Voting Quotes

If Congress can move President’s Day, Columbus Day and, alas, Martin Luther King’s Birthday celebration for the convenience of shoppers, shouldn’t they at least consider moving Election Day for the convenience of voters?

— Andrew Young

If the elections are a mere fraud, why are terrorists being trained and infiltrated into India at the command of the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency of Pakistan to kill election candidates and to intimidate voters?

— Atal Bihari Vajpayee

We have given up office, but not our responsibility to serve the nation. We have lost an election, but not our determination.

— Atal Bihari Vajpayee

When you win an election, what you really win is a chance to go to work for working families who need a voice in Minnesota.

— Al Franken

The horrific cases in Ferguson, in Staten Island with the death of Eric Garner, and all across the country serve as stark reminders that we must have a say in who polices us, and how that policing is done. We must, we must, let our voices be heard on Election Day.

— Al Sharpton

You had 42 blacks that ran on the Republican ticket this Cycle, 14 made of them made it to the general election and two of us made it to the House of Representatives. So I think that there is a new movement that needs to have a voice in the Congressional Black Caucus.

— Allen West

The Tories, every election, must have a bogy man. If you haven’t got a programme, a bogy man will do.

— Aneurin Bevan

It would be a much better country if women did not vote. That is simply a fact. In fact, in every presidential election since 1950 – except Goldwater in ’64 – the Republican would have won, if only the men had voted.

— Ann Coulter

I really believed Obama when he spoke in 2008, but I remember watching his victory speech after this last election and it was the same speech. Exactly the same speech. I felt like he didn’t even believe it anymore. He seemed to be tired of saying the same thing.

— Andrew Dominik

We have built a genuine level of enthusiasm and goodwill with people throughout this district. People are really excited about the possibilities this election holds, not just for this district, but because of the message Alabama sent to the rest of the country.

— Artur Davis

It was a presidential election year, and as a member of a consortium of Ivy League radio stations, we participated in ‘network’ coverage of election night.

— Andrea Mitchell

I do not comment on politics, but I see computerization of the election process as good for stability and social harmony.

— Andrew Tan

Several amendments should be made to the primary and general election laws to improve them, but such changes must in no way interfere with a full and free expression of the people’s choice in naming the candidates to be voted on at general elections.

— Arthur Capper

In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?

— Barack Obama

If everybody that voted in 2008 shows up in 2010, we will win this election. We will win this election.

— Barack Obama

During the Cold War, America undertook serious military cuts only once: after the election of Richard Nixon, during the Vietnam War. The result: Vietnam fell to the Communists, the Russians moved into Afghanistan, and American influence around the globe waned dramatically.

— Ben Shapiro

I always lose the election in the polls, and I always win it on election day.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

Obama/Romney, Romney/Obama – the most important election of our lifetime? Fact is they’re all the same – bought and paid for with the same money. Ours is a country of the SuperPAC, by the SuperPAC, and for the SuperPAC.

— Bill Gross

A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won’t cross the street to vote in a national election.

— Bill Vaughan

One of the most surreal moments in this election was after the third debate, when I heard a talking head say, Al Gore won on substance, on the issues. But you have to give the victory to Bush because he seems presidential.

— Bradley Whitford

The secession of the Southern States, individually or in the aggregate, was the certain consequence of Mr. Lincoln’s election.

— Belle Boyd

If you stand at an election and put a manifesto in front of people saying you’re going to improve health care, you have to stick by that.

— Bob Ainsworth

Mistakes were made is something we heard back in ’92, and that has sort of been the Clinton administration’s mantra. I can’t imagine that Al Gore is going to pick up that statement and carry it through the next election.

— Barbara Olson

Since Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980, conservatives of various sorts, and conservatisms of various stripes, have generally been in the ascendancy. And a good thing, too! Conservatives have been right more often than not – and more often than liberals – about most of the important issues of the day.

— Bill Kristol

It’s not clear in the U.S. at the moment, either. We’re going through another election.

— Bob Kerrey

The Western media tends to place a lot of emphasis on official institutions in Ukraine such as its supreme court, the central election commission, and the parliament. In reality, the people of Ukraine now control their destiny.

— Bob Schaffer

My positions on gun safety have remained consistent over the years, and have been on my website for years. Whether I’m in a tough re-election race, an easy re-election race, or if it isn’t an election year, whether there’s a high-profile tragedy in the news or otherwise, my position remains unchanged and on my website.

— Brad Sherman

The usual test under the Federal Election Campaign Act for whether something counts as a campaign expenditure is whether the obligation would have existed but for the campaign. If so, it is not a campaign expenditure.

— Bradley A. Smith

I vote in every general election, but I’m not a party member or an ideologue. I’ve never told anyone who I’ve voted for.

— Brian Lamb

Soon after the 1997 election, I argued that there was no inverse law of political gravity which said that everything which went down had to come back up.

— Charles Kennedy

Winning the election is a good-news, bad-news kind of thing. Okay, now you’re the mayor. The bad news is, now you’re the mayor.

— Clint Eastwood

Newt Gingrich had to work hard – getting Republican candidates to sign the Contract with America – to nationalize the election that swept Republicans to victory in 1994. A Democratic anti-Tea Party campaign would do that for the Republicans – nationalize the election, gratis – in 2010.

— Charles Krauthammer

Surely no issue unites us more than our appreciation for our military personnel who are bringing aid to devastated countries, defending us against terrorism, and fighting to make a free election possible in Iraq.

— Christine Gregoire

After President Obama’s election, efforts at othering Obama quickly became about smearing his non-partisan allies and ambassadors.

— Christine Pelosi

What happens traditionally in a campaign is they will go out to their list once or twice a week to raise money from their fund-raisers, but when a candidate gets to a general election, you get some donor fatigue because they’ve already maxed out their campaign to give.

— Corey Lewandowski

We sincerely ask the Beijing authorities across the Strait to view the election result from a positive perspective, to accept the democratic decision of the Taiwanese people.

— Chen Shui-bian

During the election of Washington’s successor, it became apparent that the country was sharply divided and that the dissatisfaction with Federalist policies was deep and fervent.

— Charles A. Beard

The election is over, and even though there are people who have different ideologies and beliefs, from now on we must all embrace each other, creating a harmonious and unified new Taiwan through our love and tolerance.

— Chen Shui-bian

Even at the end of a presidential election campaign, we have no way to know what Mitt Romney really believes.

— Carl Bernstein

In view of our public pledges, we public officials can never again go before the public merely promising election reform. The time for promises is past.

— Charles Edison

Every election matters. Anyone that tells you otherwise doesn’t understand politics. That said, not every election sends sweeping messages that are easy to discern, but every election provides lessons worth learning.

