Candidate Quotes

Candidate Quotes by Steve Kornacki, Sharron Angle, Rebecca Traister, Balachandra Menon, Andry Rajoelina, Richard Grenell and many others.

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We read primary results to assure ourselves that this candidate has won this state’s primary and can win the state in the general election. I think that’s a very dubious jump to make.
Steve Kornacki
I knew that if we were going to actually defeat Harry Reid, we had to have a candidate who would offer a sharp policy contrast. Someone who would not just pay lip service to limited government principles, but had a solid record of voting that way time and again. I’m that candidate.
Sharron Angle
In 2008, Clinton and Obama were similar politicians. Obama was definitely advertised as the more progressive candidate, and that’s part of why more progressive people – including women – went for him.
Rebecca Traister
As I am a film personality, I feel it would be best to be an independent candidate. Thus if I decide to contest it won’t be under the symbol of any political party.
Balachandra Menon
What is important is the victory of the people, not of a candidate. We must unite for the good of Madagascar’s people, and we are going to succeed.
Andry Rajoelina
Journalists undoubtedly have a duty to push, cajole, and aggressively maneuver around campaign handlers in order for the public to see a candidate unscripted.
Richard Grenell
As a candidate for Director-General of the WHO, I believe there is a key role WHO needs to play to improve and advance mental health. It can help advocate for efficient resources and services – and efforts to reduce stigma – to be in place at local, national, and global levels.
Tedros Adhanom
I’m the only candidate which has a policy about how to bring economic opportunity – using clean, renewable energy as the key – into coal country, because we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.
Hillary Clinton
I have come to the conclusion that while a candidate’s faith matters, what’s most important is how he or she applies that faith.
Gary Bauer
You know, I think, people of all stripes in California, Republicans, Democrats, conservatives, liberals, frankly, as I have traveled the state, the number one issue is jobs. And they are looking for which candidate can get the economy back on track.
Meg Whitman
How a candidate runs shapes how a president governs.
George Packer
You don’t have to be wealthy to run for mayor. I’m a Green Party candidate running for mayor and I’m being taken seriously.
Matt Gonzalez
Millions of people die every day. Everyone’s got to go sometime. I’ve came by this particular tumor honestly. If you smoke, which I did for many years very heavily with occasional interruption, and if you use alcohol, you make yourself a candidate for it in your sixties.
Christopher Hitchens
In Donald Trump, you have a candidate who knows the difference between wanting something done and making it happen.
Ivanka Trump
We obviously – I’m from Michigan, so we saw a disproportionate number of these social media ads targeting us, targeting our population. So I want to close that loophole. That’s my amendment, so that no foreign entity can buy an ad for or against a candidate in our democracy.
Elissa Slotkin
My mom was a diabetic. Her sister was a diabetic, so I was already a candidate.
Angie Stone
If a candidate puts together a small business platform, I’ll go out on the road for him. You know, I’ll support him.
Jon Taffer
As a candidate for Senate, I look forward to offering reforms based on limited government principles that will make our country stronger and more prosperous.
Ron DeSantis
The candidate who knows the space and is really interested in a company rather than just applying for a job will be able to engage with everyone who’s interviewing him or her with interesting questions at the right level.
David Baszucki
To balance China, the democracies will need new friends – and India with its fast-growing economy, youthful population, and democratic politics seems the obvious candidate.
David Frum
Bill Clinton’s legacy on job creation should be assailed by none and admired by every presidential candidate who hopes to do the same.
David Brock
I’ve been a candidate for office at least eight times. A couple times for mayor, state representative, city council.
Sixto Rodriguez
With a good education and a solid childhood, Marie-Antoinette might have become one of the most admired women in Europe. As it was, the empress paid no attention to her youngest daughter until an accident of nuptial politics made the girl a candidate to marry the French dauphin.
Amanda Foreman
I want to be president because I have the sensitivity, as a woman, to listen. I’m a different candidate… different because I don’t belong to powerful, privileged groups, because I’m honest.
Josefina Vazquez Mota
Hillary doesn’t play. She has more experience and exposure to the presidency than any candidate in our lifetime – yes, more than Barack, more than Bill. So she is absolutely ready to be Commander-in-Chief on day one. And, yes, she happens to be a woman.
Michelle Obama
I have a sense of destiny because of my mother, who was an extraordinary person but a terrible candidate for mother. She was like the god Cronus, who gave birth to his children in the morning and then ate them at night.
Jamaica Kincaid
It is literally painful to watch Rick Perry as a candidate.
James Carville
Gov. Huckabee seems like somebody who could run effectively against a female candidate and not make it seem like he’s being derogatory and impolite.
Kellyanne Conway
A candidate is not going to suddenly change once they get into office. Just the opposite, in fact. Because the minute that individual takes that oath, they are under the hottest, harshest light there is. And there is no way to hide who they really are.
Michelle Obama
Let us not return to the old battlefield where so many shed blood and tears for the right to vote. Instead let us move forward to an era where all eligible Americans have equal access to the ballot box and have the freedom to vote for the candidate of their choosing.
Marc Veasey
I believe Ted Cruz is the candidate that’s the answer to my prayers. A candidate whom God will use to restore the soul of America.
Steve King
I couldn’t vote to confirm any candidate who supports executive amnesty. The attorney general is a top law enforcement officer in this country – the senior person – and anyone who occupies that office must have fidelity to the laws of the United States duly passed, and to the Constitution of the United States.
Jeff Sessions
Regardless of how lyrical or rhetorically gifted they are in conveying big ideas, any candidate can do a good job of giving a speech if the goal of a speech is more than just delivering it well but achieving some end, whether it’s convincing people of some issue or persuading them about you as a person.
Jon Lovett
When I was selected as a Labour council candidate in 2009, people publicly challenged how I could possibly represent anyone from the Bengali community because of my faith and since my selection and election as the member of parliament for Liverpool, Wavertree, I have received a torrent of anti-Semitic abuse.
Luciana Berger
This is what happens, when, for the first time in modern history, a candidate resorts to lawsuits to try to overturn the outcome of an election for president.
James Baker
I think it’s high time that we had a woman president. But I don’t want to elect someone just because she’s a woman; I want the best candidate to be elected. I think that any woman who is elected to the highest office in the land would clearly have positive role model effects for other young women.
Linda McMahon
A presidential candidate changing churches is hardly unusual. Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, and Rand Paul have all aligned themselves with different faiths throughout their lives.
Michelle Dean
We have a presidential candidate who’s deleted emails and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate. That doesn’t make sense to me, because if that was any other person, you’d be in prison. So what is this country really standing for?
Colin Kaepernick
You can identify me as the freedom or the liberty candidate or the limited government candidate.
Matt Rosendale
At USC, if you’re running back there, and you do gain you over 1,500 yards, people see you as a candidate, but not one of the top ones.
Marcus Allen
The average American expends more time becoming informed about choosing a car than choosing a candidate. But, then, the consequences of the former choice are immediate and discernible.
George Will
I am not the Catholic candidate for President. I am the Democratic Party’s candidate for President, who happens also to be a Catholic.
John F. Kennedy
I ran for Congress as a first-time candidate to fight to protect everyone with a pre-existing condition, to bring down the skyrocketing costs of healthcare and prescription drugs, to fight for clean drinking water, and to help restore civility and decency to our politics.
Elissa Slotkin
And if you want a commander in chief who will fulfill the most solemn obligation of the president to keep this nation safe, then support a candidate who has demonstrated the commitment, the judgment, the experience, the clarity of vision, to identify our enemy, to call it by its name, radical islamic terrorism.
Ted Cruz
Obviously, I’m honoured to be mentioned as a candidate to win the Ballon d’Or, but the only way I can influence it is to just focus on playing well.
Virgil van Dijk
I’ve never made a political donation to Hillary Clinton or any other political candidate.
Bill Browder
I can’t comment on what every single presidential candidate is saying or doing.
Tom Cotton
In 1800, in the first interparty contest, the Federalists warned that presidential candidate Thomas Jefferson, because of his sympathy expressed at the outset of the French Revolution, was ‘the son of a half-breed Indian squaw’ who would put opponents under the guillotine.
