Quotations of the day

The Associated Press
Associated Press

"One of the things we accomplished in the fight over Obamacare is we elevated the national debate over what a disaster, what a train wreck, how much Obamacare is hurting millions of Americans across this country." — Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to hundreds of Iowa Republicans at the state GOP's annual fundraising dinner in Des Moines.


"If it's a pink bubble gum gun and an obvious fake to most, then there is no reason to shoot. But if the gun looks real, the barrel is being pointed at you ... it's unfortunate, but a perceived threat trumps age and the officers have to protect themselves." — Geoffrey Alpert, a professor of criminology at the University of South Carolina, after a sheriff's deputy shot and killed a 13-year-old Northern California boy who was carrying a pellet gun that looked like an AK-47 assault rifle.


"The Ramsey family is innocent. That part of the case, based on the DNA evidence, is a done deal." — L. Lin Wood, one of John Ramsey's attorneys, after newly unsealed documents showed a grand jury in 1999 found enough evidence to indict the parents of JonBenet Ramsey for child abuse and accessory to first-degree murder in the 6-year-old's death.