On the record, February 26, 2015

Louis Weisberg, Staff writer

“Politics used to be about where you stood. Now, it’s about what you stepped in.”

— ERIC DEZENHALL, professional crisis manager, commenting on recent gaffes and missteps by Republican presidential hopefuls.

“After much prayer following your prenatal, I felt that I would not be able to develop the personal patient-doctor relationship that I normally do with my patients. Please know that I believe that God gives us free choice and I would never judge anyone based on what they do with that free choice. Again, I am sorry for the hurt and angry feelings that were created by this. I hope you can accept my apology.”

— DR. VESNA ROI, a pediatrician in Roseville, Michigan, telling two lesbian moms via letter that his religion prevented him from caring for their 6-day-old infant. Only 22 states have laws banning such discrimination by medical providers. 

“He spent 17 years in the church of Jeremiah Wright, and this is the guy who said ‘God damn America, not God bless America.’ … (Obama) doesn’t talk about America the way John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan did, about America’s greatness and exceptionalism. He was educated by people who were critics of the U.S. And he has not been able to overcome those influences.”

— Former New York City Mayor RUDY GIULIANI critiquing President Barack Obama at a New York fundraiser for Scott Walker. Giuliani’s inflammatory depiction of the president drew swift condemnation from Democrats and Republicans.

“I’ve never asked the president so I don’t really know what his opinions are on that one way or another.”

— SCOTT WALKER responding to a reporter’s question about whether he believes former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s assertion that President Barack Obama is anti-American. 

“It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America. We talk about equal rights for women in other countries … we don’t have equal rights for women in America, because when they wrote the Constitution, they didn’t write it for women.” 

— PATRICIA ARQUETTE speaking up for women’s rights during her Oscar acceptance speech.

“It seems like any man that goes to college could randomly be accused of committing rape.”

— RUSH LIMBAUGH speaking to his radio audience. Limbaugh went on to suggest that Gov. Scott Walker tell the media that he quit Marquette University to avoid being charged with rape in order to annoy liberals.

“I would not blame Scott Walker for not believing in evolution, since it’s clearly let him down.”

— Satirist ANDY BOROWITZ commenting on Gov. Scott Walker’s refusal to answer a reporter’s question about whether he believes in evolution.