Quotes by: Paul Begala

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Paul Begala
Counselor to the President
In office
August 17, 1997 – March 10, 1999
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Bill Curry
Succeeded by Ann Lewis
Personal details
Born Paul Edward Begala
(1961-05-12) May 12, 1961 (age 55)
New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Diane Friday
Alma mater University of Texas, Austin (BA, JD)

I think too many Democrats are too wimpy. But I think they're beginning to toughen up.
Paul Begala
So one important lesson of Vietnam is, the first casualty of an unwise and unjust war are the American troops called on to fight it. Their service should be honored.
Paul Begala
But I think what happened was that Clinton knew how to fight back. And the way he fought back was on the issues - being tough in staying on the things that mattered to people in their lives.
Paul Begala
It must kill George Bush that John McCain is the most popular and Beloved Republican in America.
Paul Begala
My view was that the campaign had been a sacred thing, that it had been a real compact, because I was there and I saw the connection that Clinton made with people, and the connection that they made with him.
Paul Begala
Most politicians, when they meet with a guy like me, or a guy like Carville, tell you about how they can win.
Paul Begala
Again, President Reagan was sort of an amiable presence out at the ranch by the last 6 months of his presidency. He had no effect on national policy at all.
Paul Begala
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the most investigated couple in American history - now the most thoroughly exonerated couple in American history.
Paul Begala
One of the problems we saw in the last presidential election in our party is that our nominee, while winning the election, which we ought never to forget, often lost sight of the difference between strategy and tactics.
Paul Begala
I was the guy that told Bill Clinton he was going to win. I had gotten the final polling numbers. He had a comfortable lead. He was not going to lose.
Paul Begala
I didn't spend a lot of time on national security the American people will be glad to know.
Paul Begala
Again and again, I've seen Bush turn a blind eye as his henchmen have leveled zealous attacks against his political enemies - assaults which the president himself has sometimes directly encouraged.
Paul Begala
Defining the terms of the debate generally dictates who's gonna' win it.
Paul Begala
It taught me that Clinton's instinct to make this about your life as a citizen, rather than his as a human being, was the right answer to these things.
Paul Begala
See, I think if it just became who's sleeping with whom, then there's no reason to prefer one party over the other, 'cause the truth is we're all sinners.
Paul Begala
If it was about lying under oath - we actually know that Clinton certainly was deceptive, as most people would be about their sex lives - but, in fact, he did not lie.
Paul Begala
This gets back to the fundamental lesson of political survival that Bill Clinton taught me, which is if you make it about the American people's lives instead of your life, you're going to be okay.
Paul Begala
I mean, for all of his faults and the troubles in his marriage, Bill Clinton is still married to a girl he met in the library 25 years ago at school. Can we say that about many of our other leaders today in America, including on the right wing?
Paul Begala
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