"There isn't a news media. There is a media, but it's nothing more than a branch of the Democrat Party and the American left. They get to operate under the guise of being media so that low-information voters think that they are reading and consuming news."
"If you want to go to the Grand Canyon, you can't today. It's shut down. What kind of government do we have that cannot even let people get to the bottom of a hole without government assistance?"
"We have a 207-page operators manual for the people running Obamacare. A 207-page operator manual! If you went out and bought an iPhone and it had a 207-page operator manual, you would take it back."
"The shutdown's not even the story today. The story is this is the first day the Obamacare exchanges are open and it is a disaster. Reporter after reporter has been going to healthcare.gov, trying to log on and buy an insurance policy, and it is an absolute mess."
"Everything that's been said about every government shutdown in my lifetime is being said. Well, except I didn't even know when the government was shut down during the Reagan years, and there were a lot of times when it was. I didn't even know it."
"The shutdown's not even the story today. The story is this is the first day the Obamacare exchanges are open and it is a disaster. Reporter after reporter has been going to HealthCare.gov, trying to log on and buy an insurance policy, and it is an absolute mess."
"If I wanted to be president, and if I were ever serious about it, the biggest thing I would have going for me is that I'm a conservative. And I think Ted Cruz, if he ever wants to be president, the biggest thing he's got going for him is that he's conservative. This ongoing effort, even now among Republicans, to place an albatross around the necks of conservatives -- we're not the problem. We are the last-gasp effort to stave all of this off. Conservatives in this country are the only ones fighting any of this."
"They've had three years, folks. They have had three years to set this up. Obamacare has been the, quote, unquote, law of the land for three years. We've had three years to get this system up and running. They have known for three years it was coming. This is utterly irresponsible."
"What kind of government do we have that cannot even let people get to the bottom of a hole without government assistance? The one thing you do not need government for is to find the bottom of a hole, but you can't go there today because the government shut down, and the national parks, which is no big deal because more and more of those are off-limits anyway."
"Up to 75% of the premiums of members of Congress and the staff subsidized by you, by us, the taxpayers. You may not qualify for a subsidy. Members of Congress and their staff make anywhere from $100,000 to $174,000 a year and they were bellyaching and whining and moaning a couple of weeks ago they couldn't afford Obamacare on their income."
"Basic Economics 101. It's the most complicated simple subject there is."
"There isn't one thing the federal government does that anybody in Big Business would emulate, at least not in the profit sector."
"The World War II memorial in Washington shut down because of the shutdown. It's barricaded. So a bunch of World War II vets showed up today, they had a plan to go see it, and they said, "To hell with this," and they just tore the barricades down and went into the memorial. I mean, these people took Normandy. They took the beaches. They're not gonna be shut down by a bunch of Obama barriers in Washington."
"Conservatism is not the problem. Conservatism is the founding of this country, essentially. Conservatism isn't even really an ideology. Conservatism is just what is right, proper, decent, and moral. That's all it is."
"You people on the left are a glitch. Liberalism is a glitch. We're faced with the biggest damn glitch every damn day in this country."