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We have to have some rules and regulations in America, or the world would empty out here.

People more than ever since I can remember are concerned about being out of step and out of line with their political party and won't cross over. There is nobody, man or woman, who wants to be left out, and people are fearful of that. People are fearful of their leadership as well.

Politics was my third act. But I could have a fourth. I don't know what that will be yet, but there will be one.

Sometimes people who are Jewish are held to a higher standard which sometimes we take great pride in.

I just thought it was unconscionable for the Congress to insert itself into this debate. We are particularly unqualified to make that decision and to intrude ourselves into the lives of this family.

I've personally demanded that tyrants let their people go. I've tried to feed the hungry, clothe the poor, protect the elderly and infirm, and defend the needy from the aggressively greedy. I've led a blessed life. What a kick for a kid from the projects.

The ability to convince people of the wackiest notions - and both parties can do it - it's part of the dumbing down of America that's really highly problematic.

You can compromise between good, better, and best, and you can compromise between bad and worse and terrible. But you can't compromise between good and evil. And now people look at the other side as a completely different kind of animal and say, 'They are taking the country down the road to purgatory.' It's complete intolerance.

If a jerk burns the flag, America is not threatened, democracy is not under siege, freedom is not at risk.

It used to be you had real friends on the other side of the aisle. It's not like that anymore. Society has changed. The public is to blame as well. I think the people have gotten dumber.

Every gun sold should require a background check, period.

I am always fascinated by India.

I'm in favor of immigration but we also need rules.

India is a regional power. It does not need anything to establish it.

No, you can't call your vote in. You have to be there on the floor to vote.

Patriots don't let their nation default.

Telling people not to have children is unthinkable and inhumane.

The media's gotten lazy. They don't check anything out. You report what he reports.

Using official government resources to help bankroll an explicit political agenda - whether on the right or left - is flat out wrong.

We have some Jewish members of Congress, not a lot but there's a bunch of us.