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Political Editors / February 11, 2020

Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Steve Scalise, Bernie Sanders, Nancy Pelosi, and more.

Observations: “Abortion was another big topic at Friday’s debate. Joe Biden and others promised to appoint only pro-abortion judges. All the candidates support late-term abortions performed on innocent unborn babies, and yet they all opposed taking out Iranian terrorist Qassem Soleimani. Think about that!” —Gary Bauer

Stay tuned: “People ought to go to jail. I have seen some classified information I can’t go into, but I can say this: Hopefully [U.S. Attorney John] Durham names names. I think the attorney general is waiting to see what comes out of that. And then, hopefully, they go after those people and put them in jail.” —House Republican Whip Steve Scalise

Braying jenny: “I think this election isn’t just an economic check, which is what most of our debates are. It’s also a decency check on this president. It’s a patriotism check.” —Sen. Amy Klobuchar

A distinction without a difference: “I’m not advocating for the United States government to take over the healthcare system. What I am advocating for is an expansion of Medicare. … People will still go to the same doctor. They’ll go to the same hospital. We will substantially lower the cost of prescription drugs. Cost per person will go down. People will be paying less for health care. But it’s not a takeover.” —Sen. Bernie Sanders

Litmus test: “I think being pro-choice is an absolutely essential part of being a Democrat.” —Bernie Sanders

Village idiots: “We have made do with crumbs for so long and Bernie has said, ‘Hey, we’re starving in this country. We can’t subsist on these crumbs anymore. Why can’t we demand the whole pie?’” —millionaire actress Cynthia Nixon

Non compos mentis I: “‘The tree of liberty is watered with the blood of patriots’ [is] a great line. Well, guess what? The fact is if you’re going to take on the government you need an F-15 with Hellfire missiles. There is no way an AK-47 is going to take care of you if you’re worried about the government knocking down your door. And so, it’s bizarre. We never said you could own any weapon at all from the beginning. You can’t own a machine gun. You can’t own a bazooka. You can’t own an M1 tank, no matter how much money you have. … I now have over 58% of the NRA members acknowledging you can’t own an assault weapon.” —Joe Biden

Non compos mentis II: “We should eliminate and transition away from the use of plastics.” —Joe Biden

Trump Derangement Syndrome: “After all of President Trump’s mistruths at the State of the Union, the January jobs report shows the rot at the heart of the Trump economy.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

And last… “AG Bill Barr is announcing sweeping new crackdowns on sanctuary policies. This is huge. America should be a sanctuary for American citizens, not illegal aliens.” —Charlie Kirk

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