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George W. Bush Quotes

George W. Bush
Wannabe President of the United States

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.
-- in an interview with the Associated Press, March 8, 2000

It is not Reaganesque to support a tax plan that is Clinton in nature.
-- Los Angeles, February 23, 2000

I don't have to accept their tenants. I was trying to convince those college students to accept my tenants. And I reject any labeling me because I happened to go to the university.
-- Today, February 23, 2000

I understand small business growth. I was one.
-- New York Daily News, February 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, South Carolina, February 17, 2000

Really proud of it. A great campaign. And I'm really pleased with the organization and the thousands of South Carolinians that worked on my behalf. And I'm very gracious and humbled.
-- To Cokie Roberts, This Week, February 20, 2000

I don't want to win? If that were the case why the heck am I on the bus 16 hours a day, shaking thousands of hands, giving hundreds of speeches, getting pillared in the press and cartoons and still staying on message to win?
-- Newsweek, February 28, 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.
-- ibid.

If you're sick and tired of the politics of cynicism and polls and principles, come and join this campaign.
-- Hilton Head, South Carolina, February 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, South Carolina, February 16, 2000

We ought to make the pie higher.
-- South Carolina Republican Debate, February 15, 2000

I do not agree with this notion that somehow if I go to try to attract votes and to lead people toward a better tomorrow somehow I get subscribed to some-some doctrine gets subscribed to me.
-- Meet The Press, February 13, 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.
-- ibid.

I think we need not only to eliminate the tollbooth to the middle class, I think we should knock down the tollbooth.
-- Nashua, New Hampshire, as quoted by Gail Collins in The New York Times, February 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, January 30, 2000

Will the highways on the Internet become more few?
-- Concord, New Hampshire, January 29, 2000

This is Preservation Month. I appreciate preservation. It's what you do when you run for president. You gotta preserve.
-- speaking during "Perseverance Month" at Fairgrounds Elementary School in Nashua, New Hampshire, as quoted in the Los Angeles Times, January 28, 2000

I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family.
-- Greater Nashua, New Hampshire, Chamber of Commerce, January 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.
-- quoted by Molly Ivins, the San Francisco Chronicle, January 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, January 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, January 15, 2000

This is still a dangerous world. It's a world of madmen and uncertainty and potential mential losses.
-- at a South Carolina oyster roast, as quoted in the Financial Times, January 14, 2000

We must all hear the universal call to like your neighbor just like you like to be liked yourself.
-- ibid.

Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?
-- Florence, South Carolina, January 11, 2000

Governor Bush will not stand for the subsidation of failure.
-- ibid.

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, December 16, 1999

I read the newspaper.
-- In answer to a question about his reading habits, New Hampshire Republican Debate, December 2, 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, November 21, 1999

The students at Yale came from all different backgrounds and all parts of the country. Within months, I knew many of them.
-- from A Charge To Keep, by George W. Bush, published November 1999

It is incredibly presumptive for somebody who has not yet earned his party's nomination to start speculating about vice presidents.
-- Keene, New Hampshire, October 22, 1999, quoted in the New Republic, November 15, 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, October 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

The only thing I know about Slovakia is what I learned first-hand from your foreign minister, who came to Texas.
-- to a Slovak journalist as quoted by Knight Ridder News Service, June 22, 1999. Bush's meeting was with Janez Drnovsek, the prime minister of Slovenia.

If the East Timorians decide to revolt, I'm sure I'll have a statement.
-- quoted by Maureen Dowd in The New York Times, June 16, 1999

Keep good relations with the Grecians.
-- quoted in The Economist, June 12, 1999

Kosovians can move back in.
-- CNN Inside Politics, April 9, 1999

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