“I’m not a particularly ideological person.”
“I recognize that in today’s media age, being controversial, taking controversial positions, rallying the most extreme parts of your base — whether it’s left or right — is a lot of times the fastest way to get attention or raise money, but it’s not good for government. It’s not good for the people we’re supposed to be serving.”
“[Y]ou’ve got to give it the Republicans. They have a much more reliable media base.”
“In Congress, there can be no more fitting memorial to the lives lost in Aurora, in Newtown, and across the country than a concerted effort to enact commonsense gun safety legislation.
We must uphold our oath to ‘protect and defend’ the constitution and all Americans by expanding background checks and keeping dangerous firearms out of the wrong hands.”
“I will just tell you one thing. And I’m speaking now for all white people, but especially who have had to tried to change the last 50 or 60 years. And a lot of them have really tried to change.
And I’m sorry for this [racial profiling] stuff. That’s all I’m saying.”
“Where should a transgender schoolgirl be allowed to pee? To some, this may sound like a minor, insignificant question, but not to Nicole Maines, a 15-year-old transgender girl who attended Maine public schools. Born a boy biologically, Maines now self-identifies as a girl, dressing in girls’ clothing and sporting a typical 15-year-old girl’s hair and makeup.
[I]t’s imperative that courts like the one in Maine see cases like Nicole Maines’s for what they are: acts of discrimination no different from those that prohibited black people from entering white bathrooms until the 1960s.”
“The reason I call the book The Center Holds is, you know, not just ObamaCare, but he has defended the American social contract against an assault by the American Right… So he sees himself as the guardian of that, and in that sense a small-c conservative President who’s protecting those achievements.”
“On none of these issues — the deadly debacle at the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya, the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups, or the Justice Department’s secret and sweeping seizure of Associated Press phone records in an anti-leaks case — is there any suggestion of wrongdoing by Obama.
…This is the most scandal-free administration in recent memory.”