"Let's set party interests aside and work to pass a budget that replaces reckless cuts with smart savings and wise investments in our future. And let's do it without the brinksmanship that stresses consumers and scares off investors. The greatest nation on earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next." — President Obama during the State of the Union address.
"Presidents in both parties - from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan - have known that our free enterprise economy is the source of our middle-class prosperity. But President Obama? He believes it's the cause of our problems. That the economic downturn happened because our government didn't tax enough, spend enough and control enough. And, therefore, as you heard tonight, his solution to virtually every problem we face is for Washington to tax more, borrow more and spend more." — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, delivering the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address.
"The pope will surely say absolutely nothing about the process of the election. He will not interfere in any way." — Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican's chief spokesman, stating that the retiring Pope Benedict XVI will not be pulling strings from behind the scenes.