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Quotables

Issue: "The GOP and Hispanics," May 19, 2012

"Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order."

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney on President Obama's claim that Romney would not have ordered the commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden last year.

"Do we have to fight about everything?"

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, blaming Democrats for creating a political fight over the extension of student loan interest rates and women's healthcare. Boehner noted that Democrats had voted previously to raid the same healthcare "slush fund" that Republicans want to use to fund the student loan program.

"We were supposed to be halfway toward a frying world now."

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Environmentalist James Lovelock on the earth over the past 12 years not warming as much as environmentalists thought it would. "The problem is we don't know what the climate is doing," he said. "We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books-mine included-because it looked clear-cut, but it hasn't happened." Time magazine in 2007 named Lovelock one of 13 "Heroes of the Environment."

"It's like a real Chinese version of The Shawshank Redemption."

Chinese activist Hu Jia on the escape from authorities by blind rights activist Chen Guangcheng on April 22.

"Realistic scenario."

Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament, on the possibility of the European Union collapsing.

"I would kiss George W. Bush on the mouth for what he did on PEPFAR."

Actor and liberal activist Matt Damon on his approval of the former president's AIDS relief work.

"More than any President we've seen, this incumbent is willing to say things that aren't in the area code of the truth."

Editorial by The Wall Street Journal, on President Obama's rhetoric regarding tax, green jobs, and other claims.

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