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Republican debates: Notable quotes from the candidates, Aug. 6, 2015

Notable quotes from the Republican presidential candidates at the two Fox News-hosted opening debates of the 2016 campaign in Cleveland on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Scott Walker participated in the prime-debate debate for the top 10 candidates in the polls. Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, George Pataki, Bobby Jindal, Lindsey Graham and Jim Gilmore took part in the earlier debate for the bottom seven candidates.

Rand Paul, Kentucky senator

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QUOTE 1: "I want to collect more records from terrorists but less from records everyday Americans."

QUOTE 2: "I oppose the Iranian deal and will vote against it. I don't think the president negotiated from a position of strength, but I don't immediately discount negotiations."

QUOTE 3: "Let's be clear I'm the only one on this stage who actually has a five-year budget that balances."

QUOTE 4: He emphasized that the U.S. should not borrow from China. "We do not project power from bankruptcy court. We're borrowing a million dollars a minute. It's got to stop somewhere."

QUOTE 5: "I stood for 10 and a half hours on the Senate floor to defend your right to be left alone."

QUOTE 6: "I'm the only one that leads Hillary Clinton in five states that were won by President Obama. I'm a different kind of Republican."

Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon

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QUOTE 1: "If Hillary is the candidate, which I doubt, that would be a dream come true."

QUOTE 2: "Well, what we have to stop and think about is that we have weakened ourselves militarily to such an extent that if affects all of our military policies."

QUOTE 3: "I haven't said anything about me being the only one to do anything, so let me try that." Carson quipped that he was "the only one to take out half of a brain, although you would think, if you go to Washington, that someone had beat me to it."

Donald Trump, business mogul

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QUOTE 1: "I fully understand," Trump said as the debate began, after raising his hand to indicate that he's not willing to pledge to support the eventual GOP nominee if it's not him or pledge not to run an independent campaign.

QUOTE 2: "I'm talking about a lot of leverage. We want to win. And we will win. But I want to win as a Republican. I want to win as the Republican nominee."

QUOTE 3: "I will not make the pledge tonight."

QUOTE 4: "This country is in big trouble. We don't win anymore. We lose to China."

QUOTE 5: On his past support for single-payer health care: "It works in Canada. It works incredibly well in Scotland. It could have worked in a different age."

QUOTE 6: On what Trump said he got for giving to Hillary Rodham Clinton: "With Hillary Clinton, I said, 'Be at my wedding,' and she came to my wedding."

QUOTE 7: Trump assailed President Barack Obama, saying, "We have a president who doesn't have a clue. I would say he's incompetent, but I don't want to do that, because it's not nice." Trump said, "We have people in Washington who don't know what they are doing," and remarked, "If Iran was a stock, you should go out and buy it."

Jeb Bush, former Florida governor

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QUOTE 1: "I'm going to have to earn this. Maybe the barrier -- the bar's even higher for me. That's fine."

QUOTE 2: "As governor of the state of Florida, I defunded Planned Parenthood. I created a culture of life in my state."

QUOTE 3: "My record is clear. My record as a pro-life governor is not in dispute."

QUOTE 4: "I believe we're at the verge of the greatest time to be alive in this world. But Washington is holding us back."

Ted Cruz, Texas senator

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QUOTE 1: "We don't have leaders who honor their commitments."

QUOTE 2: "We need a commander in chief who speaks the truth. We will not defeat radical Islamic terrorism so long as we have a president unwilling to utter the words 'radical Islamic terrorism.'"

QUOTE 3: On the Islamic State: "If you join ISIS, if you wage jihad on America, then you are signing your death warrant."

Scott Walker, Wisconsin governor

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QUOTE 1: "I'm a guy with a wife and two kids and a Harley. One article called me 'aggressively normal.'"

QUOTE 2: Walker said he turned his state around with big, bold reforms. "It wasn't too late for Wisconsin, and it's not too late for America. That's why I ask for your vote."

Marco Rubio, Florida senator

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QUOTE 1: "It's important to be qualified, but if this election is a resume competition, then Hillary Clinton's gonna be the next president, because she's been in office and in government longer than anybody else running here tonight. Here's what this election better be about: This election better be about the future, not the past."

QUOTE 2: On abortion: "And I think future generations will look back at this history of our country and call us barbarians for murdering millions of babies who we never gave them a chance to live."

Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor

QUOTE 1: Huckabee said he would ban abortion,
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QUOTE 1: Huckabee said he would ban abortion, and wants to see the Constitution adjusted to protect the rights of the unborn. "It's time that we recognize the Supreme Court is not the supreme being, and we change the policy to be pro-life and protect children instead of rip up their body parts and sell them like they're parts to a Buick."

QUOTE 2: On introducing transgender people into the military: "The military is not a social experiment. The purpose of the military is kill people and break things."

Chris Christie, New Jersey governor

QUOTE 1: On New Jersey:
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QUOTE 1: On New Jersey: "If you think it's bad now, you should've seen it when I got there."

QUOTE 2: "This president has had weak leadership which has led to bad choices. We have got to stop worrying about being loved and start worrying about being respected, and that's exactly how I'll lead this country."

John Kasich, Ohio governor

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QUOTE 1: "Here is the thing about Donald Trump. Donald Trump's hitting a nerve in this country. ... And for people who want to just tune him out, they're making a mistake."

QUOTE 2: "America is a miracle country, and we have to restore the sense that the miracle will apply to you."

