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US election quotes of the week October 21-27

30 october 2012, 18:21
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The US presidential race has entered the home stretch, with just 10 days to go until polling day.

Here are some of the quotations that marked campaigning over the past week:

THE RAPE ROW

Republican US Senate candidate Richard Mourdock of Indiana:

"I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God, and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."

Indiana Republican U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock. ©REUTERS

Indiana Republican U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock. ©REUTERS

Andrea Saul, Romney campaign spokeswoman:

"Governor Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock, and Mr Mourdock's comments do not reflect Governor Romney's views. We disagree on the policy regarding exceptions for rape and incest but still support him."

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE

Mitt Romney, in his final debate with President Barack Obama:

"I congratulate him on taking out Osama Bin Laden and going after the leadership in Al-Qaeda, but we can't kill our way out of this mess."

U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. ©REUTERS/Brian Snyder

U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. ©REUTERS/Brian Snyder

TIME CHECK

Obama, in the final debate with Romney:

"Governor, when it comes to our foreign policy, you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s, just like the social policies of the 1950s and the economic policies of the 1920s.

"You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets."

U.S. President Barack Obama. ©REUTERS/Jason Reed

U.S. President Barack Obama. ©REUTERS/Jason Reed

THE MEMORY HOLE

Obama in Cleveland on Thursday:

"He's hoping that you come down with what we call a case of Romnesia! He's hoping you won't remember that his economic plan is more likely to create jobs in China than here in Ohio."

MOMENTUM

Obama advisor David Axelrod:

"We know what we know and they know what they know. And I'm confident that we're going to win this race, and we'll know who's bluffing and who isn't in two weeks. And I'm looking forward to it," said Axelrod.

David Axelrod, senior adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama. ©REUTERS/Andrew Burton

David Axelrod, senior adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama. ©REUTERS/Andrew Burton

ROCK ON

Meat Loaf, endorsing Romney in Ohio:

"I have never been in any political agenda in my life. But I think that in 2012 this is the most important election in the history of the United States.

"There are storm clouds coming over the United States, there are thunderstorms over Europe, there are hailstorms, and I mean major hailstorms, in the Middle East."

U.S. singer Meat Loaf. ©REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

U.S. singer Meat Loaf. ©REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

TRUMP CARD

Obama, challenged by tycoon Donald Trump to release college records:

"This all dates back to when we were growing up together in Kenya. We had constant run-ins on the soccer field. He wasn't very good and resented it."

VOTE EARLY, VOTE OFTEN

Obama firing up Illinois campaign workers after casting an early ballot:

"If we let up and our voters don't turn out, we could lose this election. Now the good news is, if our voters do turn out, we will definitely win the election."

U.S. President Barack Obama. ©REUTERS/Jason Reed

U.S. President Barack Obama. ©REUTERS/Jason Reed

GENERAL ACCLAIM

Former military chief and secretary of state Colin Powell endorsing Obama:

"I also saw the president get us out of one war, start to get us out of a second war and did not get us into any new wars."

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell. ©REUTERS/Jim Young

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell. ©REUTERS/Jim Young

THE RACE CARD

Romney advisor John Sununu explaining Powell's endorsement:

"When you have somebody of your own race that you're proud of being president of the United States, I applaud Colin for standing with him."

Sununu trying again a few hours later:

"I respect the endorsement decision he made, and I do not doubt that it was based on anything but his support of the president's policies."

Source: AFP


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