Verbatim: Oct. 18, 2004

"The first time I ever met you was when you walked onto the stage tonight."

VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY, to Senator John Edwards, during their vice-presidential debate, after criticizing his opponent's "not very distinguished" record in the Senate

"By the way, y'all sat next to each other at the prayer breakfast."

ELIZABETH EDWARDS, the candidate's wife, reporting what she said to Cheney when they met onstage after the debate; the men had actually met three times before

"The police force is not well equipped and is not respected enough to lay down its authority."

IYAD ALLAWI, Iraqi Prime Minister, in a...