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Obama Campaign Quotes


"It seems that the first victim of an Obama campaign is the truth. It seems that the first victim of an Obama campaign is the truth." - Mitt Romney

"It looks like President Obama has a new campaign slogan: 'Yes I Did.'" - Jay Leno

"The Obama campaign seems dangerously close to becoming a cult of personality." - Paul Krugman

"The Obama campaign was smarter, quicker on their feet than the Clinton camp." - Edward Klein

"Jesse Jackson won South Carolina in '84 and '88. Jackson ran a good campaign. And Obama ran a good campaign here." - Bill Clinton

"People who are using it to sell things on Craigslist to holding garage sales - campaigns - the Obama campaign and the Romney campaign both used Square to raise funds." - Jack Dorsey

"I voted for Obama." - Derek Jeter

"Possible controversy for the Obama campaign. Republicans are now accusing Barack Obama's campaign of voter fraud, because some of the people they've registered sound like they have fake names. Apparently, the fakest-sounding name is Barack Obama." - Conan O'Brien

"What made me decide to run was the dire state of the economy and the non-leadership of President Obama. At that point in time, my campaign put a mustache on Obama as part of the national campaign drive." - Kesha Rogers

"My endorsement of Senator Obama will not be welcome news to my friends and family at the Clinton campaign." - Joe Andrew

"In truth the social media elements of the Obama campaign, while extremely innovative, did not produce a lot of results." - Sean Parker

"I am suspending my presidential campaign." - Herman Cain

"The biggest terrorist is Obama." - Lupe Fiasco

"When NBC News first assigned me to the Barack Obama campaign, I must confess my knees quaked a bit....I wondered if I was up to the job. I wondered if I could do the campaign justice." - Lee Cowan

"People looking into Barack Obama's campaign contributions say that Obama may have received $3.3 million from abroad. Yeah. It turns out that broad is Oprah Winfrey." - Conan O'Brien

"Barack Obama can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word "victory" except when he's talking about his own campaign." - Sarah Palin

"[Barack] Obama doesn't disappoint me, because all during the campaign he said, I'm a pragmatic, middle-of-the-road, compromising politician." - Bill Ayers

"Barack Obama is incompetent. All he wants to do is campaign, and the last thing he wants to happen is to have Donald Trump terminate Obamacare." - Donald Trump

"There is absolutely no record ever of Hillary Clinton or anyone in her campaign ever saying that President [Barack] Obama is not legitimate." - Chris Matthews

"Donald Trump believes now that Barack Obama was born in the United States. But that issue was raised originally by Hillary Clinton's campaign." - Rudy Giuliani

"Part of the challenge of the Barack Obama campaign was to try to neutralize that white backlash, and of course, he was masterful in doing that." - Cornel West

"During the 2008 election, I made clear to the Obama campaign that I don't think it's wise for me to force my personal political agenda on anyone." - Questlove

"Obama ran a hard-edged and negative campaign against Romney, hoping to convince recession-weary voters that his rival was unworthy of the job." - Ron Fournier

"The man who was known as 'no drama Obama' during the campaign has given us nothing but depleting and infuriating drama since he arrived in office." - Monica Crowley

"Obama supporters pretended that his 2008 campaign was some sort of populist uprising even as Wall Street overwhelmingly supported his candidacy." - Glenn Greenwald

"Romney still enjoys the Republicans' traditional advantage among voters who are veterans, but the Obama campaign is confident it can chip away at that." - Mara Liasson

"It's a matter of fact that Senator Obama has spent more money on negative ads than any political campaign in history." - John Mccain

"Because of President Obama's failed record on nearly every issue from the economy to the deficit to Medicare, the Obama campaign has become increasingly dirty, despicable, and desperate." - Reince Priebus

"I thought Obama ran the best campaign I have ever known - disciplined, well organised, very, very good. I was very impressed." - Nancy Reagan

"The point is Hillary Clinton's campaign is the first one to do it [asking about Barack Obama legitimity] because all she does is engage in negative campaigning against Barack Obama and against Donald Trump." - Rudy Giuliani

"During the 2008 presidential campaign, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid marveled at the electability of Barack Obama because, unlike previous black candidates, Mr. Obama was 'light-skinned' and lacked a 'Negro dialect.'" - Monica Crowley

"Both the Obama and Romney campaigns said they pulled all their political ads today in observance of the September 11th anniversary. But politics wasn't very far offstage. The Obama campaign sees foreign policy as an advantage this year." - Mara Liasson

