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Debate Quotes

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Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers,
who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt
to offer a solution everybody can understand.
- Colin Powell

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I have been defending Israel's right to exist,
and to defend itself against terrorism,
for many years-on college campuses, in television appearances and in debate.
- Alan Dershowitz

I can assure you we are all strong-willed,
forceful personalities and the president encourages vigorous debate.
- Karen Hughes

Reliable data on the outsourcing of American jobs is
sorely missing from the debate on globalization.
- Dan Lipinski

 

I take the debate on the method of promoting democracy seriously.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

A politician's goal is always to manipulate public debate.
I think there are some politicians with higher goals.
But all of them get corrupted by power.
- Dean Koontz

When every one of your arguments is characterized an
attempt to bring back slavery or resegregate lunch counters,
it's a little hard to have any sort of productive debate.
- Ann Coulter

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Open debate and full discourse on the topic of torture is a double-edged sword.
- Charles D. Ellison

The leader must aim high, see big, judge widely,
thus setting himself apart form the ordinary people
who debate in narrow confines.
- Charles de Gaulle

He who frames the question wins the debate.
- Randall Terry

A little tough talk in the midst of a campaign or as
part of a presidential debate cannot obscure a record
of 30 years of being on the wrong side of defense issues.
- Dick Cheney

Since we enacted the PATRIOT Act almost three years ago,
there has been tremendous public debate about its breadth
and implications on due process and privacy.
- Howard Berman

Let's start to have a grown up debate in this country
about who we are and where we want to go and what kind
of country we want to build.
- Ed Miliband

I should add that it is open to debate whether what
we call the writing of history these days is truly scientific.
- Lion Feuchtwanger

I remember serving in Vietnam in that war,
and many of us at the major Lieutenant Colonel,
colonel level were frustrated that no one in the U.S.
wanted to debate it that way.
- William Odom

This isn't a little debate society.
That's high school stuff.
- Sydney Schanberg

I put forward formless and unresolved notions,
as do those who publish doubtful questions to debate in the schools,
not to establish the truth but to seek it.
- Michel de Montaigne

While the debate on the Patriot Act is far from over,
it is important that all Americans continue in this
dialogue and work together to ensure greater security for our nation.
- Jo Bonner

The federal government seeks to control and regulate the Internet,
but the last thing this Congress should be doing is
trying to stifle public debate online.
- Dennis Hastert

One can always debate questions back and forth.
- Robert Bourassa

After a century of striving, after a year of debate,
after a historic vote, health care reform is no longer an unmet promise.
It is the law of the land.
- Barack Obama

See that's a goal that I think it's very good in the
debate to find out who the person is.
- Geraldine Ferraro

In the first debate the bulges create the impression
of a letter T with a small feature which appears similar
to a wire under the jacket running upward from the right.
- Robert Nelson

Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy.
- Jesse Jackson

Debate and divergence of views can only enrich our history and culture.
- Ibrahim Babangida

I raise this objection to debate the process,
and protect the integrity of the true will of the people.
- Stephanie Tubbs Jones

Information, usually seen as the precondition of debate,
is better understood as its by-product.
- Christopher Lasch

I've enjoyed doing Wolf Blitzer's program,
and I even enjoyed having a heated debate with Bill O'Reilly.
I will do it any time.
- Bianca Jagger

If we don't believe in moral absolutes and then we
get into a cultural-political debate,
how are we going to win?
- Randall Terry

The most important event I covered was the Panama Canal debate,
which dragged on for months.
- Jessica Savitch

After Nashville sushi and a long debate on Bob Dylan,
we went into Woodland Studios at 10 pm that night for a look around,
and jammed for 5 hours solid.
- Robyn Hitchcock

Debate is almost non-existent and no one is apparently
accountable to anybody apart from their political party bosses.
It is bad news for democracy in this country.
- Helen Suzman

As Congress continues to debate ways to address illegal immigration,
we must remember the many hard-working legal immigrants
that contribute so much to our nation's economy and culture.
- Bob Filner

