It doesn't take a lot of strength to hang on. It takes a lot of strength to let go.

— J. C. Watts

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Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking.

There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught.


Republicans think that the NAACP is the only voice in the black community.

It is a voice in the black community. But it's not the only voice.


Having a Republican candidate speak at the NAACP convention is like trying to build a house starting at the roof. If you don't have a foundation, the roof isn't going to stand.


I'm secure in who I am. I don't need the validation of those that would say, you have to be a certain thing in order to be accepted. I'm comfortable going against the grain if I need to.


I like to call the ethos I grew up with 'Oklahoma values.

' But you'd be just as accurate if you said 'American values.' Except for our lack of a seacoast, Oklahoma has a little bit of just about everything that's American.


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In my wildest imagination, I never thought that the fifth of six children born to Helen and Buddy Watts - in a poor black neighborhood, in the poor rural community of Eufaula, Oklahoma - would someday be called Congressman.


Governor is not the position to have in Oklahoma.

It is the head coach of Oklahoma or Oklahoma State or Tulsa.


Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking.


I'm looking forward to the day when America will mature to the point that we are a color-blind society. I'm not so sure that in politics that will ever be reality, because politics has a way of separating us based on skin color.


I'm not one that believes that affirmative action should be based on one's skin color or one's gender, I think it should be done based on one's need, because I think if you are from a poor white community, I think that poor white kid needs a scholarship just as badly as a poor black kid.


Reparations, I believe, are talked about for political reasons, trying to cater for the purpose of getting votes. If Congress was serious about reparations - in '93 and '94 the Democrats controlled the House, the Senate and the White House, and not one single Republican vote was needed for reparations.


Everyone tries to define this thing called Character.

It's not hard. Character is doing what's right when nobody's looking.


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We have seen the Democrat solution to an energy crisis; it's called California.


My views on everything from welfare to a balanced budget to affirmative action can be traced to what Buddy and Helen Watts taught me as a young boy growing up poor but proud in Eufaula.


I think that anybody that stays in school, gets good grades, pays the price, I think we are wealthy enough in the public and the private sector in America to make sure that every child in America that wants to continue their education, they should be able to do that.


Affirmative action is a little like the professional football draft.

The NFL awards its No. 1 draft choices to the lowest-ranked team in the league. It doesn't do this out of compassion or guilt. It's done for mutual survival. They understand that a league can only be as strong as its weakest team.


I would love to be associated with some sports organization.

I was a journalism major. That's kind of intriguing, to do something in the political-commentary arena.


Everything I am I owe to my faith and secondly to parents who were old school.


You take a poor black child. Give him a good education, tell him he's somebody, that God didn't create junk when he created him, and that black child will create his own affirmative action.


I embrace my blackness, just as I do my conservatism and my Christianity, but I don't want to be defined or pigeonholed by any one of the many elements that make up my character.


I think you grow wherever God plants you.

I hope I'm growing as a person of faith, as a Christian. That should be our number one objective this journey of life. That all starts with a personal intimate relationship with Christ and then being in prayer every single day about all of those things - being tenacious about it.


Serving in Congress has been more than an honor;

it has been one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life... It has been a wonderful ride. It has been a wonderful journey.


We need to remember that politics is all about people, not programs.

We shouldn't want to take the humanness out of the political arena.


When it comes to the American dream, no one has a corner on the market.

All of us have an equal chance to share in that dream.


The measure of a man is not how great his faith is, but how great his love is.

We must not let government programs disconnect our souls from each other.


For longer than I've been involved in the political process, the Republican establishment has claimed to want to provide an alternative for the black community, yet party elite refuse to show up for the game.


In addition, there is one title I cherish a great deal more than Congressman and that is the title of... Dad.


In 2008, as a matter of fact, I had people accusing me of being a Senator Obama supporter because I wouldn't slam him. I said, 'Well, consider the fact that I voted for impeachment for President Clinton, but it wasn't a personal vote. I voted based on the facts and the law and the Constitution and what we were dealing with.'


I think the Republican Party should be a pro-life party.

I am pro-life. I do not apologize for that. On the flip side of that coin, the Republican Party has been big enough to allow pro-choice advocates to be heard.


Most of all, however, critics of black conservatives say we've forgotten where we came from. I may forget a federal budget number or, God forbid, to set the alarm clock for my weekly 6 a.m. flight to Washington, but I know exactly where I came from.


I have often said one of the reasons more blacks don't support Republicans is because they don't trust the GOP establishment.


I do think, however, that there's a very diverse point of view in the African-American community. There's a lot of different voices that need to be heard. I don't claim and pretend to know the thoughts and opinions and ideas of all African-Americans.


Consider in Washington, around the country today we are talking about balanced budgets, paying down our national debt, getting the economy going, defending ourselves, activist judges. Newt Gingrich did all those things when he was speaker. We got tax relief. We got balanced budgets. We got, you know, job creation. We paid down our national debt.


You saw the exodus of many people on the business council, who resigned, who said those are not my personal values, those are not our corporate values, and those - we don't believe - are the values of our country.


There is a direct correlation between education, stable families and incarceration and crime.


The Republican Party is terrific at determining how a program will impact the federal budget, but we're not nearly as good as the Democrats in explaining to people how our agenda will directly benefit them and their families.


I'm not driven to get back into politics.

It's not on my top five things to do before I die, but saying that, I may be in politics in the next year or the next ten years. I've been on the front line for 12 years, four in state government, eight on the national level.


It takes a lot of strength to let go.


Americans are hungry for a discussion on policy solutions to the problems in their communities that work.


The establishment wonders why we can't get more of the black vote.

It's because it's not doing the things necessary to establish a deeper relationship with the black community. Most black people don't think alike. Most black people just vote alike.


I think in politics, in Congress, you often do things that are Republican, or you do things because you're a Democrat. Sometimes that's good, obviously, and sometimes that's obviously bad. But in the news business, there's no such thing as Republican or Democratic news. News is news.


I think Newt Gingrich has a proven track record of changing Washington and getting results.


Individual responsibility, hard work, paying attention in school, faith, family all these things are important.


I don't know if anybody has moved up the ladder more quickly than I have.


Too many Americans live by Republican principles of faith, family, hope and opportunity, but vote for Democrats out of sheer habit.


I guess probably in my time in politics, it continued to be affirmed to me that the African-American community, despite being subscription television's most valuable customers, they are very underserved by cable and satellite television programming options.


Republicans and Democrats have used accounting gimmicks and competing government analyses to deceive the public into believing that 2 + 2 = 6. If our leaders cannot agree on the numbers, if 'facts' are fictional, how can they possibly have a substantive debate on solutions?


Well, Mark, I led the charge for five or six years to get reforms for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. I was chairman of an organization called 'FM Policy Focus.' What we were saying was, if there was blip in the housing market, Fannie and Freddie would destabilize the greatest economy in the world.


They said that I had sold out and (am an) Uncle Tom.

And I said well, they deserve to have that view. But I have my thoughts. And I think they're race-hustling poverty pimps.

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