"Hillary Clinton cannot be honest, in a nationwide campaign, about what she's gonna do. She wouldn't get 30% of the vote, maybe 40, if she did. Just like Obama didn't. Obama didn't campaign on 90% of the stuff that he ended up doing. Quite the opposite, in fact." - Rush Limbaugh

"Now, the Clinton campaign, you must understand something about the Clintons, and it's true of [Barack] Obama, and it's true of most Democrats. They are always in campaign mode. Even after they win elections, they stay in campaign mode in terms of how they reach people." - Rush Limbaugh

"Republicans campaign like Libertarians and govern like Democrats." - Harry Browne

"No campaign plan survives first contact with the enemy" - Carl Von Clausewitz

"When I am the candidate, I run the campaign." - Richard Nixon

"Prosperity ... is necessarily the first theme of a political campaign." - Woodrow Wilson

"Often President Obama's worst critics are Senator Obama and candidate Obama." - Peter Schiff

"The only difference between Obama and Bush is that Obama is killing more people." - Penn Jillette

"During a campaign speech in Ohio, President Obama said, 'I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth'. So to be fair, he wants to take your silverware and spread it around." - Fred Thompson

"President Obama announced his re-election campaign, though it's not really a surprise. He did all the things that make it official: He filed the paperwork, redesigned his website, and printed another fake birth certificate." - Craig Ferguson

"Sen. Joe Biden, on the day of announcing his candidacy for president of the United States, called Barack Obama the first mainstream African-American who is articulate, bright, and . . . clean. I think we've seen the shortest presidential campaign in history." - Jay Leno

"According to federal reports filed yesterday, the Obama campaign spent more money than they raised in the month of May. They spent more money than they raised? Well, that's called being a Democrat" - Jay Leno

"I have given money to the Obama campaign online and now they bombard me with emails every day. Why did I do that online? Why didn't I just walk into an office?" - Anne Heche

"President Obama announced his re-election campaign, though it's not really a surprise. He did all the things that make it official: He filed the paperwork, redesigned his website, and printed another fake birth certificate." - Craig Ferguson

"We have a lot that we believe is in the best interests of our country,and I'm looking forward to working with Barack Obama during the campaign and then on after the inauguration." - Hillary Clinton

"He [Donald Trump] is the one who got him [Barack Obama] to finally produce the birth certificate. Hillary Clinton's campaign first raised this issue. He picked this up from Hillary Clinton." - Rudy Giuliani

"If you were following the [Barack] Obama campaign back then, closely, you could see it had become very close to banking interests. So I think you can't properly understand Hillary Clinton's foreign policy without understanding Saudi Arabia." - Julian Assange

"I think Donald Trump is the best person for the job. It comes back to redemption campaign rhetoric. They all say that stuff.[Barack] Obama and [Hillary] Clinton said that about each other." - Paula Broadwell

"If I listen to a campaign promises, I would expect that on the first day [Donald Trump] would cancel all of the DACA documents out there that President [Barack] Obama unconstitutionally issued." - Steve King

"Yesterday, President-elect Barack Obama announced his new economic team. You know what he should do? Hire those people who were in charge of his fundraising campaign. We can pay this thing off in like a week." - Jay Leno

"Pathetic Ron Paulian Jew-Hating Post of the Day... So who's responsible for letting this Ron Paulian post insane antisemitic garbage like this... UPDATE... This freak actually has a page at the official Barack Obama campaign web site..." - Charles Foster Johnson

"Today, for the first time - and the Obama campaign showed us this - we can go from the digital world, from the self-organizing power of networks, to the physical one." - Carlo Ratti

"During the campaign for re-election, Barack Obama at least made vague references to a willingness to accept $3 trillion of reduced spending in exchange for a $1 trillion dollar tax increase." - Bob Beauprez

"What I really appreciated about Obama in the last campaign was that he was not reactive, and we're such a reactive culture... It takes a certain strength to be patient and have a plan." - Greg Berlanti

"Despite a campaign that was based on a very powerful promise of transparency, President Obama, and again in my view quite correctly, has used the state secrets argument in a variety of courts, as much as President Bush." - Michael Hayden

"Some of the reasons John McCain lost in 2008 were his lackluster campaign, his refusal to showcase Obama's extreme liberalism and, thus, his failure to demonstrate why he would make a better president than Obama." - David Limbaugh

"This election isn't about Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. It's about you. The other guys write $10 million checks and make $10,000 bets. But we've bet this campaign on you." - Jim Messina