Robert Dallek
When I started, I was an artist; I wanted to be an artist. I became an actor almost by accident. I acted for fifteen years and tried to produce. I looked for stories that were the story beneath the story that you thought you knew, like ‘The Candidate’.
Robert Redford
I am the candidate who defends the superiority of politics over the administration, the bureaucracy, the economy, and so I think it is politics which must decide.
Marine Le Pen
You can’t get much more liberal than John Kerry is. I mean, he’s my candidate, but, I mean, come on.
Don Imus
Between 2012 and 2016, Donald Trump earned 14,000 more votes than Mitt Romney did in Detroit. It was wonderful to have a candidate in our party come to Detroit and campaign and actually show up and invest time there even though he probably didn’t think he was going to win Detroit.
Ronna McDaniel
Almost never does a candidate with high negatives have much of a coattail effect.
Mitch McConnell
I’ve run for office, and I’ve stood on street corners, while people walked by me and didn’t want to talk to me, and did not think I was a credible candidate. And then four years later, I was nearly elected mayor of San Francisco, so I know what it takes.
Matt Gonzalez
On the national security front, Rick Santorum is superior to any candidate I know.
Foster Friess
Moving forward, I will be committed to building a stronger team so that the GOP can compete and win statewide in 2018, including the possibility of being a candidate in that cycle.
Chris Gibson
The tin man vs. the straw man. The candidate with a brain but without a heart against the president with a heart but without a brain. That’s how many Latin Americans are viewing the race between John Kerry and George W. Bush.
Denise Dresser
Nobody has proved quite as adept as laughing at himself as former President George W. Bush, who willingly conceded to being a class clown, even as a candidate in 1999.
Alex Wagner
Humor borne out of cruelty happens to be the easiest and therefore lowest form of comedy: It is cheap stuff and it does not elevate the candidate, nor make him a more fundamentally sympathetic character.
Alex Wagner
I think it becomes incumbent upon a candidate to essentially disavow some of the things that are in that party platform. Otherwise, I think the assumption is that you are a true believer.
Pete Gallego
With regard to Trump, he’s saying some things that I just think are ridiculous and would disqualify any other candidate.
Gary Johnson
I’ve always believed that what’s best for our kids is what’s best for our state. That’s why I’ve dedicated my life to public service, working as an educator, a school administrator, a state superintendent, and now as a candidate for governor.
Tony Evers
The Occupy movement needs an organizing principle, and – just as the Tea Party did – it needs some actual measures of success. Choose one candidate whose agenda is squarely within that of the movement and make his or her electoral success a focal point.
Eliot Spitzer
Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and the public is entitled to know what the legal views of a Supreme Court candidate are.
Ayelet Shaked
I know a moderate, more centered candidate like myself doesn’t get as much attention as people who tend to say more extreme things.
John Delaney
I am totally a fringe candidate, and so is Bill Weld: you know, two Republican governors serving in heavily blue states, outspoken, small government guys, outspoken on the social liberal side. We’re fringe, totally. We’re fringe.
Gary Johnson
Obama better understood community organisation and peer-to-peer communication than any recent candidate, and we are applying that lesson.
Douglas Alexander
The vice presidential candidate tends to be a bit of an afterthought.
Mary Cheney
I don’t think you can be a credible, modern candidate for president without making the environment a major part of your platform.
Graydon Carter
When it comes to music, we should be hoping for as outlandish a Republican candidate as we can get.
Carrie Brownstein
This is the first convention of the space age – where a candidate can promise the moon and mean it.
David Brinkley
I don’t want to be disrespectful of the president of the United States, but as a political person, one of the things I appreciated about this president, in the past year especially, is he is a fantastic candidate.
Ed Gillespie
They say imitation is the best form of flattery. That is particularly the case if you’re a U.S. presidential candidate and pundits are likening you to a conservative giant like Ronald Reagan.
Chuck Norris
I know New Yorkers are gonna vote for a candidate – me – who has the longest record of delivering for them. They want a mayor who can deliver for them. And I’m the only one – I don’t care who gets in – who has that record.
Christine Quinn
Every candidate goes into every debate hoping that they can own a particular moment.
Peter Jennings
Evangelicals overwhelmingly voted for Ronald Reagan – not because he was the most religious candidate, but he possessed the quality evangelicals felt like was most important, and that is leadership.
Robert Jeffress
Any candidate who thinks that we only need to attack ISIS from the sky, without regard to where they flourish and why, shares President Obama’s view that Iran is our partner in peace.
Mike Pompeo
A candidate who tries to steer a path down the middle in an effort to ‘win independents’ runs the risk of convincing everyone that they have no core values. As much as – or more than – any other voters, independents want to see conviction and authenticity.
John Sununu
When one donor can account for more than 70 percent of a candidate’s money, there’s obviously something wrong with the system.
Jason Kander
In the television age, the key distinction is between the candidate who can speak poetry and the one who can only speak prose.
Richard M. Nixon
Donald Trump may be the loudest voice in the Republican presidential field, but on his heels is the candidate quietly surging to the front of the pack: Ben Carson.
Hallie Jackson
If you look at that 2008 Democratic primary, there was no more formidable, unstoppable candidate – other than an incumbent President – in modern times than Hillary Clinton.
Ted Cruz
I learned a lot about America and a lot about Pat Schroeder, and that’s why I will not be a candidate for President.
Patricia Schroeder
There’s always a risk when the candidate becomes president: Will he deliver what is expected of him?
Francois Hollande
Every presidential candidate highlights patriotism, but Mr. Romney’s is backed by the Mormon belief that the United States was chosen by God to play a special role in history, its Constitution divinely inspired.
Jodi Kantor
Through the potent example of his own life, President Obama enabled us to believe the best about America, and, therefore, about ourselves. That uplifting narrative – essentially equating the promise of America with his extraordinary life story – swept candidate Obama into the presidency.
Cynthia P. Schneider
The CIA’s research program is described in a book called The Search for the Manchurian Candidate.
Ken Follett
It’s time for Republicans to rally behind this campaign in order to put forth the best candidate to stop Hillary Clinton in November. I am confident Ted Cruz is that person, and I’m thrilled to endorse him for president.
Cory Gardner
I think sometimes celebrities can hurt a candidate. You don’t want people to judge them on your last project.
Wanda Sykes
I am fed up with career politicians. I am tired of going into the voting booth and holding my nose to pick the least worst candidate on the ballot.
Todd Wilcox
Having an election with only one candidate running is impossible. This is not a democracy.
Bhumibol Adulyadej
Our government should be entirely and purely secular. The religious views of a candidate should be kept entirely out of sight.
Robert Green Ingersoll
If ever we deserved a candidate at this moment in our culture, that candidate is Donald Trump.
R. J. Cutler
I am not a fan of Mitt Romney, but I admit that he is, politically speaking, a good candidate for president. He has no personal baggage. He’s as handsome as they come. And he’s a talented orator.
Jack Schlossberg
We do not owe allegiance to any candidate because they share our party or our color, but because they share our principles and our conscience.
Benjamin Todd Jealous
We can take this country back. All we need is to nominate the right candidate. It’s no more complicated than that.
Rush Limbaugh
I was the first candidate to announce my run on Instagram. So that was kind of cool.
Elise Stefanik
I want to be part of real reality shows, but don’t want to do shows where I am told to give more points to one candidate because he/she is from a particular state. We have to judge by merit.
Kumar Sanu
A traditional presidential campaign has a media bus with the candidate’s name on it and an itinerary days in advance. Trump has a plane with his name on it (that we aren’t invited on) and an itinerary that often mutates daily, along with his talking points.
Katy Tur
I never watched a Heisman ceremony when I was a kid. I didn’t even know it was held at the Downtown Athletic Club when I was a candidate. I thought it was at Radio City Music Hall or something.
Carson Palmer
No candidate can become president without the Latino vote.
Tony Cardenas
I never would’ve thought that I’d be a candidate or a nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year, but it’s definitely a blessing and that’s how I view my life.
Mike Evans
I still want to be the candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks. We can’t beat George Bush unless we appeal to a broad cross-section of Democrats.
Howard Dean
After the election of George McGovern in 1972 as a peace candidate – I should say his election to the nomination of the Democratic Party – the party changed the rules to steeply tilt that playing field, creating superdelegates and Super Tuesdays that make it very hard for a grassroots campaign to prevail.
