"There comes a time when deceit and defiance must be seen for what they are. At that point a gathering danger must be directly confronted. At that point we must show that beyond our resolutions is actual resolve."
"I think we need to significantly reduce the regulatory burden on the private sector. The Obama administration is doing the opposite. Theyre loading on more and more regulation on the private respect to how the economy functions."
"From our perspective trying to deal with this continuing campaign of terror if you will the war on terror that were engaged in this is a continuing enterprise. The people that were involved in some of those activities before 9/11 are still out there."
"We need to have a pro-growth policy put in place that offers people hope and offers the opportunity for businesses to expand and for them to have confidence in what the world is going to look like for the next two or three or four years with respect to economic policy."
"I believe that we were not as effective in the second term dealing with this issue of nuclear none proliferation as we had been during the first term when we stripped Libya and Iraq and A.Q. Khan and their capacity to proliferate nuclear technology."
"The relevance for 9/11 is that what 9/11 marked was the beginning of a struggle in which the terrorists come at us and strike us here on our home territory. And its a global operation. It doesnt know national boundaries or national borders."
"You cant fall back on the private sector and say You take care of the nations banking system. Thats a fundamental function of the government the Federal Reserve the Treasury and the FDIC etc. All of those agencies have a major role to play there."
"Its very important to go back and keep in mind the distinction between handling these events as criminal acts which was the way we did before 9/11 and then looking at 9/11 and saying This is not a criminal act not when you destroy 16 acres of Manhattan kill 3000 Americans blow a big hole in the Pentagon. Thats an act of war."
"Its not just Bin Laden or just those that are involved in the counterterrorism effort. Weve gotta cast the net broader than that. But I think its a - very special tribute that we all owe to the bravery and courage of the men and women in the intelligence and military business who performed so well to finally get it done."