— Chuck Todd

If Barack Obama goes on to win the election, there will be plenty of ink and video spent on chronicling the historic nature of the turnout among young voters and African-Americans. But as important as both constituencies have been to Obama – particularly in the primaries – it’s Hispanics that could be putting him over the top on Nov. 4.

— Chuck Todd

So here we are, just two months away from the election, with more and more examples that modern day Jim Crowe laws are alive and well in the state of Florida.

— Corrine Brown

You know, having been an election monitor in countries across the world, I can tell you that we would never certify another country’s election if it had as many flaws in place as we had in Florida.

— Corrine Brown

Election’ made zero money at the box office, but it started my career.

— Chris Klein

As an Englishman, permit me now to say with what pleasure I learnt of the election of Professor Planck and Professor Stark to the Nobel Prizes for the years 1918 and 1919.

— Charles Glover Barkla

I am an immigrant with a Green Card and, therefore, I am not eligible to vote in a federal election.

— David Byrne

Somebody asked me about the current choice we’re being given in the presidential election. I said, Well, it’s like two of the scariest movies I can imagine.

— Dean Koontz

Once one understands that ‘racial tensions’ is a euphemism for a black animosity toward whites and a left-wing construct, one begins to understand why the election of a black president has had no impact on most blacks or on the left.

— Dennis Prager

The greatest hope most Americans – including Republicans – had when Barack Obama was elected president was that the election of a black person as the country’s president would reduce, if not come close to eliminating, the racial tensions that have plagued America for generations.

— Dennis Prager

The election, and even the re-election, of a black man as president, in a country that is 87 percent non-black – a first in human history – has had no impact on what are called ‘racial tensions.’

— Dennis Prager

I think George Will is somebody that said recently that the Republicans will not lose, as a Republican, that the Republicans will not win the election. I think it was a terrible statement.

— Donald Trump

As a longtime political operative, I know firsthand how a vote here or a vote there can make a huge difference in a close election.

— Donna Brazile

Even the Republicans themselves have acknowledged they have a diversity problem. If you look at their autopsy report following the 2012 election, they have specifically said they would continue to lose presidential elections unless they address the problem that they have with their alienation of minority groups.

— Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Any time you have loose ballots, you have to worry about shenanigans. It’s a shame such a hard-fought election has to come down to something like this.

— David Axelrod

I haven’t given up on working… across the aisle on issues and maybe it’ll take an election or two for that to fully ferment, maybe it you know sometimes it takes awhile for people to realize what the best path is.

— David Axelrod

Bill and Hillary Clinton have one central idea in their uncluttered, ambitious minds: Hillary in 2008. Let Bush get re-elected, use the ’04 primaries and general election to clean out the underbrush of competing Democratic candidates, and proceed unimpeded to the ’08 nomination.

— Dick Morris

Reagan was a pure liberation, free-and-fair election American.

— Douglas Brinkley

If al Qaeda or any other enemy of our country manages to create a situation or explode a bomb or murder or incapacitate large numbers of our people, we cannot wait for 7 weeks of a special election in order to deal with that.

— Dana Rohrabacher

If there were an election today, Netanyahu would win. Yet, his standing in the polls is also a reflection of the weakness of Ehud Olmert, the current prime minister – who stands at 2 percent in a recent poll – and the enduring weaknesses of the Labor Party.

— Dennis Ross

Analysts may be correct that the presidential election won’t primarily turn on entitlements reform, but by choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney can, contrary to conventional wisdom, make it a winning issue and lay the foundation for a reform mandate when he wins.

— David Limbaugh

I can say with total conviction that it was the Holy Spirit that chose, guided the election of Pope Francis.

— Donald Wuerl

There’s sort of a theory that’s going around in the China-watching community about a perfect storm coming up with the 2008 Olympics, a U.S. election and a Taiwanese election, some sort of mutually reinforcing explosion and crisis.

— Dennis C. Blair

It’s a long time until the next election, but it starts now. And if you truly want to see things change in the direction that our country is headed, you have to stay involved. You cannot quit now.

— Deb Fischer

It would have been a very, very good thing if the next election after Margaret went we had lost.

— Denis Thatcher

I mean it’s funny, playing music, how of course you want it to do well, you want them to like it, but it’s not competitive like an election, it’s the Olympics, it’s not a Formula 1 race. The Billboard charts are just to show you what people like.

— Eddie Van Halen

There are things that matter more than your election. That may take difficult votes, may take career-ending votes for people, but if we aren’t willing to do that, then we’re not going to move forward.

— Elizabeth Esty

Now in its third year in office, the Obama Administration has never championed the cause of human rights. Its slow reaction in June 2009 to the stealing of the election in Iran and the birth of the ‘Green Movement’ there, and its delay in backing the rebellions in Egypt, Libya, and Syria, are evidence of this problem.

— Elliott Abrams

Sometimes the results of a first free election will find the moderates so poorly organized that extreme groups can eke out a victory, as Hamas did when it gained a 44-to-41 percent margin in the Palestinian election of 2006.

— Elliott Abrams

During the election campaign of 2000, it was generally thought that then-governor Bush didn’t know much about foreign policy or national security affairs, and that Colin Powell would lead on that front, while the president’s main concern would be domestic.

— Elliott Abrams

On the human rights side, administration policy has been marked by indifference. When the people of Iran flooded the streets to protest the theft of their presidential election in June 2009, President Obama was silent for 11 days.

— Elliott Abrams

We are going to serve our full term there will be no snap election, and we are going to do our best to ensure that 2016 is going to be a good economic year.

— Enda Kenny

Once every 12 years there is a unique opportunity to reinforce the bonds between Mexico and the United States, when our presidential election cycles coincide.

— Enrique Pena Nieto

My first meeting as a senator, my first day, they were already talking about the next election. Part of that’s the permanent campaign, part of that’s a word I’ve been using more frequently, ‘tribal.’ Our politics has become tribal: It’s us versus them.

— Evan Bayh

The Democratic Party is getting very angry, and that came through clearly in this election.

— Ed Gillespie

We’ve had Town Hall meetings, we’ve witnessed election after election, in which the American people have taken a position on the President’s health care bill. And the bottom line is the people don’t like this bill. They don’t want it.

— Eric Cantor

Well, if Democratic members in the House elect Nancy Pelosi as their leader, it’s almost as if they just didn’t get the message from the voters this election. I mean, the voters outright rejected the agenda that she’s been about. And here they’re going to put her back in charge.

— Eric Cantor

After thinking carefully about how I can best help my fellow Minnesotans, I have decided to not seek election for a different office in 2014. The warm encouragement from many people to run for U.S. senator or the governorship was deeply humbling.

— Erik Paulsen

As lawmakers, we must assure the people of America that our nation will not experience the nightmare of the 2000 presidential election.

