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Mark Shields Quotes

As Bill Clinton said so eloquently at the convention, during Vietnam there was a chance to serve; there was a chance not to serve.

Character is destiny and character is important to American campaigns.

Everybody who served in John Kerry's boat under his command, save one, has stood with him.

George Bush is trying to play it both ways.

George Bush says what John Kerry did was noble. Yet he sees him being savaged by his own supporters.

I didn't realize the president was such an historian.

I think any advocate who is effective has fully acquainted himself or herself with the legislator they are going to meet. Know what committees they are on, what issues they are interested in, all in an effort to build a bridge for communicating with them.

If I were John Bolton, I'd take great consolation in the words of my principal supporter on the committee, who gave a ringing endorsement, which was, There is no evidence that he has broken any laws.

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.

Iraq is in a civil war. There is no road in that country that is safe.

John Kerry's biography was central to his campaign.

John McCain has become the de facto running mate of George W. Bush.

John McCain was victimized in the South Carolina primary.

Let's not pretend that all of a sudden, this is some new system.

Since the election, since the formation of a government, the death in Iraq has increased. The United States stands by, helpless to do anything about it. That's the reality, not George Bush's revisionist history!

The advantage that hospitals have over other institutions is that hospitals are community-based. You can't outsource your work; you can't move your emergency department to Pakistan.

The important thing to understand about legislators is that there are dozens of competing interests and issues that occupy them. They are stretched thin.

The problem with smear campaigns is that too often they work.

There is always strength in numbers. The more individuals or organizations that you can rally to your cause, the better.

There's no question that Stalin broke the agreements made at Yalta completely about elections that were supposed to be held immediately in Poland, and Eastern Europe was plunged into slavery as a consequence.