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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Don't fence me out," April 21, 2007

"It would be like me saying I've been a lifelong golfer because I played putt-putt when I was 9 years old and rode in a golf cart a couple of times."

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on fellow GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's claim to be a lifelong hunter. Romney has never had a hunting license and, according to his staff, has hunted only twice in his life.

"I'm more Jed Clampett than Teddy Roosevelt."

Mitt Romney, explaining that his staff was mistaken about his hunting experience. He said he hunts rabbits and other small animals that do not require licenses in Utah.

"A tragic rush to accuse."

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North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper on a district attorney's decision last year to charge three white Duke University lacrosse players with sexually assaulting a black stripper. The racially charged case attracted national attention, but Cooper on April 11 said the players were innocent, because "no attack occurred."

"It is a privilege to represent the NFL, not a right."

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on the suspension of players Adam "Pacman" Jones of the Tennessee Titans and Chris Henry of the Cincinnati Bengals for off-field behavior. Police have arrested Henry four times in a 14-month span and Jones faces charges related to a Las Vegas strip-club shooting. Henry was suspended for eight games and Jones for an entire season.


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