"To distract from the president's disappointing record, Team Obama has decided to base their entire campaign on attacking the private sector and Mitt Romney's career as a successful businessman." - Reince Priebus

"During his brilliant campaign, President Obama wove a powerful narrative about the American we all hope for. And that hope was grounded in a very powerful reality: President Obama's own inspiring life story." - Cynthia P Schneider

"Obama has placed himself in perfect political position: he spent the 2008 campaign convincing the American people that he's a racial unifier rather than a divider, without any evidence to prove it." - Ben Shapiro

"During the 2008 campaign, I strongly endorsed Barack Obama for president. I did so early, when many Democratic leaders - including many prominent African-American politicians - believed the safe bet was to back then-front-runner Hillary Clinton." - Douglas Wilder

"The public should begin to understand that there's nothing that comes out of this campaign, or this Obama White House, that they can believe. It truly is all misrepresentation and deception." - John Sununu

"Every day, President Obama sends a beautiful message about how we should treat our women based on how he treats his wife. When people went after his wife during the campaign, he took a stand." - Steve Harvey

"Though President Obama promised during the 2008 campaign to pass the DREAM Act, he never made it a priority and failed to bring Republicans and Democrats together to do it in his first term." - Juan Williams

"Where did the inspiring Obama of the campaign go, that Facebook pied piper who friended the whole world with this update: 'Change you can believe in.' What happened to him?" - Tina Brown

"We know the president of the United States has no facts. No facts to back up his startling allegation that the former president of the United States, President Obama, wiretapped him in Trump Tower during the campaign." - Anderson Cooper

"Candidates run for election on campaign promises, but once they're elected they renege on those promises, which happened with President [Barack] Obama on Guantanamo, the surveillance programs and investigating the crimes of the Bush administration. These were very serious campaign promises that were not fulfilled." - Edward Snowden

"President Obama met with ten House Democrats opposed to the health care bill. He did all he could to get their votes. He promised to campaign for them in their districts and when that didn't work, he threatened to campaign for them in their districts." - Argus Hamilton

"McCain ran an aggressive, hard-hitting campaign against former Congressman J. D. Hayworth. If he had taken this same kind of principled conservative and 'take no prisoners' campaign against Barack Obama in 2008, he'd now be in the second year of his presidency." - Richard Viguerie

"I read 'Game Change.' If you want to relive the campaign, that book is unbelievable. It's great. It's the book of that campaign. It brought all the memories back of everything with Clinton and Obama, and Sarah Palin and McCain, and choosing her, and John Edwards. It was an interesting book." - Annette Bening

"Just a few months ago in the Republican primary Mitt Romney said to his opponents, who he was crushing at the time, stop whining. And I think that's a good message for the Romney campaign. Instead of whining about what the Obama campaign is saying, why don't you just put the facts out there and let people decide rather than trying to hide them." - Stephanie Cutter

"Working on the Obama campaign was a life-changer for me. I realized during that campaign that structure is the name of the game, and so, soon after the election, filmmaker Adam Baran and I started Queer/Art/Film, a monthly series at the IFC Film Center in downtown New York that invites queer artists to present the films they love to an audience." - Ira Sachs

"The TV ads have been coming hot and heavy in Ohio. I think the Obama campaign has outspent the Romney campaign by two-to-one or three-to-one, depending on the analysis you look at. People are tired of the attacks already, and here we are in July." - Rob Portman

"Sidney Blumenthal is very close friend of Secretary [Hillary] Clinton. And her campaign manager, Patti Doyle, went to - during the campaign, her campaign against President [Barak] Obama, fought very hard. If you look at CNN this past week, Patti Solis Doyle was on Wolf Blitzer saying that this happened. Blumenthal sent McClatchy, highly respected reporter at McClatchy, to Kenya to find out about it.She failed to get the birth certificate.When I got involved, I didn't fail. I got him to give the birth certificate [of Barack Obama]. So I'm satisfied with it." - Donald Trump

"[Barack] Obama still is in campaign mode. The Limbaugh Theorem explains it. We've had eight years of Obama and he still isn't being held accountable for the horrible policies that he has implemented because he continues to portray himself as not attached to them." - Rush Limbaugh

"I feel like he inherited one of the worst economies than any president has ever, ever inherited. I have met Mr. Obama, President Obama. I supported him in his first campaign, and I feel that he deserves four more years to finish up the job that he started." - Vivica A Fox

