"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?
"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.
"If you're sick and tired of the politics of cynicism and polls and principles, come and join this campaign.
"How do you know if you don't measure if you have a system that simply suckles kids through?
"We ought to make the pie higher.
"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.
"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.
"I think we need not only to eliminate the tollbooth to the middle class, I think we should knock down the tollbooth.
"The most important job is not to be governor, or first lady in my case.
"Will the highways on the Internet become more few?
"This is Preservation Month. I appreciate preservation. It's what you do when you run for president. You gotta preserve.
"I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family.
"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, Jan. 21, 2000 (Thanks to Toni L. Gould.)
"When I was coming up, it was a dangerous world, and you knew exactly who they were," he said. "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.
"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, Jan. 15, 2000
"This is still a dangerous world. It's a world of madmen and uncertainty and potential mential losses.
"We must all hear the universal call to like your neighbor just like you like to be liked yourself.
"Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?
"Gov. Bush will not stand for the subsidation of failure.
"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.