— Eddie Bernice Johnson

The final ballots represent players, managers, executives and builders who are top-tier candidates and worthy of review for consideration for election to the Hall of Fame.

— Fay Vincent

One would like to say in the aftermath of the 2008 election that everyone lived happily ever after. But the American drama, especially when it involves race, is always more complicated than that.

— Frank Rich

The truth is that for a Democrat to triumph in a presidential election, it needs to come on the heels of ‘the dark times’ of an unpopular Republican administration. Carter followed the Nixon era, Clinton succeeded after 12 years of Reagan/Bush, and Obama was a direct result of eight years of Bush/Cheney.

— Fabrizio Moreira

If the 2016 election is any indication, every four years, millions more Americans will continue backing away from their own parties to choose a third party instead.

— Fabrizio Moreira

Historically, there hasn’t been a significant correlation between gold prices and U.S. elections. Furthermore, history has shown that gold prices tend to fall just before U.S. elections and rise immediately after, and this goes on until the next election.

— Fabrizio Moreira

In most countries, a lopsided election represents a mandate that the winning party could then use to implement their agenda, but the U.S. political system seems to have been made to prevent such an occurrence.

— Fabrizio Moreira

In an election, one needs both hope and audacity.

— Francois Hollande

It took us 50 months in Germany, post World War II to go from the end of the war to a national election.

— Frank Carlucci

George W. Bush bought the election – period. End of story. There is no argument. You can try to come up with any argument you can, but there is none.

— Gary Coleman

An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood a mud bath for every soul concerned in it.

— George Bernard Shaw

We think that democracy can change a lot of things, but we’re being fooled, because democracy is not the election. We’ve been taught that democracy is having elections. And it isn’t. Elections are the most horrendous aspect of democracy. It’s the most mundane, trivial, disappointing, dirty aspect.

— Gael Garcia Bernal

Regardless of who wins, an election should be a time for optimism and fresh approaches.

— Gary Johnson

I’ll be glad to reply to or dodge your questions, depending on what I think will help our election most.

— George H. W. Bush

What’s important is that, come the general election, people think the right things of you. They think that you’ve got the right values and the right policies. And that you’re the right kind of person to lead the country.

— George Osborne

The political lesson of Watergate is this: Never again must America allow an arrogant, elite guard of political adolescents to by-pass the regular party organization and dictate the terms of a national election.

— Gerald R. Ford

Even though this is late in an election year, there is no way we can go forward except together and no way anybody can win except by serving the people’s urgent needs. We cannot stand still or slip backwards. We must go forward now together.

— Gerald R. Ford

As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.

— Gore Vidal

Most people enjoy ‘potato-chip news’ from time to time – to track a presidential election or the Oscars. However, some are particularly drawn to material that makes them feel shocked, frightened, insecure, or indignant, and that’s what potato-chip news often provides.

— Gretchen Rubin

We did ‘Jack & Bobby’ in the middle of the Kerry/Bush election. It hurt it a little bit. No matter what we did, everyone thought we were advocating for one person over the other. The stuff I work on is more about the people.

— Greg Berlanti

Ladies and gentlemen, on the occasion of my election I received many letters from people representing all segments of the population and all professions, especially from the younger generation, linking my inauguration with great – far too great – expectations.

— Gustav Heinemann

One of the reasons this election is so important is because the Supreme Court hangs in the balance. We need to overturn that terrible Supreme Court decision, Citizens United, and then reform our whole campaign finance system.

— Hillary Clinton

If you had found the right candidate in 2000 or 2004, and you could have put that man or woman, given them ballot access in September of the election year, they could have won the election.

— Hamilton Jordan

Politics and sports are the same thing in some ways. I like sports I don’t like the sports aspect of politics. The conventions are basically the playoffs, and the election’s the Super Bowl. To me, it doesn’t feel important.

— Hari Kondabolu

Being in Harlem on the night of Barack Obama’s election was extraordinary. It was the best street party I have ever gone to, and it felt like the period of American history which began with slavery had ended that evening.

— Hari Kunzru

As much as the Democrats try to change the subject, this election will be about Barack Obama, period. Mitt’s speech last night hit all the right notes, but this fight is not about him. He’s just the vessel. Now the question is, does this guy at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. who thinks the private sector is doing fine get another four years?

— Howie Carr

I ran on the platform of moderation and won the election by a large margin. By virtue of the strong mandate that I received from the electorate, I am committed to operating in the framework of moderation, which calls inter alia for a balance between realism and the pursuit of the ideals of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

— Hassan Rouhani

At every election, my vote goes to the candidate less likely to declare war. You’re dropping hugely expensive pieces of exploding metal on a population. America deserves the president it gets, whether the country votes for them or allows their vote to be stolen, and the least we can do is to elect someone who won’t do that to other people.

— Ian MacKaye

During the 2000 election, the current administration told our military, help is on the way. That is clearly not the case. The administration has failed to request the funds needed for the defense of this Nation. We must give the Army what it needs.

— Ike Skelton

Win or lose, we go shopping after the election.

— Imelda Marcos

One is actually the democracy here, you know, people are, people assume that this election means that there is democracy in Pakistan. There is no democracy.

— Imran Khan

Every time there’s an election, people start to criticize China.

— Jack Ma

Magic Johnson, former basketball player, may run for mayor of L.A. in the next election. Remember the good ‘ol days when only qualified people ran for office like actors and professional wrestlers.

— Jay Leno

Our problem in the 2015 general election was that for all the good stuff that was in the Labour manifesto, we were still going to be freezing public sector wages, cutting council expenditure, laying off civil servants. We were offering ‘austerity light’ instead of a real alternative.

— Jeremy Corbyn

I’ve said the election of Obama has made the hustler less relevant. People took it in a way that I was almost dismissing what I am. And I was like, ‘No, it’s a good thing!’

— Jay-Z

After Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, I was heartened to see him issue an Open Government Initiative on his first full day in office.

— Jesse Ventura

But I was amazed at how organized the Palestinian election authority was, how competent they were in setting up their polling places and the poll workers they had.

— Joe Biden

If you ask me whether the election of Barack Obama is the fulfillment of Dr. King’s dream, I say, ‘No, it’s just a down payment.’

— John Lewis

The people who cast the votes don’t decide an election, the people who count the votes do.

— Joseph Stalin

I got involved because I wanted to help inspire more people to get off their butts and register and vote – not just in this election, but in every other election from now on, you know?

— Jello Biafra

A lost election can have the jolt of a drop through the gallows door, leading to a dark night of the soul in which the future presses down like a cloud that will never lift.

— James Wolcott

You have to remember that in a state like Florida, independent voters will decide the election.

— Jeb Bush

In my world – advertising – the Super Bowl is judgment day. If politicians have Election Day and Hollywood has the Oscars, advertising has the Super Bowl.

