Quotations on Debate

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There is zero debate about whether the world is getting warmer. That is a fact, a measured fact. There is some debate, although not much anymore, about what's causing the world to get warmer. And the consensus, by far is that it's us.
- Peter Barnes
(Keywords: Debate, Fact, World)

Since we enacted the PATRIOT Act almost three years ago, there has been tremendous public debate about its breadth and implications on due process and privacy.
- Howard Berman
(Keywords: Act, Debate, Privacy, Public, Years)

No matter how you cut it, this real debate on personal accounts is about the legitimacy of Social Security; it's not about the solvency of Social Security.
- Joe Biden
(Keywords: Debate, Security)

I do think that Social Security reform needs to be bipartisan, and we are going to have to reach that in this debate at some time before we can find really meaningful reform.
- Judy Biggert
(Keywords: Time, Debate, Needs, Reform, Security)

We all learned in kindergarten that the beginning is a very good place to start. As we have this debate on illegal immigration and illegal entry into this country, let's begin at the very beginning by sealing the borders to this great Nation.
- Marsha Blackburn
(Keywords: Beginning, Country, Debate, Nation)

As has been pointed out with Libya, the debate over Libya, sometimes we allow diplomatic relations with imperfect regimes because progress can best be made through engagement instead of isolation.
- Earl Blumenauer
(Keywords: Progress, Debate, Isolation)

Religion enabled society to organise itself to debate goodness, just as Greek drama had once done.
- Edward Bond
(Keywords: Religion, Society, Debate, Drama, Goodness)

While the debate on the Patriot Act is far from over, it is important that all Americans continue in this dialogue and work together to ensure greater security for our nation.
- Jo Bonner
(Keywords: Work, Act, Americans, Debate, Nation, Security)

One can always debate questions back and forth.
- Robert Bourassa
(Keywords: Debate, Questions)

Let's leave behind the predictable and stale debate between liberals and conservatives. Let's take the resources that we have, and prioritize, and manage, and focus our energy on just doing things that count - on real results.
- Phil Bredesen
(Keywords: Debate, Energy, Focus, Liberals, Results)

There's a bit of debate about that; some say it was really Matthew, but the popular consensus is that Mark was the first one, so that's why I did that one first. And I was planning on doing all four.
- Chester Brown
(Keywords: Debate, First, Planning, Popular)

The tension between "yes" and "no," between "I can" and "I cannot," makes us feel that, in so many instances, human life is an interminable debate with one's self.
- Anatole Broyard
(Keywords: Life, Debate, Self, Tension)

One needs to know what the hierarchy of values are from which one takes inspiration, and in a democratic society this is the subject of continuous democratic debate.
- Rocco Buttiglione
(Keywords: Society, Inspiration, Values, Debate, Needs)

I was the candidate first time a Green or any progressive third party has ever been in a national televised debate. I was in five of them. And the response from the public was overwhelming.
- Peter Camejo
(Keywords: Time, Debate, First, Party, Public)

Healthy disagreement, debate, leading to compromise has always been the American way.
- Donald L. Carcieri
(Keywords: American, Compromise, Debate, Leading)

I come to urge my party to be open to debate and discussion; to move away from a lock-step litmus test which advocates abortion on demand in an effort to reach a broader national consensus.
- Robert Casey
(Keywords: Abortion, Debate, Effort, Open, Party)

Convinced as I am and as I am from my government that the world needs a new moral architecture over all I believe that this should be the first topic to debate in our world of today, ethics, moral.
- Hugo Chavez
(Keywords: Architecture, Government, Debate, Ethics, First, Needs, Today, World)

A little tough talk in the midst of a campaign or as part of a presidential debate cannot obscure a record of 30 years of being on the wrong side of defense issues.
- Dick Cheney
(Keywords: Being, Debate, Defense, Talk, Wrong, Years)

There's always merit to having a debate.
- Ward Churchill
(Keywords: Debate, Merit)

What we have to do... is to find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our communities.
- Hillary Clinton
(Keywords: Debate, Diversity)

As I have been saying for more than a year now, turning this vital mission over to the Iraqi people as soon as possible should remain a topic of debate for Congress while relying on our military commanders to set up the timetable.
- Howard Coble
(Keywords: People, Commanders, Congress, Debate, Military, Mission, Now, Saying)

Political debate with liberals is basically impossible in America today because liberals are calling names while conservatives are trying to make arguments.
- Ann Coulter
(Keywords: America, Arguments, Debate, Liberals, Names, Today, Trying)

When every one of your arguments is characterized an attempt to bring back slavery or resegregate lunch counters, it's a little hard to have any sort of productive debate.
- Ann Coulter
(Keywords: Arguments, Debate, Slavery)

I never let politics get personal. You can have the most intense, heated debate on issues, and so long as you keep it on issues, you can go out and have coffee afterwards and you're good friends.
- Phil Crane
(Keywords: Politics, Coffee, Debate, Friends)

Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.
- Michael Crichton
(Keywords: Debate, First)

Upon the Constitution, upon the pre-existing legal rights of the People, as understood in this country and in England, I have argued that this House is bound to revive the Petition under debate.
- Caleb Cushing
(Keywords: Legal, People, Constitution, Country, Debate, EnglRights)