Republican presidential candidates (L-R) Jim Gilmore, Sen. Lindsey
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Republican presidential candidates (L-R) Jim Gilmore, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Carly Fiorina and George Pataki pose for a photograph at the beginning of a presidential forum hosted by FOX News and Facebook at the Quicken Loans Arena August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Bobby Jindal, Louisiana governor

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QUOTE 1: "I won two landslide elections, I made big changes. I think our country is tired of the politicians who simply read the polls and fail to lead."

QUOTE 2: "Look, under President Obama and Secretary Clinton, they're working hard to change the American dream into the European nightmare. They do celebrate more dependence on the government."

QUOTE 3: "Yeah, we've got a lot of great talkers running for president. We've already got a great talker in the White House. We cannot afford four more years of on-the-job training."

QUOTE 4: On immigration: "We must insist on assimilation. Immigration without assimilation is an invasion."

QUOTE 5: His closing pitch: "I'm asking folks not just to join my campaign but join a cause -- it is time to believe in America again."

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QUOTE 1: "Yes, I thought about running four years ago. I was ready to lead, but I wasn't ready to run."

QUOTE 2:On how ISIS' training camps need to be destroyed: "I was governor of New York on Sept. 11th. I know that we are at greater risk today than we were at any time since the attack."

QUOTE 3: On Islamic terrorists in the U.S.: "We have to shut down their Internet capability. We have to shut down whether or not they're in prisons preaching or in mosques preaching."

QUOTE 4: The only pro-abortion rights candidate in the Republican field, Pataki was asked if the recent Planned Parenthood videos have changed what he believes on abortion. He responded, "My heart has not changed because I've always been appalled by abortion. I'm a Catholic. I believe life begins at conception. But Roe v. Wade has been the law for 42 years. And I don't think we should continue to try to change it. But what we can do is defund Planned Parenthood and by the way put in place an absolute permanent ban on any taxpayer dollars ever being used to fund abortions."

He called the videos "hideous" and added, "I would pass legislation outlawing abortion after 20 weeks."

QUOTE 5: "I had the opportunity not just to run but to win in the deep blue state of New York three times, and not only did I win, but I then worked with a Democratic legislature to put into effect the most sweeping conservative reforms of any state in America."

Rick Perry, former Texas governor

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QUOTE 1: "I've had my issues with Donald Trump. I talked about Donald Trump from the standpoint of someone who was using his celebrity rather than his conservatism."

QUOTE 2: On the Iran nuclear deal: "The first thing I will do is tear up that agreement with Iran."

QUOTE 3: "We're talking about a state that moved graduation rates forward from 27th in the nation to second highest. As a matter of fact, if you're Hispanic or African-American in Texas, you have the highest high school graduation rates in America."

Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO

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QUOTE 1: "I started as a secretary and became ultimately the chief executive of the largest technology company in the world ... I know personally how extraordinary and unique this nation is."

QUOTE 2: "We need a leader who will lead the resurgence of this great nation and unlock its great potential once again."

QUOTE 3: On the front-runner who was described as the "elephant that is not in the room tonight," Donald Trump: "Well, I don't know. I didn't get a phone call from Bill Clinton before I jumped into the race. Did any of you get a phone call from Bill Clinton? I didn't. Maybe it's because I hadn't given money to the foundation or donated to his wife's Senate campaign."

QUOTE 4: "Hillary Clinton lies about Benghazi, she lies about emails. She still defends Planned Parenthood and she's still her party's front-runner. 2016 is going to be a fight between conservatism and a Democratic Party that is undermining the very character of this nation."

Lindsey Graham, South Carolina senator

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QUOTE 1: "I am tired of sending $300 billion overseas to buy oil from people who hate our guts."

QUOTE 2: On the Islamic State: "If we don't stop them over there they are coming here just as sure as I am standing here ... We need a ground force in Iraq and Syria and America has to be part of that ground force."

QUOTE 3: On the economy: "To all the Americans who want a better life, don't vote for Hillary Clinton. She's not going to repeal Obamacare and replace it. I will. She's not going to build the Keystone pipeline. I will. She's not going to change Dodd-Frank. I will."

QUOTE 4: On the Planned Parenthood controversy: "I don't think it's a war on women for all of us as Americans to stand up and stop harvesting organs from little babies."

QUOTE 5: "We need somebody ready to be commander-in-chief on day 1, who understands there are no moderates in Iran -- they've been killed a long time ago. That the ayatollah is a radical jihadist who means it when he chants 'Death to America, death to Israel' and this deal has given him a pathway to a bomb, a missile to deliver it and money to pay for it all."

Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator

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QUOTE 1: "The reason I did so well last time is not just because of the vision. It's because I have a track record in Washington D.C. of getting things done."

QUOTE 2: On immigration: "And I put forth an immigration policy that is as strong in favor of the folks who are struggling in America the most than anybody else. It's the strongest pro-worker immigration plan. It says that after 35 million people have come here over the last 20 years, almost all of whom are unskilled workers, flattening wages, creating horrible opportunity -- a lack of opportunities for unskilled workers, we're going to do something about reducing the level of immigration by 25 percent."

QUOTE 3: "I'm looking out for the American worker. I'm the only one on this stage who has a plan to reduce immigration."

Jim Gilmore, former Virginia governor

QUOTE 1: After noting that he was governor
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QUOTE 1: After noting that he was governor on 9/11, when the Twin Towers and the Pentagon were attacked: "It's going to happen in this country. There are going to be further attacks. We have to be prepare to defend the American people, prepare them for a long war, stand up for the defense of this country and stand up for the values of this country."

QUOTE 2: "The president has done an executive order with respect to illegal immigration that is illegal, illegal, and it shows a contempt for the rule of law."

QUOTE 3: "I was a conservative governor of Virginia. I governed that way, and that's my track record. ... It's time for real substance and real experience."


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