Jill Stein
There’s an enormous difference between voting for a candidate because you hate another ethnic group and voting for a candidate because he’s a member of your ethnic group.
Jonathan Haidt
The candidate who promises the most has the best chance of winning.
H. W. Brands
I’m the perfect candidate to be affected by SARS. I’m highly susceptible to infections.
Ron Santo
Political discourse has become so rotten that it’s no longer possible to tell the stench of one presidential candidate from the stink of another.
P. J. O’Rourke
The thing about Donald Trump, he is a different candidate.
Jack Kingston
I cannot in any case permit myself to be brought before the people, exclusively, by any of the political parties that now so unfortunately divide our country, as their candidate for office.
Zachary Taylor
History suggests that opposite gender debates, unfortunately, are accompanied by a host of expectations. Each candidate must tread carefully or risk running afoul of the gender stereotype they are subconsciously expected to conform to.
Kayleigh McEnany
Lebanon is restless, Syria got its walking papers, Egypt is scheduling elections with more than one candidate, and even Saudi Arabia, whose rulers are perhaps more terrified of women than rulers anywhere else in the world, allowed limited municipal elections.
Suzanne Fields
To me, Ann Romney sounds like a better candidate than her husband. She put her MS into remission through horseback riding, alternative therapies, and a healthy diet. She knows how to pace herself. She has a sense of humor and an innate honesty, and her hair moves in the wind. Maybe she should run.
Patti Davis
You’re not going to find the perfect candidate unless it’s Jesus Christ.
Jim Bob Duggar
It’s important to know enough about all of the candidates to make an informed choice, and our candidate is Hillary Clinton.
Marcia Fudge
The vice presidential candidate does not usually make much difference at the polls. But that may be changing as voters become more aware that the understudy must be ready to take over if needed.
Madeleine M. Kunin
Have you ever seen a candidate talking to a rich person on television?
Art Buchwald
You can have all the money in the world, but if you’re not a good candidate, it doesn’t matter.
Lara Trump
Let’s not forget that the essential message of a Republican candidate is a tricky sell. That you love America, but hate all the groups that make up America. That you love democracy, but hate people.
Frankie Boyle
Every now and then, a presidential candidate surprises us with a truly human and honest moment.
Ron Fournier
It obviously matters who gets to be president. And it’s perfectly valid for us media types to advocate for the candidate we think is more qualified, based on our reporting. But the hype has gotten so out of control, it’s become bigger than the presidency itself.
Matt Taibbi
I think when a campaign is dishonest in the ads they run about another candidate, it diminishes the campaign, it diminishes the candidate, and it diminishes the presidency.
Mitt Romney
I do think that sometimes, especially coming into this going straight from activism to being a candidate or to being a person who potentially, you know, looks like will be holding political office soon, I think we expect our politicians to be perfect and fully formed and on point on every single issue.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Voting third-party in 2016 meant choosing The Green Party’s Jill Stein, the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson, or Independent Candidate Evan McMullion.
Fabrizio Moreira
A page is turning for me. I won’t be candidate in legislative elections, nor in any elections to come.
Nicolas Sarkozy
First of all, no candidate is going to win by catering to the alleged Occupy Wall Street vote.
Jim DeMint
I don’t have many litmus tests, but this is one: Any candidate who doesn’t understand that we need to balance the budget should not be president of the United States.
Jim DeMint
Even before Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton threw their exploratory committees into the ring, every reporter seemed to be asking, ‘Which candidate are Americans more ready for: a white woman or a black man?’
Gloria Steinem
Sooner or later, I need to begin to do what any candidate does in a presidential race; I need to begin to win.
Lamar Alexander
It’s all too easy to forget that cultural fit is a two-way street. Yes, the candidate needs to gel well with your company’s vibe and mission. But, you also need to fit in with her desires, goals, and long-term career vision. It’s not a one-sided relationship.
Kathryn Minshew
Climate change may not be the most important issue to every American, but strong majorities do consider it a major problem, and they aren’t likely to take seriously a candidate who denies the science and who is plainly in the pocket of the polluters.
Sheldon Whitehouse
Advancement and promotion in Mystic Masonry is not dependent on favor; it cannot be given till it has been earned and the candidate has stored in himself the power to rise, any more than a pistol can be fired till it has been loaded.
Max Heindel
I may not be the favourite candidate of some people within the Republican establishment, but the voters made a decision.
Todd Akin
During the 2016 presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump pledged to eliminate our national debt ‘over a period of eight years.’ Now two years into his administration, our national debt has increased, surpassing $21 trillion for the first time in American history.
Seth Moulton
I don’t vote party lines. Never have. I vote for the best candidate.
Curt Schilling
Sitting at a candidate rally is similar to sitting in a ballyard. Both give you the opportunity to assess the technical metrics and reflect on the intangibles – what baseball calls ‘make up’ and politics calls ‘character’ – the leadership, talent and maturity to add value to a venture.
Christine Pelosi
If I could have anything – you know, and this is across the board for any presidential candidate – I would have a greater acknowledgment of history in our policy and in our affairs.
Ta-Nehisi Coates
If a candidate for president said he believed that space aliens dwell among us, would that affect your willingness to vote for him? Personally, I might not disqualify him out of hand; one out of three Americans believe we have had Visitors and, hey, who knows? But I would certainly want to ask a few questions.
Bill Keller
You never agree with any one candidate 100 percent. I don’t agree with myself 100 percent.
Rudy Giuliani
I was the candidate first time a Green or any progressive third party has ever been in a national televised debate. I was in five of them. And the response from the public was overwhelming.
Peter Camejo
Some will say, ‘I wish I had a different choice. I wish there was a different candidate!’ Listen: you have two choices. You have Donald and you have Hillary. And you have no other choice.
Sean Duffy
I think international business experience is an asset in a congressional candidate, particularly in a district with so much international commerce.
Jon Ossoff
The expectation that ‘Trump as president’ will be starkly different from ‘Trump as candidate’ is a false hope at best.
Jamal Khashoggi
I don’t think I’m the cookie-cutter candidate.
George Brauchler
I’m honoured to have been selected to be the Labour candidate for Manchester Central.
Lucy Powell
As a female candidate, you always expect that some people will think you are not as capable of being an executive, or that you may be ‘too emotional’ for office. As an African-American woman, the bar can be even higher.
Nina Turner
Republicans are good at standing by their candidate.
George Clooney
SP is the only party which can put in efforts for the development of the State. Therefore, I request Kanpurites to vote for the SP candidate and ensure progress of the city.
Jaya Prada
Don’t make election popularity largely a matter of which candidate hires the most creative and effective propagandists. Insist that it be, instead, a running conversation with the public.
Ron Howard
In an age when stagecraft, gauzy themes, and sound-bites have too often been substituted for leadership, Bill Clinton as a candidate made it essential to campaigning to take the specifics of governance seriously. Practical solutions were ‘in;’ ideology was ‘out.’
Sylvia Mathews Burwell
The lawyer refused to tell me my brother’s name, and my colleagues started a betting pool. The leading candidate: John Travolta. I secretly hoped for a literary descendant of Henry James – someone more talented than I: someone brilliant without even trying.
Mona Simpson
Never in a million years would I have thought I could have been an astronaut candidate.
Jonny Kim
I was extended secret service protection during my presidential run in 1984, when I received the most death threats ever made toward a candidate.
Jesse Jackson
A campaign adviser can change the outside appearance of the candidate, but the ideology and personality of the candidate remains the same.
Mercedes Schlapp
It is my pleasure to support a candidate who truly reflects our values and highest ideals.
Martin Sheen
If you want a president to stop amnesty, to secure the borders and keep us safe, then support a candidate who has led the fight to stop amnesty to secure the borders and to keep us safe.
Ted Cruz
If you think about it, candidate Obama, Sen. Obama, was running on sort of long-run economic issues, like restoring prosperity to the middle class, dealing with the perennial problem of health care in the United States. He talked a lot about the budget deficit, about the need to transition to clean energy.
Christina Romer
Today, I’m a candidate for the office of president of the United States of America. My kids can’t believe I just said that.
Jon Huntsman, Jr.
As a presidential candidate, Trump seems heaven-sent just to make fools out of Republicans.
