'For this Administration, the unemployment number is just another inconvenient statistic standing in the way of a second term.'

1. MITT ROMNEY, who won victories in six Republican presidential nominating contests on Super Tuesday, March 6; though he continues to face stiff primary competition, Romney focused many of his attacks on President Obama

'The United States will always have Israel's back.'

2. PRESIDENT OBAMA, while meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 5; Obama urged diplomacy while pledging that "all options" were on the table to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon

'They needed me ... so I...

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