Statements about History

Says under President Barack Obama, the debt increased by 23 percent, which was less than under any president going back to Ronald Reagan.

"Neville Chamberlain told the British people: ‘Accept the Nazis. Yes, they will dominate the continent of Europe, but that is not our problem. Let's appease them. Why? Because it can't be done. We cannot possibly stand against them.’"

Louie Gohmert of Texas "compared the current general-in-charge in Egypt to George Washington."

Shutdowns are "a normal part of the constitutional process," with 12 shutdowns under Democratic House Speaker Tip O’Neill and two during his own speakership.

The very first meal on the surface of the moon was the Holy Communion.

Says there's a "100-year-old international norm not to use chemical weapons."

"The House did vote against engagement in Kosovo, and Bill Clinton kept fighting anyway. And, then, ultimately, a vote did pass."

The R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority "was supposed to exist only until the bonds used to build the Newport Bridge were paid off through tolls. Once the bonds were paid, the Newport Bridge was to be transferred to the State of Rhode Island and become toll-free."

Says Terry McAuliffe is "the person who invented the scheme to rent out the Lincoln Bedroom."

"Global surface temperatures have been flat for 16 years."

Twenty four states have voter ID or comparable restrictions; before Barack Obama was elected, it was two.

The minimum wage is "lower right now than it was when Ronald Reagan took office."

The ocean is now "much more acidic . . . than it has been for many millions of years."

The oceans "have become 30 percent more acidic."

Economic Development Commission Executive Director Keith Stokes "sent me a letter and he said the taxpayers will never be on the hook for these bonds" for 38 Studios.

"Seventy-four percent of Rhode Islanders support [a] national popular vote [for president] because they, as I, believe in one person-one vote."

As a student at Occidental College in Los Angeles from 1979 to 1981, "there were days where folks couldn't go outside. … because of all the pollution in the air."

Rhode Island "didn't ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution to pay federal income taxes. So Rhode Island doesn't even have to pay federal income taxes."

"The United States has never stood by and seen innocent people slaughtered to the extent that's happening in Syria."

"We haven't had a Republican senator in Washington for ... why, I think Clifford Case was our last Republican senator."

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