Richard Cohen
I don’t think I would get married again; I don’t know if I’m a very good candidate because of all the touring I do.
Sarah Brightman
Well, I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment, and I’ve learned quickly these last few days that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone.
Sarah Palin
When candidate Donald Trump said things that I didn’t necessarily agree with, I would call him on it.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers
I’m not a Blairite candidate, I’m my own candidate.
Liz Kendall
I’ve worked on enough campaigns to know that the most aggrieved candidate rarely emerges victorious.
James Carville
No matter the candidate, every detail in a campaign is carefully and strategically framed for our consumption. The devil is in them.
Leandra Medine
I’m really the candidate who has really lived his whole life in suburbia.
Bob McDonnell
If you think a candidate is electable and has the adeptness to be president, that’s one thing. Elect him for these factors, not because he’s likeable.
Kayleigh McEnany
The candidate was required to prepare himself by confession, fasting, and passing the night in prayer.
Horatio Alger
The days when the words ‘Hollywood actor’ framed Ronald Reagan like bunny fingers as an ID tag and an implied insult seem far-off and quaint: nearly everybody in politics – candidate, consultant, pundit, and Tea Party crowd extra alike – is an actor now, a shameless ham in a hoked-up reality series that never stops.
James Wolcott
A campaign ought to demonstrate the basic human decency of the candidate. That means your First Amendment rights end at the tip of your opponent’s nose – even in the matter of political rhetoric.
Mike Pence
I read the book with interest, but when Jackson was a candidate in 1828 for the Presidency, I opposed him and voted for Adams. I favored a protective tariff.
Ezra Cornell
In many campaigns, one candidate or another is asked to answer for comments he or she made in the past. The answer is usually gibberish – ‘That was a long time ago,’ or ‘I was trying to say something else.’
Andrew Rosenthal
Donald Trump has had political success positioning himself as a ‘law-and-order’ candidate.
Kristen Soltis Anderson
The McCain-Feingold limit on how much you give a candidate didn’t really work because people found ways to get around it.
Foster Friess
You can unite behind a candidate and a vision for America without rejecting another candidate and their vision, because in real life, opposed to party politics, we Democrats are on the same side.
Joe Andrew
A lot of our Democratic consultants have fallen into the self-defeating prescription that the candidate that runs the most negative ads wins. I have a new theory: Positive is the new negative.
Martin O’Malley
The U.S. is an optimistic nation. No candidate has ever won the American presidency by speaking primarily to people’s deepest fears and by manufacturing a sense of apocalypse – that our leaders ‘can’t do anything right,’ that things are utterly falling apart.
Cass Sunstein
I believe that any candidate who supports the war should not receive our support. It doesn’t matter if they’re Senator Clinton or whoever.
Cindy Sheehan
That Rubio is an open-borders, Chamber-of-Commerce Republican is undeniable from his record, and when conservatives compare any candidate’s campaign promises to his voting record, they believe the record, not the promises.
Tom Tancredo
I’d finished a dissertation, writing about how international humanitarian organizations worked with kids in war zones and then I made this transition from the academic world to officer candidate school and to the SEAL teams. It was one of the best decisions I ever made in my life.
Eric Greitens
When my husband and I are getting into a taxi, I always stop the taxi and say where I want to go. My husband jumps in the car and says, ‘This is where we are going.’ That’s the same when men and women approach wanting to become a candidate.
Kemi Badenoch
Hiring’s tough. It’s not just filtering through hundreds of applications and blocking out big chunks of your day for interviews – those are the simple parts. The difficult thing is the nagging feeling that, despite your best efforts, the perfect candidate will somehow fall through the cracks.
Leah Busque
I think you have to look at the fact that every presidential candidate, Republican or Democrat, has all said that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and the embassy should be moved. President Trump’s the only one that had the courage to actually do that.
Nikki Haley
Party leaders aren’t responsible for every candidate’s gaffe.
William M. Daley
If they can’t suck money out of the Hamptons, a candidate really has to throw in the sponge.
Jerry Della Femina
Naming a transition team varies with the intentions of the candidate; some candidates have been careful to name a transition team as much as a year in advance.
Richard V. Allen
I am not a Q candidate but it’s crazy to see how advocating for the safety of children makes me such a target.
Angela Stanton-King
Like many Kentuckians, I’ve seen too many families torn apart by drug abuse. The attorney general should be the leading voice in confronting this challenge, and I believe that I am the right candidate for the job.
Daniel Cameron
I consider myself an excellent candidate… because I care.
Vincent Frank
If the party of Lincoln wishes to become the party of intolerance, selecting Trump to be its presidential candidate is a good way forward.
Peter Bergen
The Court made an exception, however, in the case of candidates contributing to their own campaigns because of the rather reasonable presumption that a candidate is incapable of corrupting himself.
James L. Buckley
I think that women just have a primeval instinct to make soup, which they will try to foist on anybody who looks like a likely candidate.
Dylan Moran
As a Democrat following the 2012 presidential election closely, I was happy to see that South Carolina voted overwhelmingly for Newt Gingrich, a candidate almost too easy for President Barack Obama to beat in the fall. I was not, however, surprised at the state’s gaffe.
Jack Schlossberg
I also do not like the idea of soft money, these issue ads – people don’t know where the money is coming from, millions and millions of dollars outside of the control of a candidate – there’s no accountability.
Scott McCallum
When 3 million more people vote for a presidential candidate, but that candidate still loses, the system sucks. Period. It’s broken. I think it’s broken if the candidate loses by one vote and still wins. Losing by 3 million votes, but still winning the election, is preposterous.
Shaun King
Let me just say that I’m the only candidate in this race now that has any firsthand experience fighting terrorism. And both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, I think, have proven in different ways that they’re unprepared for that challenge.
Evan McMullin
The question Americans should ask is not whether a candidate is affiliated with a particular faith but rather whether that candidate’s faith makes it more likely he or she will support policies that align with their values.
Gary Bauer
In Obama’s case, we’ve enabled affirmative action to find a home in the nation’s highest office. There you have it. I said it and I stand by it. America fell for the gimmick candidate, disregarding every fact and warning sign in the rush to have ‘the first African-American president.’
Allen West
Mr. Giuliani’s liabilities as a G.O.P. candidate were obvious. There was his well-documented history of cultural liberalism – on abortion, gay rights, immigration and gun control – which he tried, unsuccessfully, to mask. And then there was his style – bland, uninspiring, even soporific.
Steve Kornacki
The most important thing about a candidate is not their promises – those hardly ever get delivered anyway. It’s about how they would respond to unpredictable future events. And that’s about their character.
Steve Hilton
Obama really changed the way in which design can be used effectively for a candidate.
Debbie Millman
If you really want to diminish a candidate, depict him as the foil of his handler. This is as old in American politics as politics itself.
Karl Rove
I’m on the mat six times a week, so I got on the TRT. I had some back issues and I’m always on he mat, so I had my levels checked. So I went and my things were in the 300s or whatever, so I’m like really, wow… so I’m a candidate?
Matt Serra
I always thought of myself is a private-sector person. I was a reluctant candidate. I put in my time. Now it’s somebody else’s turn to take charge. But I am still very interested in politics.
Steve Largent
It turns out that the Republican Party is not a hero to anyone but the racist, xenophobic caricature of a candidate that is Donald Trump.
David Brock
For Donald Trump, during his candidacy, he became a polarizing candidate, which included, along the way, insulting a lot of people.
Jalen Rose
If a candidate believes in a no deal exit, they should be straight with the British people that it will come at a very considerable cost.
David Gauke
More than any other candidate, Mr. Trump embodies the evolving norms of communication that are being enabled and encouraged by technology and the matrix of connectivity that defines modern life: authenticity over authority, surprise over consistency, celebrity over experience.
Anand Giridharadas
Nobody can ever truly replace Cristiano Ronaldo, because he was unique, a one-off, who created an unbelievably legacy of success at the club. But what I see in Vinicius is special too, I believe he is the best candidate in football to replace Cristiano and to conquer the world with Madrid.
Cafu
Rule of thumb: When Democrats lose, they blame the candidate. When Republicans lose, they blame the opposition.
