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John Podesta Quotes & Quotations
John Podesta
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    First and foremost, when I think of him - I'm prejudiced; I worked for the guy for six and a half years - when I think of him, I think of him first and foremost as an idea politician. John-PodestaJohn Podesta
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    I believe that President Clinton considered the legal merits of the arguments for the pardon as he understood them, and he rendered his judgment, wise or unwise, on the merits. John-PodestaJohn Podesta
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    I think if you look at yesterday's New York Times poll, particularly when you judge Democrats in Congress versus the Republicans in Congress, people put a little more faith, or even a little more than a little more faith in the Democrats in Congress. John-PodestaJohn Podesta
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    I think that people have to have to have a sense of what ideas are one the progressive side, the Democratic side in order ultimately to be effective in the political world. John-PodestaJohn Podesta
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    I think that what we've been able to do is put together both a good group of scholars and analysts and people who aggressively want to make the case to the American public. John-PodestaJohn Podesta
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    If that's your definition of the Clinton faction, then I think that that seems to be in ascendancy. That might include a guy like John Edwards, who's just starting this new center in Chapel Hill to deal with issues of poverty and work. John-PodestaJohn Podesta
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    If you ask the people who are professional political analysts, they would say that the way redistricting has worked, that the Republicans have something of a lock on the House until a redistricting occurs after 2010, particularly as a result of what DeLay did in Texas. John-PodestaJohn Podesta
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    Realistically, I think we are not prepared to go home until we do get more teachers and lower class sizes. John-PodestaJohn Podesta
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    So I think in those circumstances, there's some potential that you could see a big pendulum swing like 1994, which people you thought weren't vulnerable all of the sudden get in trouble. John-PodestaJohn Podesta
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    So I think it's important to communicate with the people in terms of what the real facts are on these proposals and try to have a discussion and a dialogue that gives people information. I think they're hungry for that rather than just political rhetoric. John-PodestaJohn Podesta
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    There are people who kind of gravitate towards running politics based on new ideas and issues, and that was what the secret was for Clinton. John-PodestaJohn Podesta
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    Ultimately I think what people care about, particularly on an issue like Social Security, is not really what's right and what's left but what's right and what's wrong. John-PodestaJohn Podesta