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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Reinventing Hillary," Nov. 17, 2007

"Every once in a while, I am left speechless. This is one of those times."

Sen. John McCain upon learning that Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson endorsed Rudolph W. Giuliani, his rival for the Republican presidential nomination. That same day former contender Sen. Sam Brownback endorsed McCain.

"I, as a natural selector, will eliminate all who I see unfit, disgraces of human race and failures of natural selection."

Pekka-Eric Auvinen, an 18-year-old student, on his plot to open fire on a school in Finland. The troubled youth posted the cryptic message on YouTube hours before murdering eight people and taking his own life.

"He's failed at retirement repeatedly."

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Randy Hendricks, agent to pitcher Roger Clemens, on his 45-year-old client's apparent readiness to call it quits for good.

"One can be a friend of America, and yet win elections in France."

French president Nicolas Sarkozy on his country's shifting relations with the United States. The newly elected leader drew whoops of approval and standing ovations from the House of Representatives during his first official visit to Washington, D.C.


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