time ago and it had been festering for many years. And the world had created a response to it that allowed it to succeed."
"There are many qualities that make a great leader. But having strong beliefs, being able to stick with them through popular and unpopular times, is the most important characteristic of a great leader."
"For the first 18 years of my life, I had two vocations in mind--medicine or the priesthood. Both satisfied a feeling that had been growing in my whole life: that to be happy and fulfilled, I had to help others."
"So, our opponents want to reframe the debate. They would have you believe that this election is about ‘change versus more of the same.' But that's really a false choice. Because "change" is not a destination ... just as "hope" is not a strategy."
"I was at ground zero as often, if not more, than most of the workers. I was there working with them. I was there guiding things. I was there bringing people there. But I was exposed to exactly the same things they were exposed to. So in that sense, I'm one of them."
"The war on terrorism will not be won in a single battle. There’ll be no dramatic surrender. There’ll be no crumbling of a massive wall. But we’ll know it. We’ll know it as accountable governments continue to develop in countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan and Iraq. We’ll know it as terrorist attacks throughout the world decrease and then end and we save lives."
"And since Sept. 11 President Bush has remained rock solid. It doesn’t matter to him how he is demonized. It doesn’t matter what the media does to ridicule him or misinterpret him or defeat him. They ridiculed Winston Churchill. They belittled Ronald Reagan. But like President Bush, they were optimists; leaders need to be optimists. Their vision is beyond the present and it’s set on a future of real peace and security. Some — some — call it stubbornness. I call it principled leadership. President Bush — President Bush —has the courage of his convictions."
"Now, when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990, John Kerry voted against the Persian Gulf War. But he must have heard you booing because, because, because later he said he actually supported the war. Then in 2002, as he was calculating his run for the presidency, he voted for the war in Iraq. And then just nine months later, he voted against an $87 billion supplemental budget to fund the war and support our troops. He even, at one point, declared himself as an antiwar candidate. And now, he says he’s a pro-war candidate."
"Saddam, who supported global terrorism, slaughtered hundreds of thousands of his own people, permitted horrific atrocities against women, and used weapons of mass destruction, was himself a weapon of mass destruction. But the reasons for removing Saddam were based on issues even broader than just the presence of weapons of mass destruction. To liberate people, give them a chance for accountable, decent government & rid the world of a pillar of support for global terrorism is something for which all thos involved from Bush to the brave men and women of our armed forces should be proud."
Compiled by Thomas George