"Aside from being bad sportsmanship - Romney basically said Obama won by cheating - he was displaying the same obtuseness about the wants and needs of ordinary people that did more to torpedo his campaign than any goodies Obama might have had to dole out." - John Podhoretz

"One wonders whether the Obama re-election campaign may be on the right track as it seeks to apply the you-break-it-you-own-it rule to Bush and the American economy. Hardly a day goes by without President Obama or his surrogates arguing that it takes longer than four years to recover from an economic crisis so long in the making." - Jon Meacham

"Some of the companies we helped start are names you know. An office supply company called Staples - where I'm pleased to see the Obama campaign has been shopping; The Sports Authority, which became a favorite of my sons. We started an early childhood learning center called Bright Horizons that First Lady Michelle Obama rightly praised." - Mitt Romney

"Americans understand we fight not a religion; ours is not a campaign against the Muslim faith. Ours is a campaign against evil." - George W Bush

"I'm very excited to be teaming up with Merck for the 'Lets Go There' Campaign. It's a really important campaign to me because it's something that celebrates women." - Joanna Garcia

"The day Obama got elected, the gangsta became less relevant." - Jay-Z

"What TV was to John Kennedy, Facebook is to Obama." - Daniel Lyons

"This is a very sick man, this Obama." - Mark Levin

"Our biggest national security crisis is Barack Obama" - John Bolton

"[Obama White House] rescued the economy from the worst recession." - Rahm Emanuel

"I'm overall a big fan of President Obama." - Amy Bloom

"The most famous Obama precept is, 'No drama.'" - Dan Pfeiffer

"President Obama attacks success and therefore under President Obama we have less success and I will change that." - Mitt Romney

"Barack Obama is way smarter than Bush - so way, way smarter than me. Obama is way more charismatic than me." - Penn Jillette

"I don't make any apologies for what I do on the campaign trail." - George W Bush

"If we don't get reform in campaign financing, then we can write this country off." - Frances Farenthold

"We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers." - Mitt Romney

"The United Nations is proud to have the Adopt-A-Minefield Campaign as a partner." - Kofi Annan

"Life is a campaign not a battle, and has its defeats as well as its victories." - Don Piatt

"Use Campaign link tagging labels all for specifying slight differences in content for split testing." - Georg Cantor

"Donald Trump bigotry, his bluster, his bullying, have become his campaign." - Hillary Clinton

"It's stupidity. It's worse than stupidity: it's a marketing hype campaign." - Richard Stallman

"During a campaign the air is full of speeches - and vice versa." - Anonymous

"I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it." - George W Bush

"We campaign in poetry, but when we're elected we're forced to govern in prose." - Mario Cuomo

"[Quoting a sign held aloft by a young girl during the campaign:] Bring us together again." - Richard Nixon

"I wonder if politicians know less about the land, now that they campaign by air." - Andre Dubus

"An American presidential campaign resembles a forced march through enemy country." - Lewis H Lapham

"For me there is a vital connection between the Bihar calamity and the untouchability campaign." - Mahatma Gandhi

"It's not as if our party has a leadership campaign underway." - Peter Mackay

"When people campaign for positions, they promise people all kinds of things." - Hugh Masekela

"Most successful American politicians look well-fed on endorsements, campaign contributions and chicken dinners." - Simon Hoggart

"The top group of fundraisers for Mr. Obama raised $457,834 for his 2008 campaign - and were approved for federal grants and loans of $11.4 billion, according to the Government Accountability Institute. Selling access to the federal treasury has been a great way for Democrats to raise campaign funds. Since 1989, according to an analysis by Gateway Pundit, big donors have provided $416 million more in direct contributions to Democrats than Republicans." - Jack Kelly

"Barack Obama said yesterday that the economy was 'going to get worse before it gets better.' See, that's when you know the campaign is really over. Remember before the election? 'The audacity of hope!' 'Yes, we can!' 'A change we can believe in!' Now it's, 'We're all screwed.'" - Jay Leno

"I think that the media is as divided on this issue [of gay marriage] as the Obama family - which is to say not at all. And so he's never going to get negative coverage for this....When you have almost the entire media establishment on your side on an issue in a presidential campaign, it's very hard to lose politically." - Mark Halperin

"The Obama campaign is one of the greatest examples of what is possible in the brave new world of 21st Century marketing. They did a masterful job of connecting with minds, personalizing messages, refining old and new media, sending clear messages, and providing the feedback that enabled them to respond to the messages they heard." - Anne M Mulcahy

