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Quotables

Issue: "2010 Books Issue," July 3, 2010

"I think they've oversold this stuff. . . . The whole movement has taken a giant step backward."

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on global warming science. Graham was once a strong proponent of taking action against climate change but now says he would vote against the climate bill he helped write.

"It wasn't Sen. McCain's question."

Gen. DAVID PETRAEUS, head of U.S. Central Command, on briefly passing out during a June 15 Senate hearing. The incident happened while Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was asking him a question.

"Thirteen women in kayaks, clenching knives in their teeth, cutting monofilament fishing line off the mangroves and clearing trash."

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Laura Fox of Key West describing the cleanup of the mangrove island Man Key. Key West residents, frustrated with the government and BP, have taken oil spill cleanup into their own hands.

"What would MacGyver do if he were here?"

JONATHAN METZ of West Hartford, Conn., on his thoughts when his arm became stuck in a furnace for two days. He ultimately attempted to self-amputate his arm.

"That was very strange. I'm not sure I liked it. All my life, I've heard, 'one man, one vote.'"

Arthur Furano, 80, of Port Chester, N.Y., after voting six times in a June 15 village board of trustees election. A judge ordered the unusual system in which each voter casts six ballots and can vote for different candidates, called cumulative voting, in order to help elect a Hispanic candidate.

"If you're gonna buy a race, you ought to win it."

Commentator Rich Lowry, on unions spending more than $10 million on a primary challenge to Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark. Lincoln defeated her more liberal challenger, Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, in a June 8 runoff election and faces Republican Rep. John Boozman in the fall campaign.

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