Gary Hart Quotes

Gary Warren Hart (born Gary Warren Hartpence; November 28, 1936) is an American politician, diplomat and lawyer. He is perhaps best known for being the front-runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination until he dropped out over allegations of an extramarital affair with Donna Rice.

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I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot.

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“The attractive lady whom I had only recently been introduced to dropped into my lap...I chose not to dump her off.”

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“Some serious gaps presently exist, ... They are not presently coordinated either to protect, prevent or respond to a major terrorist attack.”

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“There's an approach which says, 'Let's raise the stakes and call,' ... That if Republicans want a ten-division Army, let's be for a twelve-division Army. I think that's just nonsense, frankly. It's stupid policy. Trying to get on the other side of the Republicans is folly, both politically and substantively.”

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“Follow me around. I don't care. If anybody wants to put a tail on me, go ahead. They'd be very bored.”

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“Waist-deep in the Big Muddy, and the big fool said to push on.”

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“When I was in office, the morning TV shows were dedicated to public policy. You'd turn on the 'Today' show and they'd have serious discussions of health-care problems and Cold War issues, and they'd have people from Congress on. Now it's all about lifestyle. It's cooking, it's dressing, it's celebrity-oriented, it's promotion of other television programs on the network, it's sensationalism. I think the heirs of William Randolph Hearst have taken over the whole industry.”

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“They should back someone who cares about their programs.”

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“He said it was my fault because I challenged the press, which I didn't do by the way. That never happened. I didn't challenge, I wasn't stupid enough to issue a blanket challenge to the entire media.”

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“I do miss being in the great debates. But I don't think the debates are as great as they used to be. Politics in this country has gotten very nasty in the past 10 or 15 years.”

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“There was no Democratic leader telling the American people the truth about how the war in Iraq is absorbing so many resources it's making our country more vulnerable and less secure.”

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“Saddam is in box. We can tighten that box, and we don't need to go to war,”

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“I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot.”

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“[Hart also wants Democrats to stand up and say they made a mistake when they voted for the war and to beg the American people to forgive them.] What's at stake, ... is not just the leadership of the Democratic Party and the nation but our nation's honor, our nobility, and our principles.”

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“If you want the government off your back, get your hands out of its pockets.”

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