"Whether it is spelled Bain and being put out by the Obama campaign or Bane and being out by Hollywood, the narratives are similar: a highly intelligent villain with offshore interests and a past both are seeking to cover up who had a powerful father and is set on pillaging society." - Chris Lehane

"In the political environment that exists today, the opposition research of the Obama campaign is looking for anything they can use to distract from the failure of the president to reignite our economy. And Im simply not enthusiastic about giving them hundreds or thousands of more pages to pick through, distort, and lie about." - Mitt Romney

"Under normal circumstances, if the centerpiece of a president's campaign is helping the disadvantaged and we are our brother's keeper, the idea that this same guy has an actual brother living in third-world poverty without any help from Obama, this would have been on the cover of 'The New York Times.' But none of them are touching it." - Dinesh D'Souza

"I feel like I am campaigning door to door. You just can't step out of a band like Brooks & Dunn and assume that it is just going to be business as usual. You have to work it. It does feel like a campaign where you would have Obama, Romney, or Newt beating the bushes right now. That's what I'm having to do." - Ronnie Dunn

"We know that Obama wasn't vetted through the campaign, and now, you know, some things are coming home to roost, if you will, which is inexperience, his associations, and that ultimately harms our republic when a candidate isn't-isn't vetted by the media, that cornerstone of our democracy." - Sarah Palin

"Being politicians, they all got to sharing their personal stories. Obama talked about his mother's battle with cancer. Harry Reid talked about a kid with a cleft palate. And John McCain told how he once carried a brain dead woman through an entire campaign." - Bill Maher

"I think that the media is as divided on this issue [of gay marriage] as the Obama family - which is to say not at all. And so he's never going to get negative coverage for this....When you have almost the entire media establishment on your side on an issue in a presidential campaign, it's very hard to lose politically." - Mark Halperin

"I am one of your biggest fans (Barack Obama), if not the biggest, and have been since the inception of your campaign....It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass...You're so handsome that I can't speak properly." - Gwyneth Paltrow

"When we were covering the 2008 campaign I told my young African American colleagues that despite the historical significance of victory, Barack Obama was going to break their hearts. They didn't want to hear that, and they refused to believe it. Eighteen months later they started dropping by one by one to say, sadly: "He broke our hearts." A couple of them even wept." - Bill Moyers

"You can have these fake engagements, these virtual engagements that substitute for actual engagements. You don't have to participate, you can hit a button, send you 200 dollars to the Barack Obama for President campaign and think it's like you knocked on a door. But you didn't knock on a door." - David Frum

"During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to roll back government regulations.Trump plans to nominate fast food executive Andrew Puzder to head the Labor Department and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA. If confirmed, the two men would signal a sharp break from the policies of the [Barack] Obama administration." - Rachel Martin

"The Obama administration was not in a position where they were seeking legislation. I don't know yet how President Trump intends to approach this. I know he spoke about it during the campaign. I know he cares about it, but it's premature for me to say." - James Comey

"I mean, like the rest of America, I wasn't really into politics until Obama went into office, so it's all kind of new to me, but I'm excited about it. I've been watching a lot of campaign ads, doing a lot of research for it. It's so different, it'll be interesting." - Jamie Chung

"They're mounting a campaign right now with the ACLU and a lot of different organizations advocating for [Edward Snoden] pardoning before [Barack] Obama leaves office. Wouldn't it be incredible to see something like that happen? I don't know what we can expect. I am interested in the different points and perspectives that people have." - Zachary Quinto

"The problem with Keith Ellison's message and what you all are saying - and I - and I respect what you're saying because we have been there - is - and another irony of this campaign - is that Barack Obama always won astronomically on his own, but he has completely devastated the party. He's lost the Senate, the House, 30 governorships, over 900 legislatures..." - Mary Matalin

"Last week John McCain said the fundamentals of our economy are strong. This week, he said it's the worst crisis since World War II. So he suspended his campaign, unless you count doing interviews, airing attack ads, sending out surrogates on TV to attack Obama." - Bill Maher

"The Republican brand has been so badly damaged that if Republicans try to run an anti-Obama, anti-Rev. Wright or, if Sen. Clinton wins, anti-Clinton campaign, they are simply going to fail. This model has already been tested with disastrous results." - Newt Gingrich

"If Clinton somehow pulls out a win in both states, then she has an excellent argument to make to the superdelegates: Voters still respond to fear. Obama's campaign has been based on the implicit argument that voters no longer respond to fear. If Clinton wins both states, that probably proves Obama wrong on that point." - Cynthia Tucker

