Statements about History
"Forty years ago ... about half of congressional districts were genuinely competitive. Today, only about 10 percent of House races on Cook Political Report are listed as ‘toss-ups’ or ‘lean’ to one party."
Says that from 1992 through 2010, every statewide candidate drawing over 43 percent of the vote in a Republican Texas primary won the resulting runoff.
Says Mitt Romney is wrong to claim that spending under Obama has "accelerated at a pace without precedent in recent history," because it's actually risen "slower than at any time in nearly 60 years."
When Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts, "we didn’t just slow the rate of growth of our government, we actually cut it."
On support for Ronald Reagan's policies
"The only time government employment has gone down during a recession has been under me."
"We should be seeing numbers in the 500,000 jobs created per month. (Creating 115,000 jobs, the total from April 2012) is way, way, way off from what should happen in a normal recovery."
"Over the history of Austin, it’s always gotten more expensive."
Says "Cape May, Cumberland, Salem and part of Atlantic counties are all south of the Mason-Dixon line."
"In 1993 the Republicans embraced a health platform that proudly features an individual mandate as its main component."
"What president has the worst record on female labor force participation? Barack Obama."
"On most things except witch trials, Virginia will always have been first."
Says Ronald Reagan "understood repeatedly that when the deficit started to get out of control, that for him to make a deal he would have to propose both spending cuts and tax increases."
Says Texas retained the right to have a navy when it joined the United States.
"I think it’s seven or eight of the California system of universities don’t even teach an American history course. It’s not even available to be taught."
Says when Rhode Island Lottery was proposed, "state residents were enticed to vote for it with the promise that the money would be used for education."
"In Texas, there are 668 Democratic Hispanic elected officials to the 60 in the Republican Party."
Ronald Reagan’s philosophy of "peace through strength" is why "the Iranians released the hostages on the same day and at the same hour that Reagan was sworn in."
"If you look up the dictionary definition of happiness at the time of our founders … happiness was not doing what you want to do but doing what you ought to do."
"When my grandfather came to this country back in 1925, there were no government benefits."
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