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Issue: "Bush's moral mandate," Nov. 13, 2004

"I've earned [political] capital in this election, and I'm going to spend it."

President George W. Bush on his plans to press for controversial overhauls of the tax and Social Security systems during his second term.

"When Achilles died, the Greeks were in trouble."

Conservative activist and Bush ally Grover Norquist, predicting that Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle's loss in South Dakota will make other Senate Democrats from "red states" less likely to oppose Bush policies.

"We have lost the ability to connect with people's value systems."

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U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.), on the inability of Democrats to attract the votes of churchgoers and others motivated by moral concerns.

"Most on Wall Street got the man they wanted."

Alfred Goldman, analyst for AG Edwards, after the Dow rose more than 100 points on news of President Bush's victory on Nov. 3.

"Unfortunately, I'm getting pretty good at this."

North Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Erskine Bowles on giving concession speeches. Mr. Bowles lost this year to Republican Richard Burr and in 2002 to Elizabeth Dole.

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