"The folks like myself that do this for a living, we were expecting a regular campaign had built the databases, done all the new social media, learned our lessons from [Barack] Obama whipping us twice on how to do voter contact, and then Donald Trump gets in it and turns it into a national election." - Melissa Harris-Perry

"There was always this sense, even early on in the campaign, that if the senator Obama could score this upset victory in Iowa, that there was a pretty good chance that he would end up being president of the United States." - Josh Earnest

"One of my favorite stories is from Obama's first campaign: Michelle Obama was out there every day, collecting signatures and supervising the other people who did. If you were supposed to get 300 signatures and you only got 299, you had to face the wrath of Michelle." - Jodi Kantor

"Historically, Labour has used technology as a form of control. We would use pagers and faxes to send out messages telling people what line to take. The key learning from the Obama campaign is to use technology to empower your supporters." - Douglas Alexander

"A disturbing prospect looms before us as Americans consider the possibility of a second term for President Barack Obama. Millions of conservatives who revere the Constitution, with its guarantees of freedom and limited government, have watched with alarm as the campaign season has unfolded." - James Dobson

"Barack Obama won a second term but no mandate. Thanks in part to his own small-bore and brutish campaign, victory guarantees the president nothing more than the headache of building consensus in a gridlocked capital on behalf of a polarized public." - Ron Fournier

"I admired the way McCain worked on campaign finance reform. I admired the way Nancy Pelosi stiffened the Democrats' spine during the health care debate. I admire the way Barack Obama has raised a dog in the White House without ever putting it on the roof of the car for a vacation drive." - Gail Collins

"I feel like I am campaigning door to door. You just can't step out of a band like Brooks & Dunn and assume that it is just going to be business as usual. You have to work it. It does feel like a campaign where you would have Obama, Romney, or Newt beating the bushes right now. That's what I'm having to do." - Ronnie Dunn

"Remember, the first presidential candidate to reject public financing for both the primary and general election was... Barack Obama, in 2008. He did it, in spite of a flat pledge to the contrary, because his campaign saw that it could vastly outspend John McCain." - Jeff Greenfield

"Growing up, politics never trickled down to the areas we come from. But people from Obama's camp, and Obama himself, reached out to me and asked for my help on the campaign. We've sat and had dinner, and we've spoken on the phone. He's a very sharp guy. Very charming. Very cool." - Jayz

"President Obama had voiced strong support for the effort in Afghanistan during his campaign, pledging to add two brigades, which he did. But since the inauguration... the administration had signaled that the U.S. commitment needed careful assessment, and we needed to recalibrate the strategy and objectives." - Stanley A Mcchrystal

"As millions of Americans look for work, the Obama campaign and Democrats are attempting to distract attention away from this administration's dismal record. The attack they have launched against Mitt Romney shows just how worried they are about facing him in the general election." - Jeb Bradley

"Growing up, politics never trickled down to the areas we come from. But people from Obama's camp, and Obama himself, reached out to me and asked for my help on the campaign. We've sat and had dinner, and we've spoken on the phone. He's a very sharp guy. Very charming. Very cool." - Jay-Z

"My concern about Barack Obama is he ran a campaign in 2008 where he said we're going to bring people together and solve big problems. And he specifically talked about the need to reach across the aisle and deal with issues like the economy, which was obviously the top issue in 2008. It has not happened." - Rob Portman

"President Obama clearly cannot run on his record. All he's offering is more of the same. That's not good. Look at the economy. It's stagnating. And so, what they're now going to try and do is bring this campaign down to little things, distractions, distortions, smear, fear, anger, frustration." - Paul Ryan

"I think Michelle Obama is on the right track with her Let's Move campaign to bring down childhood obesity. She and I come from the same state, Illinois, which is number four in the nation for obese children. One out of five Illinois children are considered obese. Not overweight, obese. And two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese." - Aaron Schock

"I took a lot of heat from Republicans when I stepped out of John McCain's campaign after the 2008 primaries. I still supported McCain, and voted for him, but I just didn't want to be the tip of the spear attacking Obama." - Mark Mckinnon

"It's possible that the 2012 general-election race will be the least overtly religious one since 1972, the last campaign before Roe v. Wade and the rise of Jimmy Carter brought evangelicalism into the political mainstream. That's because faith remains a complicated issue for Obama, who is still wrongly thought to be a Muslim in some quarters." - Jon Meacham



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