Sir, allusion has been made, in an early stage of this debate, to the history of the excitement which once pervaded a considerable part of the country, in reference to the transportation of the mails on the Lord's day.
- Caleb Cushing
(Keywords: History, Country, Day, Debate, Excitement)

I refer, of course, to the debts our nation has amassed for itself over decades of indulgence. It is the new Red Menace, this time consisting of ink. We can debate its origins endlessly and search for villains on ideological grounds, but the reality is pure arithmetic.
- Mitch Daniels
(Keywords: Time, Arithmetic, Debate, Nation, Reality)

The national debate on Social Security has been cheapened by demagoguery on all sides.
- Bill Delahunt
(Keywords: Debate, Security)

What passes for real debate in Washington often seems more like an echo chamber, with politicians talking at politicians.
- Bill Delahunt
(Keywords: Debate, Echo, Politicians, Talking, Washington)

I have been defending Israel's right to exist, and to defend itself against terrorism, for many years-on college campuses, in television appearances and in debate.
- Alan Dershowitz
(Keywords: College, Debate, Israel, Right, Television, Terrorism, Years)

This country is about, in my judgment, aggressive, open debate. There is an old saying: When everyone is thinking the same thing, no one is thinking very much.
- Byron Dorgan
(Keywords: Country, Debate, Judgment, Old, Open, Thinking)

We can know nothing till after this grave debate. The soul must withdraw, for this is not its hour. Now the knife must divide the flesh, and lay the ravage bare, and do its work completely.
- Georges Duhamel
(Keywords: Work, Soul, Debate, Grave, Nothing, Now)

Oh leave the Wise our measures to collate. One thing at least is certain, light has weight. One thing is certain and the rest debate. Light rays, when near the Sun, do not go straight.
- Arthur Eddington
(Keywords: Debate, Light, Rest, Sun, Weight)

Open debate and full discourse on the topic of torture is a double-edged sword.
- Charles D. Ellison
(Keywords: Debate, Open)

As you look around the country there are still a significant number of states where their whole school debate is over school funding and we've been focused on the quality debate for most of the '90s.
- John Engler
(Keywords: Quality, Country, Debate, School, states)

I take the debate on the method of promoting democracy seriously.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan
(Keywords: Debate, Democracy)

But, we have had the debate in our country now for a number of years as to whether or not free trade agreements are good for economic growth and economic opportunity in creating jobs and lifting people out of poverty.
- Donald Evans
(Keywords: People, Opportunity, Growth, Country, Debate, Jobs, Now, Poverty, Trade, Years)

We should not use special budget procedures to jam through legislation to drill in the Arctic Refuge. This topic is too important to the public to address it in such a back-door manner. We should be having a full, open discussion of the issue during an energy debate.
- Russ Feingold
(Keywords: Debate, Energy, Legislation, Open, Public)

For the life of me, I don't understand what honest motive there is in putting this in front of this body to philosophically debate marriage on a constitutional amendment that is not going to happen, and which is enormously divisive in all of our communities.
- Dianne Feinstein
(Keywords: Life, Marriage, Body, Debate, Motive)

I should add that it is open to debate whether what we call the writing of history these days is truly scientific.
- Lion Feuchtwanger
(Keywords: History, Debate, Open, Writing)

Most of the debate over the cultures of death and life is about process. The debate focuses on the technology available to determine how we prolong life and how and when we end it.
- Suzanne Fields
(Keywords: Death, Life, Technology, Debate, End)

As Congress continues to debate ways to address illegal immigration, we must remember the many hard-working legal immigrants that contribute so much to our nation's economy and culture.
- Bob Filner
(Keywords: Legal, Congress, Culture, Debate, Economy, Nation)

There is an ongoing debate about the reform of the U.N. system.
- Joschka Fischer
(Keywords: Debate, Reform)

Linguistic philosophers continue to argue that probably music is not a language, that is in the philosophical debate. Another point of view is to say that music is a very profound language.
- Robert Fripp
(Keywords: Music, Debate, Language)

There was endless controversy as to whether the acts of the New Deal did actually move recovery or retard it, and nothing final could ever come of that bitter debate because it is forever impossible to prove what might have happened in place of what did.
- Garet Garrett
(Keywords: Controversy, Debate, Nothing)

I liked discussion and debate and thought that these skills fit well with law. I also had an interest in justice - and later learned that sometimes law and justice actually agree!
- Harold H. Greene
(Keywords: Thought, Debate, Interest, Justice, Law)

Oh, there's going to be debate because you're dealing with the Bible and religion is supposed to be separate from state and that to me is already a conflict before it even hits the gay issue.
- Pam Grier
(Keywords: Religion, Bible, Conflict, Debate, Gay, State)

While this debate today is a belated effort to inform the American people, it is nevertheless an empty gesture. It is time to admit our mistake in Iraq and begin to bring our troops home with honor.
- Raul Grijalva
(Keywords: Home, Time, Mistake, People, American, Debate, Effort, Honor, Iraq, Today, Troops)

If this Nation really wants to create an effective border security policy, we need to have a debate that includes a discussion about actual solutions to our problems, which means taking all of the political grandstanding and baiting out of the equation.
- Raul Grijalva
(Keywords: Policy, Debate, Nation, Problems, Security)



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