— Jerry Della Femina

Silence is not what democracy needs. Right now we have an election where, even the supporters of Hillary Clinton, the majority don’t support Hillary they just oppose Donald Trump. And the majority of Donald Trump supporters don’t support him they just oppose Hillary.

— Jill Stein

We need an attitude of defiance, not an attitude of cowardice. Out in the street, that’s how we are winning against the TransCanada Pipeline. This is how we have delayed the Trans-Pacific Partnership and forced it into an election season, gotten everybody to stand against it. Democracy is not about surrender.

— Jill Stein

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

Obama will win the 2012 election, thanks in part to the tech community rallying behind him due to issues like SOPA, visas, and free speech.

— John Battelle

In every election cycle that I can recall, there comes a moment – or a few – where charges of elitism and claims of commonness are wielded by presidential candidates like a sword and shield: ‘Vote for me ’cause I’m one of you. It’s the other guy who’s out of touch.’

— John Ridley

Trump can spend virtually an unlimited amount of his own money on this election, which makes him unlike any of the other candidates in the race. So those who oppose him will have to work very hard to make sure he doesn’t win.

— J. B. Pritzker

The country is stronger than the result of any one election. But we shouldn’t forget that these are just ordinary people. I wish Americans would look at them level, not down or up – just level. It doesn’t take some special dimension to be president.

— Jack Germond

Spend hundreds of millions talk endlessly about issues present 12-point plans for education, the economy, and the environment. But in the end, the election of our next president can turn on a gaffe.

— Jack Germond

I think Social Security should be bipartisan and it should transcend the next election, and you should get the best ideas of the Democrats and of the Republicans, and move forward with the best.

— Jack Kingston

It’s fun to perform Bernie Sanders and give his boring percentages and fact-based points to address some ridiculous Trumpisms, because that was always my fantasy for what the general election would look like.

— James Adomian

Remember, the first presidential candidate to reject public financing for both the primary and general election was… Barack Obama, in 2008. He did it, in spite of a flat pledge to the contrary, because his campaign saw that it could vastly outspend John McCain.

— Jeff Greenfield

According to various polls conducted, the single most important issue in last week’s election was not the Iraq War, not the War on Terror, not even the economy. It was the cultural war.

— John Doolittle

At the next General Election, voters face a clear choice: deregulation and less interference in everyday life with the Conservatives, or yet more regulation and interference under Mr Blair.

— John Redwood

If an election is simply a one-day snapshot of transient mass delusions, then this is not a very noble form of government.

— James Bovard

In the 2000 presidential election, Al Gore got more votes than George W. Bush, but still lost the election. The Supreme Court’s ruling in Florida gave Bush that pivotal state, and doomed Gore to lose the Electoral College. That odd scenario – where the candidate with the most votes loses – has happened three times in U.S. history.

— Juan Williams

Republicans believed that their job was not governing but blocking any idea coming from President Obama and the Democrats, and wiping out Democrats in the 2012 election.

— Juan Williams

I’m a political scientist and I study these things, and I know that economic problems, with the rising unemployment and inflation and low productivity and so forth, were a factor in that election, in that defeat of President Carter.

— Jeane Kirkpatrick

Obviously I’m young and I’m also Hispanic, two important groups in this election. And I’m confident that I can do a good job in articulating why President Obama ought to be the candidate that Americans select for the next four years.

— Julian Castro

The Tea Party definitely scored a significant victory with Senator Cruz’s election in 2012 and scored victories in some statewide primaries. But to me, as the Tea Party gets stronger within the Republican Party in Texas, the prospect of a blue Texas becomes stronger and stronger.

— Julian Castro

On Jan. 30, millions of Iraqis will cast ballots in the country’s first fair and free election in decades, marking continued progress in Iraq’s transition toward a country built on the pillars of democracy and freedom for all.

— Jim Gerlach

Democracy is not something that happens, you know, just at election time, and it’s not something that happens just with one event. It’s an ongoing building process. But it also ought to be a part of our culture, a part of our lives.

— Jim Hightower

The election in Iraq clearly demonstrates that Iraqi people are like people everywhere. They desire to create a future in an environment that is safe and allows them to reach their full potential as human beings, whatever that potential may be.

— John Ensign

Last month, the Iraqi people went to the polls, voting in their first free election in more than 50 years.

— John M. McHugh

A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation.

— James Freeman Clarke

I think when you’ve lost an election by 179, there’s going to be a period of time after eighteen years in government when you can’t do anything right, and people just kick you for the sake of it, will never admit they voted Conservative.

— Jeffrey Archer

It seems to me that if Mr. Obama wins the presidential election, then Messrs. Farrakhan, Wright, Ayers and Pfleger will gain power for their need to demoralize this country and help create a socialist America.

— Jon Voight

Well, just as the Supreme Court follows the election returns, you can bet that the bureaucracy does as well.

— James Woolsey

Truth be known, President Obama has never been particularly driven by principle. Right after his election, I wrote a column in a few days warning people that even though I voted for Obama, he was not what people were describing him to be. I saw him in the Senate. I saw him in Chicago.

— Jonathan Turley

I supported Barack Obama. I wasn’t very quiet about my support. I thought he was going to be a refreshing change to George Bush. But what has happened is that we have an election that’s become a single-issue election, and that issue is Barack Obama. And he’s an icon to both sides.

— Jonathan Turley

Grassroots organizing tends to be most available to big campaigns, but it’s actually most useful to small ones. You can’t win a presidential campaign without going on TV, but you can win a local election simply by organizing your community. NationBuilder levels the playing field.

— Joe Green

When all is said and done and the e-book is written about politics and the Internet, it is not going to be about the presidential election. It will be about the smaller elections in aggregate that have a huge effect on people’s lives.

— Joe Green

The way to get people civically engaged, not just during the election but throughout the year, is to tap into Facebook and let them do it with their friends.

— Joe Green

In an election, there are no kings.

— Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia

As son of a Republican president, Dwight D. Eisenhower, it is automatically expected by many that I am a Republican. For 50 years, through the election of 2000, I was.

— John Eisenhower

Over the last decade, at considerable cost to me in money and effort, confronted with ridicule and intimidation, I have brought more than a dozen lawsuits challenging the corruption in the election process in Tennessee.

— John Jay Hooker

I think it is very difficult today to have a reasoned public discourse on any controversial subject. Certainly, election years present a complicating factor.

— John Poindexter

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

Things on the whole are much faster in America people don’t ‘stand for election’, they ‘run for office.’

— Jessica Mitford

Politicians, no matter who they are, shouldn’t be able to manipulate the public on a single issue and then call an election at the height of support – that’s a little bit of a manipulation of democracy.

