The bureaucracy is not great. I don't think Rick Santorum who is not one for being a big proponent of large bureaucracies would be as enthusiastic a supporter of it.

— Harold Ford, Jr.

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I expect the Republicans will enjoy a large bounce out of their convention.

They're here wrapping themselves in the 9/11 flag, which I think is inappropriate in many ways, but it's their choice.

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I love New York, I love the smell of New York... I love the subway.

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I was for civil unions and believed strongly that the flow of benefits and protections that would be provided in a civil union for same-sex couples‚ the decisions that have to be made‚ when health hardships are faced‚ when economic hardships are faced‚ I wanted all of those protections. I never strayed from them.

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Money is in politics, it's been there.

I was in politics for 10 years, I had some of the worst ads run against me ever. I had some of the most money spent by a guy in my state running against me. That's not the issue. The issue is getting out and making the case for what we're going to do to create jobs and to make the economic situation for individual families better.

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Killing terrorists is cheaper than capturing them.

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I am for gay marriage. Or same-sex marriage. I don't want to say it the wrong way. I think people are sensitive to it. I have been painted as being this right-wing zealot on choice. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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I either run or try to play basketball every day.

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I refuse to do anything that would help Republicans win a Senate seat in New York, and give the Senate majority to the Republicans.

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The U.S. economy and workers benefit from a strong, healthy relationship between government and business.

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I often have said to people that there are really two cities in the country where the outlook is always forward-looking - there is never really a backward-looking tendency. My banking work has taken me out to Palo Alto, what is commonly called Silicon Valley. And you sense out there is always a forward-looking outlook. And New York City.

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If you don't meet the standards, then you don't qualify.

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Some say I was disappointed when President Obama won, and that is absolute nonsense.

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About Harold Ford, Jr.

Quotes 20 sayings
Profession Former United States Representative
Birthday May 11, 1970

I am a Democrat. But I am an independent Democrat.

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Republicans believe largely in the market working, Democrats believe stereotypically that you've got to give people something. So why not give people a chance to let the market work for them.

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Public service is a part of who I am, having grown up in a family of politicians.

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I don't think it's a great leap to go from civil unions to gay marriage - I may be in the minority in believing that.

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I believe that people take risk, and there are rewards if they do well;

they should lose if they don’t.

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To say that I am pro life is just wrong. I am personally pro-choice and legislatively pro-choice.

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I'm in an interracial marriage.

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