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Posted December 11, 2011
15 great quotes from Des Moines

Below are some of the more memorable quotes (or slight variations thereof) from the Republican debate held at Drake University in Des Moines on December 10, 2011:

“Only reason you’re not a career politician is because you lost to Teddy Kennedy in 1994.”—-Newt Gingrich to Mitt Romney

“Newt, you probably got some of our taxpayer money”—-Ron Paul on Newt Gingrich working for Freddie Mac

Candidates will have “trouble competing with me on consistency”—-Ron Paul on who is the most consistent conservative

“If you look at ‘Newt Romney’”—-Michele Bachmann linking the policy views of Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney

“I know Newt Gingrich.  Newt Gingrich is a friend of mine.  We are not clones.”—-Mitt Romney pointing out that he differs in many ways from Newt Gingrich

“A vow to God is even stronger than a handshake in Texas”—-Rick Perry on whether marital infidelity is a sign of a serious character flaw

“A lot of what you said just isn’t true. Period.”—-Newt Gingrich’s response to Michele Bachmann’s characterization of “Newt Romney”

“A $10,000 bet?” Mitt Romney challenging Rick Perry to a bet on whether his book explicitly states his support for a federal individual mandate on healthcare (Rick Perry’s response: “I don’t gamble.”)

“I didn’t grow up poor.  And if somebody is looking for someone who grew up with that background, it isn’t me.”—-Mitt Romney on the last time he personally faced financial strain.

“Terry, you probably have some programs here that…”—-Rick Perry on leaving regulations governing healthy behavior to the states.  Governor Terry Branstad is heard shouting back, “We’re the healthiest state in the nation.”

“You don’t get a lot of true stories.  But that is a true story.”—-Rick Santorum talking about his start in politics.

“Congressman Paul got me really intrigued about the Federal Reserve.”—-Rick Perry talking about a candidate he has admired or learned something from.

“Governor Branstad is my role model.”—-Newt Gingrich talking about someone he has admired or learned something from

“Win, win, win”—-Michele Bachmann describing how she has borrowed a page from Herman Cain’s “9-9-9” policy as a way to describe her campaign strategy moving forward.

Reflections on the Des Moines debate

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