— Jim Bolger

I’m much more attracted personally to governments going their full term. It’s very hard to have a fixed term election I know with ah… a parliamentary democracy, but I’ve always had an instinct to say there should be a fixed term.

— Jim Bolger

The Blue Dogs are all Democrats they are. And I’ll tell you, in terms of wearing the Democratic label, I think they’re the true Democrats, because that label usually hurts them when they’re running for election.

— Jim Matheson

This election isn’t about Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. It’s about you. The other guys write $10 million checks and make $10,000 bets. But we’ve bet this campaign on you.

— Jim Messina

Narendra Modi is a bubble. After elevation in his party, his first test was the Karnataka election. He failed miserably in that.

— Jitin Prasada

During the 1960 election, I saw Richard Nixon as the winner.

— Jeane Dixon

As millions of Americans look for work, the Obama campaign and Democrats are attempting to distract attention away from this administration’s dismal record. The attack they have launched against Mitt Romney shows just how worried they are about facing him in the general election.

— Jeb Bradley

You need the commitment of people that aren’t worried about that next election, who are going to do the right thing and worry about the next generation. It’s called political courage. And I can tell you, with me, you don’t have to ask whether I have political courage.

— Jeff Fitzgerald

Given that Mr. Kerry is clearly exaggerating what happened to minority voters in the 2000 election in Florida, maybe we should wait for him to provide evidence of what he is alleging in 2004.

— John Fund

As dismayed as Americans are with the influence of the special interests that finance election campaigns, they’ve been reluctant to embrace the alternative: taxpayer-financed elections.

— John Harwood

According to Breitbart, data from the Federal Election Commission show that Facebook staff gave $114,000 to Hillary Clinton. The next-closest recipient of political money was former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio. He only got $16,604.

— Lawrence Kudlow

However Donald Trump came upon the foreign policy views he espoused, they were as crucial to his election as his views on trade and the border.

— Lawrence Kudlow

If we would vote in mass on the more promising ticket, or, if the two are equally bad, would throw out the party that is in, and wait till the next election and then throw out the other party that is in – then, I say, the commercial politician would feel a demand for good government and he would supply it.

— Lincoln Steffens

My publicist told me not to talk about politics but, yes, I think we have a president who stole the election.

— Liev Schreiber

I think Romney’s talking himself out of the election, to be honest. I was wondering what was gonna happen when the Republican power structure turned the money on, and then they turned on the money and nothing happened.

— Lupe Fiasco

By the same token, I think news has more and more of a pro bono aspect to all the networks. When we do our election coverages throughout this coming year, it’s not a money-maker for us. It is more of a public service situation.

— Leslie Moonves

The Sangh Parivar, against which I had been waging a war, misled the people. My opponents used the Election Commission and the bureaucracy to win a political battle.

— Lalu Prasad Yadav

Well, usually when you talk about a mandate, you’re talking about an overwhelming win. I don’t think by any measurement the 2004 election was an overwhelming win.

— Lincoln Chafee

To finalize, the purpose of an election is to hear the will of the people, not to fabricate votes.

— Lincoln Diaz-Balart

George McGovern – and I campaigned very hard for his election – was not, in the summer of 1971, a strong feminist ally. But he did come around.

— Karen DeCrow

I’m very concerned with what’s going on the news, but I would not call myself a political animal, per se. I pay more attention during election years, or if I see some topic or issue that I care about. But I would never call myself a political animal or political junkie.

— Keegan-Michael Key

You have to knock doors, make calls, and build a relationship with voters long before Election Day.

— Keith Ellison

2016 is a change election, and that favors Trump.

— Kellyanne Conway

Donald Trump performs consistently better in online polling, where a human being is not talking to another human being about what he or she may do in the election.

— Kellyanne Conway

To me, it’s a different kind of voter suppression to constantly try to make people feel like the election is over before it’s even begun.

— Kellyanne Conway

Polling in a general election is pretty accurate, because turnout is usually high.

— Ken Livingstone

If women had never been given the right to vote, then Labour would have won every election after the war.

— Ken Livingstone

It’s the details and the human element that makes ‘Recount’ entertaining. Even though we know how the election ends, it plays like a thriller. It’s also funny.

— Kevin Spacey

You can almost hear people saying, ‘We’re going to make a movie about an election’ and ‘We’re going to make a movie about a lobbyist.’ You can hear the yawning start across the nation.

— Kevin Spacey

There are elections in which everyone knows that ‘the people have spoken’ but they don’t always know exactly what the people have said. This November’s election was different. Not only did the people speak, they spoke clearly.

— Kay Bailey Hutchison

Congress can’t take the year off, election or no election.

— Kay Bailey Hutchison

I don’t think it’s really good once you’ve lost an election to sit around, watch your former opponent, and swipe at them.

— Kerry Healey

I think labels have been used alot during this election process to divide people, and at this point in time we really need people to come together, and be their own person, come with their own suggestions, and really solve the problems that we have facing this country.

— Kristi Noem

We have a system that allows us to manage a free and fair election, free of fraud, free of intimidation, and that’s what we delivered on election day, and we’re very very proud of it.

— Kenneth Blackwell

And we have the most scrutinized election system in the United States, and we have met every test.

— Kenneth Blackwell

And I’m very proud of the 50,000 poll workers and election officials who delivered a free and fair election.

— Kenneth Blackwell

Leadership can not be measured in a poll or even in the result of an election. It can only be truly seen with the benefit of time. From the perspective of 20 years, not 20 days.

— Marco Rubio

It’s passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.

— Margaret Thatcher

When I was in Grade 9, there was an election for high school president, and one of the candidates told us that if we elected him, he would abolish homework. He promised this to the entire student body from the stage in the school gymnasium.

— Martin O’Malley

The values that I have are the values I was raised with, from where I’m from, which is a middle-class place. So that informs everything about me, my politics and all that stuff. I mean, politically, I vote against my own self-interest at every election. I actively ask these people to raise my taxes.

— Matt Damon

It was a long, difficult summer of 2004. That was a leap year, so several things happened – the Olympics and presidential election. And right in the middle of the election campaign – and I don’t think this was an accident – the 9/11 Commission delivers its report.

— Michael Hayden

Just because a black man is running the RNC doesn’t mean black folks are going to, ‘Oh, OK, I will be a Republican.’ Just as with the election of President Obama. All the problems and concerns that are very important to African Americans don’t get solved overnight.

— Michael Steele

Every voice on the Left bleated about how they feared protests and riots by angry Donald Trump supporters if and when he lost the election, yet it is the Leftists themselves destroying property and blocking roads. Everyone can see where the hate is coming from. Everyone.

— Milo Yiannopoulos

I lost my election because of my campaign, not because of what anyone else did.

