"It’s a form of welfare, having the taxpayers take care of somebody, and I’m an ordinary citizen. I should pay for my own protection."
Ron Paul • Speaking on Jay Leno about his lack of need for Secret Service protection. But the thing is, presidents and presidential candidates have been killed before on the campaign trail. This is not an unrealistic concern. Not sure if we agree with Paul on this one. (via shortformblog)
If elected president, I wonder if Paul would attempt to remove the Secret Service’s role as protector for sitting and former presidents and vice presidents, their families and visiting dignitaries.
"I’m here in 1983, and I’m part of a truth squad… for the convention. And we’re having a great time. It’s a great city, as you know, there’s a reason it’s one of the great tourist cities in the country. We’re down at Union Square, and CBS is interviewing me… literally, at that moment, a six-foot-two transvestite comes up to me and hands me an invitation to an exorcism of Jerry Falwell."
— Newt Gingrich • Explaining, when pressed by San Francisco Chronicle reporters Joe Garofoli and Carla Marinucci, what precisely he means when he decries “San Francisco values.” His response, as you can see, is not one that will go over well with LGBT advocates, or people who believe a personal anecdote is shaky grounds for a broad-based political narrative. It does bear mentioning that Gingrich had some compliments for the city as, well, a city, and he also had some unexpected praise on California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. source (via • follow)
"[The decision] was a foregone conclusion to what has been quite possibly the worst-run presidential campaign of our lifetimes."
— An early Rick Perry campaign fundraiser, offering harsh words about the GOP candiate’s campaign as he looks to drop out this morning. (via shortformblog)