Quotations from the Republican presidential candidates who met at the Ronald Reagan presidential library in Simi Valley last Wednesday:

~ “Well, I do agree that there is — the science is — is not settled on this. The idea that we would put Americans’ economy at — at — at jeopardy based on scientific theory that’s not settled yet, to me, is just — is nonsense. I mean, it — I mean — and I tell somebody, I said, just because you have a group of scientists that have stood up and said here is the fact, Galileo got outvoted for a spell.” — Rick Perry, Texas Governor, on climate change.

~ “What the president can do is make sure we stop sending about $500 billion a year outside our country, in many cases to countries that are not real friendly with ours, to buy energy from other people. We are an energy rich nation and we’re living like an energy poor nation and that can’t go on.” — Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts Governor, on energy costs.

~ “Don’t forget the day President Obama took office, gasoline was $1.79 a gallon. It’s entirely possible for us to get back to inexpensive energy. The problem is energy is too high. Let’s have a goal of bringing it down because every time gasoline increases 10 cents a gallon, there’s $14 billion in economic activity that every American has taken out of their pocket.” — Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Representative, on her promise to reduce gasoline prices to $2 a gallon.

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