— Mitt Romney

I recognize that as the guy who lost the election, I’m not in a position to tell everybody else how to win, all right? They’re not going to listen, and I don’t have the credibility to do that anyway.

— Mitt Romney

It’s heartbreaking that so many hundreds of millions of people around the world are desperate for the right to vote, but here in America people stay home on election day.

— Moby

There are three opportunities that you have during a general election campaign where you can substantially move the needle of public opinion. One, is your convention speech two, are the base three, is the selection of your vice president.

— Mark McKinnon

Ah, political physics. Someone wins an election and, poof, they are a candidate for vice president. Ridiculous.

— Mark McKinnon

Since the election of Shinzo Abe as the new Japanese prime minister, by reputation a fervent nationalist, relations between Japan and China have paradoxically improved a little.

— Martin Jacques

The relative lack of power of certain minority groups, and the fear they’re feeling in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, is something I think we really need to take a look at.

— Megyn Kelly

If we want to kill Obamacare and we want to end socialized medicine, it must be done in the next election!

— Michele Bachmann

Women say that my election represents a cultural break with the past – a past of sexism, of misogyny.

— Michelle Bachelet

This is the choice in life. You choose what is less bad. I don’t particularly like Mr. Obama, but I think he is less bad for the world than Mr. Romney. It is a tragedy of life that both candidates did not lose the election. They would have deserved both to lose.

— Marc Faber

In the 2004 presidential election, we saw a wonderful example of citizens making contributions. In fact, individual giving to both the Kerry and Bush campaigns was the highest in our nation’s history.

— Mark Shields

Others may make you promises, once again, and then election after election not deliver. We will not do this.

— Mangosuthu Buthelezi

For our white members, voting is something they have done for hundreds of years. But for us, it is not such a traumatic thing, because we have never participated in an election.

— Mangosuthu Buthelezi

With ‘Street Fight,’ it took an urban mayoral election and found lots of complexity in there. The same with ‘Racing Dreams.’ I wanted to show complexity within this world that most documentary people don’t know anything about.

— Marshall Curry

In everything I do, I like to set the idea for girls that they can do anything. I was really moved by Hillary Clinton’s speech when she lost the election – she didn’t want young girls to feel like it wasn’t possible and wanted them to know a female president will eventually happen. That’s important.

— Miranda Otto

At 10 A.M. on the Friday after the election in 2010, David Cameron’s team met in his room at the Westminster Bridge Park Plaza Hotel. Cameron was clear that, unable to form a majority government, they had to begin talks with the Lib Dems about forming a coalition. But in a rare example of strategic discord, George Osborne disagreed.

— Michael Ashcroft

In the 1990s, the Lib Dems won a string of byelections at the expense of struggling Conservative governments. Christchurch, Ribble Valley and Eastbourne went straight back to the Tories at the next general election, but the Lib Dems held their later byelection gains – Eastleigh, Newbury and Romsey – in at least two subsequent general elections.

— Michael Ashcroft

Election victories increasingly depend on factors other than who votes, or tries to vote, and for whom. In 2000, the presidency was awarded by the Supreme Court, pre-empting the count of thousands of Florida votes.

— Mimi Kennedy

Across the nation, the election protection movement attracts ordinary citizens who educate their neighbors about their voting systems and the private companies that built and run them.

— Mimi Kennedy

In Tunisia, the so-called Yasmin revolution has led to the installation of a relatively moderate Islamic government. Whether or not that means democracy will, however, only be put to the test if and when the time comes for another election, which the opposition may win.

— Martin Van Creveld

I came in with the intention of serving as long as it made sense for me to do so. The election was a natural moment to think about whether I wanted to stay longer, and I’m thrilled to turn the reins over to my longtime colleague Elisse Walter.

— Mary Schapiro

When I yell at my TV, it’s usually watching… usually it happens during the election. There’s when I’m watching CNN and MSNBC.

— Matthew Moy

The important things that in a campaign we talk about, let us not forget that once the election is over.

— Mike Rounds

Let’s dare to release our immature fantasies of a magically faultless U.S. system and a magically protected election process. We have been lucky as a nation, but sometimes continued luck depends on action.

— Naomi Wolf

Every four years in the presidential election, some new precedent is broken.

— Nate Silver

When you put money directly to a problem, it makes a good headline. It makes a good campaign slogan. You get to claim that you’ve engaged in these activities within an election cycle. But certain investments take longer than an election cycle.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson

A nice, easy place for freedom of speech to be eroded is comics, because comics are a natural target whenever an election comes up.

— Neil Gaiman

By definition, the person who learns enough to become the nominee is almost certainly the best person for the general election.

— Newt Gingrich

There’s a lot of fuss on the Left about election irregularities, like, you know, the voting machines were tampered with, they didn’t count the votes right, and so on. That’s all accurate and of some importance, but of far more importance is the fact that elections just don’t take place, not in any meaningful sense of the term ‘election.’

— Noam Chomsky

In November 2008, the day of the presidential election, Israeli military forces invaded Gaza and killed half a dozen Hamas militants. Well, that was followed by a missile exchange for a couple of weeks in both directions.

— Noam Chomsky

There are a number of Americans who shouldn’t vote. The number is 57 percent, to judge by the combined total of Clinton and Perot ballots in the 1996 presidential election.

— P. J. O’Rourke

The 2008 election settled nothing, not even for a while. Our national politics are reflecting what appears to be going on geologically, on the bottom of the oceans and beneath the crust of the Earth: the tectonic plates are moving.

— Peggy Noonan

I am not going to answer any questions as to my association, my philosophical or religious beliefs or my political beliefs, or how I voted in any election, or any of these private affairs.

— Pete Seeger

We are told there is not enough money for education, but somehow there is enough money for people to raise billions of dollars to defeat somebody in an election? Oh! Okay! Does that make sense?

— Phylicia Rashad

This is me, a sinner on whom the Lord has turned his gaze. And this is what I said when they asked me if I would accept my election as pontiff. I am a sinner, but I trust in the infinite mercy and patience of our Lord Jesus Christ, and I accept in a spirit of penance.

— Pope Francis

Brexit is really a good forerunner of what’s going to happen here in November, I think. The same angst that drove that vote is driving the American election.

— Paul Manafort

How it is that within 60 days of a general election issue, groups can no longer tell voters that a Member of Congress votes pro-abortion, against guns, against the environment or whatever else is beyond me.

— Paul Weyrich

One of the problems we saw in the last presidential election in our party is that our nominee, while winning the election, which we ought never to forget, often lost sight of the difference between strategy and tactics.

— Paul Begala

If you’re going to try to win an election, you can’t be 80 percent. You can’t say, I’m for what my Democratic opponent is, for but not quite so much of it.

— Pete du Pont

Even though the Bush campaign ad tells you that Afghanistan is a new democracy at the Olympics because of Bush’s efforts, Afghanistan hasn’t actually had an election.

