"I happen to like Senator Rubio very much. He's a force of nature. He's a force of energy. Folks, he is a genuine conservative and full-throatedly, full-heartedly, wholeheartedly believes in it. He really does. The bill itself, however? I'm never gonna understand it. I'm never gonna understand the thinking here."
"I finished yesterday's program, and I can't tell you how embarrassed I was. I realized that I didn't originate any of the news yesterday. I simply repeated what I heard everywhere else in the Drive-By Media. And I know better."
"The two big things being pushed by the media are immigration and gun control, and they rotate and they alternate. One day it's one, the next day it's the next. You look at polling data on both of those issues. Gun control, 4% of the American people support the president's idea of gun control. Ninety-six percent don't. And yet, if you look at television news every day, it is the most important issue going, you would think that that's all anybody cares about."
"Everything is political. Everything with the Democrat Party, everything is political, disguised as compassion."
"Whatever the media reports and whatever their objective is, it isn't news anymore. I got to thinking about this last night. There really isn't any news. I've said this before. People call the media. But it's not news gathering."
"We've already got countless laws that keep the guns out of the hands of criminals. I'm sorry, folks, but every gun control law proposed by any Democrat is gonna do nothing but take guns away from law-abiding people."
"Now, the president, when the gun control bill failed in the Senate yesterday afternoon, he was mad. Wouldn't it be great if you saw him get that kind of mad when Americans are killed? He didn't get that mad after Benghazi. He didn't get anywhere near that mad after what happened in Boston. But let his gun control bill go down in the Senate, this guy blows a gasket."
"I was thinking last night. I don't think it's gonna be the case now, but last night I was thinking, this could be a tipping point. If Obama's media is being used and manipulated and made to look like idiots by Obama and the Feds, at what point do people in the media say, 'You know what? To hell with this!'"
"You're worried about being lied about? You ought to try being a Republican for one day, Mr. President, and see how it feels! You ought to try being a conservative. You want to worry about being lied about? You ever lie about Obamacare?"
"Well, the reason the law isn't being enforced now is sociological and political. It would just be mean. It would be cold-hearted to enforce the law... So enforcing the law is a cruel thing, the way the left looks at it. Enforcing the law is very, very cruel, mean-spirited."
"If you use existing law to prosecute gun violence today and you get some bad guys off the street, you might send the message that you don't need any new laws. 'We can't have that! We want the new law.' Why? Because of what's in the new law that isn't in current law, and that would make it tougher to own a gun, and that's what this is all about."
"This program and all of you, all of us together, can end up being a force that wakes everybody up in this country."
"This anti-gun bill was not supposed to go down in the Senate by a bunch of Democrats. The plan was to have Republicans shoot this down in the House so that they could be blamed for it going into 2014. That's what Obama is mad about."
"Most people look at interviews as a way to take a break, you know, fire off some questions, let the guest roll and settle back. To me it's the exact opposite of that. If I cave on questions I lose credibility with you. If I don't ask what I think you want to know, then that's not good."
"The president and the Democrats are doing everything they're doing for the 2014 midterm elections. They want to win the House of Representatives. That's the objective. Everything is about that."
"You bring the parents in from Newtown. You fly 'em in on Air Force One. You do the appropriate quote/unquote 'lobbying' with the parents of the victim. They meet with a Democrat Party lobbyist who then introduces them to senators. That alone is supposed to pressure Democrats into voting for the bill, and that didn't happen."