Politiquotes of the Week: July 22

Elected officials comment on the economy and other issues.

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Barack Obama - "If in November [American voters] feel like I've been on their side, and I have been working as hard as I can and I've been getting some things done to move us in the right direction, I'll win. If they don’t then I'll lose," Obama said when asked who in the Republican field can beat him. "And that's not to say the other candidate is irrelevant. But it does mean I'll probably win or lose based on their assessment of my stewardship."

Rudy Giuliani - ?What the hell are you doing, Newt?? said Rudy Giuliani during an appearance on Fox and Friends, referring to Newt Gingrich?s attacks on rival Mitt Romney that depict him as a capitalist job killer(Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

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Rudy Giuliani - "I think that marriage should be between a man and a woman, but I think that the Republican Party would be well advised to get the heck out of people's bedrooms and let these things get decided by states" said former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani in an interview on CNN's State of the Union.

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Rick Perry - "I'm getting more and more comfortable every day that this is what I've been called to do," Texas Gov. Rick Perry told the Des Moines Register about his potential bid for the GOP's presidential nomination. "This is what America needs."

Sen. Tom Harkin - "The [debt limit] debate is not between Democrats and Republicans. It's between some Republicans and their sort of cult fringe as I refer to them out there," said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) at a Democratic press conference.

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Sen. Tom Harkin - "The [debt limit] debate is not between Democrats and Republicans. It's between some Republicans and their sort of cult fringe as I refer to them out there," said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) at a Democratic press conference.

Michael Eric Dyson - "And 130 members who are Republicans in Congress to date voted to raise that debt ceiling under George W. Bush. Is there any real reason to believe?that one of the reasons Congress will not vote to put the economy in the black because the economy is in the hands of the black?" asked professor Michael Eric Dyson on MSNBC. "That seems extraordinarily harsh and divisive but the reality is, there seems to be no logical or reasonable answer or response to the notion other than they want to deny this Democrat and this particular president the victory of having the ability to forge consensus here around the reality of American debt."

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Michael Eric Dyson - "And 130 members who are Republicans in Congress to date voted to raise that debt ceiling under George W. Bush. Is there any real reason to believe…that one of the reasons Congress will not vote to put the economy in the black because the economy is in the hands of the black?" asked professor Michael Eric Dyson on MSNBC. "That seems extraordinarily harsh and divisive but the reality is, there seems to be no logical or reasonable answer or response to the notion other than they want to deny this Democrat and this particular president the victory of having the ability to forge consensus here around the reality of American debt."

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Rep. Keith Ellison - "It seems like a week doesn't go by without [Herman Cain] saying something incredibly offensive, so I can only guess that he's doing it on purpose," said Rep. Keith Ellison in a Salon interview. "He's probably figured out that he can get headlines if he says something really ugly, so he doesn't disappoint."

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Tim Pawlenty - "All of the candidates I think are going to have to be able to demonstrate they can do all of the job all of the time," said Tim Pawlenty in response to a revelation that rival GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann suffers from migraine headaches. "There's no real time off in that job."

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Mitt Romney - "The president's policies almost without question have caused this recession to be deeper and longer than it would have been and have made this recovery more anemic than it should have been," said GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney during a campaign stop.

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Rep. Allen West - "You are the most vile, unprofessional and despicable member of the U.S. House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up. Focus on your own congressional district!" wrote Rep. Allen West (R-Florida) to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Florida) because he didn't like comments she made on the House floor.

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Herman Cain - "There's no substance," presidential candidate Herman Cain told the Washington Times. "As a supporter of mine described it, Obama can give a good speech from a teleprompter but if you take away that teleprompter to talk about how we move the economy, how we get our ideas around immigration, he would have a very difficult time doing that. I can talk about those things, one, two, three levels deep without a teleprompter because I have studied these issues, and I have been talking about these issues for years."

Rep. Allen West Brings Up the Race Card (Again) on Jan. 16 - @AllenWest: Mr. President, please don't play race card in 2012. It's a dishonor to Dr. King to do so.(Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) 

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Rep. Allen West - (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)"The thing that really most aggravates me is that there is this double standard, in that the people on the hard left can continue to attack conservatives and especially minority conservatives and female conservatives," said West in a radio interview about the incendiary email he sent to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Florida). "But yet when all of a sudden you stand up and you say that you will not tolerate this anymore, then they claim to be a victim—which I find just absolutely laughable."