Timothy Noah
In this way, there is a strange alchemy to modern campaigning: a candidate must highlight the urgency of the choice facing voters and suggest the possibility – but not probability – of defeat.
Alex Wagner
What I would like to vote for is a candidate that is socially liberal, a fiscal conservative, broadly libertarian with a small ‘l’ but sensible and pragmatic and with a chance of winning. That’s more or less the empty set.
Tyler Cowen
I have this to say to the people: go the polls and vote for the candidate of your choice… This is your responsibility; do not neglect it.
Hosni Mubarak
I know of not one Republican candidate that would not appear publicly with Mitt Romney and I know many Democrats that don’t even want to be in the same city – forget the same stage – with President Obama.
Pete Sessions
A Green Party candidate would be very different from a Democrat or Republican and should be heard.
Peter Camejo
If you’re not the establishment candidate, they’re going to attack you some ways.
Rick Scott
It’s sobering to realize that there’s a huge chunk of the U.S. voting population that doesn’t think of sexual assault as something horrendous enough to disqualify a presidential candidate.
Ana Kasparian
Try, if you will, to imagine Dwight Eisenhower or JFK or Lyndon Johnson or, for that matter, Ronald Reagan chin-wagging with Jack Paar or Johnny Carson. Richard Nixon did, famously, go on ‘Laugh In’ in 1968, but as a candidate; and to his credit, he rued the day and hated every second of it.
Christopher Buckley
Trump seems to think he can win the White House with only the white vote. I believe that the only way to win the White House is with the Latino vote. If the Republican candidate cannot get 33 percent of it, he cannot win the White House.
Jorge Ramos
With its emphasis on star power, the Obama campaign from Day One emphasized the candidate’s perfectly cut presidential presence.
Andrew Breitbart
Conservatives will fight hard to preserve the institutions of mass incarceration and police brutality. Because they don’t see themselves as victims of these things, but as benefactors, they will fight hard to preserve the status quo against a reform candidate.
Shaun King
Even though voters overwhelmingly dislike negative ads, they do influence voters’ opinions about a candidate.
Mercedes Schlapp
You can’t let a candidate run for too long. He will be dragged along, cut apart, put back together and ripped to shreds again – from both the political opponents and the media.
Peer Steinbruck
Every four years since 1988, I have voted for the Republican presidential candidate.
Max Boot
When you look at the calculation, it’s amazing that every time you try to prove or disprove time travel, you’ve pushed Einstein’s theory to the very limits where quantum effects must dominate. That’s telling us that you really need a theory of everything to resolve this question. And the only candidate is string theory.
Michio Kaku
With 500 channels and the Internet available, you’d think a candidate could get the word out.
Larry King
The fault always lies in the candidate or the head coach or the guy holding the ball.
Luther Strange
Ever since Binibini, I’ve really been hands-on since I’ve been an independent candidate. I’m hands-on in every single aspect of my preparations because I’m having so much fun.
Catriona Gray
Virtually every one of the most far-right neocon Bush officials – including Dick Cheney himself – has spent years now praising Obama for continuing their terrorism policies which Obama the Senator and Presidential Candidate once so harshly denounced.
Glenn Greenwald
Romney has adopted almost every position conservatives want their candidate to espouse: He’s pro-life, he wants to repeal ObamaCare, he wants to cut taxes and cut the federal budget, and he wants an unapologetic foreign policy dedicated to the proposition that this too will be the American century.
John Podhoretz
The usual Republican suspects lined up to side with Trump, chastizing Pope Francis for insinuating that the candidate isn’t Christian.
Anthea Butler
When Bernie Sanders was announcing that he was going to be a candidate for the nomination of the Democratic Party in Burlington, Vermont, I was the only cable host between FOX, MSNBC, and CNN that was there to cover it live.
Ed Schultz
All I can say is I was a lot more discreet as a candidate than I was in real life. Can I say that? Maybe it’s indiscreet to talk about discretion.
Elizabeth Warren
Almost all politicians are able to have a great one-on-one meeting. But I’m not interested in the candidate who can have a great meeting. I’m interested in the person who can make the right decisions.
Kenneth C. Griffin
One lesson is that if you want to predict voter turnout, you should ask whether at least one candidate is attracting high levels of enthusiasm – not whether the stakes are high, or even perceived to be high. That fits the historical pattern.
Cass Sunstein
No one can deny that Marco Rubio is an attractive candidate. Rubio has a dream, and he has a strategy to fulfill that dream. He is a more formidable candidate than Jeb Bush because he is articulate and is running as a ‘centrist conservative.’
Tom Tancredo
Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Nigel Farage, the leader of the U.K. Independence Party, is a true populist; Senator Bernie Sanders, the former U.S. presidential candidate who campaigned for Hillary Clinton after losing his battle for the Democratic Party’s nomination, is not.
Margaret MacMillan
The whole purpose of me seeking public office is to make the world a better place. When I put my name on the ballot, I obviously think that I’m the best candidate to do that.
Michael Capuano
I intend to be a candidate for those who want to vote against everyone.
Ksenia Sobchak
I would rather be the candidate of the NAACP than the NRA.
John F. Kerry
Obviously, we shouldn’t be having any American officeholder or any American candidate looking for foreign nations to come in and be involved in U.S. elections.
Ben Sasse
Without a clear diagnosis of why the candidate or party failed, there can be no clear consensus about how to move forward.
Kristen Soltis Anderson
When choosing the president of the United States and the leader of the free world, your desire to have a beer with a candidate should be your last concern. Let’s keep our president in the Oval Office and out of the bars.
Kayleigh McEnany
Obviously, I have been a pro-choice candidate for my entire political career, and obviously there is controversy always surrounding this issue.
Claire McCaskill
I may have been the only candidate in America who failed to ride the wave of anti-establishment anger to victory.
Mickey Kaus
I now announce myself as candidate for the Presidency. I anticipate criticism; but however unfavorable I trust that my sincerity will not be called into question.
Victoria Woodhull
I have no political weight, and I haven’t earned the right to launch some kind of political programme or stand as a candidate.
Ksenia Sobchak
No candidate can win a presidential race advocating gay marriage and opposing the military action in Iraq.
Dick Morris
Mark Udall wants to run a social issues campaign. He definitely wants to run as the social issues candidate.
Cory Gardner
I’m not going to opine as to whether I think a particular candidate can beat Donald Trump or not.
Michael Avenatti
No presidential candidate should visit Las Vegas without condemning organized gambling.
Ralph Nader
Is Romney a tea party candidate? I’d probably say that he’s the least of the candidates running for president right now that would be considered a tea party candidate.
Tim Scott
It is reckless for a presidential candidate to publicly raise doubts about honoring treaty commitments with our allies.
Susan Collins
Barcelona are always a candidate to win the Champions League.
Luis Suarez
I admit I do have some drawbacks and limitations as a candidate. Although I am a professional comedian, some of my critics maintain that this is not enough. I cannot deny that I stand before you untested and inexperienced – I only spent two years in television, never as a romantic lead or a song and dance man.
Pat Paulsen
Any candidate who claims his religion has no influence on his decisions is either a dishonest politician or a shallow follower of his faith.
Robert Jeffress
I have given to Democrats in the past. I’ve always believed in supporting the best candidate at the time.
Steve Mnuchin
I’m very much engaged in the political battles. But I’m doing it as a supporter of Republicans… rather than as an active candidate.
Mitt Romney
He has selected from a group of overwhelming candidates. This candidate was nominated to the Supreme Court because of his extremely overwhelming qualifications.
Rod Parsley
People can certainly take pride in the fact that there is a Jewish candidate for president who has received delegates and who has run a terrific campaign and still work hard to ensure we elect Hillary Clinton.
Ted Deutch
I think he tries to be nice. But he has absolutely zero self-awareness. None. Zip. So we see the public Donald Trump, the candidate, as being different than the in-person Donald Trump.
Mark Cuban
I would ask… of my supporters to get away from the personality conflicts that media tries to bring forward and focus on the real issues impacting the American people. And when you do that, I think the choice is pretty clear and that is that Hillary Clinton is far and away the superior candidate.
Bernie Sanders
As a candidate for Congress, I proposed a federal infrastructure bank to help local governments fund badly needed projects, including ones in my district. We need to repair and expand our crumbling transportation systems by creating many good-paying construction jobs.
