Government Officials React

“An American reporter named James O’Keefe dressed as Osama Bin Laden and walked across the border of the Rio Grande River undetected. Does something like that concern you?”

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Senator John McCain
U.S. Senator (AZ)

“What I saw on that video was certainly inappropriate and deserves to be investigated.”

President Barack Obama
U.S. President

“It’s an attempt to show something I suppose, but what I drew from that video was that that guy was very careful not to say that he was Eric Holder, not to actually get a ballot, he did not do the kinds of things that would have subjected him to criminal prosecution.”
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Eric Holder
U.S. Attorney General

“You’re violating state law, you’re trespassing, you’re a nasty, little cowardly spud. All of you, you’re hobbits. You are less than I can ever tell you. You are scum. Do you understand?”
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Jim Letten
Former Federal Prosecuter

“Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today called on state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown to investigate ACORN, the left-leaning national community organization that has come under fire in recent days after conservative activists released videos that they said showed the group’s workers offering advice on how to set up prostitution businesses. “
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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, 9/16/2009
LA Times

“California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today released a report, including newly obtained videotapes, that shows some members of the community organizing group ACORN engaged in “highly inappropriate behavior.”
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California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr, 4/1/2010
California Department of Justice

“It appears that representatives of Battleground Texas were either official registrars who misused personal voter information, or they unlawfully posed as official voter registrars to trick people into handing over personal information.”
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Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, 2/21/2104
Associated Press

“If you need an example of what I’ve been talking about for the last nine months — about how the teacher’s union leadership is out of touch with the people and out of control — go watch this video.”
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Governor Chris Christie, 10/26/2010
Governor of New Jersey

“I want to thank the individual who took this video; although I would have liked to receive in February when he filmed it and we would be six months further along in fixing the problem.”
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Governor Paul LePage
Governor of Maine

“Open and secure elections are the cornerstone of a free democracy and are essential for citizens to have faith in their government. Every qualified citizen has the right to cast one vote. Not two votes; not zero votes. It is our duty as a democracy to ensure that is always the case.” –statement to Washington Post
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Governor Bob McDonnell
Governor of Virginia

“I’m shocked that the Attorney General isn’t shocked. I’m shocked that the Attorney General hasn’t offered a response to this in a meaningful way.” –judiciary committee quote on voter fraud
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Congressman Steve King
U.S. House of Representatives, Iowa

“The fact is that they entered a federal building under false pretenses, period,” she said. “And it’s wrong. And it may be illegal.”
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Senator Mary Landrieu
U.S. Senator from Louisiana

“Mr. O’Keefe appears to be engaged in creative editing again, and this time his target is National Public Radio.”
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Senator Dick Durbin
U.S. Senator from Illinois

“Denigrating the disabled is unworthy of Texas. The reality is Texans look far beyond superficial appearances. What Texans really look at is depth of character.”
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Governor Greg Abbott
Governor of Texas

“It took a James O’Keefe to get this ACORN issue brought before America and I carry this acorn in my pocket every day to remember what happens to the foundation of American liberty when you have corrupt elections, when you have elections and votes that are being disenfranchised by fraudulent votes.”
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Congressman Steve King
U.S. House of Representatives, Iowa

“There’s a difference between clowns and those who watch clowns. I get a seat and watch clowns.”
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White House Advisor Al Sharpton
Social Justice Activist

“This is not reporting. This is not journalism. It doesn’t even rise to the level of a comic strip. This is the kind of stuff that gives honest reporters a bad name.”
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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver
Speaker of the New York State Assembly