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Issue: "Louisiana's Buy-You-Election," May 17, 1997

White House officials and Democratic lawmakers say they are confident the Republicans will accept the one hundred million dollars in Medicare savings, the Republicans having been badly burned last year because of their push for greater cuts.

-CNN's WOLF BLITZER, in an &quotInside Politics" report last week. The Media Research Center pointed to that as an example of journalists' tendency to characterize Democratic initiatives to reduce the size of the projected increase in entitlement spending as &quotsavings" and Republican initiatives to do the same as &quotcuts."

Volunteerism, less government, China, Haiti boat people, NAFTA-I like it that our policies made some sense to those who came along after me.... We did leave a very strong economy in 1992, but didn't your colleagues want 'change' and wasn't I, to them, 'out of touch'?

-Former President GEORGE BUSH in a fax interview (&quotself-typed I might add") with The New York Times's Maureen Dowd, on President Clinton's continuation of many Bush policies.

No and no.

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-PRESIDENT CLINTON, in a news conference alongside Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, testily answering questions about alleged discrepancies in his wife's testimony on Whitewater-related issues and whether the controversy was getting under their skin. Later, Mr. Clinton said he &quotdid not mean to be flippant" and said he knew of no &quotfactual discrepancy" in Mrs. Clinton's testimony.

I have never believed economics to be a zero-sum game-that if somebody else is going to have more, then somebody has to have less. I admit, though, that I didn't know a great deal of economics when I wrote the first edition of Rich Christians [in an Age of Hunger].

-Evangelical liberal author RON SIDER in an interview in Christianity Today.

They thought it was an honor to be sacrificed.... They had a different idea of life and death.

-Mexican first lady PATRICIA VELASCO DE ZEDILLO to Hillary Rodham Clinton as an archaeologist guide led the two on a tour of Mayan ruins in the Yucatan peninsula. The guide described child sacrifices performed there, explaining that the Mayans believed &quotthe universe was nourished" by the child murders. Mrs. Clinton, known as an advocate of children's rights, said nothing.

Don't mess with Texas.

-U.S. Attorney PAUL COGGINS, commenting after Texas police shot and killed one of two fugitive members of the &quotRepublic of Texas" separatist group. Mr. Coggins calls group members &quotpaper terrorists [and] bullies."

Once in free fall it was heaven. I'd do it again but I'm not sure this second one wouldn't be written off by the wispy libs and oh-so-serious pundits as 'Look at the old guy, trying to garner more good press.'

-MR. BUSH in the same interview, referring to his now-famous skydive.


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