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Posted December 15, 2011
Great quotes from Sioux City

Below are some of the more memorable quotes (or slight variations thereof) from the Republican debate sponsored by Fox News held in Sioux City on Thursday, December 15, 2011.


“After 7, three-hour debates, Barack Obama would not have a leg to stand on.”—- Newt Gingrich on debating President Obama

“Iowans decided to take their constitution back.”—- Michele Bachmann on the 2010 retention vote of Iowa Supreme Court justices

“You can trust me. I’ve been there and done it.”—- Rick Santorum on his “electability” as a Republican candidate

The Republican Party is fortunate because “anyone on this stage could probably beat Obama…but he’s beating himself”—- Ron Paul on the “electability” of his candidacy

“I’m kind of getting to the point where I like these debates… I’ll get there early and we will get it on.”—- Rick Perry on debates and debating President Obama

“I hope I’m the Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses.”—- Rick Perry on the viability of his campaign and his ability to win the Iowa caucuses and take on President Obama

“Sometimes Congresswoman Bachmann doesn’t get her facts very accurate.”—- Newt Gingrich on Bachmann’s criticism of his views on abortion

“I’m not going to sign silly pledges… I’m going to fix this country’s trust deficit”—- Jon Huntsman talking about electability

“What she just said is factually not true.”—- Newt Gingrich on Michele Bachmann’s criticism of his lobbying efforts on behalf of Freddie Mac

“I’m not in the business of blaming Governor Romney.”—- Newt Gingrich on Mitt Romney’s policy stances on healthcare

“I did no lobbying of any kind for any organization.”—- Newt Gingrich on accusations of lobbying for Freddie Mac

“The president doesn’t know how the economy works”—- Mitt Romney on President Obama’s handling of the economy

The courts have been “arrogant in their misreading of the American people.”—- Newt Gingrich on reducing judicial activism

“I’ve been standing here editing. I’m very concerned about not appearing to be zany.”—- Newt Gingrich on Mitt Romney’s recent characterization of his ideas as “zany”

“The president thinks America is in decline. It is if he’s president. It’s not if I’m president.”—- Mitt Romney criticizing President Obama on the economy

“Leadership is action, not words”—- Jon Huntsman on how to solve instances of government gridlock


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