Raja Krishnamoorthi
Ah, political physics. Someone wins an election and, poof, they are a candidate for vice president. Ridiculous.
Mark McKinnon
Advocacy groups and voters are not wrong to push candidates to declare their position clearly on policy issues. That is good citizenship. Hard questions should be asked of every candidate, every politician. And those public servants should be prepared to answer, but in their own words.
Mark McKinnon
I’ll tell you, Liz Cheney is going to be a very good candidate. I worked with her during the Bush campaigns. She’s smart, she’s focused, she’s disciplined – and she’s got a great back story. She’s got a large family. She’s a great mom. And she’s a hard worker. I think she’s going to be a very effective campaigner.
Mark McKinnon
As a president I will be like the candidate that I am, a respectful candidate, a rallying candidate, a normal candidate for a normal presidency, at the service of the Republic.
Francois Hollande
Barack Obama is probably the most exciting candidate that either the Democratic or Republican party has produced at least since I’ve been around. He’s fresh, he’s new, he’s insightful.
Joe Biden
On the field, I went from an anonymous redshirt to a short-yardage specialist to a Heisman Trophy candidate. Off the field, I showed up as a wild kid and grew up.
Dak Prescott
It’s like the American democratic system. When you vote, even if your candidate doesn’t win, you accept that democracy was in action. When people participate in a Tezos network, they’re accepting that the democratic vote of the other coin holders will govern the way the protocol moves.
Olaf Carlson-Wee
Many of you may remember that I supported Mike Huckabee for president in 2008. He was doing great, beating out Mitt Romney, when some shenanigans were pulled by bringing in Fred Thompson as a candidate to compete against Mike for the evangelical and conservative votes in South Carolina.
Chuck Norris
It is often constructive to meet with a candidate for a particular office, but I believe what is most important is the candidate’s track record.
Kenneth C. Griffin
Trump is not going to win the presidency because he himself is a weak, weak candidate.
Evan McMullin
I would say a successful campaign reflects the desire of the people who are there to support a candidate.
Darryl Glenn
There is something discordant about a team of speechwriters and political operatives hammering away to create an image of the ‘real, inner’ candidate. And, to be blunt, there is no necessary connection between a moving life experience and the skills necessary for leadership.
Jeff Greenfield
I was more in opposition within my own party, and for a long while, I was part of the opposition. I had – Scoop Jackson was my candidate in ’76. I made no bones about that.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
From a constitutional standpoint, the religion of a candidate is supposed to make no difference. Even before the founding fathers dreamed up the First Amendment, they inserted a provision in the Constitution expressly prohibiting any religious test for office.
Noah Feldman
Dad was always that way: who’s the candidate that’s best for this country? We can debate theology later – that was his famous line. I kind of feel like that’s in my DNA.
Jerry Falwell, Jr.
In 1840, William Henry Harrison is the first one to really campaign as a candidate, and the campaigns were totally frivolous. I mean, people were drinking hard cider all day. They were big parades; no one was debating the issues.
John Dickerson
In no case can I permit myself to be a candidate of any party or yield myself to any party schemes.
Zachary Taylor
As a candidate, Obama projected himself as a new Reagan, above narrow party politics. He wanted to please all but has ended up annoying many.
Tariq Ali
When you have Candidate A saying the sky is blue, and Candidate B saying it’s a cloudy day, I look outside and I see, well, it’s a cloudy day. I should be able to tell my viewers, ‘Candidate A is wrong, Candidate B is right,’ and not have to say, ‘Well, you decide.’ Then it would be like I’m an idiot.
Campbell Brown
In order to be a top-tier candidate, I need 7.5 million dollars, and I currently have 0.0 million dollars.
Stephen Colbert
Virtually any pointed edifice is considered a candidate for alien engineering. After all, how could the Egyptians or Mayans have possibly stacked up stone blocks into pyramids?
Seth Shostak
You can’t be the candidate and the campaign manager.
Roger Stone
I’ve never been tied to one party or one candidate or even one institution. And that’s true even with one church as a Christian. I’m committed to truth and justice.
Cornel West
I didn’t tell anybody anywhere on planet Earth that I support Donald Trump as a candidate.
Too Short
I first noticed my varicose veins when I was pregnant with my second child, and I’d always thought that it was something that affected older, inactive people. I looked at my lifestyle and thought, ‘I can’t be a candidate for this.’ Eventually, the pain became something I couldn’t ignore.
Summer Sanders
I figured I would always be a candidate for man of the year in the virtue-is-its-own-reward category. What that did was force me to concentrate on the work.
Alan Furst
I am not the candidate of career politicians in Washington.
Ted Cruz
A candidate’s faith is not the only consideration, but should be a major consideration in electing the president of the United States.
Robert Jeffress
Once I found professional happiness, it gave me time to think about other areas in my life in which I wasn’t happy. The next obvious candidate for introspection was my marriage.
Megyn Kelly
Being president isn’t anything like reality TV. It’s not about sending insulting tweets or making fiery speeches; it’s about whether or not the candidate can handle the awesome responsibility of leading this country.
Michelle Obama
Within the U.N. itself, I have appointed a record number of women to high-level positions. I did not fill jobs with women just for the sake of it – I looked for the best possible candidate, and I found that if you strip away discrimination, the best possible candidate is often a woman.
Ban Ki-moon
Well, first of all, I was asked by Ross Perot on a telephone call in March of 1992 if, since he had committed on the Larry King Show to becoming a candidate for president, to get on all 50 ballots.
James Stockdale
Humor is very very risky, particularly for a candidate, unless he’s been in so long that it just doesn’t matter, and he’s not running for president. But it’s just that people are so sensitive and so touchy, and you’re just going to upset somebody without ever realizing it.
Mark Russell
I am not the candidate of Black America, although I am black and proud. I am not the candidate of the woman’s movement of this country, although I am a woman and I am equally proud of that.
Shirley Chisholm
On a pure entertainment level, if I’m going to choose to listen to a presidential candidate speak on a Saturday night, it’s going to be Donald Trump over Bernie Sanders by a landslide!
Jerrod Carmichael
Any candidate should put forward a vision and plans that really show how we can move with urgency.
Michelle Wu
There is no perfect candidate.
Lee Zeldin
Vote Smart has sent out thirty thousand questionnaires to every candidate running for office.
Betty Hill
Many people want to be the president – many people. But it’s not enough. If some candidate doesn’t have support of people, it’s no more than a wish.
Vitali Klitschko
During the protracted tooth-and-nail tussle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primaries, I was one of those fierce partisans desperate for the first black candidate with a serious shot at the White House to win the nomination.
Lionel Shriver
I’d like to find and vote for a candidate, whether Republican or Democrat… that has the best interest in the health and welfare of everybody in this country.
Erin Brockovich
We can’t make the public vote for a candidate. And I would never want to campaign for any political party.
Ranjeet
I think that seeing as much support as somebody like Obama as a black candidate running for president in a country that historically has had issues with the African-American people, and them having issues vice-versa, is a miraculous thing.
David Draiman
Some of the most destructive forms of racism – like being denied a home loan or being passed on for a job where you are the most qualified candidate – are hard to measure in real time.
Shaun King
Everybody wants to fall in love with the perfect candidate.
Michael Capuano
The RNC, per our bylaws, cannot engage in primaries. That is not our role. We actually have a rule that prohibits us from picking a candidate in the primaries.
Ronna McDaniel
Al is, and always has been, the person who has been the candidate – the elected official. And he is the one who makes policy. As his wife, I have the wonderful opportunity to advocate for causes that I am passionate about, and I’m thankful for that.
Tipper Gore
I would not run as a one-issue candidate. Anybody who does that is declaring himself to be marginal.
John Bolton
I believe Ted Cruz is the right candidate for the right time in our country’s history. A proven leader and a consistent conservative who will fight the Washington cartel and stand up for the American people.
Jeff Duncan
I don’t view our approach as negative. I view our approach that when you have a candidate in a Republican primary make statements that would make his position to the left of Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama on immigration… we need to bring that out to the people.
Chuck Fleischmann
Preach or proselytize for Christianity in much of the Islamic world, and you are a candidate for martyrdom. Practice freedom of speech in Xi Jinping’s China, and you can wind up in a cell.
