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Memorable things they said

Issue: "On the road again," May 9, 2009

"Obama is the best gun salesman we could find."

Scott Hornsby, store manager at Carolina Rod & Gun in Charleston, S.C., on how concerns about potential bans on weapons and bullets have sparked a massive increase in sales since President Obama's inauguration.

"Abortion is the white supremacist's best friend."

Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr., on a Department of Homeland Security domestic terrorism report that links pro-lifers and hate groups. King said, "To say, as the Department of Homeland Security does, that white supremacists have exercised a 'longstanding exploitation of social issues such as abortion' tells me that either the government, the supremacists, or both are clueless about abortion's grave impact on the black community."

"That's like saying if you love puppies, you might be susceptible to recruitment by the Animal Liberation Front."

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U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R.-Texas and ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, on the same DHS report's statements linking veterans, pro-life groups, federalists, and supporters of gun rights with right-wing extremist groups.

"Like trying to deal with a $5,000 credit card debt by forgoing a pack of gum."

An editorial in The Washington Post, on President Obama's call for government agencies to find $100 million in savings when next year's budget deficit will be $1.4 trillion. The problem, the Post argued, was not the call itself but that it was made as the president makes massive spending increases.

"It's not about being politically correct. For me it was being biblically correct."

Miss California, Carrie Prejean, on the controversy over her statement in opposition to gay marriage in response to a question during the Miss USA pageant.

"'Very funny, God. My name's Sarah, but my husband's not Abraham, he's Todd.'"

Gov. Sarah Palin to a pro-life gathering admitting momentary thoughts about having an abortion after learning she was pregnant with her fifth child, Trig, and that tests showed he had Down syndrome. Trig turned 1 on April 18.


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