Verbatim: Oct. 6, 2003

"They think it's circus-like." --MERRELL FRANKEL, social-studies teacher, on her middle-school students' take on California's gubernatorial recall election

"You were agreeing with the very plan that Newt Gingrich wanted to pass, which was a $270 billion cut in Medicare." RICHARD GEPHARDT, Missouri Congressman and candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, to opponent Howard Dean, during a candidates' debate in New York City

"Nobody up here deserves to be compared to Newt Gingrich." HOWARD DEAN, responding to Gephardt's comments

"We don't want Iraq to become a breeding ground for terrorism." PAUL BREMER, head of the Coalition Provisional Authority, at a Pentagon...

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