As I did with the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, I’ve pulled some of the top quotes from last week’s DNC in Charlotte, North Carolina. I have to admit that I’m somewhat biased because I’ve voted mostly Democratic in the past 20 years. In some ways, I consider myself a stereotypical “yellow dog Democrat.” In Texas talk, that means I’d rather vote for a yellow dog than a damn Republican. Actually, if a dog of any color was running for office, I’d vote for it quicker than a damn politician. Nonetheless, here are some quotable highlights from this year’s DNC.
“All they have to offer is the same prescription they’ve had for the last thirty years: Have a surplus? Try a tax cut. Deficit too high? Try another. Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations, and call us in the morning!”
“Folks, the Bain way may bring your firm the highest profits. But it’s not the way to lead our country from the highest office.”
“Ask Osama bin Laden if he is better off now than he was four years ago.”
– Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts.
“In Tampa, the Republican argument against the president’s re-election was pretty simple: ‘We left him a total mess; he hasn’t cleaned it up fast enough; so fire him and put us back in.’”
“Sure, Mitt Romney loves our lakes and trees. He loves our cars so much they have their own elevator. But the people who design, build and sell those cars? Well, in Romney’s world, the cars get the elevator; the workers get the shaft.”
– Jennifer Granholm, former Michigan governor.
“Mitt Romney talks a lot about the things he’s fixed. I can tell you, Massachusetts was not one of them … As governor, he was a lot more interested in having the job than doing the job.”
– Governor Deval Patrick, Massachusetts.
“Being asked to pay your fair share isn’t class warfare, it’s patriotism.”
– Mayor Cory Booker, Newark, New Jersey.
“Republicans say they don’t believe in government. Sure they do. They believe in government to help themselves and their powerful friends. After all, Mitt Romney’s the guy who said corporations are people.”
– Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senate candidate from Massachusetts.
“‘Start a business,’ he said. But how? ‘Borrow money from your parents.’ Gee, why didn’t I think of that?”
– Mayor Julian Castro, San Antonio, Texas.
“Many names are on the ballot. So, too, is the character of our country.”
– Rep. Nancy Pelosi, House Minority leader.
“Last week, we heard folks at the other convention say they want to “take our country back.” But here’s what I noticed: they didn’t say back to what. Well, we know what backwards looks like. We know what happened to middle-class families after two tax cuts for people who didn’t need them; after deregulation of the banking and housing sectors; after the historic recession that followed.”
“When women are in the halls of power, our national debate reflects the needs and dreams of American families. Women leading means that Congress is working to create jobs, make quality child care more affordable and strengthen the middle class because we understand that America grows the economy and opportunity from the middle out, not the top down.”
– Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Maryland.
“The president knows that the path to the middle class goes right through America’s classrooms. That was his path. That’s America’s path. However, his opponent believes differently.”
“We don’t need a President who fires steelworkers, or says, ‘Let Detroit go bankrupt.’”
– David Foster, a former employee at a company controlled by Romney’s Bain Capital.
“I’ll admit, I was glad Paul (Ryan) was picked (as the Republican Vice-Presidential nominee). I hoped it would result in a serious debate about the choice before us. Then I heard his acceptance speech – it kept the fact-checkers up all night.”
– Rep Chris Holland, Maryland.
“I have seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are – it reveals who you are.”