Pat Buchanan
There is no requirement whatsoever for a security clearance for a candidate. The mere fact that a candidate is anointed by its party at a convention – that is all that is required. And it’s not up to me or the administration to determine candidate suitability for these briefings.
James Clapper
I just don’t see anonymous sources as fair against a candidate. I think if someone has a real concern, they should come out and say it.
Kay Bailey Hutchison
Experience in other countries shows how big money, rather than the best political candidate, can influence politics.
Andrew Lansley
If ever there were a candidate destined to shine on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show,’ Sarah Palin would be that woman.
Andrew Breitbart
Typically, the view of party leaders is that primaries are best avoided. Better to coalesce around a consensus candidate early, help that candidate amass a mighty bankroll, and focus the attention of volunteers, activists and other stakeholders on the general election.
Steve Kornacki
I never would have believed as a candidate for the U.S. Senate that the U.S. government could buy GM without a hearing, with no vote, yes or no. There are billions and billions of dollars at stake here.
Mike Johanns
I would caution all of us or I would remind all of us that any candidate that we support, they are going to be flawed.
J. C. Watts
On paper, Emmanuel Macron should be a candidate tailor-made for young voters. He himself is young. He pushes for more entrepreneurship, modernization, and a loosening of regulations that prevent young workers from working as they please when they please.
Kristen Soltis Anderson
This political climate today reminds me of what my father must have gone through in 1942, when the winds of war and fires of hate were surrounding him. We have a candidate for the presidency of the United States, Donald Trump, using the same rhetoric that my father must have heard from elected officials.
George Takei
Even when candidates have degrees from Harvard and Yale, they try to run as the candidate of the common man.
H. W. Brands
There is a system in BJP as to who would be projected as a chief ministerial candidate or a prime ministerial candidate. The proper forum to take decision is only central parliamentary board.
Rajnath Singh
House Speaker Paul Ryan has actually started using a phrase lately – ‘Raise our gaze.’ He’s exactly right, too. That’s what I’d like to see in a presidential candidate. I don’t like the bricks being thrown back and forth. That’s not inspiring to me and to most of our electorate, I think.
Bill Flores
I am not now, nor will I ever be, a candidate for offensive coordinator of Iowa.
Marco Rubio
When I was a candidate for the Republican nomination for president back in 1995, 1996, I advocated the fair tax.
Richard Lugar
The Republicans have a me too candidate running on a yes but platform, advised by a has been staff.
Adlai Stevenson II
Election losses are always an inkblot test for partisans. If a candidate’s defeat has no clear and obvious cause, if the data points are all over the map, it is easy for those on the sidelines to claim, ‘Candidate X would have won if only he or she had been more like… me.’
Kristen Soltis Anderson
I was accepted into Cornell in 1979 and went there to follow a finance and business path. I ended up pursuing marketing and sales because I was selected by Procter & Gamble as an undergraduate candidate to go into its brand management program, which is typically available only to M.B.A. candidates.
Reggie Fils-Aime
No matter which party is in the White House, doubt in America’s democratic institutions rattles our nation to its core. This should not be a partisan issue for any reason, as any candidate or party could be on the receiving end of a hack at any time.
Patrick Murphy
I think that when Americans go to vote, states should not list what party the candidates are affiliated with. That would require voters to actually think and get to know a candidate instead of voting for their favorite gang. ‘Oh, this guy is a Republican, so he must be good.’
Jesse Ventura
You’re not going to see me ever be partisan. I’ll never take a position on a candidate or an issue.
Campbell Brown
The top two goals of every presidential nominating convention are to unify the party and to define the candidate for the grueling weeks ahead.
Michael Caputo
Donald Trump is already losing badly to Hillary Clinton. He is a weak candidate, and he’s performing that way.
Evan McMullin
I think Donald Trump is a very unique candidate.
Michael Avenatti
I want to be the candidate placed on the ballot by the people, not the party.
Andrew Cuomo
Elections are a competition with only one winner. Giving more money to the opponent every time one speaks on behalf of a favored candidate discourages the speech that triggers the matching funds.
Bradley A. Smith
This impeachment narrative started before President Trump was even nominated to the Repub – as the Republican candidate.
Dagen McDowell
The National Popular Vote is about getting states to convert from the winner-take-all rule. The states that pass the legislation will assign all their electoral votes to the candidate that got the most votes in the country, not just in the state.
Tom Golisano
There will always be, within a party, people who backed one candidate versus people who backed another, and there will be factions in the party, and there’s always a little glee faction looking at the difficulty of the other faction.
Mitt Romney
Before I ever endorse a candidate, I meet them, interview them, interview their colleagues and evaluate their competitors, study their positions and ideas, look at their campaign… then make a decision.
Shaun King
Minnesotans are ticket splitters. They look to the candidate, not the party, which is the way it should be, and that’s only going to help me.
Erik Paulsen
People have their constitutional right to contribute to a campaign and if they have discretionary money that they want to contribute to a candidate, whether a Republican or a Democrat, they should be able to do so.
Brian Sandoval
Without bureaus, committees, officials or emissaries to manufacture sentiment in his favor, without intrigue or effort on his part, Grant is the candidate whose supporters have never threatened to bolt.
Roscoe Conkling
It’ll be my luck that the worst candidate will pick up ‘Fly Over States’ as his election song. Then I’ll be forever linked to that guy, whoever he is!
Jason Aldean
If Donald Trump has proved anything, it is that there is nothing more powerful than a candidate’s voice.
Gwen Ifill
I created my own party. It’s called the Sloth and Indolence Party, and I’m running as an anarchist candidate in the best sense of that word. I’ve studied the presidency carefully.
Utah Phillips
I’ve spent my whole life fighting for leftwing causes, so I can tell you, no one is more surprised than me to be standing as candidate for Nigel Farage’s Brexit party.
Claire Fox
I’m a great candidate for why arts funding shouldn’t be cut, because I had no experience other than what was at school, I’m from a working-class town, there were no theaters, and the cinema closed when I was a kid. Anything that gave me a voice or a way to express myself I went running headlong toward.
Ben Daniels
Instead of candidates hiring people, like yours truly, to create campaign media that works on both conscious and subconscious levels to sway the voting public, what if all TV ads were, by law, only allowed to feature the candidate, with, say, the American flag as the backdrop, alone, speaking directly to the camera?
Ron Howard
As a guy that had been told to drop out many times as I was coming up, I don’t think you should tell any candidate about what they should do and what decisions they should make.
Cory Booker
Rubio is clearly an open-borders Republican. He is the Chamber of Commerce candidate, the ‘more is better’ candidate, and the amnesty candidate.
Tom Tancredo
Anyway, I just haven’t been able to find any humanity in any Republican candidate ever in my entire life.
Alan Rudolph
The candidate out front on Labor Day has historically been the one who stayed ahead in November.
Peter Jennings
Everybody has their manifesto; let them talk their language, come to the people, and the people will decide. In a democracy, no party or candidate wins or loses. If you, the people, chose a wrong man, you lose; if you chose the right one, you win.
Prakash Raj
If I’m going to compare myself to a candidate, it’s Rick Scott. It’s not Donald Trump.
Carlos Beruff
It’s hard to translate excitement for one candidate to another.
Lara Trump
Meanwhile, politics is about getting a candidate in front of the public as a star, politics as rock’n’roll, politics as a movie.
Joe Eszterhas
I really believe that anybody on the Left or the Right that tries to invoke the teachings of Jesus to say they should vote for this candidate or that candidate, I think they’re stretching Scripture.
Jerry Falwell, Jr.
My feeling about executive bonuses is that any candidate for a chief executive job who even raises the issue of bonuses should be dismissed out of hand.
Henry Mintzberg
Governor Hogan’s successes and support in Maryland, including with Democrats, prove that Marylanders like the change he’s bringing to our state, and they will support a candidate like me who will bring that same real change to Washington.
Kathy Szeliga
As a registered Democrat, I am praying for a credible presidential candidate to emerge from the younger tier of politicians in their late 40s. A governor with executive experience would be ideal.
Camille Paglia
Secretary Clinton is tough, smart, and understands better than any candidate the challenges that parents are talking about around dinner tables and keeping families up at night.