You've got to work things out in the cloakroom,
and when you've got them worked out,
you can debate a little before you vote.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion,
dissent, and debate.
- Hubert H. Humphrey

Debate is healthy and no one in this chamber -
starting with me -
has a monopoly on being right.
- Ted Kulongoski

Political debate with liberals is basically impossible
in America today because liberals are calling names
while conservatives are trying to make arguments.
- Ann Coulter

I enjoyed debate on the floor but it's not really debate in the same way.
- Geraldine Ferraro

The dinner table is a lively debate,
and everybody weighs in in a different way.
I like that, though.
- Vanessa Kerry

Religion enabled society to organise itself to debate goodness,
just as Greek drama had once done.
- Edward Bond

In the midst of fighting there is no place for public debate.
- Yitzhak Rabin

I do think that Social Security reform needs to be bipartisan,
and we are going to have to reach that in this debate
at some time before we can find really meaningful reform.
- Judy Biggert

This country is about, in my judgment,
aggressive, open debate.
There is an old saying: When everyone is thinking the same thing,
no one is thinking very much.
- Byron Dorgan

Politics calls for robust debate and criticism,
but this should never descend to personal and demeaning slurs.
- Kim Beazley

That's what we're missing.
We're missing argument.
We're missing debate.
We're missing colloquy.
We're missing all sorts of things.
Instead, we're accepting.
- Studs Terkel

There's always merit to having a debate.
- Ward Churchill

It may happen sometimes that a long debate becomes
the cause of a longer friendship.
Commonly, those who dispute with one another at last agree.
- Elbert Hubbard

I have worked to expand the health care debate beyond
the current for-profit system,
to include a public option and an amendment to free
the states to pursue single payer.
- Dennis Kucinich

I took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate;
and while the debate goes on,
the canal does also.
- Theodore Roosevelt

It is better to debate a question without settling
it than to settle a question without debating it.
- Joseph Joubert

It is reason, and not passion, which must guide our deliberations,
guide our debate, and guide our decision.
- Barbara Jordan

With or without a Social Security fix,
Americans don't have enough assets to retire on.
There has to be a much larger debate.
- Frank Keating

The historical debate is over.
The answer is free-market capitalism.
- Thomas Friedman

Most of the debate over the cultures of death and life is about process.
The debate focuses on the technology available to determine
how we prolong life and how and when we end it.
- Suzanne Fields

I am convinced that we as a body must conduct a formal
and legitimate debate about election irregularities.
- Stephanie Tubbs Jones

Any debate among politicians about monetary policy is counterproductive.
- Gerhard Schroder

What passes for real debate in Washington often seems
more like an echo chamber,
with politicians talking at politicians.
- Bill Delahunt

The job of the press is to encourage debate,
not to supply the public with information.
- Christopher Lasch

Debate is the death of conversation.
- Kitty O'Neill Collins

There is an ongoing debate about the reform of the U.N.
system.
- Joschka Fischer

No matter how you cut it, this real debate on personal
accounts is about the legitimacy of Social Security;
it's not about the solvency of Social Security.
- Joe Biden

I liked discussion and debate and thought that these
skills fit well with law.
I also had an interest in justice - and later learned
that sometimes law and justice actually agree!
- Harold H. Greene

The national debate on Social Security has been cheapened
by demagoguery on all sides.
- Bill Delahunt

I love argument, I love debate.
I don't expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me,
that's not their job.
- Margaret Thatcher

I don't really feel like I have to have a debate with my husband over issues.
- Laura Bush

As the 109th Congress continues to debate legislation
that will affect the lives of immigrants,
it is important for us to remember that we are a nation of immigrants.
- Jose Serrano

One needs to know what the hierarchy of values are
from which one takes inspiration,
and in a democratic society this is the subject of
continuous democratic debate.
- Rocco Buttiglione

Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels;
it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.
- Michael Crichton

The questions are scientific, but the UN answers are political.
The global warming debate is hardly about science.
- Allen Simmons

Much of the debate over global warming is predicated on fear,
rather than science.
- James Inhofe

Every candidate goes into every debate hoping that
they can own a particular moment.
- Peter Jennings


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