Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "Building a better boycott," Oct. 4, 1997

"I don't come here in denial."

Acting IRS commissioner MICHAEL DOLAN, during his contrite appearance before the Senate Finance Committee after a week's worth of taxpayer horror stories and damaging testimony from employees.

"They have to give the woman the right to make the decision."

Deputy FDA commissioner MARY PENDERGAST, criticizing the rationale of companies that exclude women of child-bearing age from some clinical drug trials because of experimental drugs' potential for causing birth defects. FDA drafted a proposed regulation that would force companies to stop the practice by giving the agency the power to halt the trials if women are excluded for reproductive reasons.

"He's been around a long time. He knew he was on the borderline."

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Former vice president DAN QUAYLE, on why he thinks his successor Al Gore knew he was skirting the edge of the law in raising money from his White House office. Mr. Quayle said Mr. Gore's legalistic answers to media inquiries "just adds to the arrogance."

"My top priority has always been my family and my other top priority professionally has been to reduce and retire the debt. I found out you can't have two top priorities."

Outgoing Democratic National Committee finance chief Paul de Nino, who leaves a DNC debt of $15.3 million to new chairman Fran Katz, explaining the reason for his departure. Mr. de Nino will become finance director for Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

"This is a gutsy move for Gore, inasmuch as he's likely to be greeting a sea of saffron-robed reporters with checkbooks as the favored costume this year."

The Washington Post's AL KAMEN, on the announcement that the Gores will again host a Halloween party on Oct. 26 at the vice president's residence. The soiree was canceled last year because Mr. Gore was too busy attending to campaign-related duties.

"Due to content seen as distasteful and unacceptable, tabloids have been pulled from this store."

Sign taped on the door of a convenience store in St. Louis county. Although the tabloids had indeed been pulled from the establishment, Hustler, Penthouse, and other pornographic magazines were available there.

"Disability shouldn't be something that happens when you are 300 pounds and can't bend over to get a doughnut."

U.S. Rep. CHARLES TAYLOR (R-N.C.), to District of Columbia police brass in response to their request for a rules change that would allow them to move more police officers into disability retirement. The House subcommittee chaired by Mr. Taylor, who is skeptical of the city government's ability to manage money, oversees the District of Columbia. The panel approved a budget for the city last week that cuts $300 million from the $4.2 billion Senate version.


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