Memorable Lines From Presidential Drop Outs

Memorable Lines From Presidential Drop Outs
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Yes, they may be out of the presidential race. But that doesn’t mean, their time on the campaign was not memorable. Let’s take a look at some of the best quotables to ever come from these former presidential nominees…


Senator Marco Rubio

“I’m not going to be anybody’s vice president,” – Remarks on the Capitol Hill following his withdrawal from the presidential race, according to USA Today

” This campaign is about our children — and what kind of America they are going to inherit.” – Twitter.

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” My worst days are better than some of my parents’ best days.” – West Palm Beach, March 14, 2016

” Fined $1 million for hiring Polish workers on one of his projects. He did it. That happened.” – On Donald Trump during the CNN/Telemundo Republican debate, as transcribed by The Washington Post

” Well, I don’t know anything about bankrupting four companies. You’ve bankrupted..” – To Donald Trump

” We’re going backwards here. This is a frightening, grotesque, and disturbing development in American politics” – According to

“Look at those hands. Are those small?” – Regarding Trump, while on the campaign trail

“Well, let me say, I know that a lot of people find appeal in the things Donald says cause he says what people wish they could say. The problem is, presidents can’t just say anything they want. It has consequences, here and around the world.” – CNN Republican Debate

“Anyone out there that has the uniform of the United States on and is willing to die for this country is someone that loves America. No matter what their religious background may be.” – CNN Republican Debate

Dr. Ben Carson

“I’m going to whine” – CNN GOP Debate

“Can somebody attack me please?” – CNN GOP Debate in Houston, Texas.

“As far as those two a.m. phone calls are concerned, judgment is what is required. And the kinds of things that you come up with are some sometimes very, very difficult and very unique.”

“We have the world’s best military, even though he’s done everything he can to diminish it. And the fact of the matter is if we give them a mission and we don’t tie their hands behind their back, they can get it accomplished.” – FOX Republican Presidential Debate, as transcribed by The New York Times

“Neil, I was mentioned too.” – On candidates being better than Hillary Clinton

” If someone had tried to describe today’s America to you 30 years ago, you would have listened in disbelief. Americans know that our nation is heading off the abyss of destruction, secondary to divisiveness, fiscal irresponsibility, and failure to lead.”

“Well, there’s not question that we should be able to look at past president whether they’re married to somebody who’s running for president or not in terms of their past behavior and what it means.” – On Bill Clinton’s alleged past affair and whether Hillary is an “enabler of sexual misconduct.”

Jeb Bush

“He’s a bully. Punch him back in the nose.” – Remarks regarding Trump during an event in Summerville, South Carolina according to CNN

” I can’t see without glasses. I’m not going to take off my stinkin’ glasses.”

” Donald Trump brought up the fact that he would — he’d want to accommodate Russia. Russia is not taking out ISIS. They’re — they’re attacking our — our — our team, the team that we’ve been training and the team that we’ve been supporting.”

“The idea that somehow we’re better off today than the day that Barack Obama was inaugurated president of the United States is totally an alternative universe.”

Governor Chris Christie

” The American people have rejected your agenda and now you’re trying to go around it. That’s not right. It’s not constitutional. And we are going to kick your rear end out of the White House come this fall.” – addressed to President Barack Obama

” Hillary Clinton cannot be president. It will lead to even greater war in this world. And remember this, after Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have had nearly 8 years, we have fewer democracies in the world than we had when they started.”

“We do that, this country would be safe and secure again not only from criminals but from the terrorist who threaten us as well. I’m the only person on this stage who’s done that and we will get it done as President of the United States.”

Carly Fiorina

“Well let me tell you this: news flash, President Obama, news flash, Mrs. Clinton — climate change is not our most pressing national security threat.” – FOX Republican Debate in Des Moines, Iowa

” When terrorists purposefully attack an American embassy and kill four Americans, including an ambassador, and the next morning you get up and you lie about a videotape that doesn’t represent our values, instead of saying the United States of America was purposefully attacked by terrorists, and we will seek retribution, then you are saying to every adversary and every adversary and every terrorist organization on the planet, it’s open season.”

“It wasn’t a personal attack. I was pointing out the fact that Hillary Clinton will do anything to gain and hang on to power, anything. Listen, if my husband did what Bill Clinton did, I would have left him long ago.”

“Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, they all refuse to lead. Worse, they refuse to respond when this nation is provoked. Hillary Clinton famously asked what difference does it make how four Americans died in Benghazi?”

Jim Gilmore

“I’m the only veteran, Bill and Martha in this race. And I’m not going to any Donald Trump event over across town on some sort of faux veteran sort of issue.”

“I’m going to have something to say about this, but you just keep going.”

“And I just noticed just now you gave Carly Fiorina two one-minute answers in a row. This media across the country is manipulating and shaping and framing this campaign and has been for at least a year now in order to get the kind of choices that people are going to have an opportunity to see.”

Mike Huckabee

“When I went to Afghanistan, I saw a land that looked like the land of the Flintstones. It was desolate. It was barren. It was primitive. And it’s been that way for thousands of years. They want to take the world back to be just like that.” – FOX Republican Debate in North Charleston, South Carolina

” Well, why don’t we start by making sure the Justice Department never does an idiotic program like Fast and Furious where the U.S. Government put guns…in the hands of Mexican drug lords…and end up killing one of our border agents.”

“Does anybody think Donald Trump is a racist?” – Interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, courtesy of Politico.

“After tonight, it’s a two-person race. But the two people are Hillary and Trump.” – On Fox’s “The Kelly File”

Rick Santorum

“China produces five times as much CO2 and other pollutants per dollar of GDP as we do. You want to help the environment? Bring jobs back to America.”

” The president of the United States has been the most divisive president in — certainly in my lifetime.”

Governor Bobby Jindal

“We got a lot of politicians that will kiss babies, cut ribbons, do whatever it takes to be popular. That’s not why I ran for office.” – FOX Republican Debate in Cleveland, Ohio

“We’ve got a president who cannot bring himself to say the words “radical Islamic terrorism.”

” Give Bernie Sanders credit. At least he’s honest enough to call himself a socialist. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, they’re no better.”

” Planned Parenthood had better hope that Hillary Clinton wins this election, because I guarantee under President Jindal, January 2017, the Department of Justice and the IRS and everybody else that we can send from the federal government will be going in to Planned Parenthood.”

George Pataki

“I defeated Mario Cuomo. In the first day in office, my first executive order, I revoked every one of the executive orders that he had — he had enacted over the prior 12 years. I would do that to Barack Obama’s executive orders.”

“Divisive and with no vision. No vision at all.” – When asked to describe Hillary Clinton in two words.

Rick Perry

“I’ve had my issues with Donald Trump. I talked about Donald Trump from the standpoint of being an individual who was using his celebrity rather than his conservatism.”

“The American people are never going to trust Washington, D.C., and for good reason.”

“Well, let’s go with three. Good at email.” – When asked for three words to describe Hillary Clinton

Senator Lindsey Graham

“We need somebody ready to be commander-in-chief on day one, who understands there are no moderates in Iran, they’ve been killed a long time ago.”

” To the 1 percent who have been fighting this war for over a decade, I’d try my best to be a commander-in-chief worthy of your sacrifice.”

“Not the change we need at a time we need it.” – When asked for two words to describe Hillary Clinton

Lincoln Chafee

“Did you hear what I said? On the issues. I have not changed on the issues. I was a liberal Republican, then I was an independent, and now I’m a proud Democrat. But I have not changed on the issues.” – To CNN’s Anderson Cooper during the CNN Democratic Debate in Las Vegas, Nevada

” The party left me. There’s no doubt about that. There was no room for a liberal moderate Republican in that party. I even had a primary for my reelection in 2006. I won it. But the money poured in to defeat me in Rhode Island as a Republican. That’s what we were up against.”

“And it all started with the Iraq invasion.”

Martin O’Malley

“There are some things that I have learned to do better in life than others. And, after 15 years of executive experience, I have learned how to be an effective leader.”

“And I have an F from the NRA, Senator.” – In response to Bernie Sanders

” Anderson, no president — no commander in chief — should take the military option off the table, even if most of us would agree that it should be the last option.”

Jim Webb

“There are people at high levels in this government who have bodyguards 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The average American does not have that, and deserves the right to be able to protect their family.”

“Thank you. I’ve been standing over here for about ten minutes, trying.”

“It is not a wise thing to do. And if people think it was a wise thing to do, try to get to the Tripoli airport today. You can’t do it.”

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