Tom Perez
I’ve been looking at some video clips on YouTube of President Obama – then candidate Obama – going through Iowa making promises. The gap between his promises and his performance is the largest I’ve seen, well, since the Kardashian wedding and the promise of ’til death do we part.
Mitt Romney
Perfect is not on the menu. Nobody is going to be your ideal candidate. You can’t dream somebody up out of nothing that’s going to be the perfect candidate, so you do have to pick between a series of bad choices.
Margaret Hoover
I like reading, I like boring things, and yet I think people for ages had this image of me that I was on the tube with a chainsaw looking for any likely candidate.
Jo Brand
I decided early on, very early, that the best role I could play is to speak in my own voice, assume my own voice and my own ideas. Even if you support a candidate who ultimately wins, what you say and do is seen through the filter of that candidate.
Tom Cotton
The point of a presidential campaign is to put the candidate through the ringer: to force him to get banged up by his opponents and the press, and to have to answer the difficult and uncomfortable questions, be investigated, and learn the thrust and parry of political swordplay.
Monica Crowley
When I was put up as a candidate for this, I was a political person. But after becoming the president, I become non-political, a-political, because president does not then belong to any political party.
Pratibha Patil
As a Republican governor, a senator, or member of Congress, or as a Republican candidate, let me remind you: You’re known by the company you keep. By associating yourself with or endorsing Trump, you own Trump’s toxic radioactivity with voters outside his base.
Rick Wilson
I was a candidate in Loughborough in the 2005 election. I had a good result against the sitting Labour MP but not enough to unseat him.
Nicky Morgan
I’m a huge fan of a Hillary Clinton candidacy. I think Hillary will be an incredibly strong candidate, and hopefully it will inspire my party to put up someone great.
Nicolle Wallace
Activists need to educate themselves about the power of crypto currencies like Bitcoin, invented in 2009, and use crypto to leverage the success of their independent media gains to tip the balance of power away from the troika in ways that could never happen by backing a political candidate.
Max Keiser
Good candidates can arrive at the binary search tree as the right path in a few minutes, and then take 10-15 minutes working through the rest of the problem and the other roadblocks I toss out. But occasionally I get a candidate who ‘intuitively understands’ trees and can visualize the problem I’m presenting.
Robert Love
Interviewers, even the ones that support the person they’re interviewing, have an obligation to probe further and push back when a candidate says something dangerous.
Brian Stelter
But our writer, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala – it was very much in her mind. After we had done ‘A Room With a View’ and ‘Maurice,’ she urged us to think about ‘Howards End’ as another candidate for adaptation.
James Ivory
I believe Florida deserves a candidate who will work for Florida every single day and campaign for every Florida voter, no matter where they live, how they worship, or what language they speak around the dinner table.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera
Your goal as a candidate – define others before they can define you.
Dana Perino
Americans want to be represented by the best candidate, not the one with the richest friends.
Jason Kander
If supporters of equality for women want to vote for the best candidate, they must look to a person regardless of gender and must disregard the gender of political opponents.
Karen DeCrow
The Citizens United ruling did not invent special-interest spending; it enables corporations and unions to advocate directly on behalf of a candidate rather than running more subtle ‘issue ads.’
Nina Easton
Whatever the long-term legal prospects for same-sex marriage, President Obama’s willingness to put the matter front and center in an election year can at least make him a candidate for inclusion in Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage.
Robert Dallek
If you really want to diminish a candidate, depict him as the foil of his handler. This is as old in American politics as politics itself. It’s easy to point at me. I’m convenient.
Karl Rove
On the campaign trail, candidate Trump occasionally raised the idea of creating ‘safe zones’ for Syrian civilians.
Peter Bergen
A presidential candidate needs a slogan.
Richard Cohen
You can’t just trot out a brown face or a Spanish surname and expect people are going to vote for your party or your candidate.
Antonio Villaraigosa
Candidate Trump held out his hand to Vladimir Putin. He rejected further U.S. intervention in Syria other than to smash ISIS.
Pat Buchanan
I always stayed away from political commentary. First of all, I didn’t feel entitled. What I may feel about a candidate, I’m a comedian. I mean, if people like my comedy, that doesn’t mean they should vote for the person I like. That’s why I always kind of stayed away from endorsements.
Bob Newhart
Call-time has renewed my faith in the need for public financing of elections. ‘Call-time’ is where I as the candidate, sit in a room with my ‘call-time manager,’ and a phone. Then I call people and ask them for money. For hours. Apparently, I’m really good at it.
Al Franken
A good engineering interview will include some set of difficult problems to solve. It might even require that the candidate write a short program. In addition, it will test the candidate’s knowledge of the tools she uses in great depth.
Ben Horowitz
In all humility, I don’t know that an endorsement from Mark Meadows is going to make a difference as much as the commitment of that particular candidate to really represent the people.
Mark Meadows
I’m not trying to get myself up a notch on the ladder by shoving somebody else down on the ladder, whether it’s a candidate or the president of the United States or anybody else. I just don’t believe that’s the way one oughta campaign, I’ve never done that.
George H. W. Bush
I propose a full day of live one-on-one debates on unannounced issues, with no aides to help or reply. Each candidate would be paired with another candidate for seven 60-minute sessions.
Zephyr Teachout
During a political campaign everyone is concerned with what a candidate will do on this or that question if he is elected except the candidate; he’s too busy wondering what he’ll do if he isn’t elected.
Everett Dirksen
I’m going to support the candidate that the voters chose. The voters get to choose who’s best to represent them.
Ronna McDaniel
If you’re a white candidate, it is twice as important for you to be talking about racial inequity and not just describing the problem – which is fashionable in politics – but actually talking about what we’re going to do about it and describing the outcomes we’re trying to solve for.
Pete Buttigieg
It is not just software glitches and corrupted memory cards that should be on the minds of election officials. Hackers pose another very real problem whereby an election could be tilted towards a favored candidate.
Bob Barr
Trump is a really complicated story and a difficult candidate to write about.
David Fahrenthold
I recognize out of the box that I am not the establishment candidate. There’s nothing about me that would have anybody draw the conclusion that I am somehow preordained for anything.
Andrew Gillum
I was completely unqualified to get into Harvard. But then I went to my interview for Harvard, and the woman asked, ‘Why do you want to go here?’ And I took out all of my comedy writing samples that I had done. I couldn’t have been more delusional in terms of what I thought they wanted in a candidate for college.
Mike Birbiglia
Whether you voted for me or not, going through the Democratic process had made me a better candidate. I am a smarter, better candidate.
Andrew Cuomo
I think Trump is a very interesting candidate in this sense: I think he has cross-party appeal.
Pat Buchanan
Voters are looking for credibility and are wary of polish. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter which candidate can more deftly read a teleprompter.
Mark McKinnon
The second a political consultant tries to play dirty tricks, it will backfire, and it will hurt that candidate.
Nikki Haley
We have already seen ISIS use Donald Trump in their propaganda directly. I mean, I will go so far as to say Donald Trump is the ISIS candidate.
Malcolm Nance
I am a bankable candidate.
Miriam Defensor-Santiago
The 2009 elections were the first my party faced. Still MNS candidates lost by lesser margins. Each of my candidate got more than one lakh votes.
Raj Thackeray
Voting for a candidate solely because of that candidate’s support for abortion or against him or her solely on the basis of his or her race is to promote an intrinsic evil. To do so consciously is indeed sinful. That is behavior incompatible with being a Christian.
Blase J. Cupich
I could have possibly beaten Senator McCain in the primary. Then I could have been the candidate who lost to Barack Obama.
Mitt Romney
Well, I’ve been in the political arena all of my life, and 10 years of that as a candidate and elected official, and that’s about enough.
Jim Hightower
I’m very much engaged in the political battles, but I’m doing it as a supporter of Republicans out of conservatism rather than an active candidate.
Mitt Romney
I believe I would be a very strong general-election candidate.
Evan Bayh
Remember, it is not about voting for the perfect candidate – there is no such thing. Presidents are human.
Michelle Obama
As a candidate, Donald Trump said he would punish women for accessing abortion, and as president, he’s made good on that promise by stacking the Supreme Court with anti-choice extremists Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.
Kirsten Gillibrand