Statements about History

"If you look at what we’ve done over the last several years, the crime rate has actually gone down in [Providence] and . . . the number of shootings has been going down."

The number of jobs created and people lifted out of poverty during Bill Clinton’s presidency was "a hundred times" what it was under President Ronald Reagan.

There are fewer wars, there are fewer people dying in wars "now than there have been in quite some time."

"Although the governor doubled the beach fees . . . all the money, as we found out, is all going to an out-of-state company. The state isn't even getting the money for that."

On the last night of the General Assembly, "by 11 o'clock 95 to 98 percent of the business was done. So we really didn't have that late-night session. We were just holding on one bill."

"I had the lowest net worth of any American president in the 20th century when I took office."

Republican candidate for governor Ken Block was "fined and had to admit that (he) funneled money illegally to the Moderate Party."

"By 2006, the American people were overwhelmingly against the Iraq War."

In the 1950s and 1960s, "the minimum wage was such that it would lift you out of poverty."

"At the beginning of World War II, we had a relatively small army, smaller than Portugal’s."

Americans "invented the automobile."

"In Iran in 1979, the extremists hijacked the broad-based popular revolution against the Shah and established a brutal theocracy."

Four (maybe five) Latinos have served on the Austin City Council.  

Says Michele Bachmann said on Fox News, "This country could use a president like Benjamin Franklin again."

Redskins is "used historically" as "a term of respect."

Says Barack Obama is the only American president who has not visited the D-Day Monument in Normandy on D-Day.

Peter Kilmartin voted for the 38 Studios loan guarantee and his State House job was to "twist [legislator’s] arms to vote for deals like this."

I turned "a $110 million deficit into a $1.6 million surplus for our city."

A majority of Americans "since Harry Truman days" support single-payer health insurance, or "full Medicare for all."  

"During the George W. Bush period, there were 13 attacks on various embassies and consulates around the world. Sixty people died."

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