Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, and the Top 50 Quotes From the Republican and Democratic Conventions


The conventions are over. Both sides had some very good speakers. Here we list the top 50 lines from the convention speakers.

1. Paul Ryan 

“College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.”

2. Barack Obama

“Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations, and call us in the morning.”

3. Marco Rubio

“[Obama’s] ideas are the one’s people come here to get away from.”

4. Ann Romney

"I read somewhere that Mitt and I have a `storybook marriage. Those storybooks never seemed to have chapters called MS or breast cancer.”

5. Bill Clinton

“We simply cannot afford to give the reins of government to someone who will double down on trickle down.”

6. Marco Rubio

“I think I just drank Clint Eastwood's water.”

7. Barack Obama

“Yes Sasha, you do have to go to school tomorrow.”

8. Mitt Romney

“Obama promised to begin the slow rise of the ocean and heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family."

9. John Kerry

“Ask Osama Bin Laden if he is better off than 4 years ago.”

10. Nikki Haley 

“I sat on the tarmac at the Boeing facility in North Charleston and watched as a brand new, mac daddy plane rolled onto the runway.”

11. Mike Huckabee

The only hitch in an otherwise perfect week was the awful noise coming from the hotel room next door to mine.  Turns out it was just Debbie Wasserman Schultz, practicing her speech.”

12. Rob Portman

“My name is Rob Portman and they say I was on Governor Romney’s short list of vice presidential candidates. Apparently, it wasn’t short enough.”

13. Tim Pawlenty

“Good evening, and welcome to Barack Obama’s retirement party.”

14. Tim Pawlenty 

"Barack Obama has failed us, but it is understandable a lot of people fail at their first job."

15. Marco Rubio

“Under Barack Obama, the only change is that hope is hard to find.”

16. Bill Clinton

“People ask me all the time how we got four surplus budgets in a row. What new ideas did we bring to Washington? I always give a one-word answer: Arithmetic.”

17. Susana Martinez 

“Before I ran for district attorney, two Republicans invited my husband and me to lunch, and I knew a party switch was exactly what they wanted and when we left that lunch, we got in the car and I looked over at Chuck and said, ``I'll be damned, we’re Republicans.”

18. John Kerry

“Before you debate Obama on foreign policy, you better finish the debate with yourself.”

19. Paul Ryan

“There are the songs on his iPod, which I've heard on the campaign bus and on many hotel elevators."

20. Paul Ryan

“I hope it’s not a deal-breaker Mitt, but my playlist starts with AC/DC, and ends with Zeppelin.”

21. Barack Obama

"You might not be ready for diplomacy with Beijing if you can't attend the Olympics and avoid offending our strongest ally."

22. John Kerry

“Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from Alaska.   Mitt Romney talks like he’s only seen Russia by watching Rocky IV.”

23. Ted Strickland

“If Mitt was Santa Claus, he'd fire the reindeer and outsource the elves.”

24. Paul Ryan

“After four years of getting the run-around, America needs a turnaround."

25. Condoleezza Rice

“A little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham and she becomes the secretary of state.” 

26. Ted Strickland 

“His life right now is eat, sleep and Jeep."

27. Bill Clinton

“Their campaign pollster said we are not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.  I couldn’t have said it better myself."

28. Condoleezza Rice

“There is no country, no, not even a rising China that can do more harm to us than we can do to ourselves if we do not do the hard work before us here at home."

29. Emanuel Cleaver

“It’s impossible for hope to overdraw in God’s bank."

30. Chris Christie

“Real leaders don’t follow polls. Real leaders change polls."

31. Paul Ryan

“With all their attack ads, the president is just throwing away money— and he's pretty experienced at that.”

32. John Kerry

“For Romney an overseas trip, is when you trip all over yourself overseas."

33. Julian Castro

“Gov. Romney has undergone an extreme makeover, and it ain't pretty."

34. Susana Martinez

“If he can take credit for government building small businesses, then he can accept responsibility for breaking his promise and adding $5 trillion to the national debt. Because he did build that."

35. Julian Castro

"Start a business," he said. But how? "Borrow money from your parents," Gee, why didn't I think of that?"

36. Bill Clinton

“They want to get rid of those pesky financial regulations designed to prevent another crash and prohibit future bailouts.  As another president once said, there they go again."

37. Chris Christie

“Here I stand a New Jersey Republican. In the automobile of life Dad was just a passenger. Mom was the enforcer."

38. Jennifer Granholm

“In Romney's world, the cars get the elevator; the workers get the shaft."

39. Marco Rubio

“The only people who thought I could win all live in my house. 4 of them were under the age 10."

40. Arturo Davis 

“May it be said of this time in our history: 2008 to 2011: lesson learned. 2012: mistake corrected.”

41. Deval Patrick

“Mitt Romney talks a lot about all the things he’s fixed. I can tell you that Massachusetts wasn’t one of them."

42. Chris Christie 

“They believe in teachers' unions. We believe in teachers."

43. Bill Clinton

“Congressman Ryan looked into that TV camera and attacked President Obama’s Medicare savings. It takes some brass to attack a guy for doing what you did."

44. Emanuel Cleaver

“God did not burden America with the diversity of backgrounds, ideals and religions, he blessed America with them."

45. Arturo Davis 

“The Democrats' ads convince me that Governor Romney can't sing."

46. Joe Biden 

“Governor Romney said that as president, he would take a jobs tour. Well with his support for outsourcing, it would have to be a foreign trip.”

47. Janine Turner

“America was built with its hands at work, not with its hands out."

48. Julian Castro 

“Texas may be the one place where people actually still have bootstraps, and we expect folks to pull themselves up by them."

49. Arturo Davis

“Remember when he said, "this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal?" Who knew the plain English version of it was, "middle America, get ready to shell out 60 bucks to fill up your car?"

50. Janine Turner

“Democrats depend on dependence.”