Top Ten Quotes from CNN Tea Party Debate

  1. Gingrich – “The American people create jobs, not government.”
  2. Perry in response to Romney’s criticism of his using the phrase “ponzi scheme” in reference to Social Security – “You called it criminal in your book”.
  3. Cain about calling the Social Security System a ponzi scheme– “I don’t care what you call it.  It is broken.”
  4. Perry – “People are tired of spending money we don’t have on programs we don’t want.”
  5. Santorum on the economy – “Obama’s economy…would need to make a drastic improvement to be a disaster.”
  6. Santorum to Paul – “On your website, on 9/11, you had a blog post that…basically blamed the United States for 9/11.  You said it was our actions that brought the actions of 9/11.  Now Congressman Paul, that is irresponsible.”
  7. Paul – “How do you pay for a tax cut?  You don’t have to pay for a tax cut.  It is the people’s money!”
  8. Paul on the use of executive orders – “The executive order should never be used to legislate.  I made a promise that I would never use the executive order to legislate.”
  9. Romney about immigration – “This is the party that believes in enforcing the law.”
  10. Bachmann on improving the economy – “Cleaning out corporate welfare, making us more competitive in the 21st century.”