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Monday November 1, 2010

They Said What? Most Notable Quotables of the 2010 Election Year

Take a look at the Most Notable Quotables and Anti-Latino Rhetoric of the 2010 election. The topic of immigration has given voters a long list of notable one-liners, and quizzical quotes to chose from but the following twelve have out done themselves to rise to the (completely outrageous) top.

11. Harold Johnson, congressional candidate, NC-8 (R)

    “Amnesty, amnesty, amnesty for 15 to 20 million illegals. If that happens, as Republicans, these chairs will stay empty. There is no sense in having meetings. We’ll never win another election.”

—October 19, 2010, speaking at a meeting of local Republicans

10. Allen West, congressional candidate, FL-22 (R)

    “You must be well-informed and well-armed, because this government we have right now is a tyrannical government. And it starts with illegal immigration.”

—May 2010, at a protest outside a day-labor center

9. Rep. Peter Palumbo, state representative seeking re-election, RI Dist. 16 (D)

    “We’ve all heard of anchor babies. We have something unique to Rhode Island, and they’re called anchor embryos. And what it is is a policy that we have in the state of Rhode Island — if you’re an illegal alien woman and you’re pregnant and you come to Rhode Island, you go to the Department of Human Services — the first thing you have to do is tell them that you’re an illegal alien and you’re pregnant and the Department of Human Services will offer you, do you want Blue Cross, United, or Neighborhood Health.”

—August 20, 2010, during an interview with Fox News

Image8. Brian Sandoval, gubernatorial candidate, NV (R)

    “My children don’t look Hispanic.”

—July 2010, during an interview with Univisión Nevada, when he was asked how he would feel if his children were stopped on the street and asked for their papers under a law like Arizona’s SB 1070 (which he supports). Univisión Nevada news director and El Tiempo columnist Adriana Arévalo wrote that Sandoval answered “with pride in his voice.”.

7. Kris Kobach, Secretary of State candidate, KS (R)

    “In Kansas, the illegal registration of alien voters has become pervasive… Our voter rolls must be purged of thousands of deceased individuals, illegally-registered aliens, and felons.”

—July 11, 2010, to the Wichita Eagle, explaining his claim about “pervasive” illegal voter registration of non-citizens

6. Joe Miller, U.S. Senate candidate, AK (R)

    “If East Germany could do it, we could do it.”

—October 17, 2010, at a town hall in Anchorage, on securing the border

Image5. Jan Brewer, Governor seeking re-election, AZ (R)

    “The majority of them in my opinion and I think in the opinion of law enforcement is that they are not coming here to work. They are coming here and they’re bringing drugs.

—June 15, 2010, during a Republican primary debate, on undocumented immigrants

    “Our law enforcement agencies have found bodies in the desert either buried or just lying out there that have been beheaded.”

—June 27, 2010, during an appearance on a local television show. As the Arizona Guardian reported days later, “officials with six county medical examiners offices in the state, including four from counties that border Mexico, say they have never heard of such attacks.”

    “The Mexican government, along with President Calderon and the bordering governors that interact with us, they do not want our borders secure. I mean, they have made it very, very clear…I believe that he believes that he is helping out the federal administration and they are looking at it in a political mode to bring in newly registered illegal immigrants to register to vote.”

—October 20, 2010, in an interview with CNS News

4. Louie Gohmert, U.S. Congressman seeking re-election, TX-1 (R)

    “We’re bringing them over here on tourist visas, some illegally, letting them be born here and saying this is an American citizen. So come back in 20, 25 years when you’re ready to blow us up.”

—July 1, 2010, during an interview with Fox Business

3. John Yates, state representative seeking re-election, GA Dist. 73 (R)

    “They ought to be armed and if warned leaflets dropped all over Mexico says that we will shoot to kill if anybody crosses and be serious about this and if they do that then there won’t be anybody killed.”

—October 14, 2010, during a debate, explaining what he feels the National Guard should do to protect the border

    “Stopping Hitler was worth the price. It’s our border. They’re invading us.”

—October 15, 2010, defending his “shoot to kill” statement

Image2. Sharron Angle, U.S. Senate Candidate, NV (R)

    “I’m not sure that those are Latinos in that commercial. What it is, is a fence and there are people coming across that fence. What we know is that our northern border is where the terrorists came through. That’s the most porous border that we have.”

—October 15, 2010, addressing Rancho High School’s Hispanic Student Union, after being asked why her ads portrayed Latinos as “illegal aliens” and criminals. (In late October, Angle released an ad with images of a Border Patrol checkpoint whose exterior clearly reads “El Paso, Texas.”)

    “I don’t know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me. I don’t know that.”

—October 15, 2010, during the same conversation with members of Rancho High School’s Hispanic Student Union

Image1. Tom Tancredo, gubernatorial candidate CO (R)

    “If you belong to an organization called La Raza, in this case, which is, from my point of view anyway, nothing more than a…Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses.”

—May of 2009, speaking of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor during interviews on MSNBC in which he also claimed that Mexican border crossers were plotting the next terrorist attack.