— Peter Schuyler

I remember the day after the general election when Harold Wilson had lost, I remember quite clearly cycling from my house in Hutton along Long Ridings and feeling what a relief to live in a country with a Tory government again.

— Philip Hammond

We have got this Damocles’ sword of Standard and Poor’s hanging over us, with the commitment they have made to review Britain’s credit rating in the summer of 2010 after the general election. Everybody in Britain has a vital interest in ensuring that the triple A credit rating agency is maintained.

— Philip Hammond

I think we need to start with Philadelphia and make sure that we actually get some election reform in Philadelphia. Actually, a recent election was thrown out by a federal judge because of corruption with the voting process in Philadelphia.

— Patrick McHenry

If anyone was going to write the definitive account of what the 2008 election meant for women, it would be Rebecca Traister.

— Rachel Sklar

Popularity should be no scale for the election of politicians. If it would depend on popularity, Donald Duck and The Muppets would take seats in senate.

— Orson Welles

People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.

— Otto von Bismarck

During the 2008 election, I made clear to the Obama campaign that I don’t think it’s wise for me to force my personal political agenda on anyone.

— Questlove

In 2008, I started the election season as a critic of Hillary Clinton, a fan of Barack Obama, and a supporter of John Edwards. But by the end of Clinton’s historic drive toward nomination, the gendered rhetoric used against her – as well as the way so many men in my own party diminished the value of electing a female president – had radicalized me.

— Rebecca Traister

My favorite moment of the 2012 election was the debate question where they asked Romney and Obama what they would do to stem gun violence, and Romney’s answer was you should marry someone.

— Rebecca Traister

It’s almost a very rough rule of thumb: when Democrats are able to successfully frame the meaning of an election season around middle-class fears, Democrats win the election when Republicans are able to successfully frame the meaning of an election season around cultural fears, Republicans win the election.

— Rick Perlstein

In 2006 it was a horrible election year, and, you know, I lost. But I lost because I continued to be a constant conservative, and the last six years I was someone who was a national figure in the sense that I was the third ranking Republican in leadership and I had just run President Bush’s campaign in Pennsylvania.

— Rick Santorum

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

During the 1937 congressional election campaign, Johnson’s group probably paid $5,000 to Elliott Roosevelt, one of Franklin Roosevelt’s sons, for a telegram in which Elliott suggested that the Roosevelt family favored Lyndon Johnson.

— Robert Dallek

Mandates are rarely won on election night. They are earned after Inauguration Day by leaders who spend their political capital wisely, taking advantage of events without overreaching.

— Ron Fournier

It was clear soon after his election that Obama, like FDR, wanted to start dealing with the economic crisis immediately after his inauguration.

— Russell Baker

In one thousand years of Russia’s existence, its first popular national election ever to be held occurred in June 1991. Six days later, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed in Moscow!

— Russell M. Nelson

Well, you know what, I’m 60 years old, and I’ve been interested in politics since I was on my daddy’s knee. During the 1948 election, we were praying for Truman. I know a lot about politics.

— Roger Ebert

How did we win the election in the year 2000? We talked about a humble foreign policy: No nation-building don’t police the world. That’s conservative, it’s Republican, it’s pro-American – it follows the founding fathers. And, besides, it follows the Constitution.

— Ron Paul

I will barnstorm American living rooms. Mainstream media will be unable to ignore me, but more importantly they will be unable to overlook the needs of average Americans in the run-up to the 2012 election.

— Roseanne Barr

Let me tell you the polls that count, and those are the polls a couple of weeks before the election. That’s when the pollsters worry about holding onto their credibility. Those are the polls that everybody remembers.

— Rush Limbaugh

Media does not get everything they want all the time. The Democrats certainly don’t. They don’t win every election, and they don’t win every battle.

— Rush Limbaugh

The presidency made John Adams an old man long before there was television. As early as the nation’s first contested presidential election, with Adams and Jefferson running to succeed Washington, you had a brutal, ugly, vicious campaign that was divisive and as partisan as anything we’re experiencing today.

— R. J. Cutler

In the past we couldn’t talk to non-union workers. Now we can at least talk to non-union workers so we’ll be mobilizing them and educating them not for just six or eight months before an election, but we’ll be doing it year-round.

— Richard Trumka

I am saying that in Wales here we have a very clear election commitment and I hope, and I will express this view, I hope that every individual member of the Labour Party, will understand that and will strive to achieve unity so that we can deliver the yes vote in the Autumn.

— Ron Davies

I also want to draw attention to the responsibilities that people have to live up to their election promises and to live up to the votes that were cast by the people of Wales, in the General Election, in the expectation that we would deliver this promise.

— Ron Davies

While I do not believe Ford was wrong to pardon Nixon, the timing of the pardon was premature and may have cost Ford the margin of victory in the 1976 election.

— Richard Ben-Veniste

The Reagan Administration, generally regarded as having conducted the most successful Transition of modern times, had managed during the election campaign to build bridges to the Democrats in some areas, notably foreign and national security policy.

— Richard V. Allen

The Liberal Party of Canada, heading into an election, at the last minute they always stand up and they say: We know there’s people out there that want to vote NDP and God love you. But if you vote for them you’re throwing your vote away.

— Rick Mercer

And in Canada we, you know, it costs us three or $400 million to have an election. You know, it’s always been my position that we shouldn’t complain about that that’s the price of admission for a living in a great democracy.

— Rick Mercer

This is very interesting because the Liberal Party of Canada, heading into an election, at the last minute they always stand up and they say: We know there’s people out there that want to vote NDP and God love you.

— Rick Mercer

If you are a Democrat, and you get less than 90% of the black vote, you are going to likely lose your election.

— Roland Martin

Well, one thing that has happened is they have had a presidential election in Egypt which has represented progress. Now, we were not happy with everything that happened with the parliamentary elections, and it was not exactly a perfect presidential election in Egypt.

— Roger Wicker

Consider this: The United States held its first presidential election in 1789. It marked the first peaceful transfer of executive power between parties in the fourth presidential election in 1801, and it took another 200 years’ worth of presidential elections before the courts had to settle an election.

— Sam Brownback

I don’t think, Donald Trump doesn’t think, no one thinks that a foreign entity should be interfering with a foreign election.

— Sean Spicer

Kellyanne is the first female campaign manager of any major party to win a presidential general election. In her position, Kellyanne will continue her role as a close adviser to the president-elect and will work with senior leadership to effectively message and execute the administration’s legislative priorities and actions.

— Sean Spicer

Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation.

— Simon Sinek

In the 2000 election, George W. Bush, who had shirked military service, succeeded in presenting himself as more reliable on national security than Al Gore.

