Bob Dole

(Robert Joseph "Bob" Dole | Bob J. Dole)

Bob Dole
Bob Dole
  • Born: July 22, 1923
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

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[Describing the vice presidency:] ... inside work with no heavy lifting. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
[Referring to Jack Kemp:] … a football player who has played too much without his helmet. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
… a giant corporate welfare program Welfare
A government that seizes control of the economy for the good of the people, ends up seizing control of the people for the good of the economy. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
A little gridlock might be pretty good from time to time. Legislating & Legislative Process
A mature welfare state is always broke. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Boutros-Ghali wasn't elected to anything in this country when last I checked. United Nations
Carter took a poke at the Soviet bear and knocked out the American farmer. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Child care is a family issue—not a government issue. Families, Children & Parenting
Congress has a lot of powers which people, especially those in the executive branch, don't like to talk about. Intergovernmental Relations
Contrary to reports that I took the loss badly, I want to say that I went home last night and slept like a baby—every two hours I woke up and cried. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Criminals are not the victims of society; society is the victim of criminals. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Early detection [of prostate cancer] saved my life. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
English should be acknowledged once and for all as the official language of the United States. English, Languages & Bilingualism
History buffs probably noted the reunion at a Washington party a few weeks ago of three ex-presidents. Carter, Ford and Nixon. See no evil, hear no evil and evil. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I ... can sniff out a bureaucracy when I see it coming [in new legislation.] Legislating & Legislative Process
I don't suggest we ought to be able to pressure judges, but we ought to be able to criticize [them] when we think they've made a mistake Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
I don't think the first hundred days measures the success or failure of any President. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I said "Vote Yes." He voted "Yes." We rolled him out again. He does better under sedation. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I think he could defend it at a bar association meeting, but not before real people. Flags & National Anthems
I tried to make the point to the [Nixon] White House that, as a party, we needed to demonstrate that we cared and were concerned about votes from African-Americans and Hispanics. I don't know where we lost track after Abraham Lincoln. Political Parties & Machines
I want the government to pinch pennies for a change instead of American families. Budgets & Budgeting
I was told that people did not like negative ads. So I didn't run any. I lost. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I wasn't a hero. I just got shot. Military & Veterans
If war were declared tonight and I went on a talk show, the first question would be about abortion. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
If we're going to be treated like a bunch of bums on this side of the aisle, then say so. Legislating & Legislative Process
If you don't eat, don't worry about the farmer.
If you're hanging around with nothing to do and the zoo is closed, come over to the Senate. You'll get the same kind of feeling and you won't have to pay. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It only takes one vote to win the Vice Presidential nomination. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
It would be all right with me. I'd probably get a car and driver out of it. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
It's one thing to make the speeches. It's another to make the tough decisions.
It's time to cut up Uncle Sam's credit card. Budgets & Budgeting
Leadership doesn't amount to much unless you have followers. Leaders & Leadership
Negotiations take time. Negotiating & Negotiations
No legislator ever got in trouble for voting against a bill that passed or for a bill that didn’t pass. Public Relations & Image
Now, I don't know much about art, but I know desecration when I see it. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
On Capitol Hill we like to make tough speeches. We don’t like to make tough choices. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Politics is not a spectator sport. You can't just sit on the sidelines. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Poor people don’t make campaign contributions. Poverty
Some made the ultimate sacrifice. The rest of us were lucky. Military & Veterans
Stop lying about my record. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Studies are studies. You get all kinds of studies. Miscellaneous
The Americans are out, and as far as I’m concerned, in Rwanda, that ought to be an end to it. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The Americans are out, and as far as I’m concerned, in Rwanda, that ought to be the end of it. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The Democrats are the party of war. Liberals & Conservatives
The only way a challenger can compete with the built-in advantages of incumbency is to spend money. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
There are some Republicans in Congress who have leaned so far to the right, that they could fall out of the Capitol. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
There's a difference between rhetoric and reality. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
There's something about winning that's contagious. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
They [special prosecutors] have an unending license to do somebody in. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
They ought to put a sign on the door of the National Republican Committee that says “Closed for Repairs”. Political Parties & Machines
This is not politics. This is garbage. And we are disgusted by it. To those who are departed who sought in some, quote, clever, unquote way, to tarnish the reputation of Tom Foley, I say, good riddance. Public Relations & Image
We have got to be open. We cannot be a single-issue party or a single-philosophy party.” …. I am concerned about the undercurrent of rigid conservatism where you don’t dare not toe the line. Political Parties & Machines
We like to make tough speeches, but we don't like to make tough choices. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
We senators love to make tough speeches but hate to make tough votes. Legislating & Legislative Process
We'll wait forever before the United Nations does anything. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
We're not perfect but we're the envy of the world. Miscellaneous
When you lose [a primary election], you either sit and pout somewhere or you go out and help the winner. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
When you're talking about comprehensive health care, you're going to make a lot of people unhappy. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
You can't be rigid in this business [politics]. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You can't have your own way in Congress. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You never know whether you're elected because people know who you are or people don't know who you're are. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
As long as there are only 3 to 4 people on the floor, the country is in good hands. It's only when you have 50 to 60 in the Senate that you want to be concerned.
At least she's the president of something, which is more than I can say.
Elizabeth's back at the red cross, and I'm walking the dog.
I don't know how many people run for vice president and president and lose both.
I just consider myself a Republican, none of this hyphenated stuff. I was a mainstream conservative Republican, and most people are in that category.
I really thought, with my background growing up, and my service, and all that, I thought it would be enough for the presidency. But... It sure was enough when I ran for Congress.
I will seek the presidency with nothing to fall back on but the judgment of the people of the United States, and nowhere to go but the White House or home.
If something happened along the route and you had to leave your children with Bob Dole or Bill Clinton, I think you would probably leave them with Bob Dole.
I'm not a Gingrich fan. He's just difficult to work with. It's either Newt's way or the highway. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It's going to be hard for someone like me to run for president.
I've never known a lot of rich people. It's not my bag.
I've thought about it, not a lot, but I thought my relationship with Congress - the Democrats and Republicans - would help me get some things done. Not everything, but at least they'd be willing to try.
Life is very important to Americans. Life
Our intent will not be to create gridlock. Oh, except maybe from time to time. Time
President Obama came to visit me in the hospital. He said, 'I wish you were still in the Senate; I need your help.' I'm not certain I can help on everything. Maybe some things.
Something is wrong with America. I wonder sometimes what people are thinking about or if they're thinking at all.
The internet is a great way to get on the net. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Things are going to get better. Be optimistic.
Think I'll win. Could be big.
Those who cultivate moral confusion for profit should understand this: we will name their names and shame them as they deserve to be shamed.
We'll all be riding that streetcar of desire.
We're trying to get good pictures. Don't worry very much about what I say.
You feel a little older in the morning. By noon I feel about 55. Morning
You know, a better man for a better America. That's sort of our slogan.