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Choice quotes from Super Tuesday

2012-03-07 09:01

Washington - The following are some of the best quotes from Super Tuesday, when Republicans in 10 states voted for their preferred challenger to incumbent President Barack Obama in the November election:

Change is in the air


"To the millions of Americans who look around and can only see jobs they can't get and bills they can't pay, I have a message: You have not failed. You have a president that has failed you, and that's going to change."

- Mitt Romney puts President Barack Obama in his sights after his early Super Tuesday victories.

Saving a nation's soul

"This campaign is not about a name on the ballot. It's about saving the soul of America."

- Romney gives his take on the drawn-out Republican contest.

Rick the comeback kid

"Tonight it's clear: We've won races all over this country against the odds. When they thought, 'oh OK, he's finally finished', we keep coming back."

- Rick Santorum puts his success in Oklahoma and Tennessee in context.

Mr Muscle

"I pumped a little iron to get myself psyched."

- Santorum on what he was up to in his Super Tuesday "war room", set up in an Ohio high school weights room.

Slow but steady wins the race

"There are lots of bunny rabbits that run through. I'm the tortoise, I just take one step at a time."

- Newt Gingrich on his comeback victory in Georgia, his home state.

Presidential tidings

"Good luck tonight. Really."

- Obama offers mischievous best wishes to Romney at a White House press conference earlier Tuesday.

Joy in Georgia

"I'm so proud because Georgians did their job - this victory means that our candidate Gingrich will continue in this race stronger than ever."

- Atlanta financial advisor Kris Yardley, aged 39, hails Gingrich's win.

Scepticism in Tennessee

"It's one of the most important elections of my life because of the direction of the country. I don't like where it is going. Santorum, I don't support all his religious stuff."

- Tennessee resident Andrew Debos, who voted for Gingrich.

A change of heart in Ohio


"I'll never vote Democrat again. I wised up. Anyone who goes to put gas in their car can't vote Democrat again."

- Retired police chief Danny Mosti of Toronto, Ohio on how higher gas prices drove him to Santorum.

Keeping her options open


"As I say, anything is possible. I don't close any doors that perhaps would be open out there... My plan is to be at that [Republican] convention."

- Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, on whether she might yet throw her hat in the ring.