— Samantha Power

Election Day outside of big cities is different. For one thing, there are so few people in my town that each individual vote really does matter, and several local races have been decided by as many votes as you can count on one hand.

— Susan Orlean

Every challenger has come forward and said he’s going to challenge me and win because I’m out of touch with the constituents. We run a race, the election comes, and the majority of voters disagree with them.

— Scott Garrett

I’ve often heard the complaint from both Democrat and Republican voters alike that they hate the fact that politicians get into office and they – and they’re fearful, they’re fearful to make tough decisions because they think more about the next election than they do about the next-generation.

— Scott Walker

If a leader comes to office in a seemingly fair election and tolerates dissent, he or she qualifies for our seal of approval.

— Stephen Kinzer

In some countries that are darlings of the West, like Egypt, everyone knows the result of national elections years in advance: The man in power always wins. In others, like Saudi Arabia, the very idea of an election is unthinkable.

— Stephen Kinzer

It used to be that you could have fun with interviews with the foreign press, knowing that nothing you said would make it back to any voters until long after the election was over, if ever.

— Susan Estrich

I love election day, and I love to vote.

— Susan Straight

In democracy, every election is a learning process. You learn from every election, the one that you win and the one that you lose. And then you prepare for the next one.

— Salman Khurshid

And on election night I’d go down to city hall in El Paso, Texas and cover the election. In those days, of course, we didn’t have exit polls. You didn’t know who had won the election until they actually counted the votes. I thought that was exciting too.

— Sam Donaldson

However, I keep reminding them that this issue is not a new issue that has come out for this election. This issue has been in the courts for two years and two months now.

— Sibel Edmonds

The weak economy, widening income inequality, gridlock in Congress and a presidential election: Those were perhaps the dominant economic and political themes of 2012.

— Steven Rattner

A lot of television stuff is mean-spirited, and I think that’s how political advertising got so mean-spirited, to where people are throwing things at the television set every time we have an election.

— Stan Freberg

Thirteen years after the end of the Soviet Union, the American press establishment seemed eager to turn Ukraine’s protested presidential election on November 21 into a new cold war with Russia.

— Stephen Cohen

We the people say it loud and clear every Election Day, in high-crime periods as well as peaceful stretches – More of our population needs to be behind bars.

— Thomas Frank

If Latinos stay at home, we determine the outcome of an election.

— Tony Cardenas

I don’t for the life of me understand how anybody could contemplate the results of the 2000 election in the US and say that electoral politics doesn’t matter any more, and that Ralph Nader was right when he said there is no difference between the two parties.

— Todd Gitlin

If Donald Trump is our nominee, I don’t think that he represents the best our party has to offer either in temperament or qualification, and I think he’s the weakest candidate that is in the race at this point in terms of the general election, and that to nominate him is to give Hillary Clinton a much better chance of being president.

— Trent Franks

Ma Ying-jeou tends to use cross-strait policy as an election tool and a political tool, too, and my position is that we don’t use that as a political tool because that is an issue that is critical and essential to the interests of the Taiwanese people.

— Tsai Ing-wen

Democracy is not just an election, it is our daily life.

— Tsai Ing-wen

It’s been 80 years since the Senate has confirmed a Supreme Court nominee who was nominated during an election. And particularly when the court hangs in the balance, it makes no sense whatsoever to give Barack Obama the power to jam through a judge in the final election year.

— Ted Cruz

Pressure for the most part comes from this overarching concern that if I head into the election season without sufficient resources, then any outside group, any individual, any super PAC may choose to come in to my district and overwhelm it and take over the airwaves and control the debate.

— Ted Deutch

I was looking at a photograph of the 1997 election campaign yesterday, and I thought: ‘My God. Did I really have that hairstyle? And that Tory blue suit?’

— Theresa May

Presidential election results in 2008 and 2012 clarified that talk radio was not, in fact, running the country.

— Timothy Noah

Democrats view elections as a means to an end, while Republicans view an election as an end in itself.

— Timothy Noah

President Obama seems to think that you win by demonstrating that you’re a more reasonable person than your opponents. It didn’t work too badly, I’ll grant, as an electoral strategy in the 2012 election.

— Timothy Noah

I’ll tell you the truth, even in an election year, and that’s what people are ready for.

— Tom Cotton

I try not to tune in to politics until it’s two or three months before the election. Till then, it’s like watching preseason football.

— Trey Parker

I come from election, I come from the people. I owe gratitude to our people. I do everything for the good of the country and the people.

— Thaksin Shinawatra

I don’t know much about Americanism, but it’s a damn good word with which to carry an election.

— Warren G. Harding

I always stand out by the voting lines on Election Day, and I can’t tell you how many people say, ‘I’ve never voted for a Democrat in my life, but I’m splitting my ticket for you.’ They’re more engaged and thoughtful than we give them credit for.

— Wendy Davis

Prior to my election, young Cherokee girls would never have thought that they might grow up and become chief.

— Wilma Mankiller

In our system, at about 11:30 on election night, they just push you off the edge of the cliff-and that’s it. You might scream on the way down, but you’re going to hit the bottom, and you’re not going to be in elective office.

— Walter F. Mondale

Hamas, the opponents of Arafat, the opponents of peace, urged a boycott of the election, and yet there was an 85 percent turnout where Hamas is supposed to be strong. Isn’t that really quite incredible?

— Warren Christopher

The monitors indicated that it was a credible election, I think, in an overall sense, it apparently is a free and fair election, so it’s a real milestone and one of the things we can take some little confidence in.

— Warren Christopher

If we were to have a presidential election in Europe it would be an event that would spark a huge interest in people from Lisbon to Helsinki, just like national elections. And it would create a completely different political setting in Europe.

— Wolfgang Schauble

And I think within the pages of The Betrayal of America I think I present an overwhelming case that these five justices were up to no good, and they deliberately set out to hand the election to George Bush.

— Vincent Bugliosi

Within the pages of The Betrayal of America I prove that these justices were absolutely up to no good, and they deliberately set out to hand the election to George Bush.

— Vincent Bugliosi

If it’s a close election, then it’s better for the Supreme Court to pick the president, whether or not he won the election. It’s just insane on its face.

— Vincent Bugliosi

I think I present an overwhelming case that these five justices were up to no good, and they deliberately set out to hand the election to George Bush.

— Vincent Bugliosi

Democrats believe they can win at the ballot box by obstructing, and they would rather win the next election than move America forward.

— Virginia Foxx

I have never yet exercised the privilege of voting, but had I been called upon at the last presidential election to do so, I should most certainly have cast my vote for Mr. Clay.

— Zachary Taylor

It is important that the Iraqi people have confidence in the election results and that the voting process, including the process for vote counting, is free and fair.

— Zalmay Khalilzad
Voting Quotes

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